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Wild Debut


Kyle McMyne struck out the first three batters he faced in his professional debut three weeks ago when the Old Forge grad took the mound for the Rookie-Level Billings (MT) Mustangs against the Great Falls Voyagers.

And in typical fashion, McMyne then induced a grounder to third for the third out of the inning.

Yes. You read that right. McMyne actually needed four outs to complete his first professional inning of work.

The Villanova product threw three strikes to the leadoff hitter to start the game, but when a third-strike slider got past the Mustangs catcher, the batter reached first. McMyne then struck out the next hitter on three pitches, and notched his third strikeout on four pitches.

The fourth-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds, McMyne pitched a scheduled two innings in the start and allowed just a bloop single in pitching to eight hitters. On the season, McMyne has pitched six innings in three starts, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. He has struck out six. The Mustangs are 2-1 when McMyne has started.

McMyne spent four days at the Reds spring training facility in Goodyear, AZ before being assigned to Billings. Manager Pat Kelly said in a radio interview prior to McMyne’s second start against Mizzoula that the OFHS all-time strikeout leader would begin his work slowly after pitching so many innings during the collegiate season.

Blue Devils among UNICO stars

The annual Lackawanna County UNICO All-Star Soccer Cup will be played Friday at the University of Scranton’s Fitzpatrick Field with the girls’ match beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the boys’ match at 8 p.m.

Old Forge grads Jess Casey, Jason Sniegowski, and Matt Colianni will represent the Blue Devils in the games. Dana Bilski and Michael Long were also selected to participate but both are unable to participate due to a schedule conflicts.

Dream job

Former Old Forge standout Nick Parise is serving as this year’s Dream Game chairman.

Parise, who is employed by Fidelity Bank, has volunteered with the Scranton Lions Club for the past several years, and has been part of the Dream Game staff during that time.

The Dream Game is sponsored by the Lions Club of Scranton and the proceeds support the programs of the Lackawanna County Branch of the Pennsylvania Association of the Blind.

NPF Network to broadcast 77th Annual Dream Game

The Northeast Pa Football (NPF) Network will broadcast the 77th Annual Dream Game on July 27 at 8 p.m. from Scranton Memorial Stadium. The audio stream will be available at NortheastPaFootball.com free of charge, and for the first time, the game will be available to a worldwide audience.

Several veteran area broadcasters will be involved in broadcast which will include pre-game and post game shows.

The game sees graduated seniors from the Lackawanna Football Conference separated into the City all-stars and County all-stars. Last year, the City won 34-7.

Old Forge has five representatives in the Dream Game this year.

Blue Devils back on the net

Old Forge football game will once again be broadcast over the internet this season by the Blue Devils Football Network at www.ofbluedevils.com.

The BDFN is part of the regional Northeast Pennsylvania Football (NPF) Network which is in its second year of operation.

The NPF features nine broadcast networks and will stream every game played by Old Forge, Dunmore, Valley View, Scranton, West Scranton, Scranton Prep, Wyoming Valley West, Nanticoke, and Delaware Valley.

Pittston Area and Wyoming Area will have four of its games broadcast over the internet – including when they take on each other on Nov. 4 at WA.

The other Patriots games to be broadcast will be when PA is on the road against Tunkhannock, and at home against Coughlin and Valley West.

The other Warriors games to be streamed will be when they are on the road against West Scranton and GAR, and at home against Nanticoke.

All games can be found online at www.northeastpafootball.com.

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