COVID-19 Claims 2020 Cutters Season

Major League Baseball™ (MLB™) has informed Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) that it will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams, including the Williamsport Crosscutters, with players for the 2020 season. As a result, there will not be a Minor League Baseball season in 2020.

“These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that we’ve had a summer without Minor League Baseball played,” said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner. “While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment.”

Crosscutters Principal Owner Peter Freund stated, “While this difficult decision was not ours to make, we feel it was the right one, for players, coaches, front office staff, stadium workers and most importantly Minor League fans across the country.”

In the coming days Cutters staff will be reaching out to our 2020 season tickets holders, sponsorship partners and those who had already planned group outings at the ballpark, to answer your questions and provide options moving forward. Now, more than ever, we ask for the continued support of our fans, business partners and the greater Williamsport community.

In addressing concerns regarding the 2021 season, the Crosscutters expect to again field a team under Major League Baseball’s umbrella. In addition, the team looks forward to co-hosting another MLB Little League Classic while also playing an important role in the future growth and reach of MLB.

While the Crosscutters offices at BB&T Ballpark remain closed to the general public, fans with questions can reach the front office by calling (570) 326-3389 or via email at mail@crosscutters.com.

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART II

The following is an opinion editorial authored by Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport, todd@foxsportswilliamsport.com.

Jennifer Lake took the better part of Friday to formulate a response to the OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone. 

As predicted, she is now the victim.

She is correct, in one facet of her response, “…that I am resigning from the WASD School Board. This is fake news. 100% made up. A lie. I am proud to serve my community and the children in this volunteer position. I have no intentions of resigning.”

Let me be the first to echo her statement Jennifer Lake is not “resigning from the WASD School Board.”

 

In fact Jennifer, history tells us you already did.

When do you ask?

When you failed to look at anyone other than Dr. Bigger and mostly you looked at the floor on February 4, 2020.

How do I know?

That evening, I left my keyboard behind to bring my notebook to the WASD school board meeting.

That evening, you had a chance to actually make history and set the record straight forever by providing a second to a motion noted in Part IX of the FSW multi-part series titled, “A Baseball Story” related to the Myrtle Beach incident, WASD Board Member Adam Cole Welteroth offered public comment during the February 4, 2020 WASD School Board meeting where he again raised concerns.

For almost two years, the district has remained silent on this matter while being subjected to RTK requests, expanded accusations of wrong done, and a multi part news series on the accounts and handling of the Myrtle Beach incident.

It is time, we as a board take steps to put this matter to rest.

With this motion, I would invite a second by my fellow board members to allow discussion as to why we should not commission a third party investigation and review at this time.

The motion made by Welteroth was met with 10 seconds of stunned silence from the other 8 members of the WASD School Board including President Lori Baer, Vice President Dr. Jane Penman, Patrick Dixon, Barbara Reeves, Marc Schefsky, Star Poole, Dr. Nancy Story Somers and Jennifer Lake as well as WASD Solicitor Fred Holland, multiple WASD administrators and did not receive a second.

Lori Baer, President of the WASD School Board after the 10 seconds of stunned silence, said, “I don’t hear a second, Adam at this point in time. I think this is pry (sic) something that pry (sic) we need to talk about in executive session with legal advisement may not be quite appropriate to do it right now, so…but unless somebody would like to offer a second.”

Welteroth responds, “the second motion is to talk about this it’s not saying (inaudible).”

Baer concludes, “I’m not seeing anybody (inaudible).”

 

Instead as I mentioned above, you sat silent and refused to make eye contact with me by mostly looking at the floor.

I was the guy in the front row waiting for you and your colleagues to second that motion.

Instead, I heard the silence noted above.

 

In your public comments today, you make mention of being called a “racist” in a public forum and you refuse to engage in that dialogue.

That is an interesting position to take, since the anti-racist/racism Resolution unanimously approved by the WASD in fact calls the entire community racist by your codified definition.

When the conversation begins with “you are a racist, and I’m done talking about it,” how are we as a society suppose to work toward unity?

Or is it the world according to Jennifer Lake and her life’s work?

If you want to have the real conversation about race relations, let’s have it.

Wait I forgot, it won’t be as a member of the WASD School Board, you already resigned with your inaction on February 4, 2020.

As a footnote, the Myrtle Beach Police Department is still waiting on your call.

By you changing your Facebook page settings and blocking people; that is behavior from someone who is unfit for the moment they claim to be in charge of.

All of the love you keep receiving online is more than JOHN DOE #1 and JOHN DOE #2 have ever felt from you or the WASD.

You remember, the victims you still fail to recognize that suffered as you were informed on June 5, 2018 by WASD solicitor Fred Holland “indecent and inappropriate behavior by a WAHS baseball player.”

Earlier this year, the same incident Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner described as “criminal sexual misconduct”, prior to referring the matter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

 

Let us agree, history will be our judge.

History will show which side of this argument you have been on since the beginning.

No amount of Facebook likes or comments will make you feel better after that type of indifferent systemic failure is exposed in criminal and civil cases involving the WASD.

Volunteer position or not, you serve on a school board that turned a blind eye and deaf ear to the Myrtle Beach incident and fail to recommend firings for those employees who took an active part in covering it up.

This is not hate.

These are indisputable facts.

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone

The following is an opinion editorial authored by Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport, todd@foxsportswilliamsport.com.

So how does a highly trained and qualified mandated reporter fail to call the Myrtle Beach Police Department or even raise concerns for more than two years lead the anti-racism movement in the WASD?

My argument is, Jennifer Lake you missed your moment!

WASD school board member Jennifer Lake who has served in her position for many years is now the loudest voice for change as it relates to systemic racism in the district.

For those that may not know who Lake is, her bio page states: “Jenn has been personally and/or professionally involved in the world of adoption for over 16 years.  In 2016, Jenn began her professional career in Family Advocacy where she has recruited, trained and supported foster and adoptive families on their journey to permanency and beyond. In 2019, Jenn earned the title of TBRI Practitioner through the Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development out of Texas Christian University.

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children. TBRI has been applied in orphanages, courts, residential treatment facilities, group homes, foster and adoptive homes, churches, and schools.

Jenn and her husband, Matt, are passionate champions of caring for orphans and vulnerable children.”

With her biographical information as the backdrop and specifically the references to “provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children” and “passionate champions of caring for orphans and vulnerable children.”

Champions do not allow team trips out of state with no hotel room list or adult chaperones beyond the coaching staff.

Champions call the Myrtle Beach Police Department when they are informed on June 5, 2018 by WASD solicitor Fred Holland of “indecent and inappropriate behavior by a WAHS baseball player.”

