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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Early one Thursday night, a man consumed an energy drink, an energy shot, and a diet pill. He did this on an empty stomach, so the fact that he stayed awake the entire night and did not fall asleep until 7 a.m. the next morning may not surprise you.

Until you discover the man's weight, his profession, and what he did for a good part of the night.

Terrence Cody weighs 349 pounds, plays nose tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, and banged heads, bodies, and god knows what else against the offensive linemen of the Cleveland Browns for four quarters of football.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

On a typical school day, I work out before I eat breakfast, with the second event occurring around 7 a.m. as I finalize the day's lesson plans at school. I drink a protein shake at 9:20, eat lunch at 11:45, have an afternoon snack around 2:30, and then begin supper by 5:45.

You'd think my eating would end with a before-bed snack, but no. I usually wake up twice before midnight and eat two more times.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

In an early season basketball game against Holy Redeemer, Marian's Ashley Fannick was driving toward the basket for a left -handed layup when she fell awkwardly to the floor. After being helped off the court, she knew exactly what had happened to her right knee.

Tests confirmed that Fannick had torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). She will not play the rest of her senior season. To make it worse, this was Fannick's second time tearing her ACL, the other happened to her left knee during her freshman year while also driving to the basket during an open practice.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Some facets of health and fitness such as understanding the inner workings of the body can be complex. It's my job as both a writer and a teacher to break down that complexity and create simplicity.

Friday, December 26, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News Longtime basketball referee Jim Strubinger hands the ball to Tamaqua's Ben Miller during a recent game.

The National Football League, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball all do it. Colleges do it as well.

Why not our local high schools?

A proposal that may be enacted at the beginning of next year will implement a system in which Schuylkill League head coaches will evaluate officials in all varsity athletic events.

Mike Hromyak, Tamaqua athletic director and chairman of the Schuylkill League Officials Committee, said the intent of the evaluation is to have a positive effect upon the overall experience of high school athletic competition.

Monday, December 8, 2014

You've all read, I am sure, about how crucial it is to limit the amount of insulin your body secretes after eating. It's why you're advised to consume meals and snacks that are high in complex carbs and protein and low in simple carbs.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Taylor Breininger is having one of those years that a senior football player dreams of having. Last week, in the Tigers rivalry game against Northern Lehigh, Breininger recovered a fumble and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown, took a kickoff back 90 yards for another touchdown, and just for good measure, caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Frank Dangello. It was just another night on the field for Breininger, who is following in his family's football tradition at Northwestern.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Visualize evolution.

Given that command, you are probably picturing that famous drawing found in science textbooks years ago.

It illustrates a sea creature coming ashore, followed by tiny mammals, followed by a monkey walking on all fours. The monkey develops into an ape that develops into a hairy little caveman whose knuckles touch the ground. Progressively taller and less hirsute cavemen appear, improve their posture, and voila the animal closest to the inland looks just like modern man.

According to science, such a transformation took place over millions of years.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I never repeat, never want this column to read like a bad script from some 2:00 a.m. infomercial (as if there's such a thing as a good script from any early-morning infomercial). That's why I cringed when I reread part of the final sentence of last week's column.

"For proof that it's just about impossible to overeat if you're overeating protein . . . read the follow-up column slated for next week."

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Coaching football has been a family affair for the Koscioleks for over 40 years.

The late Cazzie Kosciolek Sr. began his coaching career at Panther Valley in 1972 and his sons Cazzie Jr., Greg and Matt all followed his footsteps into the profession.

But this week, the family affair the Koscioleks have with football might be more "Family Feud."

When Lehighton and Panther Valley play on Thursday night in Lansford, Greg Kosciolek will be on the Panther sideline and younger brother Matt will be part of the Indian staff.