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Sports Columns

Thursday, October 13, 2011

With only four weeks remaining in the regular season, the lead of this week's OVERTIME column will focus on the playoff outlook for some area football teams.

The bad news is that if the playoff started today, only one TIMES NEWS area team would be attending the District 11 dance.

Northern Lehigh, which is currently holding the fourth and final playoff slot in Class AA, would be the sole invitee. The Bulldogs will be in the playoffs if they can win out and have a shot even with one more loss.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Stitzel hits milestone at N'western

Chris Stitzel doesn't keep track of his win-loss record. Luckily for him, assistant coach Tim Churetta does.

Stitzel, the 14th-year Northwestern cross country head coach, earned his 400th win on Sept. 27 when his girls team swept a Colonial League cluster meet while the boys picked up a pair of wins on the day. But he didn't learn of the milestone until long after the runners crossed the finish line.

Friday, October 7, 2011


It's the time of year for every sports fan to just sit back, lick their chops and watch just about anything they want.

Major League Baseball playoffs still have Phillies fans hoping to move on, Yankees fans wondering what went wrong and Mets fans like myself trying to remember what it feels like to be in the post-season once again.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The talk first surfaced back in July, when the PIAA Board of Directors unanimously passed at its first reading a proposal to cut the PIAA football season from 16 weeks to 15 weeks..

The final decision should come by the time the Board concludes its two-day meeting tomorrow.

Friday, September 30, 2011


Is everyone else as confused about what the heck is going on with all this college realignment as I am?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

There was plenty of good news for the Panther Valley football team on Friday night.

Not only did the Panthers beat Jim Thorpe for their first victory of the season, but they also saw Brock Mitchell return to the field.

Mitchell, a second-team All-State tight end a year ago, suffered a serious leg injury in an ATV accident back in December.

The injury, which required several surgeries, cost Mitchell the entire 2010-11 winter and spring sports seasons and left him questionable for this football season.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

If you haven't seen a high school field hockey game this season, you're in for a bit of a surprise.

Since the first day of pre-season practice, active players in the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference have been dealing with a rule change incorporated by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors.

Back in April, the NFHS voted to mandate the use of protective eyewear that meets the current American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard for field hockey, according to a statement on the NFHS's website.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Palmerton Flag Football Coach Todd Frank has a "golden" little secret.

In July, during the annual Palmerton Booster Club Football Camp, Frank let me in on his idea of how to keep his players, who range from 4 to 6 years old, interested in the game of football. That idea was the golden football, a small gold football which players earned through various activities and achievements.

At first, I was unsure how a small football would achieve Frank's goals; but after practices officially started, I quickly learned that the idea was the "golden" ticket for the team.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Three weeks into the 2011 football season, only two of our nine local football teams are still unbeaten.

Marian's loss to Mahanoy Area last Friday night, left Northwestern and Northern Lehigh as the lone 3-0 teams in the TIMES NEWS coverage area.

This week's OVERTIME column will have some information on both the Tigers and Bulldogs, including a look at Northwestern's two-man rotation at the quarterback position.


There is an old saying in football that if you have two quarterbacks, you actually have none.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
It's a family affair at Northwestern

Not only does the Northwestern boys' soccer team have a great feeder program, it also has a family tradition serving as a great support system as well.

Over the years, there have been a number of brothers that have played varsity ball at the same time for the Tigers' program.

This season, there is an over abundance of siblings who are under the guidance of first-year Northwestern head coach Nate Hunsicker.