Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Local Sports

Friday, August 11, 2017
Jim Thorpe’s Justin St. Hill (20) and Marian’s Seth Paluck (8) are two of the top returning playmakers in the area this season. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO

The topic of conversation entering last year’s high school football season centered around change. And there was plenty of it, most notably the PIAA’s expansion from four classes to six for football.

The result was seven (Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Marian, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton, Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua) of the nine Times News area football teams qualifying for the District 11 playoffs. In 2015, just three area programs were in the district playoffs in 2015.

Friday, August 11, 2017
All tree stands have a rating for weight capacity. Hunters need to add their weight, plus the weight of their clothing and gear. The best safety restraint is a full-body harness; most harnesses are rated for 300 pounds. Two-person ladder stands are usually rated for 500 pounds. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

My young hunting buddy Mike outgrew me. It wasn’t that he grew up, got a driver’s license and discovered girls, although all those things happened. Mike, who later played college football, literally outgrew any tree stand I had when his weight neared 300 pounds.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for six games Friday after a yearlong NFL investigation of his domestic violence case in Ohio.

The 2016 NFL rushing leader was suspended despite prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, deciding a year ago not to pursue the case involving Elliott’s girlfriend at the time in the same city where he starred for Ohio State.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Notre Dame’s worst season in seven under coach Brian Kelly was a boon for the legion of fans that root against the most polarizing team in the country.

The Notre-Dame-went-4-and-8 memes have been flowing ever since.

Safe to say there is not a team in the country more eager to bury the memories of 2016 than Notre Dame.

“It’s a new year and it brings new opportunities,” running back Josh Adams said. “We have a lot of guys in that room that want to prove a lot of things to a lot of people, including themselves.”

Friday, August 11, 2017
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley speaks with the press during media day on Aug. 5. There are high expectations for McSorley and the Penn State offense this season. AP FILE PHOTO

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Two years ago, James Franklin urged Penn State fans to be patient. He and his players believed a plan was in motion.

That patience wore thin through back-to-back 7-6 seasons, but paid off last season. After shaking off a slow start, the Nittany Lions won nine straight games, including a come-from-behind victory in the Big Ten championship game that put them within reach of a playoff berth.

Friday, August 11, 2017

(EDITOR’S NOTE — During the next few weeks, Times News reporters will be talking to area sports fans to get their thoughts and predictions about various topics that are currently in the news.)

It has been hard to ignore the Penn State football team heading into the 2017 season.

The Nittany Lions are coming off a remarkable – if not improbable – run to a Big Ten title, possess a backfield that features two potential Heisman Trophy candidates, and are equipped with a bevy of playmakers that can kick the offense into overdrive at anytime.

Friday, August 11, 2017

August 11, 1940 — Joey Malatak slugs a two-run homer and Leon Kunkle scores four runs to help Weissport post a 7-6 Panther Valley League victory over Hauto. Malatak and Kunkle both finish with two hits while Allen Morgan adds a pair of hits and a run scored. Weissport, which ties the game with a run in the eighth inning and wins it in the 10th, also receives a solo homer from Schnell. Bill Izer gains the pitching win. For Hauto, Frank Potosky collects three hits, one a double.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Among the senior players representing their schools at the Schuylkill Football League Media Day on Wednesday were, from left, Nick Rosahac (Jim Thorpe), Hunter Kennedy (Panther Valley), Carter Eckman (Marian), Casey Rother (Tamaqua), and Cody Scherer (Lehighton). Scan this photo with the Prindeo app to see a video of area Schuylkill Football League coaches talking about the upcoming season. JUSTIN CARLUCCI/TIMES NEWS

ORWIGSBURG — The Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association held its media day at the Schuylkill Country club in Orwigsburg on Wednesday.

“It’s a great way for the coaches to get together and form a little camaraderie between the coaches and players,” said SCFCA public relations director Kevin Keating. “It really gets the fans ready to go for football season.

“Today’s event has continued to grow over the past several years. We’re real excited for the 2017 football season to kick off.”

Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 10, 1974 — Frank Navratil pitches a three-hit shutout to lead Lansford to an 8-0 Panther Valley Little League tournament victory. Navratil doesn’t walk a batter and strikes out eight. He receives plenty of support from his offense, led by Tony Dominic. A two-run homer and RBI double from Dominic highlight his three-hit performance. Frank Rossi contributes a hit and three runs scored, while Dave Stanko adds a run-scoring single. The winners also receive RBIs from George Brimmer and Mark Piscelli.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

(EDITOR’S NOTE — During the next few weeks, Times News reporters will be talking to area sports fans to get their thoughts and predictions about various topics that are currently in the news.)

What is the ceiling of the Philadelphia Eagles this season? Let’s ask around.