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Thursday, October 21, 2010

There's nothing more appropriate than having an overtime game to kick off this week's OVERTIME column.

Friday night at Mahanoy Area, Jim Thorpe won the first overtime game in school history. The Olympians actually needed a pair of overtime periods to defeat Mahanoy Area, 18-12, in a game that had significant playoff implications for both teams.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Over the weekend, Cathy McCullough received a quick glimpse of the past. She then received an up-close and personal view of the present state of the Northwestern field hockey program.

The opportunity for the legendary Tigers field hockey coach all came about as current players, their coaching staff, their parents and the Northwestern High School Athletic Department took it upon themselves to honor the 20th anniversary of the 1990 PIAA 2A State Championship team which McCullough coached.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ah!, the leaves are falling and the long awaited post-season is underway in baseball.

With the first round complete and the final four set, this gives me a moment to give my two-cents on who will win this year's World Series.

YANKEES-RANGERS

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Two weeks ago you read about a study done with rats at Yale University that found the brains of rats bred to be genetically predisposed to obesity reacted differently to being fed a high-fat diet than those who were bred to be lean.

The finding led the lead author to write that obesity is "less about personal will" and more about genetics.

Since I disagree, I countered with "genetic predisposition is not destiny," especially for humans not specially bred, and used deduction reaching a particular conclusion from general information to prove it.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Two of the Colonial League's best football teams. The area's best high school football highlight show.

Put them together and what do you get?

Friday Night Football live from Northwestern Lehigh's Tiger Stadium coming to your living room Friday, Oct. 15 at 10:30 p.m.

For the first time in its eight-year history, Blue Ridge TV13's Emmy-awarding winning high school football highlights show will hit the road for a live telecast following the Northern Lehigh at Northwestern game in Week 7.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
ROB MERCHANT/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley girls volleyball is still thriving under John Gesiskie, its only head coach.

John Gesiskie never expected to be coaching volleyball this long.

Pleasant Valley probably didn't anticipate the level of success the program has attained.

But 17 years after Gesiskie was entrusted to form the first volleyball team at Pleasant Valley, he is still the only coach the program has ever known and the Bears are still winning.

Gesiskie recently passed the 300th win mark in his career and now owns a 304-179 record. That mark includes five Mountain Valley Conference championships and a 50-match MVC win streak.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Although hundreds of novels are published each year in more than a half dozen genres, you can argue that at the core of each whether it be science fiction, mystery, or romance is one of two conflicts. Either the main character battles an external force, such as another character or nature, or the main character battles an internal element, such as a doubt or a demon, inside himself.

Something similar can be said about diet books.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Ali Updike (12) keeps control of the ball during a game earlier this season against Jim Thorpe. Updike is the leading goal scorer in the Schuykill League this fall.

Most teams in the area would cherish the fact of having one player who had the capability of putting the ball in the net each time they touched it.

Since 2006, Clem McCarroll has had the luxury of having more than one scorer on his Tamaqua girls' soccer team.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

In a classic episode where the Three Stooges masquerade as plumbers, they decide the plumbing doesn't work in a mansion they are working on because some of the pipes are filled with electrical wires.

So they remove them and hook those pipes to the water pipes. Shortly afterwards, the light bulbs in the kitchen fill with water, explode, and water flows from lighting fixtures as if they were fountains.

Friday, October 1, 2010

There can be a fine line between winning and losing football games.

Just ask Tamaqua Area coach Sam Bonner.

Last season the Blue Raiders won their first five games. This year, the Raiders have a 1-3 mark entering tonight's non-league game with Pleasant Valley on Stadium Hill.

On the surface, it appears the Raiders' fortunes have been reversed. A closer look reveals how easily those records could have been flip-flopped.