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Sports Columns

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas is a time for giving, sharing and spending time together with loved ones.

In the sports world, the holidays are also the time for local basketball tournaments.

Eleven area basketball teams will compete in Christmas tournaments next week. All 11 figure to play two games regardless if they win or lose on the first day, as they will either move on to their respective championship or consolation games.

Friday, December 16, 2011

I saw the hit that the Steelers James Harrison put on the Browns Colt McCoy and immediately I was angered.

My first thought was, "He did it again!".

My anger is oddly not directed towards the hit as it was my thinking about what will happen, and did happen, in the coming days.

I pictured Harrison playing the victim and vowing not to change and former NFL players and coaches who are now 'experts' defending him.

Friday, December 2, 2011


The 2012 Major League Baseball season is still months away.

That isn't going to stop a die-hard baseball fan especially this true Philadelphia Phillies fan from talking about what's happening now.

There's a lot going on with "America's pastime" right now something that I expect will continue through the off-season and right up until the Phillies' opener on April 5th in Pittsburgh.

Friday, November 25, 2011


Over the past nine seasons, he's had one of the most successful boys programs in the TIMES NEWS area.

He won four league titles, one district championship and reached the postseason all nine years.

But yet he never seemed to get the recognition he probably desereved.

Bring up Karl Rentzheimer's name around the area, and you're sure to get a few, Who? responses.

Among our writers and throughout the scholastic baseball region, though, Rentzheimer was widely regarded as one of the top people in his profession.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sometimes you need to spend money to make money. In a similar vein, sometimes you need to gain weight to lose weight.

Last week's column explained how you benefit from adding muscle. This week's column will continue to do so after expounding upon the paradoxical introduction.

Which brings us back to the bonehead we all bump into mentioned in last week's column. The former high school classmate who sees you in the grocery store and boasts that he weighs the same today as when he graduated high school: 195 pounds.

Friday, November 18, 2011

There's plenty going on around the sports world right now.

This week the Press Pass will take a look at one local, one regional and one national item that have been in the news this recently.

This week Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill that puts new regulations on how concussions are dealt with among scholastic athletes.

The bill, which goes into effect in July of 2012, calls for athletes who suffer a concussion to come out of the game and not be allowed to return to practice or play without written clearance from a medical professional with expertise in concussions.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

If life has dealt you a bad hand, here's my advice. Discard, discard, and keep discarding until you pick up the right combination of playing cards to create the situation you want.

That counsel is more than just clever word play to kick off a health-and-fitness column. Throughout my years as a teacher, it's a strategy I've watched a handful of students use to produce stability and success in their lives even though their home lives are less than stable and their family members are . . . well, less than successful.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Playing meaningful games late in the season is the goal of all high school football teams.

For six of the nine teams in the TIMES NEWS coverage area, that's exactly what they will be doing as the regular season concludes this weekend.

Northern Lehigh has qualified for the District 11 Class AA playoffs while Marian has a very slight chance of making the District 11 Class A playoffs. Most of the drama surrounds the Eastern Conference playoffs where Marian, Tamaqua, Northwestern, Pleasant Valley and Lehighton are all alive.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh goalie Lorraine Feinhour made a perfect transition transferring from Susquehannock High School to play for the Tigers in her senior season.

It's probably hard enough for any high school student to transfer to a new school, yet alone transfer knowing the fact that they only have one year left until graduation.

Lorraine Feinour also had to put behind her playing days with the Susquehannock High School field hockey team forever.

After she officially transferred to Northwestern Lehigh midway through her junior year, Feinour had to handle the thought of even giving the game she so loves a shot.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The way things are going, five years from now who knows how many conferences will be left in collegiate athletics. The days of the super conferences are here, but coaches, players, and fans want to know when will things settle down again?