Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

I guess there's a bit of genius in all of us. The big questions are "Where's it hiding?" and "How to pull it out of you?"

It's August of 1985, I'm 24, and teaching a course on the fundamentals of health and fitness to school teachers. During the last day's question-and-answer session, a woman said that a friend and she went on the same diet and both followed it precisely. The friend lost a significant amount of weight, yet she didn't.

Her question: "What caused such a difference?"

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Patterning the activities of wild turkeys allows hunters to formulate a plan to take a gobbler when the season opens Saturday, May 3.

There is no need to feel guilty for not yet having done any preseason scouting for Pennsylvania's spring gobbler season.

A week from today is the special youth day for those holding a junior license and those in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program when they may take one bearded bird from one half-hour before sunrise until noon.

Then, a week later, comes the opening of the regular season, Saturday, May 3, with the season continuing through Saturday, May 31.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Nesquehoning inductees listed

The annual Carbon County Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Sunday, May 25 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

This year's inductees are:

Lehighton - Norm A. Frey; Jr; Robert Andrews; Lee "Put" Kuntz.

Lansford - Ellen Ogozalek; Eileen Ogozalek; Tom Rosahac.

Coaldale - Angel Donovan; Bill Edwards; Vince Gildea.

Tamaqua - Frank Yusella; Wayne Shickram; Stan Dakosty.

Jim Thorpe - Keith Miller; Drew Benyo; Dale Burnhauser.

Palmerton - Gene Behler; Georgianna Messinger; Kathy Beck Dekorte; Donald Holland.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Newly designed body-gripping traps measuring 10 by 12 inches and broadheads measuring 314 inches now available on the market were approved by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners, making them legal to use.

With the changes, the maximum size for lawfully set body-gripping traps will be 10 inches tall by 12 inches wide.

At present, no body-gripping traps larger than 10 inches by 10 inches can be set, and the change will take effect with the start of the 2014-15 hunting and trapping seasons.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

It was a banner year for area basketball team this season.

In fact, for the Marian and Northwestern girls it was literally a banner year.

The Fillies captured a District 11 Class A championship while the Lady Tigers claimed the Colonial League title.

Not surprising, the two teams dominated the TIMES NEWS Girls all-star basketball teams. Both Marian and Northwestern placed two players on the First Team and two more on the Second Team.

Friday, April 18, 2014
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Jake Kusko rounds second base and looks toward his coach at third during Thursday's game against Mahanoy Area. At second is the Bears' Aydan Erbe.

This year's Panther Valley baseball team has every reason to hold high expectations.

With seven returning seniors on the roster, along with the wealth of talent that accompanies that experience, head coach John Cooper is waiting. With patience wearing thin, Cooper and the rest of the black and yellow faithful are champing at the bit, knowing that it's only a matter of time before the results match the expectations.

However, Mahanoy Area made them wait a little longer.

Friday, April 18, 2014
Northwestern's Jacob Agustus slides into third base ahead of the throw taken by Jim Thorpe third baseman Bryce Micciche. Bob Ford/ TIMES NEWS

Northwestern coach Len Smith realized before yesterday's nonleague game against Jim Thorpe that his opponent would be most dangerous when looking for its first win of the season.

That is why his strategy was to run the bases with abandon to get as many runners into scoring position as possible. It worked perfectly for the Tigers in their 13-5 victory.

The Tigers scored all their runs in the first five innings aided by nine stolen bases and several runners taking the extra base on cutoff throws to the infield.

Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18, 1985 Mike Semmel wins four events as Lehighton sweeps a Colonial League track meet against Palmerton. Semmel captures all three jumps (high, long, and triple) and the pole vault as the Indians earn an 81-69 victory. Darryl Ahner contributes two firsts (110 and 300 hurdles) while Kevin Mooney (shot put) and Jeff Hager (javelin) each add one. In the girls meet, Doreen Green claimed three events (100, 200, javelin) to lead the Lehighton girls to an 82-59 win. Other firsts come from Renae Frey (400), Heather Novatnack (discus) and Donna Oswald (high jump).

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Anthracite Football League is expanding yet again.

New additions Lehighton and Blue Mountain will take the field this season and in 2016, Pottsville will be joining the AFL ranks.

The Crimson Tide will become the league's 12th member and will also allow for the league to split into two divisions.

With the addition of Lehighton and Blue Mountain this season, smaller A schools were upset they had to play bigger AAA schools on a consistent basis.

Friday, April 18, 2014

One thing is clear when looking at the 2013-14 edition of the TIMES NEWS All-Star Team - parity reigned supreme throughout the area this season.

Seven TN area teams placed wrestlers on the first team, with several earning multiple selections.