Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Odds are in favor of the team with more opportunities.

During a Schuylkill League Division 1 clash between Lehighton and Panther Valley on Saturday, it was the Indians who created more chances than the Panthers.

The Tribe accumulated 18 more field goal attempts than Panther Valley, which assisted in a 40-19 league victory.

There’s a direct correlation between the shot differential of the two teams as Lehighton grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, which resulted in many more possessions. Skylynn Faust grabbed 11 rebounds with four coming on the offensive end.

Monday, January 16, 2017
Dylan Schoch of Lehighton (top) works to finish off a pin of Springfield’s Anthony Manascio in their 170-pound bout. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Host Lehighton had a strong showing in the Indian Duals wrestling tournament on Saturday.


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Lehighton placed second at the Indian Duals Saturday.

The host Indians got 5-0 days from Grant Wetzel (152), Cody Scherer (160) and Will Smith (285).

Lehighton (10-4) defeated William Allen 54-15, East Stroudsburg North 62-12, Springfield-Delco 53-18 and Central Bucks South 45-27 before falling to Notre Dame-Green Pond 34-30 in the finals.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger. Aaron Rodgers vs. Matt Ryan.

Quite a quartet of QBs is heading to the NFL’s conference championship games next weekend: Brady’s New England Patriots host Roethlisberger’s Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC, and Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers play at Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons in the NFC.

Consider the collective bona fides: Among them, Brady, Roethlisberger and Rodgers can boast of 10 Super Bowl appearances and seven titles, four Super Bowl MVP awards and four regular-season MVP awards. Not too bad.

Monday, January 16, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — If you’re looking for a road map as to how the Philadelphia Phillies decayed into such a dreadful state following five straight National League East titles, the team’s annual January seminar for some of its most valued minor-leaguers is a pretty good one.

Monday, January 16, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — So much for Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers keeping a low profile.

The star wide receiver filmed the postgame scene in the Steelers' locker room on Facebook Live after an 18-16 win at Kansas City on Sunday, a video that lasted more than 17 minutes and had over 900,000 views just a few hours after it aired.

Brown talks to fans in the video, thanking them for their support while joking around with teammates, many of whom are changing out of their uniforms. The Steelers then have a team prayer, followed by coach Mike Tomlin addressing his players.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Scores received from Friday night's games. Check out Saturday's Times News for more coverage.

Marian 57, Tri-Valley 15
Northern Lehigh 47, Catasauqua 29
Southern Lehigh 44, Northwestern 33
Moravian Academy 40, Palmerton 27
Pleasant Valley 46, Dieruff 29

Northern Lehigh 55, Catasauqua 48
Southern Lehigh 58, Northwestern 46
Moravian Academy 60, Palmerton 54
Dieruff 62, Pleasant Valley 52

Salisbury 81, Tamaqua 80
Salisbury 98, Tamaqua 49

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Tamaqua’s Brianna Dumond competes during Friday’s meet against Salisbury. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Marian and Northern Lehigh girls’ basketball teams earned victories Friday night.



Marian rolled to a 57-15 non league win over Tri-Valley.

Emily Schaud scored a game-high 19 points for the Fillies. Isabella Schwabe added 12.

Marian also won the JV game, 47-32.


Schaud 7-2-5-19, Erbe 0-0-0-0, Digris 2-0-0-4, Correale 0-0-0-0, Schwabe 6-0-1-12, Agosti 2-0-0-6, Alansky 1-0-0-3, McClafferty 2-0-0-6, Raabe 0-1-2-1, Karnish 3-0-2-6, Murray 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 24-3-10-57.


Saturday, January 14, 2017
Northern Lehigh’s Gio Colon (left) reaches for a rebound with Catty’s Jaylen Green. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

The first time that Catasauqua and Northern Lehigh squared off this year, the Rough Riders prevailed. In that contest, Isaiah Graves poured in 29 points, while Andrew Brett had 23, including seven threes.

Friday night at Northern Lehigh, it was quite a different outcome.

This time, the Bulldogs’ Preston Kemery drew the defensive assignment on Graves and limited his looks throughout the evening, allowing the talented senior to tally just 11 points. Meanwhile, Brett was limited to just two triples and eight points.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

What goes around comes around.

That’s a trite cliche, but when it comes to truly understanding the most effective dieting strategies, it happens to be accurate.

In the late-1980s, for instance, I read an article in a bodybuilding magazine about a professional middleweight (about half the weight of the stereotypical 6-foot-5-inch, 300-pound musclehead) and what he ate after an intense workout when he needed to add muscle. That steak was his staple protein source did not surprise me.

That he had a huge bowl of ice cream before he ever took a bite of beef did.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Reaching 100 coaching wins is certainly an accomplishment.

But Pleasant Valley’s Nadia Gauronsky had a different number in mind after her team defeated Dieruff, 46-29, on Friday night to allow her to achieve that milestone.

“I was concerned about getting five wins to get to districts,” Gauronsky said. “That’s what we needed. (One hundred wins) is a nice thing, but that’s not my focus. Now we only need four.