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Sports Columns

Thursday, February 11, 2010
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley’s Tarik Williams drives past a teammate during a recent practice. Williams has a genetic eye disease that is slowly robbing him of his vision.

One can't possibly overstate the importance of vision when playing sports.

Although it is sometimes taken for granted, athletes need to have good eyesight and a fast reaction time in order to process the information in front of them quickly and efficiently.

Unfortunately for Pleasant Valley's Tarik Williams, a member of the varsity basketball team and the school's band, his vision is slowly being taken away from him.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

When I first became interested in cycling, my previous athletic experiences helped. After more than five years of playing basketball every chance I got passing up the prom, for instance, to shoot jumpers by streetlight I averaged running 50 miles per week for the next five while competing in dozens of races, including five marathons.

Such a well-developed aerobic base allowed me to have immediate success racing bicycles at the beginner's level, especially if the course was particularly hilly or otherwise demanding.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Obviously, the hot topic for the weekend is Super Bowl XLIV.

Unfortunately for me, the Kansas City Chiefs didn't even get near the chance of playing in the National Football League's main event, so I have no other choice but watch two teams that I didn't root for this season play for the Lombardi Trophy.

Yes people, I am still a Chiefs fan, regardless of the last three years of horrific football the team has put me through.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

During the next several weeks, the term "on the bubble" will be heard over and over again in college basketball circles.

With 'March Madness' just around the corner, lots of opinions will be offered about which teams will make the NCAA tournament field and which teams will be left out.

While projections of which college teams will reach the postseason are largely subjective, that isn't the case on the high school level in District 11.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
bob ford/times news filephoto Nikko Stevens (top) and the rest of the Northern Lehigh wrestling team will be in action on Friday when the District 11 Duals are held at Freedom High School.

The fields are almost set for the District 11 Team Wrestling Championships, to be held at Bethlehem Freedom High School this weekend.

Ten teams each in Class AAA and AA will participate at District Duals, with the top two finishers to advance into PIAA State Duals competition next week, culminating with the finals at Hershey's Giant Center on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The pendulum, it seems, has swung again.

Research released in December again cautions against the use of high-fat low-carb diets.

The European study using obese, pre-diabetic adults found the use of high-fat low-carb diets as effective as low-fat high-carb diets for losing weight, a matter already established in earlier research.

Friday, January 29, 2010

When Jerry Wolman wanted to announce the upcoming publication of his book, he went back home to do so.

Home in Wolman's case is Shenandoah, and the Schuylkill County community welcomed back one of its native sons.

Wolman was the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League from 1963-1969 and his story is told in the book, titled The World's Richest Man.

Thursday, January 28, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern coach BJ Dugan stands in front of his bench during a recent game. Seated, from left, are Andrew Rivera (in street clothes), Kyle Wagner, Dalton Conway, Toby Koenig, Garrett Lerner, Trevor German and assistant coach Josh Snyder.

Not a lot of basketball teams are able to keep large classes of players all the way through their senior year.

With only five available starting spots there isn't a lot of playing time to go around. If players today don't get what they (or their parents) feel is a fair share of playing time, they usually don't stick around.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Shaquille O'Neal's gesture deserved to be commended. What it didn't merit was national news coverage.

While watching the news this fall, O'Neal learned that a little girl had been brutally murdered and that the family's financial situation was such that they may not be able to afford a decent funeral.

O'Neal contacted his agent who contacted the family. He told them that the basketball superstar would cover the cost of the arrangements. O'Neal didn't want the public to know, but someone, from the funeral home it seems, told a reporter.

Friday, January 22, 2010

In the world of sports, coaches come and coaches go.

Whether the departure of a coach is good or bad, it's safe to say that many emotions will be felt when that person leaves.

This past Sunday night, members of the Northwestern football family along with those who worked with, against or just knew Bob Mitchell displayed those emotions at a surprise retirement party.