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Friday, November 13, 2009

What a feeling it must have been for Northwestern's Lindsay Kerr last weekend.

To work day after day for years and years in hopes of becoming a state champion and then to have that dream come true is something few athletes can experience.

The Tiger senior is just the third runner from the TIMES NEWS area ever to earn a cross country gold medal at states and is the first female to accomplish the honor.

Congratulations Lindsay on a job well done.

Speaking of state titles, the Lehighton field hockey team is still alive for a PIAA championship.

Friday, November 6, 2009

It's never fun losing or watching your favorite team lose for that matter.

And Wednesday night was definitely no exception.

Words couldn't express how I felt at this time last year. The Phillies has just won their first World Series since 1980 and the first of my lifetime. After seeing how good they were in the early-to-mid 90s and then how bad they were from then up until a few years ago I didn't think I would ever get to see a parade come down Broad St. Thanks to last year's team I did.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.