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Friday, March 11, 2011

By MIKE FEIFEL

mfeifel@tnonline.com

Last week, I had the chance to wander through the Disney Spring Training site of the Atlanta Braves with all of the hoopla of ESPN's The Weekend and wall-to-wall celebrities. I looked up and saw pictures of former Braves and settled in to watch "Chipper" Jones play his first game since off-season surgery.

The aging third baseman is the last vestige of a Brave team that had a lot of similarities to this year's Phillies team.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Colin Hedash hand fights with Wyomissing's Julio Arredondo during the Regional semis. Hedash won the match with a pin in 1:50.

A total of eight wrestlers from THE TIMES NEWS area have traveled the Road to Hershey all the way to the Giant Center for this year's PIAA State Championships, which begin Thursday and run through Saturday night.

Those who survived the Southeast Class AA Regional at Wilson West Lawn High School included Northern Lehigh's Zane Heller (103), Ty Herzog (145) and Colin Hedash (171), as well as Lehighton's Anthony Farole (140), Northwestern's Bobby Clymer (152) and Tamaqua's Garth Lakitsky (215).

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Eighteenth century philosopher David Hume never received any academic position he sought. That's because his writings struck some as so anti-religious that they would speak out vehemently against him, so vehemently that universities were hesitant to hire him.

Yet the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy now calls Hume "the most important philosopher ever to write in English," and his words that incensed so many back then seem tame today.

Friday, March 4, 2011

By EMMETT MCCALL

It's March.

That means the Madness can't be too far away.

Everyone from the college basketball fanatic to the bingo-addict with an extra $5 in her purse knows the office pools are just a little over a week away.

Yes. It's that time of the year.

The time when just about every company in America from the mom and pop family owned business to the corporate giant with thousands of employees will have some type of office pool being circulated.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A total of 17 TIMES NEWS area wrestlers survived the first step on the Road to Hershey.

With the District 11 tournaments now history, it is now time to move on to interdistrict competition on the Regional level this week, with the survivors moving on to the PIAA Championships at Chocolatetown's Giant Center March 10-12.

Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley lead the TN area with five Regional qualifiers each, while Lehighton, Northwestern and Palmerton each have two and Tamaqua one.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

You probably don't think twice (or even once) about the selection of "Fitness Master" topics and the structure to the articles. And why should you?

You read because you're interested in health and fitness, not because you're writing a review. But this week, understanding how and why I do what I do just might make you do something you probably need to.

Exercise more often.

Friday, February 25, 2011

By ED HEDES

The regular season and league playoffs are in the book, pigtail round games have been played ... now it's time for the fun to begin when the district 11 basketball playoffs get into full swing tonight.

This has always been my favorite time of year. It brings back memories of three straight Class B championship in 1967, '68 and '69 back at Panther Valley High School. It was a little tougher back then because unless you were a league champion, you didn't have a shot at a district title.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The cover of the January/February issue of a popular women's lifestyle magazine, informs readers that they can "BURN 600 CALORIES Without Trying," "DROP 15 POUNDS FAST," and that there are "FLAT BELLY FOODS" containing carbs that "MELT FAT." If the Buddhists are right and expectation really is the cause of all suffering, Health magazine readers are undoubtedly anguished individuals.

That's because these teasers and the articles they introduce create expectations and unrealistic ones at that.

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.