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Friday, May 28, 2010

The cardboard boxes contained note pads, tablets and scrapbooks filled with yellowed newspaper clippings.

In terms of monetary value, the contents are modest.

The information compiled inside is priceless.

The boxes are the record-keeping legacy of the late Bob Barnisky, whose hobby of following the exploits of Tamaqua High School athletes in particular and others in general was familiar to readers of THE TIMES NEWS sports pages over the years.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Once again, I've taken a page out of the Bob Urban column-writing book.

The editor of our paper often writes short thoughts about what's happening in the world and in our area.

If it can be done about news and everyday events, it can also be done about sports.

So, here it goes ...

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As of May 3, it's been 11 years since the TIMES NEWS Sports Department has been running the On This Date section.

Friday, May 14, 2010

By MIKE HAINES

There might be no fans in sports riding as high right now as Philadelphia Phillies fans.

Over the past five years the Fightins' have taken a step up in class. They developed a core of players, kept them together into their primes and entered the world of big market teams.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Bob Schlosser has never forgotten his roots.

The Tamaqua native, who went on to star on the hardwoods at Marian Catholic and East Stroudsburg University, always likes to reminisce about his playing and coaching days back home and at Allentown

Central Catholic where he led the Vikings to three PIAA Championships, winning two of them.

Schlosser, who has been men's basketball coach at Elizabethtown College for the past 20 years since leaving Central, was recently inducted into the Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Via Basketball Classic recently.

Friday, April 9, 2010

By MIKE FEIFEL

I may sound like a politician when I say this, but change is coming.

I am not sure how the word change became such an "in" word. Especially when it's followed by actions that make you scratch your head and ask what lame brain came up with this idea? It's Madness!

If you are thinking I am talking about the health care issue you are wrong.

I am talking about two of the most popular sporting events every year the NFL playoffs and the NCAA basketball tournament.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Who would have ever thought that the NCAA 2010 Final Four would have panned out the way it has?

I surely didn't.

It was no where near the way that I thought it would end up.

I often ride on the odds that the higher seeds at least the top-three seeds rule the roost throughout the tournament. I had to go with them again this year.

This year there was an upset city in every one of the four regions.

After the first round there were 10 lower seeds that advanced to the next round.

Who could have imagined that happening? Not me of course.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Do you remember when basketball was just a game?

Those were the days when you played pick-up games on the hot asphalt in the summertime, and shoveled the snow off the macadam in the winter in order to play.

Those were the days that the term "gym rat" was a compliment.

Those were the days when the high school hardwoods were located in sweaty bandboxes, with the bleachers almost on top of the courts.

Those were the days before the NCAA 64-team brackets.

Friday, March 19, 2010

This past Tuesday marked the end of the TIMES NEWS area basketball season.

Both the Marian boys and Tamaqua girls dropped close games in the second round of the state playoffs to close out the 2009-10 campaign.

With the season just completed, it's time to hand out some unofficial awards.

Below are a few of our picks. One quick note the Players of the Year will be named at a later when the TIMES NEWS announces its seasonal awards.

Boys Team of the Year

Friday, March 12, 2010

Athletic directors are kind of like referees in a way. When they're doing a good job they usually go unnoticed. But when things go wrong, they're the ones out front dealing with problems.

Whether it's the unavoidable postponing and rescheduling of games during bad weather or when there are issues with coaches, players or parents, a school's athletic director is the person who has to find solutions.

"Sometimes our job is thankless," said Stroudsburg's Beth Ross. "That's why ADs are such a tight-knit group. Because no one really knows what we do except each other."

Friday, March 5, 2010

Over the next 24 hours, three TIMES NEWS area teams will play for District 11 basketball championships.

It's been almost a quarter of a century since the area has had at least three District champs. The last time that occurred was in 1986 when the Panther Valley boys and Marian girls won Class AA titles and the Weatherly boys and girls both won Class A crowns.