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Saturday, November 27, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley breaks loose for one of his first half touchdowns as Wilkes-Barre GAR's Shaliek Powell looks on. The Bulldogs rolled to a 50-14 victory in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

ALLENTOWN It really was a Black Friday for Wilkes-Barre GAR.

That's because Northern Lehigh accumulated yards like they were on sale and piled up points like they were a bargain.

The result was a door-busting 50-14 blowout victory for the Bulldogs in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA state football playoffs.

"I'm surprised. I really didn't see this coming," said Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout. "I had seen GAR play and I was impressed with them. I never expected this to be a mercy rule game."

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Penn State coach Joe Paterno took care of any speculation as to his future plans early in this week's press conference, when he announced he plans to return next year for his 46th season at the helm of the Nittany Lions.

Paterno is in the final year of his current contract extension.

"I am looking forward to it," said Paterno, who turns 84 next month. "I think we've struggled a little bit this year, with the youth and with the injuries and the whole bit.

Friday, November 26, 2010

At the beginning of this season, Lehigh wide receiver Craig Zurn and his senior teammates figured it was time for a change. For the previous three seasons, Zurn, a former Jim Thorpe High School standout, and his fellow Mountain Hawks had endured consecutive losing seasons, and they didn't want to endure a fourth one.

To their credit, they turned around their misfortunes as Lehigh won its ninth overall Patriot League crown this season. They will take their 9-2 record to Northern Iowa Saturday afternoon for a NCAA FSC first-round playoff game.

Friday, November 26, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Palmerton captures LVYFL 85-pound title Palmerton recently captured the Lehigh Valley Youth Football League 85-pound championship. Palmerton defeated Northwestern in the title game. Team members were Matt Andreas, Dylan Shinsky, Kody Kratzer, Nick Reimer, Ethan Recker, Deven Bollinger, Bryce Thomas, Trevor Stoeckel, Justin Hosier, Jordan Nelson, Owen Buck, Johnathan Eckart, Colby Trexler, Ethan Steinmetz, Joshua Mooney, Blake Sterner, Andrew Sabo, Joey DeRossi, Damien Carrelli, Austin Haydt, Dereck Wentz, Stone Klotz, Hunter Connell, Jonathan Gruber, Owen Schoch, Donovan Henning, Derek Hunter, Tanner Strohl and Eric Reitz.

Palmerton captured the Lehigh Valley Youth Football League 85-pound championship on Sunday, Nov. 21. Palmerton defeated Northwestern in the title game.

Friday, November 26, 2010

In the photo of the Jim Thorpe Olympians Knee-Hi Midget football team that appeared in Tuesday's TIMES NEWS, Josh McCartney was identified as an assistant coach. He was actually the head coach.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Jim Thorpe High School will hold Meet the Olympians Night on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

Varisty and JV members of the boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling teams will be introduced. The band and cheerleaders will also be part of the program.

The public is welcome to attend.

Friday, November 26, 2010

November 26, 1974 Northwestern watches a double-digit lead slip away but rebounds in overtime to claim a 55-52 victory over Hamburg. Tom Anderson and Pete Hoch each score three points in the extra session to earn the win. Hoch tallies a team-high 18 points and pulls down 11 boards while Anderson ends with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The winners, coached by Nick Drosnock, also receive eight points from Mike Mantz and Dave Oswald.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The wrecking ball hit the walls of The Spectrum in Philadelphia this week en route to its demolition.

The venerable arena at Broad and Pattiston Streets holds memories for those who attended events there over the years. It is easy to wax nostalgic when an old stadium is torn down; it is as if a part of our lives is being removed with it.

The Spectrum opened in the Fall of 1967. The name was meant to evoke a wide range of events to be held within its confines.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Marian basketball programs will be sponsoring the seventh Annual Alumni Basketball game to be held on Friday, Nov. 26. The girls' game will start at 6 p.m. Following the game the programs will honor the members of the 1970-71 PCIAA State Championship team and members of the 1980-81 Anthracite League Championship Team. The boys' game will be approximately start around 7:30. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's defense will center around, front, from left, Kyle Greenawald, Kyle Schomp and Mike Buresh. Back, same order, David Getz, Kirk Bender and Trevor Yashur, when it takes the field against Wilkes-Barre GAR on Friday.

Northern Lehigh's first goal entering the 2010 football season was to win the Colonial League title and it did.

The next goal on the list for the Bulldogs was to win the District 11 Class 2A championship and they did.

Now, back in the state playoffs for the first time since they made it to the PIAA championship in 2003, they want to keep their season going a bit longer.