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    Changing of the guard

    Jack Creighton will soon retire as Frankford’s athletic director. Former boys varsity basketball coach Ben Dubin will step into the role.

    When the 2014-15 school year begins roughly two months from now, a familiar face in the Frankford High School athletics community will be absent. Luckily for the Pioneers, another well-known individual will be stepping in.

    Public struggle

    The Public League’s misfortunes in the Carpenter Cup continued on Sunday, dropping its 24th straight decision. The league’s only win came in 1990.

    The old adage states that the only two guarantees in life are death and taxes. If there was room to add a third proclamation, it might state, “Death, taxes and, come early June, the Public League will lose its first and only Carpenter Cup contest.”

    Namnun wins 100th before reigning champ Frankford falls in first round

    Even when Juan Namnun expects to lose, he still wins.

    High school baseball playoffs are on the horizon

    With the end of the regular season nearly upon us, here is a closer look at the state of some of the area’s top baseball programs on the eve of the postseason (records through Monday):

    Good vibrations

    Following a loss in last year’s Public League title game, Franklin Towne Charter is a team on a mission. They currently sit atop the league’s ‘A’ Division.

    Before Franklin Towne Charter’s home baseball game against Nueva Esperanza on Friday, the American Legion field at Devereaux and Hegerman streets more closely resembled a dance floor. 

    Pioneer pups

    Following a third straight league title, Frankford baseball is left with nothing but freshmen and sophomores. Head coach Juan Namnun isn’t complaining.

    In the moments before Monday afternoon’s Public League Division A baseball contest against visiting GAMP, a Frankford player sheepishly approached a visiting reporter while holding some athletic tape in his hands. 

    Trending upward

    After an 11-0 showing in Division B a season ago, Lincoln baseball has risen back to the Public League’s top division. They plan on staying put.

    John Larsen remembers the darker days, so forgive him for not allowing his sky to fall following two consecutive losses.

    Public League baseball vet leads Northeast

    If the Public League had a mayor, Joe Fite might be able to run unopposed.

    May 22 playoff baseball and softball update

    The following is a list of playoff results, as well as future contests, for all of the area high school baseball and softball teams still competing in postseason play.

    The comeback kids

    There was a brief time, probably somewhere around the evening of April 19, when Juan Namnun thought his Frankford baseball team might be doomed.

    Play ball

    — High school baseball players and coaches in the Northeast are ready for the 2013 season. Are you?

    Defense wins championships … just ask Frankford

    — Wanting to erase painful memories of last year’s title game, Frankford’s defense made a statement.

    Grudge match

    — The George Washington Eagles vs. the Frankford Pioneers: A gridiron contest that withstands the test of time.

    Friday Night Flights

    — In football's opening weekend in the Northeast, Frankford stood firm in a statement win on the road.

    Coaching Pioneers

    — Bob Peffle and Juan Namnun did nothing but win at Frankford, but their strong bond extends beyond baseball.

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Quotations
  • “The first underlying issue is the socioeconomic aspect of athletics in our area,” said Frankford head coach Juan Namnun, who coached the Public League for the fifth time in the Carpenter Cup on Sunday.

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  • As Namnun pointed out, any young person is a product of his or her environment.

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