The same incident Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner described as “criminal sexual misconduct”, prior to referring the matter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Shapiro has confirmed to FSW receipt of the case referral.

Champions at a minimum pose questions to district administrators when the story does not add up.

Champions ask for a final report of investigations that are conducted by people who are subordinate to you.

Champions do not sit silent when a fellow WASD board member asks for a second as it relates to opening a third party independent investigation into the “criminal sexual misconduct” incident on the 2018 WAHS baseball team trip to Myrtle Beach during the February 4, 2020 meeting.

After audio surfaces of the WAHS principal misleading the MBPD in regard to the incident; Champions advocate for the firing of that WASD employee and anyone else involved in the cover-up.

For a board member having served multiple terms to omit the word “victim” when referring to a vulnerable child in the WASD “Official Statement” relating to the “criminal sexual misconduct” incident, has failed to be a Champion.

We will revisit the “victim” issue in due course.

Now, this self proclaimed “Champion” wants this community to listen to her when it comes to curing systemic racism within society and specifically in the school district she oversees.

The plan moving forward, follow a piece of paper with a list of grievances.

WASD School Board Adopts Anti-Racist Resolution

On June 23, 2020, in light of recent national events, the Williamsport Area School Board adopted the following anti-racist resolution: 

WHEREAS, we are deeply saddened and outraged by the recent killing of George Floyd and violence against black men and women. The subsequent protests have shined a spotlight on the harmful effects of racism and inequality. Furthermore, the public response has highlighted the racial trauma that our black students, families, staff, and communities have not only endured for centuries but continue to face today.
WHEREAS, we must recognize that racism and hate have no place in our schools and society. However, we must understand that racism is systemic, and it is unconsciously and consciously rooted into our institutions, policies, and practices. Consequently, we acknowledge that we must look at our own school policies and practices through an anti-racist and equity lens to address traces of racism and inequity that still exist within our own school community.
WHEREAS, we must center the voices of staff, students, families, and communities who have historically endured discrimination and marginalization. Their lived experiences and stories require attention, require respect, require empathy, and most importantly require action. Therefore, it is essential that we establish an expectation that a diversity of students, families, and community members, specifically those that have been ignored, discriminated against, and marginalized, are heard and included on substantive school and district issues.
WHEREAS, we must better educate ourselves and seek to educate the community on the historical and current impact of racism and discrimination on our students, families, and communities, as well as understand our role in perpetuating such inequity. Through continuous professional development and opportunities for honest dialogue and listening sessions, we hope to build partnerships in the community focused on overcoming racism and other barriers. By doing so, we can create opportunities to ensure that each child has the tools and supports needed to thrive.
WHEREAS, we must advocate to advance civil rights and cultivate an anti-racist school climate necessary to meet the needs of ALL students in our care. Our students, no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language ability, disability, and other identities, deserve to feel safe, to feel seen, and to feel affirmed.NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Williamsport Area School Board, unequivocally stand firm in our collective responsibility to foster an equitable and inclusive environment for every student, staff member, parent, and community member. We commit to use our role as school board directors to recognize, respond, and speak out against injustice and racial inequity in our school community.

The Resolution is signed by WASD school board president Lori Baer and board Secretary Wanda Erb.

 

FULL STOP.

If a board member is not serving in their first term; could an argument be made that anyone in a second, third or longer term is actually contributing to the underlying issues noted in the Resolution?

Is it fair to say, after 400 years of history on this topic to rely upon, the recent epiphany is a little late?

Is it fair to say, it seems opportunistic?

 

During the Williamsport Area School District board meeting on Tuesday evening, board member Jennifer Lake played a leading role reading an anti-racism resolution into the record prior to its unanimous approval.

So how in good conscience can Jennifer Lake bring forward a resolution addressing a situation that occurred in Minneapolis while failing to address a tragic situation in her own backyard?

The indisputable timeline of insanity regarding the Myrtle Beach incident compared to the anti-racism Resolution unanimously approved last night defies logic.

  • WASD concludes investigation of Myrtle Beach incident June 5, 2018.
  • 19 months later – WASD issues Statement on handling of Myrtle Beach incident January 9, 2020.
  • George Floyd who has never been a student in the WASD is killed in Minnesota on May 25, 2020.
  • Less than 30 days later – WASD school board approves Anti-racism Resolution June 23, 2020
  • The anti-racism Resolution is based on national events including the death of George Floyd.

So Jennifer Lake and her fellow WASD board members had a faster public response to the death of George Floyd than a “criminal sexual misconduct” incident involving students in the district.

How could I forget, child privacy laws prevented the WASD from making a statement – for 19 months!

Jennifer Lake and her fellow WASD board members have been given an opportunity to do the right thing for the better part of the past two years and have yet to act.

Fox Sports Williamsport has published a multi-part series titled, “A Baseball Story” related to the Myrtle Beach incident.

In Part IX of the series, WASD Board Member Adam Cole Welteroth offered a public comment after the February 4, 2020 WASD School Board meeting where he again raised concerns.

For almost two years, the district has remained silent on this matter while being subjected to RTK requests, expanded accusations of wrong done, and a multi part news series on the accounts and handling of the Myrtle Beach incident.

It is time, we as a board take steps to put this matter to rest.

We cannot let students and employees of the district to be smeared in public if they have done nothing wrong.

On the same hand, we cannot let this incident go if any of these allegations and accusations are true.

Either way, we must seek an independent investigation and review of this incident by the district to put this matter to rest.

I have called for it in the past and the public has called for it as well. I make a motion to commission a third party investigation and review of this incident.

It should be contracted to a law firm who does not have a vested interest with the district professionally and/or privately.

The scope of this investigation shall attempt to answer: What happened in Myrtle Beach?

A timeline detailing what the district did in response to the incident.

A review of the districts investigation.

With this motion, I would invite a second by my fellow board members to allow discussion as to why we should not commission a third party investigation and review at this time.

The motion made by Welteroth was met with 10 seconds of stunned silence from the other 8 members of the WASD School Board including President Lori Baer, Vice President Dr. Jane Penman, Patrick Dixon, Barbara Reeves, Marc Schefsky, Star Poole, Dr. Nancy Story Somers and Jennifer Lake as well as WASD Solicitor Fred Holland, multiple WASD administrators and did not receive a second.

Lori Baer, President of the WASD School Board after the 10 seconds of stunned silence, said, “I don’t hear a second, Adam at this point in time. I think this is pry (sic) something that pry (sic) we need to talk about in executive session with legal advisement may not be quite appropriate to do it right now, so…but unless somebody would like to offer a second.”

