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Sports Columns

Thursday, November 5, 2009

For Stan Dakosty and Marian, it was stunning

For Mark Rosenberger and Jim Thorpe, it was exhilarating.

Last Friday night in Hometown, the Colts raced to a 20-0 first quarter lead against their rivals.

While there were still three quarters left to played, history instead hinted at the fact that this game was over.

Amazingly, the Olympians rallied to cut the gap to six by halftime, tied the game early in the fourth quarter and then won it on a 26-yard field goal off the foot of James Denny.

After the contest, Coach Dakosty said, "To lose like this is tough."

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The most inspirational article I read this summer was written for the LA Times by Roy M. Wallack. Wallack, who is in his 50s, did something rather noteworthy.

In one day, he lifted weights for two hours, rode a mountain bike up a hill that ascended 2,200 feet in only four miles, paddled a paddle board on the ocean for an hour, and finished it all with 11 full-hang pull-ups. The entire workout took nearly five hours.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The photo on page 19 of the Oct. 17 edition of the TIMES NEWS tells the entire story.

If a typical picture is worth a thousand words, then looking at that one is like reading "War and Peace."

In case you don't remember, Friday, Oct. 16 was a rainy day. There were eight football games scheduled to be played that night in the TIMES NEWS coverage area and seven of them went on as scheduled. The only postponement was the Minersville at Marian game.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The high school football season is in its stretch run. With just two weeks left in the regular season, three teams have already clinched berths in the District 11 playoffs.

Northern Lehigh, Panther Valley and Tamaqua will all be part of this year's expanded Class AA field.

Probably the most amazing thing about the last two weeks of the season is the fact that although just one other team in the coverage area has a winning record - Northwestern - five teams are still alive for District 11 playoff berths.

Friday, October 23, 2009

October is the best time of the year for sports. The NFL is in high gear and playoff scenarios are shaping up. The college football season is getting into the rivalry games, like last week's Texas-Oklahoma matchup, with many more to come.

The best of October is of course, the fall classic. America's past time will soon be crowning its 2009 champio. The Phillies have clawed their way back to defend the world championship currently in their hands.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's not a situation Stan Dakosty has found himself in very often during his coaching career at Marian.

Dakosty and the Colts are accustomed to battling for postseason berths, not fighting for a .500 record.

OVERTIME talked to the veteran Marian coach about how this season's stretch drive will differ from the last three years when the Colts were contenders for District 11 championships.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Years ago when I was distributing report cards to my homeroom students, I handed one filled with D's and F's to a boy. A friend seated nearby noticed the poor grades and that many teachers had selected the same word to assess the boy's performance in the comment section.

Unfamiliar with the word, the friend asked what apathetic meant. The recipient's response (and I kid you not): "I don't know and I don't care."

Talk about irony.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Every now and then, one of the outstanding sports teams from the past is remembered and honored by its high school during pre-game ceremonies or at halftime of the sport that it excelled in.

If you just so happen to be headed to the Northwestern at Northern Lehigh game tonight, you'll be able to see the “10 and O Here We Go" 1969 Slatington High Bulldog team and the only undefeated football squad in the school's history celebrating their 40th Anniversary.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

All coaches will tell you that injuries are part of the game in football.

Most will go out of their way to avoid mentioning injuries after a loss.

That's because they know that over time, things have a way evening out. One year your team might not suffer a key injury the entire season, the next you might lose several starters for a lengthy period of time. Most years, it lies somewhere in between.

But a few area teams have suffered so many key injuries this season, especially at the quarterback position, that OVERTIME has decided to look at it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Since the early 1990's, the Schuylkill League has held its cross country championships on a 3.1 mile course at Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville.

The course appeared to be an ideal location, as its natural trails were well suited for distance runners, and it was self-contained, which seemed to provide better safety. It was also a neutral site, available to any runners who wanted to work out on it during park hours.