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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.

Friday, October 9, 2009

According to research done by four universities entailing over 90 studies and reported by Bruce R. Posten in a July 6 Reading Eagle article, two out of every three people "tend to avoid information that contradicts what they already believe."

So join me. Become one of the one in three.

Consider sentiment you may consider sacrilege: John Cloud's article for Time magazine that appeared in print and online in August, "Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin."

Friday, October 9, 2009

Tonight, weather permitting, a battle of two undefeated teams is scheduled to take place on the Stadium Hill gridiron.

The North Schuylkill at Tamaqua match-up turns out to be the lone pairing of unbeatens in the Eastern Conference.

Halfway through the season, there are just 15 unblemished teams in the conference. Among the spotless squads at 5-0:

District 2 - Abington Heights (Class AAA), Dallas (AAA), Dunmore (AA), Old Forge (A)

District 3 - Daniel Boone (AAA), Upper Dauphin (A)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Offenses that rely primarily on their running game, can sometimes be labled "conservative or boring."

Northern Lehigh does just that. The Bulldogs have attempted just 50 passes and completed only 12, both numbers are the least among TIMES NEWS area teams this season.

But there is nothing boring about the Bulldogs' offense.

OVERTIME talked to Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout this week and will look at the Bulldogs' ability to score from almost anywhere on the field.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Time for a nickel's worth of dime-store philosophy.

As a way to make sense of misfortune, I've heard Pollyannas say, "Things happen for a reason" and "Things turn out for the best." But that line of thinking just doesn't make sense to me.

I don't believe in a master plan.

I believe, as often as not, things just happen. They are random. They have no purpose or design.

But that's okay. It means you play an important part in the world.

Friday, October 2, 2009

For the majority of the high school sports world, officials usually enforce the rules and regulations of the game.

But, for some varsity sports, it lies in the hands of the players to call the game.

Tennis is one of just two PIAA sports (golf is the other) in that unique situation.

According to Jim Thorpe tennis coach Norb Leinhard, it's a situation that has to happen during regular season tennis matches because of the amount of officials that are needed.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

This week's OVERTIME lead will examine another young area coach trying to turn a program around.

A year ago, Tamaqua's Sam Bonner and Panther Valley's Frank Damian both had tremendous success in season two of their regimes.

At Pleasant Valley, rookie coach Jim Terwilliger's team took another step in its rebuilding process by posting a come-from-behind victory against Lehighton in its Mountain Valley Conference opener Friday night.

Terwilliger and the Bears don't have to look far to find examples of first-time head coaches making an immediate impact.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

To be ranked first in your district or state is a huge accomplishment for any high school team.

But, the Lehighton field hockey squad took those honors to another level this week when the Indians were ranked first in the entire nation according to www.hockeypower.com.

"I am not one for rankings or polls, but it is cool to see that someone has recognized the hardwork and effort that the Lehighton Field Hockey is putting in," said Lehighton head coach Shawn Hindy. "Now, we have to keep working hard and prove this is where we should be!

Friday, September 25, 2009

While most fall sports are just hitting midseason, the pages on the high school golf calendar recently turned to the postseason.

A large group of TIMES NEWS area golfers could be a factor in the postseason this year.

The cream of that crop is surely Palmerton's Dan Costenbader and Mike Englert. One or both of them have been in the top two in the Colonial League in each of the last three years.

Monday Costenbader won his second straight league title, shooting 1-under par 70 at Bethlehem Municipal, two strokes better than the second-place golfer, Englert.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The first Overtime column of the season features outstanding offensive and defensive performances by area teams, some individual excellence, a notable position change, and a controversial ending.

With week #1 of the high school football season officially in the books, it's time to head into Overtime.

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