Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lehighton Area School District will be selling fall season tickets and season passes for the 2016 season.

Football tickets will be $30 for adults and $15 for senior citizens/students.

This will include tickets for the five home varsity games, a reserved parking pass for each game, and a reserved seat.

Volleyball tickets will be $40 for adults and $15 for senior citizens/students. This will include admission to the nine home volleyball matches.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August 16, 1960 - Bruce Shanfelt tosses a two-hitter to lead Jim Thorpe to a 2-1 victory over Tamaqua in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Shanfelt allows just an unearned run in the first inning, and blanks the visitors the rest of the way. Shanfelt collects two hits at the plate, including a single in the fifth frame that chases home Bob Brown with the go-ahead run. Joe Bonner chips in with a hit for the winners, coached by John “Buck” Sweeney, while Bob Schweibinz adds a run scored.

Monday, August 15, 2016

DALLAS (AP) – Oklahoma already has a record nine Big 12 championships, and last season took the league into the College Football Playoff for the first time.

While the smallest Power Five conference could soon be expanding, the Sooners and Bob Stoops – now the longest-tenured FBS coach – seem to have everything in place to push for another playoff run out of the 10-team league.

Monday, August 15, 2016

August 15, 1971 - Bowmanstown pounds out 25 hits and cruises to a 19-7 Pocono Mountain League win over Reeders. Ziegenfuss and Roberts lead the way offensively as each finish with five hits, five RBIs and two runs scored. C. Rehrig collects four hits, scores three runs, and knocks in three. The winners, who use an eight-run seventh inning to put the game out of reach, also receive three hits and two runs from Willingham. W. Kunkle and Kelowitz both chip in with two hits and two runs.

Monday, August 15, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Even a lumbering start couldn’t slow down the world’s fastest man.

Usain Bolt became the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles, blowing down the straightaway in 9.81 seconds at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The Jamaican great defeated American rival Justin Gatlin by .08 seconds for his seventh Olympic gold medal. Andre de Grasse of Canada won the bronze.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Palmerton’s Mike Stasko is the leading returning player in rushing yards and scoring. RICH GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS


Since the end of last season, the landscape of high school football has seen nothing but.

Gone is the Anthracite Football League, which was merged with and now includes members of the Schuylkill League.

In is the PIAA’s move to six classes for football.

As for what’s new on the field, many of the most productive players from a year ago have moved on – 13 of the top-14 scorers from the area – leaving voids that will be difficult to fill yet create opportunities for those who have been waiting for their time to shine.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Last week’s column shared an Israeli study that found the glycemic index (GI), a way to measure how fast and to what degree a food eaten in isolation raises your blood sugar, is not universal.

The established GI score for a ripe banana, for example, is 62. In this study, however, subjects were just as likely to score, let’s say, a 56 or a 67. Yet that deviation doesn’t render the GI useless.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Few things are as still as a winter night in Maine. I was the only year-round resident on a mile-long dirt road. Snow was piled high along the side of my A-frame, further cushioning me from any outdoor sound.

But the sound I heard one night was so unnerving, I bolted upright in bed. What in the world? I could hear a relentless grinding sound. My dogs were also bewildered, listening to the sound and not making a bark.

Friday, August 12, 2016

August 12, 1969 - John Yanchura’s bases-loaded double in the bottom of the third inning helps spark Lansford to a 4-3 Panther Valley Little League tournament victory over Jim Thorpe. The winners, who were trailing 3-0, score four times in that third inning to take the lead. Joe Chuckran fires a five-hitter to capture the pitching win. Rich Gorka contributes a pair of hits, while Dan Conahan adds a hit and run scored. Yanchura also registers a run scored.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A handful of familiar faces could make this a Heisman race for the ages.

Four, count ‘em, four of the top six finishers from last year’s Heisman Trophy voting are back for another season. Clemson’s prolific quarterback Deshaun Watson is among them, along with a trio of stars that includes Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and LSU running back Leonard Fournette.

The scrutiny and hype for the foursome will be intense from day one. Watson says it comes with the territory of being one of the nation’s top players.