Welteroth responds, “the second motion is to talk about this it’s not saying (inaudible).”

Baer concludes, “I’m not seeing anybody (inaudible).”

 

So the primordial question is, Jennifer Lake, if you are so concerned with “vulnerable children”, what is the harm in voicing a second?

I’m sure the Floyd family would approve of your efforts, not to mention the family of JOHN DOE #1 and JOHN DOE #2.

Or for you, is it a case of do as I tell you to, but not as I do?

Did you mean to say on your personal Jennifer Lake Facebook page on June 1 at 12:14 PM

Behavior Matching is one of the five Engagement Strategies of Trust Based Relational Intervention. It silences the amygdala (which detects threats) and creates felt-safety. When we mirror someone’s behavior, posture, thoughts, feelings, and interests, we create togetherness. We create connection.

Behavior matching is a bridge between you and me that says, “I see you. I hear you. You matter.”

Do victims of “criminal sexual misconduct” matter to you?

For more than two years you and your fellow board members have failed to “behavior match” reality on this issue which has led to community mistrust.

Instead, here is what JOHN DOE #1 and JOHN DOE #2 hear from you and the rest of the WASD loud and clear.

We don’t see you.

We don’t hear you.

And you sure as hell don’t matter.

 

Jennifer, by your actions and willful disregard for the victims of criminal sexual misconduct makes it well past time for you to immediately step down as a member of the WASD school board.

Your continued participation is only contributing to the systemic problems you so eloquently outlined in the anti-racism Resolution you read into the record last night.

Or will you wait for the State Board of Education to remove you or will you resign in disgrace when the fallout from the Myrtle Beach incident is underway?

This community will not tolerate 4 minutes let alone 400 years of the type of legacy of oversight you are leaving.

 

How Tyra Crews had a prepared statement ready to recommend a paid WASD position in the aftermath of the Resolution approval is under investigation in a Right to Know Request.

As you said on June 14 at 9:28 PMwith Matthew Lake and 2 others

We pray, we gather, we lament and we repent.”

 

With your resignation, the knee will finally come off our collective necks and as you said on June 5 at 1:53 PM

“Williamsport always be a city where all can breathe.”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVIII

Attorney General Josh Shapiro (top), Roger Freed WAHS 9th grade principal (bottom left)
Dr. Susan L. Bigger, WASD Assistant Superintendent and Brandon Pardoe WAHS head principal (bottom right)

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation
by Fox Sports Williamsport
into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip
to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART XVIII

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

 

LITTLE LEAUGUE COMPLEX HOSTED 2018 MILLIONAIRES BASEBALL BANQUET

Fox Sports Williamsport has obtained photographic evidence the cafeteria area located in the Little League headquarters building was used as the venue to celebrate the 2018 Williamsport Millionaires baseball team.

Individuals appearing in multiple photos are Nick Caringi, former Williamsport assistant baseball coach and Little League employee as well as current head coach Kyle Schneider, assistant baseball coach Joel Worthington, athletic director Sean McCann, Jamie Joy, Little League employee seated at the same table with his father-in-law criminal defense attorney George Lepley.

The obtained photos were compared to those from previous Little League luncheons.

Easily identifiable in the photos is “champions” on the wall and a multitude of Little League Word Series team photos with many different color uniforms identifying the region of the world they hail from.

Based on the time stamps of the photos, the banquet occurred on June 15, 2018.

Based upon the exclusive reporting of FSW in this series; that puts it just 10 days after the June 5, 2018 conclusion of the investigations run by WAHS principal Brandon Pardoe and former Lycoming County chief detective Willie Weber.

FSW reached out to Little League with the following questions recently.

Was the Little League complex or facility in South Williamsport used by the Williamsport High School Baseball team in 2018 for an awards banquet?

If so, was it rented?

Is the facility available for rentals to any team, group or organization?

On Monday morning, Kevin Fountain, Director of Media Relations for Little League International provided the following:

“Thanks for reaching out. As we have shared with your previous requests on this matter, it would be inappropriate for us to comment. Have a nice week.”

When did it become “inappropriate for us to comment” when asking about the use of a Little League International facility?

JOHN DOE #1, who was the victim of “criminal sexual misconduct” does not appear in any of the awards banquet photos since he had previously been kicked off the team.

Instead the people that conspired to keep the story quiet were hosted by Little League and its employees.

Was the same rigorous vetting process employed by Little League International to allow people on the complex for the Little League World Series prior to hosting this event or was it yet another baseball courtesy?

To be fair, was Little League International informed by any of its employees who were on the Myrtle Beach trip that “criminal sexual misconduct” occurred?

Did former Lycoming County chief detective Willie Weber and Little League World Series team host (uncle) inform Little League International he was part of the investigation in this matter?

Or did Weber tell Little League International it was just a “prank”?

Or was it just “boys being boys”?

Does that make the Little League International response even more perplexing with their stated narrative in regard to protecting children?

 

FREED JOINED WASD INVESTIGATION IN 2018

FSW has confirmed, Roger Freed, WAHS 9th Grade Principal was the previously unidentified administrator that participated in the investigations conducted by the WASD.

His identity was not provided in the Right to Know answers provided to FSW by the WASD.

Freed is a direct report to WAHS head principal Brandon Pardoe.

According to an article published by the Sun-Gazette on January 15, 2018, Roger Freed was appointed 9th Grade Principal at Williamsport Area High School.

FSW continues to develop information relating to the role Freed played in this case.

 

BIGGER TITLE IX TROUBLE?

Dr. Susan Bigger, WAHS Assistant  Superintendent at the time of the incident in Myrtle Beach in 2018 and subsequent investigations served in a capacity to address Title IX issues related to students.

The WASD provided at the bottom of page 1, its “Nondiscrimination Policy” contained in the Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook 2017-2018; which addressed issues related to the Title IX Education Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990.

The Williamsport Area School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and handicap in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. 

For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by handicapped individuals, contact:  Mrs. Anne Logue, Director of Human Resources, for issues related to staff, and Dr. Susan Bigger, Assistant  Superintendent, for student related issues. 

Both are located at the Williamsport Area School District, 2780 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA  17701. Telephone number 570-327-5500, ext. 40210 for Mrs. Logue and ext. 40511 for Dr. Bigger

A video depicts what Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner described as “criminal sexual misconduct” and WASD Solicitor Fred Holland characterized as “indecent and inappropriate conduct” and has subsequently been referred to PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro for review.

Do the acts depicted on video amount to a Title IX violation?

Do the acts depicted on video amount to a deprivation of a student’s civil rights?

