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Sports Columns

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Some people say that change is a good thing. That may be true in most cases, but when it happens suddenly at the last minute, it can be tough to deal with.

Two local basketball coaches, Palmerton's Frank McCarroll and Lehighton's Chris Kasian, were thrusted into the head job with little or no warning. One man had roughly three days to prepare as the head coach, while the other didn't become the lead man until two weeks of the season had already passed.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Bob Ford /times news The Indians huddle up before a game earlier this season against the Marian Colts. Lehighton is off to a solid start currently sitting at 4-3.

A new season brings with it a renewed sense of hope for most sports teams.

It doesn't matter whether a team went undefeated or winless the year before, the start of a new schedule gives a team a clean slate from which to start engraving its latest journey.

A few local boys' basketball teams are taking their clean slates and making the most of them.

Friday, December 14, 2012

I'm as much against coaches running up scores as anyone you'll ever meet.

And since I heard about the 107-2 score from an Indiana high school girls basketball game, I've been trying to find evidence that Bloomington South head coach Larry Winters let competitiveness outweigh class in coaching his team to the 105-point victory over Arlington.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

On Friday June 8th of this year the Pyramid Sports Performance Center officially opened its doors, giving athletes from our area a place where they could come and hone their skills in their respective sport.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Five weeks ago, the headline to this column read "A loss of muscle: Why so many diets fail." The column used hypothetical examples of overweight women losing weight with and without augmenting the loss with exercise and explained why those who exercise have a far better chance of maintaining the weight loss.

Exercise during moderate weight loss insures that the weight lost is primarily fat. Without exercise as much as 50 percent of the weight loss can be muscle.

Losing muscle makes it more likely that the weight lost will be regained for a simple reason. Muscle isn't inert.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The October 13 column about creatine focused on the product's versatility. Once a staple for hardcore bodybuilders and weightlifters who wanted to add muscle, the supplement is now used by many endurance athletes and also to treat depression.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In her first season of collegiate field hockey with the Eastern University, Kaycie Andrew, of Lehighton, not only experienced a Freedom Conference Championship, she got a taste of the NCAA Division III playoffs too.

After her Eagles captured the conference championship with a 7-2 win over King's College, Andrew and her Eastern teammates advanced further into the postseason with an appearance in the Division III tournament.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Last week's column explained how the reduction in your metabolic rate is what does in most diets and how exercise helps negate that. But that's not news to those who regularly read this column.

The following benefit of exercise during dieting, however, should be.

While exercise expends energy, meaning you burn calories, it actually reduces your urge to eat immediately afterwards, according to a study performed at Brigham Young University.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Welcome to the postseason version of OVERTIME.

The TIMES NEWS has four teams Pleasant Valley, Northern Lehigh, Tamaqua and Marian playing in the District 11 playoffs this weekend.

Only twice since the District football playoffs began in 1984 has the area had more teams qualify.

Friday, November 2, 2012

With this year's World Series coming to a conclusion on Sunday, I decided now would be a prime opportunity for me to share a piece of poetry I found stashed in my old high school yearbook.

It was nearly 20 years ago that Matt Wentz and I were presented with the assignment by Dr. Gilligan in his Creative Writing class to write an English Ode poem.

So, with us both being die-hard Phillies' fans and the Phillies making the postseason for the first time in 10 years back in 1993, we thought we would have a little fun with one of our other teachers that year.