My high school classmate who was running for Congress lost the election last week. He was running as a Republican in Kansas against the state's only Democratic congressman. The incumbent won by a 2-1 margin. Another sign that this wasn't going to be my friend's year - the GOP incumbent in a neighboring district lost to the Democratic challenger.
Speaking of my alma mater, it wasn't a good week for the sports teams. On Friday, the football team lost in the first round of districts. Then, yesterday, the Lehighton field hockey team lost to Upper Perkiomen in the state quarterfinals.
I went down to Emmaus to see the game. It was the first time I had seen Lehighton play this season, so I don't know if what I saw was typical. But, from my perspective, they were beaten by a better team. The final score was 3-2 in OT, but it wasn't that close. Upper Perk had more shots on goal, more corners, and their stick work was better. It seemed that no matter where Lehighton tried to hit the ball, someone from Upper Perk was either in the way or managed to beat a Lehighton player to the ball. I don't know if it's that they were more aggressive or just faster, but they just always seemed to be there. Lehighton played good defense - and had some good saves by the goalie(s), but I thought they were too much on the defensive - waiting for the ball to come to them, rather than going to get it.
Still, Lehighton had a good season. They were undefeated until yesterday, and beat Crestwood, which always has a good team, to get to the quarters. Let's hope next year, they can go even further.
At my other alma mater, Juniata College, the WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM is still alive in the Division III playoffs. They won a regional match yesterday, and now go to the national quarterfinals. They've only lost one match all year (to Division I Princeton), but it won't be a true Juniata season unless they make the Final Four. Even better, would be another national title. Go Eagles!