What if any of the victims noted in this series had conditions that qualify under the Americans with Disability Act of 1990?

In PART VIII Suzanne Estrella, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), Legal Director offered the following on the Title IX issues brought up in “A Baseball Story” series of stories.

Title IX is a civil rights law that provides for equal education opportunity.  It prohibits schools that receive federal funding from discriminating on the basis of sex.

Title IX mandates that schools have a prompt and effective response to sexual assault that occurs in context of the education program or activity – this would include a sexual assault on a field trip.

Title IX also requires schools to provide some type of prevention training.

She also weighed in on the crimes alleged to have occurred, in Pennsylvania, “the crimes described in the FSW series of stories include sexual assault, battery, possibly sextortion, and the unlawful dissemination of an intimate image.”

To date, no criminal charges have been filed in South Carolina or Pennsylvania in this case.

 

Additionally from From PART VIII  of this series:

MILLER LAWSUIT AND ASSERTIONS ON THE RECORD

Miller in his lawsuit claims to be harmed by a published MBPD Police Report previously reported as listing him as the perpetrator instead of a witness to a simple assault case.

In fact, his lawyer contacted FSW on New Year’s Eve 2019 via e-mail proclaiming Miller to be the “hero and not the villain.”

He cites in #24 of his subsequently filed complaint, “While on break from coaching duties during the baseball tournament, Mr. Miller and Coaches Kyle Schneider and Joel Worthington were on the balcony of a hotel room overlooking a nearby beach when they witnessed an unknown man and woman arguing on the beachfront.”

Is it plausible this room would be part of a room list documenting where everyone on the trip was staying?

FSW already published a corrective statement that Miller was not arrested as a result of this incident.

The MBPD publicly searchable database provides names of parties involved in incidents.

#24 of the Miller complaint points out some significant deficiencies however.

Why can’t Miller tell us what hotel or room number that balcony view was from?

When Miller says, “While on break from coaching duties during the baseball tournament”, does that mean his responsibilities only applied when he was on the field “coaching” and not at the hotel or anywhere else in Myrtle Beach?

Is it the same mindset now since Miller resigned and his fellow witness and current WAHS head coach Kyle Schneider subscribes too?

Miller also claims in his complaint he has no knowledge of any of the “indecent or inappropriate behavior of a baseball player in Myrtle Beach” and only learned of it through rumors in the summer of 2018.

What’s worse, not having any knowledge of the whereabouts of the student athletes a coach is responsible for while in Myrtle Beach or potentially playing an active role in a cover-up of what obviously took place?

The WASD has already said in the RTKL responses under the penalty of perjury that there was no hotel room assignment list and when they asked Miller for one he could not provide one.

There were no adult chaperones on the trip other than the coaching staff which according to the Miller complaint he and a pair of coaches were on an unknown hotel balcony in Myrtle Beach.

 

MILLER ATTORNEYS CONFIRM CARNEVALE IN MYRTLE BEACH

Attorneys for Ryan Miller e-mailed FSW on January 9, 2020 expressing their client’s issues with “A Baseball Story” series. Ironically, the mailed versions of that same letter showed up to the offices of Colonial Radio Group of Williamsport at the end of this past week coinciding with the filing of the aforementioned lawsuit.

Miller conveniently omitted the “romantic getaway” issue from his lawsuit.

Fox Sports Williamsport is still waiting for a response from the attorneys for Miller on identifying not only the hotel name but the room number as well.

Miller also conveniently omitted from the complaint him showing up to a game at Bowman Field drunk.

Is that because he is unable to disprove this fact?

Why did WASD hire a former assistant baseball coach with two prior DUI’s as a head coach?

Was that the decision of the WAHS Athletic Director or WAHS Principal Brandon Pardoe?

 

FAIR WARNING GIVEN TO MILLER AND LAWFIRM REPRESENTING HIM BY FSW

Upon receiving the letter from the Miller attorneys; FSW gave notice to Marshall and Page IV that their client was facing a civil lawsuit from JOHN DOE #1 and that sources confirmed the criminal case had been reopened. The reopening brought up possible criminal liability for the head coach and others on the trip.

With these facts in hand, McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall filed the lawsuit against FSW and others, anyway.

 

WASD SCHOOL CONDUCT MANUAL COMPLETELY IGNORED

FSW obtained a copy of the WAHS School Conduct Guidelines, in Appendix II, under Categories – IV it states:

Acts which result in violence to another person or property or which pose a direct threat to the safety of others in the school. These acts are clearly criminal and are so serious that they always require administrative actions which result in the immediate removal of the student from the school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities and  actions by the board of school directors.

Examples

  • Unmodified conduct
  • Assault/battery
  • Extortion
  • Bomb threat
  • Possession/use/transfer/of dangerous weapons
  • Vandalism
  • Possession/sale of stolen property
  • Arson
  • Furnishing/selling/Possession of unauthorized substances

Procedures

a. The administration verifies the offense, confers with the staff involved and meets with the student.

b. The student is immediately removed from the school environment.

c. Law enforcement officials are contacted.

d. A complete and accurate report is submitted to the superintendent for board action.

e. The student is given a full due process hearing before the board.

Disciplinary Option & Responses

  • Expulsion
  • Alternative schools
  • Police intervention

As noted in this series, WASD administrators continue to assert law enforcement made them aware of the alleged incident. Even if that is true, the subsequent procedures were not followed.

The evidence to that effect is found in PART VII.

After issuing its first statement in the matter in nearly 2 years the WASD also offered the following, “The Williamsport Area School District does not condone inappropriate and indecent behavior.”

Fox Sports Williamsport has obtained a photo of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 in uniform after the 2018 District II Class 6A Baseball Championship game with his parents on each side and wearing a District II Championship medal.

Why was ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 in uniform after the 2018 District II Class 6A Baseball Championship game with his parents on each side and wearing a District II Championship medal and not suspended for the rest of the season?

Was it yet another baseball courtesy?

 

BASED ON ACT 140 PENSIONS ARE AT RISK IN THIS CASE

FSW researched state pension forfeiture statues and found the Pension Forfeiture Overview.

The right of a person to receive any retirement benefit from PSERS is subject to forfeiture as provided by the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act (“Forfeiture Act”) or ACT 140.

The law mandates that all service and benefits payable to a PSERS member be forfeited if the member is found guilty of, or enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, any crime identified in the Forfeiture Act, when the crime is committed through the member’s position as a public employee or official or when the member’s public employment places the member in a position to commit the crime(s).

All Pennsylvania criminal offenses that are classified as felonies or punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding five years are forfeitable offenses.   Several misdemeanor crimes also are forfeitable offenses.

