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Friday, March 23, 2012

BY EMMETT MCCALL

With the PIAA basketball championships taking place today and tomorrow at Penn State University's Bryce Jordan Center, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at a few faults that I have with the way the state tournament is run.

I'd love to see a return to the days of separate Eastern and Western playoffs in the state.

Several years ago when Philadelphia teams joined the PIAA, the 32-team state tournament brackets in each of the classes were altered to reflect where the majority of the teams in each class were located.

Friday, March 9, 2012

BY ED HEDES

It's been a long time since I sat on press row at the PIAA Wrestling Championships.

In the past 25-plus years, I've made the trip to Hershey only twice.

Once was about 12 years ago when the PIAA still called the old HersheyPark Arena its home for the basketball and wrestling championships.

The other was in 2009 when THE TIMES NEWS had numerous wrestlers make it out of regionals.

Since I was scheduled to cover a PIAA Girls Basketball game that weekend in Leola, the trip out a day earlier was definitely on the bill.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

If you immerse yourself in the ocean of presently available health and fitness information, you'll find the waters something other than smooth. The Internet and all the technology it has spawned not only delivers research results faster than ever before, but it has also sired what Marco Bertamini of the University of Liverpool and Mangus Munafo of the University of Bristol call in the January issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science "bite-size science," a trend towards smaller research papers based on fewer studies.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Apparently, it still pays off to cheat in Major League Baseball.

The ritual of pitchers and catchers reporting signals the coming of spring, warm weather, leaves on the trees, and a new season of baseball. For the past few seasons, there was an excitement about the game as the shroud of the 2004 PED debacle and the Barry Bonds steroids case faded.

That cloud has returned. Despite the increased testing and awareness of the performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), the game is still dealing with the issue in light of the recent events surrounding the games better known names.

Friday, February 10, 2012

A few weeks ago I was watching the end of the Dallas Mavericks-Oklahoma City Thunder game on TNT. The two teams had gone back-and-forth all night and had it come down to the final seconds.

Down two, Vince Carter buries a clutch three-pointer from the top of the key with 1.4 seconds remaining to give the Mavs a one-point lead. Only 1.4 ticks? It's game over, right?

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Playoff teams dealing with injuries

Basketball coaches can plan for a lot of things. They can map out their offenses, set up their defenses, and go over certain strategies for different types of teams.

However, there is one thing that coaches have no control over that can ultimately decide the fate of their season injuries.

Pleasant Valley and Marian, two boys' teams that will be competing in the District 11 playoffs later this month, will have to deal with two key losses to their respective teams as they try and advance through the post-season.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Coincidence? Possibly. Correlation? Probably.

And if the truth is found in the latter rather than the former, America may look like the Land of the Living Dead by 2050.

The two facts that I fear are related? The increase in a physical affliction that we willfully give ourselves through improper diet and a lack of exercise, type 2 diabetes, and the increase in a mental disease for which there is no known cure, Alzheimer's.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nobody was near DJ Rossino when he crumpled to the floor during basketball practice last summer.

No, Lehighton's senior point guard was about to go up for a layup when his right knee suddenly gave out.

"It was our second practice of the summer," recalled Lehighton head coach Rich Oertner. "No one was around him. We were running the three-man-weave drill and he was going up for a layup and just fell to the floor."

Friday, January 13, 2012

Penn State's new head man in charge Bill O'brien has put together his coaching staff for the hopefully new look Nittany Lions. The present New England Patriots offensive coordinator promised he would put together the best staff for Penn State and that he would do it swiftly. He wasn't lying about the time frame, but as far as the best staff for Penn State is concerned, only time will tell on that subject. Until then, there's only one thing left to do, which is to analyze O'brien's hirings.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Food choices are exactly that. Choices. Which means you get to decide.

But what you are deciding is more than a matter of taste or even if you'll gain a couple of pounds. More and more evidence suggests that, to some degree, you could actually be determining your fate.

Or your child's. Especially if you're a pregnant woman.

Research now suggests that when a pregnant woman picks a food she may be doing more than consuming calories or satisfying a craving. She may very well be determining her unborn child's food preferences.