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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.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Structure can be a student's greatest ally.

Because of this, there's a designated spot on my chalkboard where all homework is listed every day. I begin class by referring to the list and frequently end class by saying, "Don't leave the room unless you're sure how to do the assignment."

Despite these daily routines, I've been hearing this declaration more and more over the last few years: "I didn't know we had homework."

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

When Danny Williams took over the wrestling helm at Lehighton this season, the transition was a smooth one.

A 2001 Lehighton graduate who teaches biology in the school district, Williams has been part of the Indians' program as a wrestler and a coach, assisting Floyd Brown with the varsity squad for three years. He also served as a head coach for the middle school team for two seasons.

Thus, the grapplers that had been in the program under Brown were already familiar with Williams.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

In school-speak, a mission statement is a short summary written by a school district as to what it sees as its primary goal for the students it serves. Some declare that "All students can and will succeed."

While the pronouncement sounds rather impressive, there's a problem with it besides the brazen use of "all."

Friday, January 14, 2011

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The Mashack family, including (from left) volunteer coach Jon Mashack and his sons Evan, Kolby and Colin, is playing a major role for Tamaqua's wrestling squad this season. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

It is hard to overlook the name Mashack in the Tamaqua line-up this season.

The Blue Raiders feature three Mashack brothers, Kolby, Evan and Colin, and they have made their presence felt, combining for 51 wins to date.

Tamaqua is off to a 8-4 start, already surpassing its five-win total of last year, and the performance of the Mashacks has played a major role in that resurgence.