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bob ford/times news Marian’s Nico Agosti (27) fights off the tackle attempt of Williams Valley’s Ryan Harris. For more pictures from the Colts’ game visit the Times News photo gallery at tnonline.com.

Last year in Marian's season opener, KJ Snerr spent most of the night sitting in the emergency room. The Colts' quarterback seriously inured his shoulder on the first play of the 2013 campaign against Lehighton and missed most of the season.

2014 however, is a much different story. Snerr showed that his shoulder is stronger than ever along with his ability to run the football. Now a running back, Snerr came up with big play after big play for the Colts on Friday night, helping them capture an 18-7 non-league victory over a tough Williams Valley team from the Tri-Valley League.

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One year ago, the intro to this column led to this line: "It's never been tougher." The "it" referred to being a teenager, teaching a teenager, and the real toughie parenting a teenager (though parenting a preteen can't be a walk in the park, either).

In that column, I wrote that "effective parenting today like the pursuit of health and fitness is a never-ending endeavor that's more an art than a science.

Talk about a daunting job. You rarely get a break, you often get grief, and you have no manual or guidebook to follow."

Competitiveness drives Tribe's Keer
She is asked a question about being competitive. And before she answers, a wry little grin appears. The grin eventually becomes a full-fledged smile the kind of smile that says the level of her competition on a scale from 1 to 10 is actually a 12. So it's not surprising when she replies. "I'm very competitive," said Lehighton field hockey standout Sarah Keer. "I think that's because I come from a family where everyone played sports.
It had been five years since veteran Lou Strohl last won a Modified race at Mahoning Valley Speedway but on Saturday night his long overdue visit to Victory Lane came to an end as he posted his 33rd career win at the Lehighton paved quarter mile oval and first since May 9, 2009. And oh what a race it was. In the final 10 laps Strohl would battle intensely with another well-experienced hand, John Markovic, trying every way possible to get by. With two laps to run Strohl finally snuck underneath and would hold on for one more lap, earning the very popular win.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tiffany Thompson gets set to shoot as Northern Lehigh's Jessica Olewine (left) and Emily Bevins (hidden) defend.
The Lehighton girls earned every bit of their 43-38 victory over Northern Lehigh Thursday night in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic. Heading into the fourth quarter, Lehighton had a 38-28 lead over the Bulldogs. Both teams exchanged baskets to open the quarter. The Bulldogs went on a run early in the quarter. Kelsey Follweiler hit a three-pointer with 5:22 left to play, which sparked a 9-0 spurt. The Indians clung to a three-point lead with 3:41 left to play, 40-37.
Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, has been designated as the second Mentored Youth Fishing Day of the year by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on select Panfish Enhancement lakes. To encourage participation on this day, the PFBC has reduced the price of a 1-day adult resident and 1-day adult non-resident license to just $1 to be used only on Labor Day, with issuing agent and transaction fees making the total price for the 1-day adult license $2.70.
Blue Mountain captured its league championship and advanced to the state tournament at Spring-Ford this weekend in Cal Ripken League 10U play. The team, comprised of players from East Penn Township, West Penn Township and the Northern Lehigh School District, will play two games on both Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. Team members include, front row, from left, Grant Olewine, Logan Davis, Evan Zambo, Ryan Hammond, Josh Kistler and John Abidelli. Second row, Brett Misera, Brayden Hamby, Matt Frame, Zach Chamberlain, Riley Albert and Teague Hertzog.