Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Northwestern girls captured first place at the Moravian Academy Lion Invitational.

In other scholastic action Friday, the Lehighton volleyball and field hockey teams earned wins.


Moravian Academy

Lion Invitational

The Northwestern girls, behind three top-10 finishers, took first place in Class 2A competition at the Moravian Academy Lion Invitational.

The Palmerton boys, meanwhile, claimed second in Class 1A.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – There may very well be a new sheriff in town if the first two roundups are an indication of what may come.

Lehighton has opened the 2017 season on a much better note than it ended last season, and win two may be the start of a momentum builder for coach Tom McCarroll’s head-hunting Indians.

Riding a rock-ribbed offensive line, which plowed through highly ranked Schuylkill Haven, Lehighton carved out an impressive 30-14 victory to move to 2-0 on the young season.

Saturday, September 2, 2017
Working with and living with a hunting dog creates a special bond between the dog and person. In this photo, my German shorthaired pointer Josey and I are watching a sunset after a North Carolina duck hunt. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Some might consider the love I have for my dogs to be unreasonable. With the dogs in mind, I bought a jaded farm while overlooking significant, daunting flaws — no heating system, major electrical problems, and floors with a funhouse-like tilt.

The dogs sleep with me. I tell some people that they sneak into the bed, but that’s not true. I pat the mattress and invite them up. They are allowed on all the other furniture as well. One of my most important duties is to function as their driver. Last Saturday was National Dog Day; every day around here is National Dog Day.

Saturday, September 2, 2017
Raiders run past Mahanoy Area

A dominant running back is a luxury that most football teams do not have. On Friday night, the Tamaqua Blue Raiders showed that Stadium Hill could possibly be the most luxurious place to strap on the cleats this season in the Schuylkill League, as the Raiders boast not one, but two first-class running backs in Nick Breiner and Nate Boyle.

Breiner and Boyle served up a five-star performance, combining for 320 yards on the ground and four touchdowns en route to the Raiders’ 34-7 non-league victory over Mahanoy Area.

Saturday, September 2, 2017
Thorpe’s big plays sink Colts

Big play ability can turn the tide of any game.

Flush with playmakers, both Jim Thorpe and Marian showed in Week 1 victories that they are capable of taking control of a game with splash plays on offense, defense or special teams.

In rivalry games, such plays can be even more critical.

Friday night, it was Jim Thorpe that made the most of its chances en route to a 27-0 non-league victory over Marian.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

For Penn State fans, the opening week of the college football season is finally here. It’s been a long off-season that for most, must have seemed like an eternity, because of all the preseason hype surrounding the program.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

As I begin another season of columns about ND football one thing is very clear. Brian Kelly, beginning his eighth year as head coach, is on the hot seat. Kelly has plenty of pressure on him to turn things around in South Bend — or this will be is last year as head man.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Local TN Football Scores:
Tamaqua 34, Mahanoy 7
Salisbury 7, Northwestern 3
Jim Thorpe 27, Marian 0
Panther Valley 14, Hamburg 0
Lehighton 30, Schuylkill Haven 14
ACC 28, Pleasant Valley 21
Catasauqua 38, Northern Lehigh 20
Southern Lehigh 44, Palmerton 0

Friday, September 1, 2017

There were three “surprises” on opening night of the high school football season last week, and “Mad” Brad Hurley nailed two of them to help him jump into a one game lead in our Times News Grid Picks standings.

Friday, September 1, 2017
Marian boys cross country team members run during a practice session earlier this week. Cross country season officially opens today. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

They’ve been running all summer.

But today, the times count and the points will be added up.

The cross country season is set to begin, and below are capsules on the Times News area teams.



EXPECTATIONS HY-DRO... Junior Sam Hydro is looking to make some noise this season for head coach Drew Benyo, who starts his 30th season as the Olympian leader. After qualifying for the state meet last cross country season, and overcoming an injury during the track season, Hydro is healthy and ready to compete.