By way of example, the list of forfeitable Pennsylvania crimes includes, but is not limited to: theft by unlawful taking or disposition; theft by deception; theft of services; theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received; forgery; tampering with records; bribery; perjury; misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions; tampering with public records or information; criminal attempt, solicitation and conspiracy; murder; voluntary manslaughter; involuntary manslaughter; aggravated assault; retail theft; identity theft; corruption of minors; unlawful contact with minor; distribution of computer virus; bomb threats; and the sexual offenses listed in Chapter 31, Subchapter B of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.

In addition, any crime set forth in Federal law or the laws of any other state is a forfeitable offense, if the crime is substantially the same as any forfeitable Pennsylvania crime.

The Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act 1978-140 (Act 140) applies to all SERS members who commit certain crimes in relation to their employment. Enforcement of Act 140 is mandatory. Pennsylvania courts have held that SERS has no discretion in its application. It does not matter if the crime is relatively minor compared to the value of pension benefits; if Act 140 is triggered, it must be applied.

The Pennsylvania Constitution and Judicial Code also contain forfeiture provisions that apply to members of the judiciary, for whom forfeiture can occur even if no crime has been committed.

Act 140 requires forfeiture of all pension and retirement benefits by any SERS member who commits certain crimes.

Also forfeited are any benefits for the member’s beneficiaries and survivor annuitants. The only benefits Act 140 allows a SERS member to receive are his or her contributions paid into the pension fund, without interest. Even these may be lost, however, because they can be used to pay fines and restitution associated with the criminal conviction.

Act 140 is triggered if a SERS member is convicted of, pleads guilty, or has no defense to any listed crime committed through the member’s public office or position or when public employment puts the member in a position to commit the crime.

Pennsylvania crimes covered by Act 140 are found in 43 P.S. Section 1312. Federal crimes that are substantially the same as the Pennsylvania crimes are also covered by Act 140.

To paraphrase, they are:

  • Any of the criminal offenses set forth in Subchapter B of Chapter 31 (relating to definition of offenses) when the criminal offense is committed by a school employee as defined in 24 Pa. C.S. Section 8102 (relating to definitions) against a student
  • Section 3922 (relating to theft by deception) when the criminal culpability reaches the level of a misdemeanor of the first degree or higher
  • Section 3923 (relating to theft by extortion) when the criminal culpability reaches the level of a misdemeanor of the first degree or higher
  • Section 3926 (relating to theft of services) when the criminal culpability reaches the level of a misdemeanor of the first degree or higher
  • Section 3927 (relating to theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received), when the criminal culpability reaches the level of a misdemeanor of the first degree or higher
  • Section 4101 (relating to forgery)
  • Section 4104 (relating to tampering with records or identification)
  • Section 4702 (relating to threats and other improper influence in official and political matters)
  • Section 4902 (relating to perjury)
  • Section 4903(a) (relating to false swearing)
  • Section 4904 (relating to unsworn falsification to authorities)
  • Section 4906 (relating to false reports to law enforcement authorities)
  • Section 4909 (relating to witness or informant taking bribe)
  • Section 4910 (relating to tampering with or fabricating physical evidence)
  • Section 4911 (relating to tampering with public records or information)
  • Section 4952 (relating to intimidation of witnesses or victims)
  • Section 4953 (relating to retaliation against witness, victim or party)
  • Section 5101 (relating to obstructing administration of law or other governmental function)
  • Section 5301 (relating to official oppression)
  • Section 5302 (relating to speculating or wagering on official action or information)

Pension Forfeiture (DC Plan)

The right of a person to receive any retirement benefit from PSERS is subject to forfeiture as provided by the Forfeiture Act (refer to Pension Forfeiture Overview section).  A member forfeits all accumulated employer contributions and investment earnings, if any, on those contributions in the member’s DC account.  A member’s contributions to the DC Plan, including all mandatory employee, voluntary contributions, and all amounts rolled-over into the DC plan with all investment earnings, if any, on all such contributions, shall be available for restitution.

If you need additional information about the Pension Forfeiture Act and how it relates to PSERS retirement benefits, or need to report a potential pension forfeiture matter to PSERS, please contact your PSERS’ Employer Service Center representative.

Putting aside for a moment that WAHS Head Principal Brandon Pardoe never reached out to the MBPD as a mandated reporter to inform them he had been informed by law enforcement of the incident.

When Pardoe received a call from MBPD Detective Aiesi in Septmeber 2018, was he obligated under ACT 140 to disclose the fact he ran an investigation into the events of the Myrtle Beach trip?

When he received a second call the same day from another MBPD Detective, was the fact he ran an investigation into the events of the Myrtle Beach trip disclosed then?

Since the recorded phone conversation makes no mention of it, did Pardoe commit any number of these offenses;

  • Section 4902 (relating to perjury)
  • Section 4903(a) (relating to false swearing)
  • Section 4904 (relating to unsworn falsification to authorities)
  • Section 4906 (relating to false reports to law enforcement authorities)

thus, putting his pension in jeopardy?

 

According to the RADIO SHOW CALLER CLAIMS in PART XVI:

“EVERYONE INVOLVED KNEW INSTANTANEOUSLY AFTER IT HAPPENED”

 

FSW has the following question for the current and former WASD School Board members, administration, teachers, staff, coaches and parents; was it all worth it?

PART XIX is forthcoming.

 

LINKS TO 18-PART SERIES PUBLISHED BY FOX SPORTS WILLIAMSPORT

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVIII

BREAKING NEWS: PA AG Press Office confirms receipt of Criminal Sexual Misconduct referral from DA Gardner

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVI

EXCLUSIVE: AG Shapiro press office on referral: “If and when we receive it, it will be promptly reviewed”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVII

BREAKING NEWS: PA AG Press Office confirms receipt of Criminal Sexual Misconduct referral from DA Gardner

UPDATE: Charges filed in Greater Latrobe Junior High hazing case cited in “A Baseball Story”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVI

EXCLUSIVE: AG Shapiro press office on referral: “If and when we receive it, it will be promptly reviewed”

BREAKING NEWS: District Attorney Gardner refers Myrtle Beach case to PA Attorney General – PART XV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XIV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XIII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XI

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART X

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IX

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VIII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VI

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART V

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART III

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART II

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART I

Fans often ask me, what if?

Millionaire Baseball Mayhem in Myrtle Beach

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVII

Attorney General Josh Shapiro (top), Dr. Timothy Bowers, WASD Superintendent (bottom left)
Wanda Erb, WASD RTK Officer (bottom middle) and WAHS Head Baseball Coach Kyle Schneider (bottom right)

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation
by Fox Sports Williamsport
into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip
to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART XVII

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

 

IS HAZING THE NORM IN THE WASD?

