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Sports Columns

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.

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.