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Sports Columns

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.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Mercy rule."

It's become a normal part of the sports vernacular.

But it wasn't too long ago that the term was just being introduced to high school sports.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) first adopted it for football during the 1998 season. The rule keeps the clock running, except for a few circumstances, if one team is ahead by 35 or more points during any stage in the second half.

Through four weeks of the season, mercy rule games have been quite prominant among Times News area teams.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lehighton's move to the Anthracite Football League is already "paying" off.

After nearly two decades as a Mountain Valley Conference member, Lehighton officially began play in the AFL and the Schuylkill League this season.

If early indications hold true, the switch will not only suit the Indians well on the playing field, but at the ticket booth as well.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

One year ago, the intro to this column led to this line: "It's never been tougher." The "it" referred to being a teenager, teaching a teenager, and the real toughie parenting a teenager (though parenting a preteen can't be a walk in the park, either).

In that column, I wrote that "effective parenting today like the pursuit of health and fitness is a never-ending endeavor that's more an art than a science.

Talk about a daunting job. You rarely get a break, you often get grief, and you have no manual or guidebook to follow."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

One of the newspapers I read runs a recipe-exchange column. So about a week after a plea from Phyllis of Phillipsburg for an easy-to-follow fudge recipe, it prints three or four or five options submitted by other readers.

So why do I based on what I believe and the life I lead regularly read a column about how to make fattening foods like fudge? For the same reason I sometimes watch high-end car auctions on television.

You should be able to appreciate the elements of life you don't want or need in yours.