This topic was covered in PART VIII of this series. The similarities in the alleged behaviors engaged in by the fraternity brothers in the aftermath of the unfortunate incidents that unfortunately claimed the life of Timothy Piazza have a striking resemblance to this case.

Piazza was a fraternity pledge at Penn State and those involved in the hazing case were criminally charged, subsequently sentenced and have also been sued in federal court.

Penn State was also named as a defendant in civil litigation and swiftly reached an out of court settlement with the Piazza family as Pulitzer Prize winning author and current CNN correspondent Sara Ganim filed in this report on February 2, 2019.

Tom Kline, founding partner of Kline & Specter represents the Piazza family and obtained the undisclosed monetary settlement with Penn State.

From the Ganim report on CNN, “The university also pledged $2 million and help raising money to help it become a national Greek life research center, according to a university statement.”

Attorney David Inscho of the firm Kline & Specter represents JOHN DOE #1 and his family in the case chronicled in this series.

Inscho was reached for this story and offered the following, “We understand the criminal investigation into the assault against our client has been referred to the state attorney general’s office.  We hope that this will result in the full and complete investigation warranted by the assault. We have been willing to and will continue to assist in any investigation that seeks to uncover the facts and hold the perpetrators responsible.”

Since the e-mail disclosure by WASD Solicitor Fred Holland of “indecent and inappropriate behavior” in response to a question posed by FSW in 2018, none of the facts in this case elicited from this report has changed.

What continues to change on a nearly daily basis is the response from the WASD.

So the fundamental question remains posed in the series A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball; if nothing happened in Myrtle Beach, why won’t the WASD tell us the story?

 

PLAUSIBLE ANSWERS

If the WASD tells us what happened in Myrtle Beach, a number of people will face real world consequences.

Everyone involved would face potential criminal liability.

Based upon state laws passed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case; it could cost everyone involved their pensions.

With the existing anti-hazing laws already on the books in 2018 then bolstered by the death of Timothy Piazza make the possibility of more severe punishments for those involved more likely.

A civil lawsuit being filed against the WASD and all parties involved by JOHN DOE#1 who is being represented by Kline & Specter is a near certainty.

The videos of the alleged incidents in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina which were shared across multiple social media platforms – do not lie.

The cell phone records of everyone on the trip and those communicating with those on the trip also do not lie.

These are all plausible answers to why the WASD never wanted this incident to see the light of day.

 

LACK OF PROBITY

The credibility of the radio show caller referenced in PART XVI reaffirmed the assertions in this series that nearly everyone on the trip in Myrtle Beach knew what happened to JOHN DOE #1 in the immediate moments, hours and days remaining on the trip.

To believe otherwise as the WASD has tried to make the public do, reason and disbelief must be suspended.

The lack of transparency and forthrightness in the WASD RTK responses is devastating to our community in how the public trust was violated.

Dr. Timothy Bowers, WASD Superintendent (bottom left), as the FSW story began to develop in 2018 silenced Fred Holland, as noted in PART III.

No citation of federal laws, no student privacy concerns were ever cited as Holland was muted.

Just stop talking to FSW was the edict from Dr. Bowers.

This in and of itself is grounds for Dr. Bowers to be removed from his position as Superintendent.

To date, the WASD School Board has failed to take any action in this matter beyond burying its collective head in the sand, hoping this too will just go away.

Remember, the WASD wants the general public to believe former Lycoming County Chief Detective Willie Weber brought this case to their attention after a Child Line call was placed on May 18, 2018.

Then Weber waited five months to file an actual report; at the request of the Myrtle Beach Police Department whom he and Brandon Pardoe never called.

The same Myrtle Beach Police Department that holds jurisdiction of the assault case in question.

Wanda Erb, WASD Right to Know Officer (bottom middle), provided the written responses to FSW on behalf of the district.

The story she attempted to piece together was so woefully incompetent, she placed former WASD administrator Randy Zangara in Myrtle Beach at the time of the trip, in writing.

Does that amount to perjury?

Zangara was so willing to clear his name of any wrong doing he refused comment for previous installments of this series.

As this series has also outlined, he was present at a WAHS game at Bowman Field that he and Miller showed up to intoxicated.

With Erb placing him physically in Myrtle Beach, it appears he was talking to those on the trip regularly from Williamsport based on records obtained by FSW through the RTK Law requests.

Were those conversations about baseball or something else?

In the aftermath of WAHS Baseball Coach Ryan Miller stepping down for family reasons, then WAHS Baseball Assistant Coach Kyle Schneider (bottom right) was named as the interim coach.

Schneider was later promoted to WAHS Head Baseball Coach; a position he holds today even though the 2020 season was not played due to coronavirus concerns.

Was Schneider promoted in order to keep the WAHS baseball team secret intact?

Former head coach Ryan Miller and Schneider as previously noted were roommates in Myrtle Beach.

Was Schneider comfortable with no room list?

Was Schneider comfortable with no adult chaperones?

Where did he go as Miller and Worthington went to the aide of the unknown female on the beach?

So many unanswered questions.

Rhetorically speaking, what is more contagious in the WAHS Baseball program, spreading of a false narrative to protect a brand or coronavirus?

DOES ERB EVEN CARE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH?
According to the WASD Wanda Erb Affidavit 10-8-19 obtained by FSW in response to RTK mediation efforts on October 8, 2019, Erb offered the following within response #8,:

“As for Ryan Miller, Alicia Carnevale, David Heller, Kyle Schneider and Nick Caringi, I reviewed the text messages then existing on their phones, with their assistance. The only message responsive to the request was found on Mr. Heller’s phone and was disclosed in the Agency’s repsonse.

Tariq Moore did not respond to efforts to contact him until after the Agency sent its response. His phone is neither owned nor paid for by the district and was not reviewed. Joel Worthington never responded to my efforts to contact him. His phone is neither owned nor paid for by the district and was not reviewed.

FSW is curious to this particular phraseology, “then existing on their phones, with their assistance”, so Erb did not ask Verizon to produce the unedited or deleted messages, just the parties involved while they watched.

Would those phones, texts and photos be of any interest to Attorney General Josh Shapiro who may now be investigating this matter as his office investigated the Piazza matter?

It will be fascinating if he finds any messages or information beyond the one and only text Erb noted as: “responsive to the request”.

Apparently, no one communicated what bar or restaurant they would be eating at in Myrtle Beach the entirety of the trip.

