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Sports Columns

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.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/TIMES NEWS FILEPHOTO Northwestern's Joe Hall gets set to launch the javelin during a recent meet.

When it comes to the field events, Joe Hall has been a force all by himself.

The Northwestern senior has been having a dominant season in the throwing events and continues to leap toward new heights in the high jump.

Currently, Hall has the top season performances in THE TIMES NEWS area in the shot put (47 feet, two inches), discus (144 feet, 10 inches), javelin (187 feet, 10 inches) and high jump (6-6).

Hall's showing to date is not a surprise to Northwestern coach Brian Xander.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Marian's Gillian Ferko winds up as she prepares to throw the disc during a recent track meet .

In his first year at the track and field helm at Marian, John Boyle has the Colts and Fillies on the verge of a Schuylkill League Division II sweep.

Both squads enter this week with identical 4-1 records, including a perfect 4-0 in Schuylkill D-II. The lone loss for each came in a season-opening non-league meet at Jim Thorpe.

Marian is scheduled to host D-II opponent Minersville in Hometown this afternoon, weather permitting. Victories by the Colts and Fillies would set the stage for a showdown next Monday (May 3) at Schuylkill Haven for the division crowns.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

In one segment of Morgan Spurlock's well-known documentary, "Super Size Me," he takes to the streets and asks a number of New York City residents, "What is a calorie?" No one comes close to the proper definition.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School Javelin standouts Christine Streisel (left) and Allison Updike have put up some nice distances in competition thus far this season.

Allison Updike is hoping that her early season performance is a harbinger of even better things to come.

The Tamaqua junior is a two-time PIAA State medalist in the javelin, and her numbers so far have surpassed what she has accomplished in her previous seasons.

Not only is Updike setting new javelin standards, she has been a mentor for freshman Christine Streisel, whose rapid development could push Updike to even greater distances.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

1.) Four fewer hours in the day to exercise.

2.) Four more hours in the day where it's really easy to snack on the sorts of foods that lead to weight gain and hurt your health.

If you were asked why watching television for four hours a day increases your risk of dying, you'd probably cite one or both of the reasons above. Your response would make sense because both contribute, but a recent study done in Australia found something else.