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Sports Columns

Friday, June 4, 2010


I'm not the best person when it comes to remembering things, especially when it has to do with events that happened years ago.

But, over the last two weeks, the past has caught up with me a bit when I ran into some familiar faces.

When I was covering Northern Lehigh baseball during its run in the Colonial League and District 11 playoffs, I began to reminisce about the times when the Bulldog players were only young 'pups' playing Little League Baseball.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sometimes it's hard to believe how the world once was.

For much of the first half of the twentieth century, the public viewed antismoking groups with a sort of What's-the-big-deal? bemusement now reserved to groups just north of the lunatic fringe, like PETA. After all, smoking was portrayed as glamorous, actors and athletes sung its praises in advertisements, and talk about peer pressure close to half of American adults were doing it.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The cardboard boxes contained note pads, tablets and scrapbooks filled with yellowed newspaper clippings.

In terms of monetary value, the contents are modest.

The information compiled inside is priceless.

The boxes are the record-keeping legacy of the late Bob Barnisky, whose hobby of following the exploits of Tamaqua High School athletes in particular and others in general was familiar to readers of THE TIMES NEWS sports pages over the years.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Lanny Buck has earned a top seed in the pole vault for this weekend's PIAA Track and Field championships.

The past two seasons, Allison Updike went into the PIAA State Track and Field Championships as the hunter.

The Tamaqua junior ended up bagging a fourth place medal in the Class AA javelin as a freshman and a seventh place last year, although she was still recovering from a knee injury.

For this weekend's State Meet, Updike will be both the hunter and the hunted, as she will be seeking gold in the AA javelin as the top seed in the field.

Also drawing a top seed for the PIAA Meet is Palmerton senior Lanny Buck, who is tied for the number one spot in the AA pole vault.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Thirty-five years ago, most in the medical field felt there were two ways to overcome heart disease: drugs and surgery.

Doctor Dean Ornish was not like most.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Once again, I've taken a page out of the Bob Urban column-writing book.

The editor of our paper often writes short thoughts about what's happening in the world and in our area.

If it can be done about news and everyday events, it can also be done about sports.

So, here it goes ...


As of May 3, it's been 11 years since the TIMES NEWS Sports Department has been running the On This Date section.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"You are what you eat" is a frequently used saying to establish the importance of diet in all facets of living. But if the theory proposed by a company called Interleukin Genetics Inc. is right, that saying will change a bit.

People will now say, "You are, so here's what you eat."

Friday, May 14, 2010


There might be no fans in sports riding as high right now as Philadelphia Phillies fans.

Over the past five years the Fightins' have taken a step up in class. They developed a core of players, kept them together into their primes and entered the world of big market teams.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Last year's Colonial League All-League Meet was a coming out party for Palmerton's Kelsey Hay.

Then a freshman, Hay ended up as the Colonial champion in both the shot put (32 feet, six inches) and javelin (109 feet) at the meet held at Bangor Memorial Park.

The Colonial championships return to Bangor on Thursday, and Hay is back as a sophomore to defend her league titles in both events.

"It was quite a feat for Kelsey to go out as a freshman and become a league champion in the shot and javelin like that," said Palmerton coach Mike Gombert.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

In the last column, I suggested parents should have a conversation with their kids explaining the differences between a "good snack" and a "bad snack" as a way to make the snacking that kids do and should do help rather than hurt overall health.

The creation of such a column was a direct result of troubling research. A study in the March issue of the journal Health Affairs showed that while children ages 2-18 in 2006 averaged fewer calories from meals than in 1977, total calories consumed were up by 100 per day.