Saturday, November 28, 2015

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

A personal health and fitness “truth” tends to be a probable health and fitness truth for many other people. That’s why I can write about my way of eating or working out and suggest you do so, too.

Even when I recognize my habit is too hardcore for most others, I often still share it with you. I simply filter out the over-the-top elements and tailor the advice to you.

But the use of “you” to address all readers has its shortcomings. While some of you run in marathons, others walk in parks. While some can’t wait to drive to school, others can’t wait to retire from work.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Marian’s Ethan Kuczynski (5) tries to fight off Bishop McDevitt defender Devon Nichols. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

PHILADELPHIA – Big play ability can turn the tide in any game.

Flush with playmakers, both Marian and Bishop McDevitt have proven throughout the year that they are capable of taking control of a game with splash plays on offense, defense or special teams.

In the postseason, such plays have been even more critical for the District 11 champion Colts and the District 12 winning Royal Lancers.

In Friday night’s PIAA Class A First Round playoff game, it was Bishop McDevitt that came made the most of its chances when it got them en route to a 35-19 victory over Marian.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hi hunters! The opening day for rifle hunters is nearly here. Do you think you know a lot about whitetails?

Here’s a quiz which may help you learn something new about our most popular big game animal.


1. Which are the only five states in the U.S. where the whitetail doesn’t live?

2. Which state has the highest population of whitetails?

3 How much did the heaviest whitetail ever taken weigh?

4. How rare is it for a female doe to have antlers?

5. Can you consider a mushroom safe to eat if you’ve seen a deer eat one?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Was it the green uniforms or is Notre Dame’s football regressing as the final days of the 2015 season approach.

Whatever it is, last week’s performance in a 19-16 win over Boston College at Fenway Park was a real dud and not worthy of playing for the national football championship. It was fortunate that the Irish were playing a 3-6 BC team, that has a great defense but a terrible offense.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

November 28, 1968 - Duke Lilly scores three touchdowns as Slatington cruises to a 27-6 Thanksgiving Day victory over rival Palmerton. Lilly gets his team on the board first with a 40-yard punt return for a TD and extends the margin by catching an 11-yard scoring strike from Gary VanNorman. The Bulldogs, coached by Jack Cassebaum, get a third score from their running back when he bolts over the goal line on a 3-yard run. The winners add another tally in the final period when VanNorman hooks up with Karl Andreas for a 37-yard TD pass.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

There have been many chances for this year’s Penn State Nittany Lions football team to obtain a signature win.

First there was Temple. Penn State fans know how that one went. The Nittany Lions gave up 10 sacks to the 25th ranked Owls and lost on the road 23-10.

Then there was Ohio State. At 5-1, Penn State had its chance to make its mark on the 2015 college football season. The then No. 1 Buckeyes rushed for 315 yards on the Nittany Lions defense, coming away with a 38-10 convincing home victory.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Don’t want to eat your deer? Take it to a participating butcher shop, where its meat will be shared with needy people.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Jim Thorpe’s Kevin Vitti carries the ball for the North team in the Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association All-Star Game on Wednesday. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – A year ago, snow engulfed the region and the Annual Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association Senior All-Star Turkey Bowl got pushed back to June.

Wednesday evening at Rotary Field, the weather cooperated. But it was Team Jungle from the North that caused problems.

Led by Mahanoy Area quarterback Mason Ryan, who was named his team’s MVP, it was the North that engulfed Team South Ortho, 35-14.

“Total fun,” said Ryan after he scored one of the five touchdowns for Team Jungle. “To play with all this talent, wow, it was pretty special.”

Friday, November 27, 2015

November 27, 1947 - Charley Hontz collects two touchdowns to help Coaldale register a 21-6 Thanksgiving Day win over Lansford. Hontz opens the scoring on the first play of the second quarter when he breaks free for a 16-yard TD run. He later adds a one-yard plunge. The Tigers, coached by Tom Raymer, also reach the end zone on a 12-yard scoring toss from Joe Lopez to Joe Rilo. The winners finish the contest, which attracts 8000 fans, with a 289-103 edge in offense. Lansford avoids a shutout on Paul Vitek’s 1-yard TD run.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rod Heckman has been the leader of our Times News Grid Picks race for most of the season. A couple of weeks ago, he had to share the lead with Pat Matsinko.

Now, with the final week upon us, Matsinko is back within just one game of the leader and seems to have the momentum.

As for the rest of us, maybe Andy Steinmetz has an outside shot, but that’s about it.

So with Thanksgiving Day games and playoffs on this final grid, let’s see what’s at stake: