Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sports Columns

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Invariably, it happens every school year. We read a newspaper editorial or a magazine article aloud together, and somewhere in the piece the word "and" is used to begin a sentence.

Immediately, hands rocket into the air. Some students coo, "Ooh, ooh!" like doves to get my attention. Others sit straighter and wave their entire arm side-to-side, like a soccer fan waving his country's flag at a World Cup game.

Friday, January 8, 2010


Yes, Pennsylvania, there is an All-State football team this year.

But it won't be what you're used too!

With calendars having already been turned to 2010, and no All-State team having been released yet by the Associated Press, the TIMES NEWS has been fielding inquiries about when and if it will run this year.

A check with the AP revealed that the team will be coming out shortly, but there will be a change this year.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
bob ford/times news filephoto David Lucykanish will be part of the Lehighton wrestling contingent at the Anthracite Duals on Saturday at Panther Valley.

Panther Valley got a taste of hosting its own Duals wrestling tournament last year, and the Panthers may have just started something.

Panther Valley High School will be hosting the Second Annual Anthracite Duals this Saturday, and the 10-team tourney should provide good competition for the grapplers in the field.

"Last year we had it scheduled in January, and it snowed, so we rescheduled it for February, on Valentine's Day," said Panther Valley Coach Tim Robb. "We lost a couple of teams because of that, but we also picked up some others."

Saturday, January 2, 2010

On Monday, I begin what you might see as a daunting task. I will begin teaching seventh graders how to do legitimate, academic research that for most will culminate in the writing of a small research paper that follows the Modern Language Association guidelines the same style required in virtually all upper-level high school classes and colleges.

What can make the process daunting is that a few weeks from now some students will produce papers that give little indication that they attended class.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another year has come to pass. Where does the time go? As I get older it seems that the clock tends to tick a little faster, but I am sure all you 25+ year-old people out there already know that.

Yet while we prepare to welcome in 2010, it becomes time to look back and reflect on 2009.

Below are my five fondest memories of the last year.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

If you take a cruise and see an iceberg of awe-inspiring size, keep this in mind: only about one ninth of its total mass projects above the ocean water.

That's why an iceberg is often used to explain the untapped potential of the human mind. That hidden eight ninths, researchers say, is the percentage of the human mind that the typical person never utilizes.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

You've heard the saying before: Just because something is simple doesn't make it easy which is the case with last week's surefire way to manage body weight.

On paper, eating more protein and complex carbohydrates and less simple carbohydrates looks to be a simple substitution. But if you don't control all the ingredients in your foods by preparing your own meals even if you eat only the "best" pre-made foods and meals found in the health-food aisle of your local grocery store the task goes from a swap meet to a scavenger hunt.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Penn State football season ticket holders will have a chance to move or transfer their seats, beginning with the 2011 season.

It could cost them, however.

The University's Nittany Lion Club recently announced its Seat Transfer and Equity Plan (STEP), a two-phase ticket location program.

Due to the financial realities of big-time college football, such a STEP was probably inevitable in Happy Valley.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

You've seen the typical man-on-the-street survey on comedy shows, talk shows, and even documentaries. It's when a single question is asked of passersby while a camera is rolling.

Sometimes, the responses are humorous. Other times, they are downright ignorant.

Take the responses given in the well-known documentary, "Super Size Me." When Morgan Spurlock asks for the definition of a calorie, no one gets even remotely close to the correct answer. But there was no humor in the answers, just ignorance.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Last week, when Bob Mitchell decided to relinquish his football coaching duties at Northwestern High School after 28 years, it got me thinking.

First of all, it made me realize how long I have been covering local high school sports. It has been 10 years this fall.

That might be just a little more than a third of the time coach Mitchell has spent preparing his Tigers over the years, but it made me realize how fast time flies once you're out of school.