With the great weather this week, baseball and softball teams are able to get outside and play some games on a consistent basis. That has always been a problem in this area and perhaps one reason we have never had a state champion in high school baseball in Erie County. Off to good starts are teams like Harbor Creek and Cathedral Prep. Saegertown is a team to watch as they have two wins over McDowell already this season and are set to play Prep on Thursday night at Ainsworth Field at 6:30. Maybe this is the year we break the jinx.
Covered the Penn State Blue-White game last weekend and it appears, now that Steven Bench has decided to transfer, that Tyler Ferguson and incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg will battle it out for the top QB position. Do not be surprised if Hackenberg wins the job. He was one of the most highly recruited QB's in the country and considering how Bill O'Brien developed Matt McGloin last year, Hackenberg's progress could be just as great in making the transition to major college football. He has all the tools and skills, now it's just a matter of taking that to the next level and O'Brien can do it. Plus, Hackenberg knew coming to Penn State, he could be getting ready for an NFL career in a few years. That is perhaps one of the biggest recruiting tools O'Brien and Penn State can use during these years of the NCAA sanctions and scholarship reductions.