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Sports Columns

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.

Friday, September 10, 2010

By EMMETT MCCALL

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's new enrollment classifications will be in effect for the fall sports season. The PIAA updates its enrollment figures and classification guidelines every two years and this year six of the 47 teams that have football programs in District 11 have changed classes. Enrollment for football is based on the male students in grades 9-11

There was a definite downward trend in the district as five of the six schools that switched classes dropped down while just one moved up a class.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Tom Linette era at Northwestern High School is officially underway.

After nearly 30 years and more than 300 games as an assistant coach, Linette led the Tigers onto the field as a head coach for the first time on Friday night.

Northwestern made sure that game one, season one of Linette's head coaching career is one he'll always remember as it rolled to a 30-0 victory over Salisbury.

But if you thought that all those seasons as a Tiger assistant made this just another Friday night for Linette, think again.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Let's take a popular, locally made beverage, Zimmerman's Iced Tea, and perform a taste test outside a store that attracts a diverse clientele, such as the Walmart on 443 in Lehighton. We'll give adult volunteers a half-pint carton of Zimmy's and an unmarked half-pint carton of iced tea and ask them to decide which tastes better.

Only we'll pull a trick on them.

We'll have filled Zimmerman's Iced Tea in the unmarked cartons.

Out of 100 adult volunteers, how many do you think would recognize that there's no difference in the taste? Five? Ten?

Friday, September 3, 2010

BY SHAWN MCFARLAND

It's that time of the year again.

Fantasy Football Draft Weekend. Chances are that if you are in a league this fall, you will be drafting your team this weekend if you haven't already.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

If you are any kind of NFL fanatic, you are probably locked in to a Fantasy Football League somewhere, whether it be with a group of friends or on a few online sites that offer you free league status this time of year.

For the past couple of weeks, I've been meddling through some of the tabloids I subscribe to and other sites along the way and have come up with a list of top prospects that I'll carry with me when draft day rolls around.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Migratory birds, it seems, instinctively understand the link between food, health, and physical performance.

During other times of the year, migratory birds eat primarily insects and seeds. During migration, however, they eat deeply colored berries.

Why the change? Deeply colored berries are loaded with antioxidants, which have been shown in animals and humans to negate the oxidation exacerbated by bad diet, environmental pollution, and physical exertion.

Oxidation creates the inflammation that can lead to aging and disease.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Here we are once again at the start of a new school year. As sure as teachers will hand out new pencils and books, the football season brings excitement and school spirit to each school.

In this, my 21st year of coaching high school football, I have seen and coached both successful and unsuccessful teams. At this time, the final week of double sessions, there is only one thing that is for sure: Every team is undefeated with each full of optimism for the upcoming season.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

One of the things I love about writing a health-and-fitness column is reading what could be called out-of-the-blue research. For instance, who would've thought that yawning was a sign of anything other than fatigue or boredom?

But many now believe that the primary function of yawning is to increase alertness and better absorb information by cooling the brain.