Just that one text between two assistant coaches in mid-June 2018.

This community may never know since Wanda Erb did not really seem to care if any answers were provided, other than, well at least I tried.

This is they same type of nonsense the WASD wants the general public to believe in how it ran an investigation on itself.

In cases like this, the investigators who work for Attorney General Josh Shapiro live for ineptitude of this magnitude.

 

RYAN MILLER WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WAHS BASEBALL TEAM IN MYRTLE BEACH

In the WAHS responses to the RTKL requests from FSW, the narrative has been quite clear; throw Miller and McCann to the wolves to protect Brandon Pardoe and George Lepley.

Lepley is the attorney of record for ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1.

Ryan Miller is listed as Head Coach on the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic Tournament WAHS MB Tournament Agreement 2018, it is co-signed by WAHS Principal Brandon Pardoe and WAHS Athletic Director Sean McCann on June 14, 2017.

The name Ryan Miller appears on the Atlantica Resort Atlantica Resort Receipts 3-14-18 for the rooms the players and staff stayed in.

Ryan Miller paid for those rooms with a credit card as previously reported in this series.

The planning for the trip lasted more than a year and to date, a room list has yet to be produced.

To further illustrate the disconnect Miller has with the fact that “criminal sexual misconduct” occurred; Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner referred this matter to PA Attorney General Shapiro for consideration.

Ryan Miller will never escape the fact he was the head coach of a baseball team that he was responsible for when the assault of one of his players occurred.

To add insult to injury, he is unable to even tell us what room he, his girlfriend, assistant coaches or any of his players including the victim, stayed in.

 

BACK TO ERB AND HER LACK OF PROBITY

Did Miller and Carnevale share with Wanda Erb as they reviewed their phones with her; they were in the same suite as Schneider and Worthington?

This fact is admitted to by Miller in his lawsuit against FSW and other defendants.

Would that fact alone lead Erb to call Verizon for all of the messages on both phones?

What was being in the same suite with Coach Miller and Alicia Carnevale even like for Schneider and Worthington?

Keeping in mind, it has been admitted to by Miller and Carnevale they were in a consenting sexual relationship that resulted in a child and the subsequent resignation by Miller as head coach for “family reasons.”

Or could Schneider and Worthington or Miller and Alicia Carnevale shed light on the possibility they changed rooms and hotels all together?

Would any text messages exist speak to long nights at local bars in Myrtle Beach?

Did Carnevale bother to volunteer to Erb or anyone else Schneider was her cousin?

As all this is going on, does anyone know where the players are or what rooms they are in?

 

TIME ON THE SIDE OF JOHN DOE#1 AS A SEX CRIME VICTIM IN CRIMINAL & CIVIL FILINGS

According to the criminal victim advocate web site; “Sexual violence.” Rape, indecent contact as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. §3101 (relating to definitions), incest or using, causing, permitting, persuading or coercing the child to engage in a prohibited sexual act as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. §6312(a) (relating to sexual abuse of children) or a simulation of a prohibited sexual act for the purpose of photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming involving the child.

According to an online search of the Pennsylvania Statutes of Limitations in both Criminal cases and Civil Lawsuits for Sexual Abuse; in regard to filing in either instance time is on the side of the victim.

A civil lawsuit may be filed against the abuser or an organization (such as a church, school, or workplace) that allowed the abuse to occur. A victim of sexual abuse can demand compensation for his or her economic and non-economic damages, including pain and suffering.

In Pennsylvania, the filing of a civil claim dealing with sexual abuse must be commenced at any time within:

  • Two years of the abuse, if the victim is an adult, or
  • 12 years from the victim’s 18th birthday (if the victim was a minor at the time of the sexual abuse).

Again, proposed legislation would dramatically change these statutes of limitations and could even re-open time-barred child abuse claims.

Criminal Cases for Sexual Abuse

In order to prosecute a sexual abuser, you must file a report with law enforcement. Criminal sexual abuse cases are filed by the State of Pennsylvania on behalf of a victim. A suspect may face jail time, sex offender registration, and other penalties, if guilty. 

In Pennsylvania criminal cases, a prosecutor may file charges of child sexual abuse anytime before the victim’s 50th birthday. All other sexual assault and abuse charges involve a 12-year statute of limitations.

Additionally, there is a DNA evidence exception to the SOL. If a perpetrator is identified by DNA evidence after the statute of limitations has expired, a prosecutor may still file criminal charges within a year of a suspect’s identification.

Is this why Detective Weber waited five months to file a formal report once the MBPD asked for one?

Is this why Detective Weber characterized the incident as a “prank”.

 

FSW REPORTING HAS BEEN PROVEN CORRECT TIME & TIME AGAIN

FSW was the first to report the family of JOHN DOE#1 was seeking legal counsel.

Kline and Specter now represent JOHN DOE#1 and have sent letters to parties involved including the WASD in a potential civil case.

As first reported by FSW, a criminal act occurred in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

How did FSW know?

WASD Solicitor Fred Holland said so when he called it “indecent and inappropriate behavior.”

As the bombshell report in PART XV of this series outlined, Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner referred the case to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for consideration.

Prior to receiving the referral FSW contacted the press office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for comment on the referral and received the following response.

“We have not yet received a referral. If and when we receive it, it will be promptly reviewed.”

Shapiro subsequently confirmed receipt of the referral and declined further comment.

 

PART XVIII is forthcoming.

 

LINKS TO 17-PART SERIES PUBLISHED BY FOX SPORTS WILLIAMSPORT

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVII

BREAKING NEWS: PA AG Press Office confirms receipt of Criminal Sexual Misconduct referral from DA Gardner

UPDATE: Charges filed in Greater Latrobe Junior High hazing case cited in “A Baseball Story”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVI

EXCLUSIVE: AG Shapiro press office on referral: “If and when we receive it, it will be promptly reviewed”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVI

EXCLUSIVE: AG Shapiro press office on referral: “If and when we receive it, it will be promptly reviewed”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XIV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XIII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XI

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART X

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IX

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VIII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VI

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART V

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART III

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART II

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART I

Fans often ask me, what if?

Millionaire Baseball Mayhem in Myrtle Beach

The NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE issued the following statement today

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the start of the 2020 New York-Penn League™ season is being delayed indefinitely. The League and its clubs will continue to monitor the situation and work with our Major League Baseball™ affiliates, while following the recommendations of public health officials and adhering to local reopening guidelines.  As always, the health and safety of the New York-Penn League™ fans, players and staff members are our top priorities. Additionally, the New York-Penn League™ All-Star Game has been canceled.”

