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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

As a youngster, Christian Fields was surrounded by some good company.

The Jim Thorpe cross country runner got a great impression of the sport from the upperclassmen on the team.

That motivated Fields to give cross country his full attention and committment.

"When I was in eighth grade, I became dedicated to the sport because the seniors on the team taught me a lot and made me feel so involved," said Fields. "So, I focused on becoming a better cross country runner."

Friday, October 5, 2012

This week's column is about family.

It starts out with "Bo and Brett's Backyard Brawl".

Northern Lehigh and Northwestern Lehigh have formed quite a rivalry on the gridiron in recent years and both schools have come together to play the game for a great cause.

The game takes place on Friday, October 12 at Tiger Stadium and funds will be raised for the Bo Tkach Memorial Organization and Brett Snyder.

Bo, son of former Northern Lehigh head coach Jim Tkach, who was a standout quarterback for the Bulldogs, took his own life in 2007.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Pleasant Valley football team faced a pretty tough opponent this past weekend in the Wyomissing Spartans. The Spartans were no run-of-the-mill squad, being ranked number three in class AA in Pennsylvania according to the Harrisburg Patriot News.

Friday, September 28, 2012

BY MIKE FEIFEL

The end of the baseball and beginning of NFL seasons have been remarkable, and sometimes, not for the best reasons.

Rather than beating the negatives like the 'replacement referee' debacle to do death, I would like to focus on a couple of people – a pair of innovators – that really are the ones responsible for this excitement.

The two are Steve Sabol and, yes – dare I say Bud Selig.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

As far as losses go, Friday night's 49-48 overtime heartbreaker against Panther Valley would probably have to rank among one of the toughest in Jim Thorpe coach Mark Rosenberger's career.

Anytime a team losses by a point in overtime, there are dozens of plays that a coach can replay over and over in his head that might have changed the outcome.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton coaches T.J. O'Connor and Terry Haberman will be part of the "Match with a Meaning" for Hodgkins Lymphoma this year.

Over the next few weeks, volleyball fans will see a number of their school teams sporting different colors.

Lehighton, Marian and Panther Valley girls' volleyball teams will decorate their gyms, sell shirts or wear either violet or pink during special home games in the hopes of raising awareness for cancer prevention and treatments.

Lehighton will kick things off on Thursday evening with "Match with a Meaning," when they face off against Pocono Mountain East.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Zoloft is one of the many drugs to battle depression. As it does, it can also create, according to the Nurses Drug Guide, 55 adverse side effects, including chest pain, blurred vision, loss of hair, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts.

Oh, and males can develop breasts and lose sexual function.

Running is one of the many exercises used to battle depression. As it does, it can also create, according to any runner's guide, a few adverse side effects, including blisters, shin splints, runner's knee, and plantar fascia.

Friday, August 24, 2012

When I interview Northern Lehigh football players after games, the process is always the same.

The first thing they do is try to wipe their wet, dirty hands off on their muddy uniform. Then they give a firm hand shake and always address me as sir or Mr. Haines. Then I try to wipe off my now-muddy hand, but usually walk away with a dirty notebook and smears on my tape recorder.

Well, that's what it used to be like. This year, I'm sure the players will still call me sir or Mr. Haines. But the mud will be gone.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Picture a wise old yogi with a flowing white beard in a flowing white robe. A hermit who meditates high on a remote mountain and only reveals the secrets of the universe to truth seekers serious enough to make the ascent.

Now picture his knees bent and arms raised for balance, one foot forward, a wild look in his eyes. His bare feet on a surfboard and the surfboard atop the crest of a frothing wave.

I saw such an image on a poster more than 30 years ago. I'll never forget it, probably because the caption contained such good advice.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Matt McGloin answered questions in a more relaxed manner than he did last year at Penn State's Annual Media Day before the start of the season.

Joe Paterno never named a starter last season, letting both McGloin and Rob Bolden take first-team snaps in practice every week. Even though McGloin had better statistics and higher scoring rates, Bolden started the first six games of the season.

Not this year.