Today, Yesterday are not just days At Northwestern, twins answer to 'Who?' not 'When?'

January 27, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

One saying goes, "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is reality."

At Northwestern High, both Yesterday and Today are reality: They're twin sisters and the youngest of 16 children.

Guards on the Wildcats' girls basketball team, Yesterday was born 17 years ago, Today a minute later.

The last name is Butler.

When we were young, we heard all types of jokes," said Today. "They'd put them in a sentence, like 'Today is Friday.' I like our names because no one [else] really has them. It feels special to be the only ones with these names."

Yesterday is a senior, and Today, who repeated second grade, is a junior.

Yesterday said: "We're not identical. We look like sisters, but not exactly alike."

Today usually plays the point, and Yesterday has played some at forward.

In her 32 years in education, Mary Louise Brown never had seen names like Yesterday or Today.

"I'm used to odd names, but when I first saw theirs, it amused me," said Brown, the school's principal. "They are both very skilled players and very good students."

Unlike their early years, Yesterday said, she and Today are used to people getting them confused.

"By the time we got in middle school and high school, everyone had gotten used to them," said Yesterday.

"I know my father, Herman, named us, but I don't know why."

New Woodlawn football coach

Brian Scriven, 28, will replace Woodlawn football coach George Goudy, who has retired.

"It's a gift that it [the position] fell my way," said Scriven. "Football's been in my blood since I was 6 years old, and, basically, it's something I've always wanted to do."

Scriven played at Cheltenham High outside Philadelphia as a running back and defensive end and making first-team all-conference.

He was a multidimensional Division II player at Bloomsburg State, graduating in 1987 with all-conference honors as a safety. The team went 12-1 in his sophomore season and won the Pennsylvania Scholastic Athletic Conference title.

Scriven made the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League as a linebacker in 1986 but was sidelined with a thigh injury without playing a down and never pursued the career further.

"I lost my edge after that," said Scriven, who was an assistant coach at Bloomsburg for three years until the fall of 1991.

He took a year off to earn his certification in business education, a course he teaches at Woodlawn.

"It's my first year in the area, so I'm new here," said Scriven. "I haven't had much contact with George, but I know they have a winning tradition and I just hope to keep that going."

The Warriors narrowly missed last year's playoffs despite their second straight 8-2 season.

"We've lost between 20 and 24 seniors, so I'm actively recruiting for next year," Scriven said.

St. Joe tracking down coaches

During the next month, Mount St. Joseph athletic director Gene Nieberlein will be chasing down candidates for the recently vacated positions of head and assistant track coach at the school.

Nieberlein wants to fill the positions within the next 30 days. Interested parties may contact Nieberlein at (410) 644-6364.

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