Friday, February 27, 2015

Sports Columns

Thursday, January 6, 2011

After winning a District 11 title as the head coach of the Panther Valley girls' basketball team in 1998-99, Rob Kovac later took over Jim Thorpe's program and is now in his fourth year at the helm.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
BOB FORD/times news Panther Valley's Mike Weaver (right) looks to take down North Schuylkill's Brett Paul at the Jim Thorpe Duals earlier this season.

Panther Valley has wrestled in some interesting locales over the years.

The Panthers have competed in tournaments at the Dean Dome in Raleigh, North Carolina; Walt Disney World; Las Vegas; and in Idaho.

The latest excursion for the Panthers came at the Seahawk Duals at Hilton Head, South Carolina, last week.

Friday, December 31, 2010


It is time once again football fans, for the New Year's Day bowl game extravaganza as you gear up to ring in the New Year.

Friday, December 31, 2010

I love receiving e-mails like Mike's.

He wrote to tell me that he takes many of the exercise and eating tips suggested in this column, tweaks them to best suit his situation, and gets good use out of them. In fact, he wears the same size pants he did 20 years ago yet he's packed on nearly 30 pounds of muscle.

Friday, December 24, 2010

I was the captain of the baseball team my senior year, so I led the team through the regimented 20-minute stretch routine that began every practice but only because of my captaincy.

Not, in Coach Seip's opinion, because I was very flexible.

Friday, December 24, 2010

You better watch out, you better not pout ... why?

Well it's that time of year when good Ol' Santa Hedes takes his turn here in the Press Pass Column to find out who's been naughty or nice and we've had a little of both this year.

I've received quite a list this year and believe it or not there are a few schools who have had some good things go their way and have had some bad things and a little excitement as well.

It's only fair, just as "Jolly Old St. Nick" has taught us, that the good ones will get better wishes than the bad ones.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Here are my opinions on some sports topics in the news right now.

Topic No. 1: Does Cam Newton deserve to win the Heisman Trophy?


According to, the trophy is awarded to an individual who deserves designation as the most outstanding college football player in the United States. The Heisman Trophy is a national symbol of collegiate football experience and competitiveness. No where in that definition does it say anything about controversy off the field.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"I might not be able to define it, but I certainly know it when I see it." Years ago, when a lawyer demanded a definition of pornography in a court of law, that's supposedly what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said.

I often borrow those words when I'm asked to define something far different.


Sure, I can tell you exactly what makes a meal or a workout excellent if your goal is health and fitness, and the same is true for a novel or a newspaper column, but there's no way I can express what makes one song so much better than the other.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Not every weightlifter wants to become massive.

In fact, the majority of people of lift weights whether they be females, endurance athletes, or middle-of-the-road exercisers more concerned about maintaining health than improving fitness don't want to develop too much size. This desire, however, does not mean the lifting has to be halfhearted.

Your workouts still should be intense; it's just that the end product should result in something other than adding two inches of muscle to your quads and an inch to your chest.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It was only a short phone call and a few weeks ago but it still has me thinking.

During most Saturday mornings during the bicycle racing off-season, I will ride from my father's house near Reading to meet anywhere from two to 20 cyclists who gather about nine miles away in Oley for a training ride that's usually 60 to 65 miles. We call the leader of the ride Big Jim, and if the wind chill is in the single digits or rain or snow is in the forecast, I'll call him on the phone that morning to find out if he's riding outside that day.