Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sports Columns

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

Here are some interesting items from the sports world that you might have missed ...

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.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Over the past year or so, much has been written about America's liberal use of salt, the chemical compound known as sodium chloride used to preserve and flavor foods, because too much sodium in your diet hurts your health. I possess, for instance, a folder full of articles that links high sodium ingestion to hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.

One claims that cutting back on salt could save thousands of lives in just the United Kingdom alone. Another projects a U.S. reduction in salt use by just 10 percent could save billions in healthcare costs.

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.