BREAKING NEWS: PA Attorney General Press Office confirms receipt of Criminal Sexual Misconduct referral from DA Gardner

Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner (left) and PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro (right)

Criminal Case referral based on the events surrounding the 2018 Williamsport Millionaires Baseball team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and subsequent investigations.

As exclusively reported by Fox Sports Williamsport on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner referred the case to the office of PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Earlier today, the Press Office of Attorney General Shapiro provided this statement in response to the following inquiry from FSW:

Just following up to confirm receipt of the referral.

If so, is the case being accepted as well?

“We have received the referral, Todd, but that’s all we can say at this time.”

 

Earlier in the day, Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner was asked by FSW during a press conference about the referral and he declined public comment since it has been officially referred to the Attorney General.

On May 8, FSW made an inquiry following up on the referral, EXCLUSIVE: AG Shapiro press office on referral: “If and when we receive it, it will be promptly reviewed”.

In PART I of “A Baseball Story” series WASD Solicitor Fred Holland characterized the incident as “indecent and inappropriate behavior.”

WASD Superintendent Dr. Tim Bowers subsequently put a gag order on Holland in regard to the case.

Recently, a story with hazing similarities reached the charging phase, UPDATE: Charges filed in Greater Latrobe Junior High hazing case cited in “A Baseball Story”.

FSW will continue to follow developments in this story.

Part XVII of “A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball” is forthcoming.

 

LINKS TO 16-PART SERIES PUBLISHED BY FOX SPORTS WILLIAMSPORT

UPDATE: Charges filed in Greater Latrobe Junior High hazing case cited in “A Baseball Story”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVI

EXCLUSIVE: AG Shapiro press office on referral: “If and when we receive it, it will be promptly reviewed”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XIV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XIII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XI

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART X

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IX

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VIII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VI

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART V

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART III

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART II

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART I

Fans often ask me, what if?

Millionaire Baseball Mayhem in Myrtle Beach

East Coast Invitational Basketball Camp canceled due to COVID-19

The East Coast Invitational June 24-June 27 has been canceled due to COVID-19. We have to protect our Teams and Fans.

According to Wells Gulledge, ECI Director “certainly we are disappointed, but we look forward to our 20th Anniversary in 2021. Thank you to all of our sponsors and support staff for all you do to make our Camp in Jacksonville, North Carolina so special.”

The East Coast Invitational is set for a return to Jacksonville, North Carolina June 25-June 28, 2021.

2020 District IV Football All-Star Game cancelled

By: Ed Weaver | PIAA District IV Football Coaches Association

It is with great sadness that the 2020 District IV Football All-Star game, scheduled for June 19, 2020, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.

Projected 2020 North Roster

Athens – Dylan Comstock, Damian Hudson, Keegan Rude

Bucktail – Liam Dwyer

Canton – Uriah Bailie, Garrett Storch, Carson Stiner, Keegen Nelson

Cowanesque Valley – Kole Hurler, Seth Huyler, Owen Fitzwater

Jersey Shore – Tanner Lorson, Stanton Westin, Anthony Shaffer, Dawson Sechrist, Brett Guthrie, Ryan Kershner

Loyalsock – Malaki Parlante, Aiden Gair, Rees Watkins, Dane Armson, Simone Mileto, Nolin Damiano

Montoursville – Will Carson, Travis Johnson, Jacob Stoner, Hunter Shearer, Jacob Reeder, Ryan Keen, Ian Plankenhorn, Jaxon Dalena

Montgomery – Steven Prince, Alex Hans, Kade Showers

Muncy – Christian Good, Dakota Haueisen, Cael Hembury

Sayre – Zach Watkins, Corbin Brown, Isaiah Firestine, Ethan Miller, Pat Casterline

South Williamsport – Luke Winner, Dakota Hill, Austin Nash, Kyle Whipple, Ethan Fields, Caleb Nelson

Towanda – Tanner Kunkle, Lacin Terry, Blake Templeton

Wellsboro – Aidan Hauser, Silas Wagaman, Logan Henry, Alex Burrell, Keegan Clemens, Tyler Hancock

Williamsport – Brock Moyer, Drake Mankey, Ian Welshans, Edward Jefferson, Jonathan Cramer, Ethan Williamson

Wyalusing – Jackson Chilson, Shane Fuhrey

Projected 2020 South Roster

Central Columbia – Jacob Reifer, Zander Bradley, Josh Cohen, Cole Heintzelman, Riley O’Neil

CMVT – Owen Reichner, Caleb Dawson, Mekhi Mundrick

Hughesville – Ethan Snyder

Line Mountain – Dillon Bohner, Cody Ebersole, Kelly Reed, Colton Smith

Midd-West – Reid Dunkleberger, Carter Sauer, Gabe Regester

Mifflinburg – Mason Breed, Rylee Stahl, Gary DeGroat Jr.

Milton – Owen Kesister, Brent Mitch

Mount Carmel – Logan Wills, Nick Troutman, Jack Chapman, Shane Weidner, Tommy Reisinger, Mike Makowski, Collin Herb, Noah Berkoski, Brad Shurock, Dylan Pupo, Joey Bendas

Selinsgrove – Trey Baney, Wyatt Metzger, Nick Sheaffer, Miciah Showers, Josh Nylund, Christian Kantz

Shikellamy – Billy Nace, Derek Reitz, Joel Derr, Ryan Castillo, Nathan Minnier

Southern Columbia – Jacob Herr, Ian Huntington, Cade Linn, Ty Roadarmel

Warrior Run – Remington Corderman, Riley Daubert, Kenny Newman, Ahmahd Keyes, Jack Welliver, Denver Beachel, Pete Reasner

Cutters 5K Race Canceled Due to COVID-19

Race scheduled to return in 2021

Out of an abundance of caution, the Williamsport Crosscutters and Hope Enterprises have jointly announced the cancelation of this year’s Cutters 5K Race originally scheduled to for June 27.

“While this is one of our signature charity events and important to The Hope Foundation, the race committee unanimously felt that this decision was the appropriate one given the situation related to COVID-19,” stated Gabe Sinicropi Cutters Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations.

Proceeds from the event, which has been held for the past nine years, benefit The Hope Foundation. Last year’s Cutters 5K attracted almost 200 participants and raised over $21,000. Hope’s President and CEO Rob Labatch said, “We are grateful for the support of the Williamsport Crosscutters and look forward to the continuation of our partnership in 2021.”

An update on the Williamsport Crosscutters 2020 season is expected to be released in the coming weeks. Fans can find the latest news and information online at crosscutters.com as well as Cutters social media channels.