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Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Nittany Lions hit another bump in their road to recovery last week with a 32-23 loss to Nebraska.

Although once again a questionable call by the officials might of had something to do with that. With PSU down 27-23 with 8:45 left and at the Nebraska 3-yard line, Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin completed a short pass to tight end Matt Lehman who most certainly crossed the goal before losing possession of the football. However, the officials did not see it that way and Nebraska recovered the so-called fumble in the endzone.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

You hear from your old neighbors that your new neighbor was once convicted of murder. So you search on the Internet and find out otherwise.

He didn't pull the trigger in a botched break-in eight years ago. But he did drive the getaway car.

That makes him an accessory, an accomplice rather than a killer.

Would that fact make him less culpable in your eyes?

Would it change the way you deal with him? Would you suddenly invite him to your Christmas party or keep still your distance?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Notre Dame won its 10th game of the season last week with a rather lackluster performance. The offense sputtered and shot itself in the foot twice, while the defense dominated when it had to but for most of the game it looked lifeless.

In other words, it looked like the Irish were just playing to win and not to impress. If that was their idea, it worked, because they didn't impress anyone.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Waterfowl hunters have long made decoys as much a part of their gear as Gore-Tex clothing, non-toxic shotgun shells and game calls. It is the same for most spring gobbler hunters, who have learned the effectiveness of decoys in helping to attract wary longbeards and then lure them into shotgun range.

For deer hunters, however, decoys remain, in the minds of many, nothing more than – at best – a gimmick.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A long-term construction project to rebuild the dam and spillway at Lehigh County's Leaser Lake has received final approval from state regulators, just in time for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to refill the lake and reopen it to the public for the 2013 regional opening day of trout.

Saturday, November 17, 2012
Photo courtesy of Moravian College The 2012 Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were, from left, Tony Jaso, Heidi Wolfsberger Peoples, Fred Reinhard, Tara Wartman McClimon and Bill Marsh.

Tony Jaso (Bethlehem); Tara Wartman McClimon (Douglassville); Heidi Wolfsberger Peoples (Scranton) and Fred Reinhard (Palmerton) made up the class of 2012 that was inducted into the Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 9, in Johnston Hall.

Also being honored was Bill Marsh (Carolina Shores, NC, who was presented with the Robert Martin Herbstman Award), and the 1989 men's track team.

Fred Reinhart

Saturday, November 17, 2012
Bears fall in title game

Certainly a 37-0 defeat to Parkland for the District 11 Class AAAA championship wasn't the way that Pleasant Valley head coach Jim Terwilliger wanted to go out.

But despite that tough defeat to the No. 6 seeded Trojans (10-2 overall; 8-1 in LVC) on Friday night at Parkland Middle School, the No. 7 seeded Bears (8-4 overall; 7-1 in MVC) definitely don't consider this season a let down one bit.

Friday, November 16, 2012

November 16, 1946 Bob Marouchoc crosses the end zone three times to help lead Lansford to a 58-0 rout of West Mahanoy Township. Marouchoc scores one of his team's three touchdowns in the first quarter and the Panthers roll from there. Paul Vitek starts the onslaught with a six-yard TD run, and Frank Yasenik adds to the margin with a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown. Before the frame ends, Marouchoc hits paydirt from 12 yards out. Besides Marouchoc's other two scores, the winners receive another TD from Vitek and scores from Eddie Haughton, Bob Cunliffe and Johnny Swider.

Friday, November 16, 2012

BY ED HEDES

Well Week 11 of the Grid Picks went down as one of our worst of the 2012 season as the local teams who we paid tribute to for their outstanding 10 week trek through the regular schedule didn't fair out too well.

Only Pleasant Valley remains alive among the regular teams so we're getting down to the nitty gritty with just one week left after this.

Brad Hurley, on the other hand, made a big move losing just two games and passed a group of us into second place, and deserves a tip of the cap.

Thursday, November 15, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley will enter its District 11 Class AAAA championship game with Parkland on Friday night as the top offensive team in the TIMES NEWS coverage area. The Bears, who are scoring 32.5 points a game, have had the perfect run/pass balance as they average 181 yards a game on the ground and 191 yards a game through the air. They key to that offensive balance has been the offensive line, from left, tackle Dennis Stanhope, guard Tom Hollins, center Ardian Komoni, guard Dominick Ammirato, tackle Mike Benner and tight end Dakota Everett.

While the District 11 AAAA bracket says that Pleasant Valley and Parkland's game will be a semi-final contest, it will actually be for much more than that.

In fact, the game will represent everything the Bears and the Trojans have played for this season.