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Friday, February 19, 2010

By ED HEDES

Playoff time on the high school basketball level ... District 11's version of March Madness, only it's still February ...

If the way some of the league semifinals have turned out is any kind of preview what we're in for when the District 11 tournament gets under way next week, you better get to some of the venues early to get a good seat.

The other night I was fortunate to be at Martz Hall in Pottsville for the Schuylkill League girls semis and to no surprise, there was quite a crowd on hand.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Obviously, the hot topic for the weekend is Super Bowl XLIV.

Unfortunately for me, the Kansas City Chiefs didn't even get near the chance of playing in the National Football League's main event, so I have no other choice but watch two teams that I didn't root for this season play for the Lombardi Trophy.

Yes people, I am still a Chiefs fan, regardless of the last three years of horrific football the team has put me through.

Friday, January 29, 2010

When Jerry Wolman wanted to announce the upcoming publication of his book, he went back home to do so.

Home in Wolman's case is Shenandoah, and the Schuylkill County community welcomed back one of its native sons.

Wolman was the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League from 1963-1969 and his story is told in the book, titled The World's Richest Man.

Friday, January 22, 2010

In the world of sports, coaches come and coaches go.

Whether the departure of a coach is good or bad, it's safe to say that many emotions will be felt when that person leaves.

This past Sunday night, members of the Northwestern football family along with those who worked with, against or just knew Bob Mitchell displayed those emotions at a surprise retirement party.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Here we go again. Greedy rich men are fighting over money and the poor saps like us are the ones who suffer.

Because owners and players can't agree on how to share the billions of dollars made each year on pro football, the NFL faces an uncapped season in 2010 and a probable player lockout in 2011.

This week, I set out to do some research and learn why both of those scenarios are likely. The more I read, the more I realized that without a few years of law school I probably would not understand all of the complex issues.

Friday, January 8, 2010

By EMMETT MCCALL

Yes, Pennsylvania, there is an All-State football team this year.

But it won't be what you're used too!

With calendars having already been turned to 2010, and no All-State team having been released yet by the Associated Press, the TIMES NEWS has been fielding inquiries about when and if it will run this year.

A check with the AP revealed that the team will be coming out shortly, but there will be a change this year.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another year has come to pass. Where does the time go? As I get older it seems that the clock tends to tick a little faster, but I am sure all you 25+ year-old people out there already know that.

Yet while we prepare to welcome in 2010, it becomes time to look back and reflect on 2009.

Below are my five fondest memories of the last year.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Penn State football season ticket holders will have a chance to move or transfer their seats, beginning with the 2011 season.

It could cost them, however.

The University's Nittany Lion Club recently announced its Seat Transfer and Equity Plan (STEP), a two-phase ticket location program.

Due to the financial realities of big-time college football, such a STEP was probably inevitable in Happy Valley.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Last week, when Bob Mitchell decided to relinquish his football coaching duties at Northwestern High School after 28 years, it got me thinking.

First of all, it made me realize how long I have been covering local high school sports. It has been 10 years this fall.

That might be just a little more than a third of the time coach Mitchell has spent preparing his Tigers over the years, but it made me realize how fast time flies once you're out of school.

Friday, November 20, 2009

By MIKE HAINES

This is a fun time of year for playoff football teams. Not only do they get to play in big games in front of large crowds, but many teams get to travel to new and different venues.

So for this week, Press Pass decided to talk to some coaches around the area about their favorite places to play road games. Below are the most popular respones and reasons for the choices.

Northwestern

Tiger Stadium was the top choice for Lehighton's George Ebbert, who played and coached there when the Northwestern and the Indians both played in the Centennial League.