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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another game, another offensive eruption for Northern Lehigh.

Friday night, the Bulldogs topped the 40-point mark for the fourth straight week as they buried Palisades, 52-0.

So far this season, Northern Lehigh's numbers are as intimidating as they are impressive. In four games, it has scored 194 points.

The Bulldogs' 48.5 points per game average is sixth best in the state and the best in District 11.

But if you expect Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout to be singing his team's praises and making postseason plans, then you don't know Joe Tout.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Since its six-year Mountain Valley Conference reign came to an end in 2007, the Pleasant Valley boys' soccer team has been unable to reclaim the throne.

For the last three years the Bears have fallen to the Mounties from Stroudsburg in the conference playoffs - once in the finals and twice in the semi-finals. Fortunately for head coach Chris Pachuta and his senior-laden team, that was then and this is now.

The fact that this year's senior class is the only group to not win a conference title since 2001 serves as motivation every day.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

What's the chance that there's a column like this one in a newspaper printed somewhere in Great Britain? And what's with British women?

I ask those questions because of the results from a poll of 1,305 Brits. When asked how they would like to lose excess weight, two percent of the women surveyed said they'd exercise more, six percent said they'd combine a diet with more exercise, and 14 percent said they'd simply eat less.

But what about the other 78 percent of the women polled?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton.

John Kruk and Darren Daulton.

Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

For about 35 years of my life, these people have been as much a part of my life as family members. In some instances, they've probably been more.

While it's up to you whether that's a sad statement or not, the fact remains it's true.

Ever since I can remember the Phillies have been a part of my household - first as a kid at my parents and now as an adult with my own family.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Marian's Stan Dakosty called it "the scariest" moment of his 38-year coaching career.

Dakosty was referring to a serious injury suffered by Colt tight end/defensive end Zach Miller during Friday's game with Mahanoy Area.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Courtesy of Jordon Flexer of Flexer Photography The Marian student body was all behind the Fillies volleyball team in its rivalry match against Pottsville Nativity.

What are the greatest rivalries in sports?

Lakers-Celtics? Yankees-Red Sox? Duke-North Carolina?

You can make an argument for any of those.

But when it comes to local high school volleyball, there is no argument.

Marian vs. Pottsville Nativity begins and ends the discussion. As a matter of fact, when you consider the competitiveness and the importance of the matches throughtout the last two decades, you can easily make a case that it's the top rivalry among area high schools in any sport.

It really is that big!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

When a writer has previously stated his closest political ties are to the Libertarian party and then pens a headline that proposes a new tax, there better be an explanation. Let me begin mine by posing a philosophical question.

What do you do when an important belief of yours proves to be ineffectual in a specific situation?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

There was more excitement and anticipation surrounding the Pleasant Valley football program this season than there had been in a long time.

The Bears last winning season on the gridiron was in 2004. During the next four seasons, they managed a total of just eight victories.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Nancy Scholz/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Nick Vecellio (left) and Cole Miller, two freshmen on the Northwestern Lehigh golf team, head to the tee in a match earlier this week against Bangor.

The best thing the Northwestern golf team got out back from a winless season a year ago was every single golfer.

Things definitely got even better as two incoming freshmen - Cole Miller and Nick Vecellio - have more than played a key role in helping the returning golfers forget about a 0-13 season.

While seniors Tyler Kunsman and Michael Hontz and juniors Stephen Reitz and Michael D'Ancona dealt with last year's dilemma, freshmen Cole Miller and Nick Vecellio have helped the Tigers lick those wounds completely clean this season.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Certain health "secrets" are not really secrets at all. But they are simple.

Simple to establish, that is.

Following them for many, however, seems to be another matter.

Take the increase in type 2 diabetes, for instance, an increase so great that the World Health Organization has declared it an epidemic. At the current pace, the number of cases worldwide will double by 2030, with the U.S. having nearly 50 million stricken with the disease no more than 20 years later.