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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
bob ford/times new filephoto Senior Kyle Sorensen has been one of Northwestern's top wrestlers this season.

One of the challenges for District 11 wrestling coaches is keeping their teams focused in February.

After two grueling months of competition, leading up to the District 11 Duals, grapplers can experience a bit of a lull before the postseason kicks into high gear with the D-11 championships during February's final weekend.

Compounding the situation, District 11 does not compete in a Sectional tournament, which creates the gap of an extra week before the D-11 individual tournament.

Friday, February 18, 2011

After having played the sport of basketball for nearly 16 years, covered it with the TIMES NEWS for six and coached it at Pleasant Valley for four, I have come to realize something about today's high school/middle school style of play.

The man-to-man defense, which used to be the only way to play defense, is unfortunately becoming phased out of game.

I never really noticed it until last year as Matt Gould and I coached our respective seventh and eighth grade basketball teams. Since then it has only become more and more apparent to us.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday night has become 'Championship Night' in the TIMES NEWS area.

Three local girls' basketball teams will be playing for their respective conference championships, as Northern Lehigh, Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua will all tip-off at 6 p.m. this evening.

Oddly enough, each team has a different storyline and has taken a different road to the finals. One team is undefeated and looking to defend its title. One team is looking for redemption in its first-ever title game. And one team is looking to get back to where it has been in the past.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

When Shawn Albert took over as head coach at Jim Thorpe this season, he knew he would have to build the foundation for the Olympians' wrestling program.

A year ago, Jim Thorpe did not win a dual meet. With the Olympians moving into the Schuylkill League's Division I this year, Albert realized he had his work cut out for him.

A former wrestler at Upper Moreland High School and Bloomsburg University, Albert had been an assistant coach at his scholastic alma mater before serving as a volunteer coach at Thorpe for two seasons under Guy Franko.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

If you'd add up the time needed to produce a Fitness Master article, you'd realize I'd fare better financially busing tables at any eatery in the area. So why do I feel so fortunate to be the one writing this column?

Because real living is far more than accruing cash. Sometimes it's a nurturing of knowledge that expands awareness and creates a wild time in the amusement park of your mind.

Writing this column grants me that admission.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
ron gower/times news Nick Young has been broadcasting high school basketball basketball games on the radio for five decades.

Nick Young has been broadcasting basketball games on the radio for so many years, even he isn't sure of the exact year he started.

What is certain is this: Young has been a fixture on the airwaves as a play by play announcer spanning five decades, beginning in the 1970's and continuing with the current 2010-11 season.

At age 85, Young is still calling games on the radio, although his appearances on WMGH 105.5 FM in Tamaqua were cut back this season due to illness.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Ernie Klingel tries to roll Jason McEvoy of Lehighton onto his back during their 125-pound matchup on Monday.

Old Man Winter has condensed the second half of Pleasant Valley's Mountain Valley Conference schedule into eight days.

One thing hasn't changed, however; the MVC's marquee mat match-up, which is scheduled for Wednesday when the Bears travel to Stroudsburg.

Between them, Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg have owned the conference wrestling crown under its current seven-team alignment. The Bears ran off six straight MVC titles between 2002-2008, while the Mountaineers have been atop the heap the last two seasons.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

You might think that my lack of a medical degree would in some way limit this column. Instead, the lack is liberating, allowing intuition, experimentation, and common sense to be peers rather than poor little sisters of scientific research.

My first column on the low-carb crazecreated in large part by the paperback publication of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution in 1999serves as a fine example of the fruits of this freedom.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

You might think that my lack of a medical degree would in some way limit this column. Instead, the lack is liberating, allowing intuition, experimentation, and common sense to be peers rather than poor little sisters of scientific research.

My first column on the low-carb crazecreated in large part by the paperback publication of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution in 1999serves as a fine example of the fruits of this freedom.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Believe it or not, according to the Las Vegas odds makers, the Pittsburgh Steelers are actually the "underdogs" in the Super Bowl.

The Green Bay Packers are favored by 2.5 points in Super Bowl XLV.

I can guarentee that every single "Terrible Towel" holder out there throughout the TN coverage area and beyond is simply in disbelief right now.

I'm shocked by those odds because the Steelers own a good portion of Super Bowl history.