Monday, January 23, 2017

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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.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

January 14, 2000 — Brad Yuricheck and Scott Marek each score 28 points to lead Panther Valley to a 98-63 Schuylkill League win over Jim Thorpe. Yuricheck pours in 11 points and Marek tallies 10 in the first quarter as the Panthers, coached by Dan Matika, race to a 25-6 advantage. PV ends the first half shooting 22-of-28 from the floor to build a 22-point lead. Keith Gogal and Mike Vito both finish with 11 points for the winners, while Danny Blazosky chips in with eight. For the Olympians, Joe Demuro scores a team-high 17 points.

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Tamaqua’s Emma Kuczynski dribbles the ball past Jim Thorpe’s Kaitlyn Ohl. At left, is Tamaqua’s Jen Frederickson. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Has the Tamaqua girls basketball team come of age?

Has it found a way to turn the corner and slip in victories against quality teams in the always tough Schuylkill Girls’ Basketball League?

Just let Rob Kovac, the highly regarded coach at Jim Thorpe, tell you a few things about the Lady Raiders after Friday’s 65-57 Raider victory.

“They are for real, they are very good, and those freshmen — Emma Kuczynski and Emily Titus — it doesn’t matter what grade they’re in, they are legitimate players.”

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club has plenty of activities for its youth members, such as the Junior Rifle Team. In this file photo from 2015, Jennifer Plocinik and one of the team’s coaches, Tom Fister, are practicing in the clubhouse’s downstairs indoors’ range. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

When’s the last time you had a huge outdoor playground to use? I’m not talking about the kind with swings and slides. I’m talking about the kind with shooting ranges and fishing.

When I lived south of Ashland, in the Beurys Grove area, I belonged to the Tri-Valley Archery Club. As a member of the club, I competed in area 3D archery shoots and we traveled to events, got to see a lot of nice clubs. But I never joined any of them.

Friday, January 13, 2017
Jim Thorpe’s Andre Samuel drives to the basket as Tamaqua’s Thad Zuber reaches in from behind. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Sometimes it all comes together in a game.

For Jim Thorpe, that sometime couldn’t have come at a better time.

After a few key losses early in the season, the Olympians picked up a huge win in the meat of their Schuylkill League Division 1 schedule, defeating Tamaqua 56-35 on Thursday.

Thorpe (6-5) was able to play its most complete game of the season, using a combination of pressure defense and a hot shooting first half to stifle the Raiders.