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Sports Columns

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?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's hard to believe, but the 2011 high school football season is already into the home stretch.

The first eight weeks of the season haven't been extremely successful for the majority of area teams. Heading into this week's action, Northern Lehigh is the only local team with a winning record. The Bulldogs (7-1) are also the only area team that appears likely to be headed to the District 11 playoffs.

But despite the lack of overall team success, the season has produced some outstanding individual highlights so far.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wow, where does the time go.

As the final gun sounds in November you cannot wait for the next season to begin. The distance between the end of the season and August double sessions seem to be so far off you cannot think straight.

Thanksgiving and Christmas roll by as the Winter sports pass. Before you know it, it is Easter and spring has arrived. Then the summer months of sacrifice of free time to try and achieve the ultimate team goal of winning a championship.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It was a week full of fantastic finishes on the local high school football scene.

Unfortunately for area teams, almost all of them ended up on the losing side of the thrilling finishes.

Four of the eight games involving TIMES NEWS area teams were decided on scoring plays late in the final quarter with three of them occuring in the final three minutes.

Marian, Lehighton, Panther Valley and Northwestern all suffered heartbreaking losses while Northern Lehigh was the only area team on the winning side of a fourth quarter comeback.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Pleasant Valley head volleyball coach John Gesiskie talks to an official during a match. The Bears, and all teams competing in districts, will face a different playoff format this year.

When the District 11 Volleyball Championships roll around in a few weeks, there will be a new playoff format being incorporated.

Gone are the days of the marathon "pool play" matches that went from early morning until late afternoon on the opening Saturday of Districts. Teams would play anywhere from three to five matches in pool play with the top teams advancing to the semifinal round a few days later.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Because my mother was working, it became a type of twisted tradition. For supper before my high school basketball games, I would pick up a double-cheese pizza and split it with my brother. In college, when I was first following a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet but not too intelligently I was eating double-cheese pizza at least twice a week.

In fact, I can remember many occasions when I sat in my in last afternoon class, not concentrating on the lecture but craving double-cheese pizza sprinkled with garlic salt.

Friday, October 14, 2011


There was a time when I was a younger man and lived in Alameda, California.

My purpose was to work in the Oakland Raiders public relations department. My other purpose was to learn and soak up a wonderful life experience that still carries with me in everything I've become today.

As a senior at Kutztown University, I was chosen to work with the team for the season as an intern. As a life long Raiders fan, it was a dream come true.