Monday, October 24, 2016

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Monday, September 26, 2016
Northwestern’s Tyler Foster (4) takes a handoff from quarterback Deven Bollinger. NANCY SCHOLZ/ SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

It’s hard to predict or explain what happens in high school sports.

On one hand, that’s the beauty of the competition. On the other hand, it can be frustrating.

Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder doesn’t know how or why his team let a 14-point lead slip away in Saturday’s 35-21 loss to Pen Argyl. But he had a funny feeling about the game before it even started.

“I said it right away when we came out of the locker room, that I didn’t like the feel of us at all,” said Snyder. “I just didn’t like our intensity; something wasn’t right.”

Monday, September 26, 2016

It came less than five minutes into the game.

After watching Pocono Mountain West march 56-yards on its first possession, Pleasant Valley’s defense forced a fourth down at its own four-yard line.

The Bears held.

What followed was a 98-yard scoring drive that set the tone for Saturday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference contest against the Panthers and propelled Pleasant Valley to a 35-27 victory.

Monday, September 26, 2016

WILSON ‑- Turnovers hurt Northern Lehigh in the first three games of the season.

But the Bulldogs turned that trend around in a 42-21 win over Wilson Saturday afternoon.

The Warriors fumbled the ball away four times in the first half and Northern Lehigh, which came into the game with a minus-11 turnover ratio, capitalized on the errors.

“We’ve been working on it in practice,” said running back Mason Seiler. “We’ve been repping it. We’re doing all we can to hold onto the ball and eliminate turnovers.”

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Pleasant Valley and Northern Lehigh football teams picked up victories Saturday afternoon.
The Bears held off Pocono Mountain West to secure a 35-27 victory, while the Bulldogs topped Wilson 42-21.
Pen Argyl used a second half rally to knock off the Tigers, 35-21.
Be sure to pick up a copy of Monday's Times News for complete coverage of all three games.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

SHENANDOAH – There was no need for keeping time, Jim Thorpe’s football team was by far superior than Shenandoah Valley Friday evening at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Olympians scored eight touchdowns, rolled up 411 total yards, and was no threat for an out-manned, but game, Blue Devils in a 54-0 thrashing.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September 24, 1954 - Tamaqua breaks a scoreless tie with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and records a 20-0 victory over Blythe Township. Luther Miller gets the Blue Raiders on the scoreboard early in the final frame with an 8-yard TD run. Ted Snyder extends the margin with a 1-yard scoring plunge, while Bill Fritz seals the win with a 12-yard scamper to end zone late in the period. The winners, coached by Bob Hartwig, receive an interception and fumble recovery on defense from Snyder, while Ralph Miller also comes up with a pick.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Every team has to deal with injuries throughout a season, but for Penn State injuries have shaken its linebacker group this season.

Heading into a matchup with unbeaten Michigan later this afternoon (ABC, 3:30 ET), three new starters at linebacker is not ideal. Although something has to be said for Brandon Smith, Jake Cooper, and Manny Bowen, which all filled in for the injured Nyeem Wartman-White, Jason Cabinda, and Brandon Bell last week in the Nittany Lions’ win over Temple. The three did a pretty solid job and kept the Owls at bay for the most part.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
An upland bird hunt was part of the Wounded Warriors in Action weekend. From left are wounded warriors Jeremy Lake, Timothy Bredberg, Tyson Scott and Kenneth “Trey” Cate. In front are Lisa Price and her dog, and Rick Dailey, who provided the birds. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The heat and humidity surrounded us, gnats abounded and the terrain was challenging. No one mentioned any of that, and I realized that no one would – each one of the men who were walking through the field with me were Purple Heart recipients.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Marian's Matt Stanziola sacks Danny Lozada of Schuylkill Haven during their Schuylkill League contest Friday. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Schuylkill Haven quarterback Danny Lozada doesn’t get to throw the ball much on offense.

But he made one of the biggest plays of the year in the fourth quarter against Marian on defense.

The Colts had possession and were trailing by a 10-6 margin with just over two minutes remaining in the game. However, Lozada jumped an out-pattern on first down and took a 20-yard interception to the house. His heroics helped clinch a Haven victory in a Schuylkill League defensive slugfest, 17-6.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Because the aftereffects of a broken femur and a fractured pelvis too often replaced the pleasure I derive from cycling with a toothache-like pain in my hips and glutes, I visited a chiropractor for the first time in May 2013. After treatment, he demonstrated two stretches he wanted me to do as soon as I woke up and before and after I worked out.

Hold each stretch for five seconds and do each six times each session, he advised. I did the math and then did it again, certain I had made a mistake. But no. Five times 12 does equal 60. Sixty seconds does equal a minute.