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Saturday, September 15, 2012

According to figures tallied by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the average weight of an adult human being on this planet at present is 136.5 lbs. The average weight of adult humans in North America, however, is 177.5 lbs.

This 41-lb. difference creates another great weight-related discrepancy: While North America is home to only 6 percent of the world's population, those people possess 34 percent of the world's total body weight.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

It is with good reason that Pennsylvania's sportsmen – or, more accurately, hunters – look with pride at our system of State Game Lands.

In 1919, the Pennsylvania Game Commission was granted authority to purchase lands for the protection, propagation and management of game and wildlife, and to provide areas for public hunting and trapping. Since that time, the PGC has acquired more than 1.4 million acres in 65 of the state's 67 counties Philadelphia and Delaware counties being the exceptions.

Saturday, September 15, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tom Ruzicka is pulled down by Pocono Mountain East's Steven Dienno (3) and Stavion Mitchell (21).

It's usually hard to find many positives in a lopsided loss.

But a closer look at Lehighton's 41-0 defeat at the hands of Pocono Mountain East does reveal a sliver of a silver lining.

Despite the rout, the Indians' defense turned in a solid first half and continues to make strides. Also, the Tribe's running game showed more signs of improvement.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Rep. Tim Holden, D-17, and Tri-Valley School District agriculture teacher Gretchen Dingman are the joint recipients of the "2012 Friend of the Sportsmen Award" presented by the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association at its annual banquet Saturday at the Community Fire Company, Landingville.

Friday, September 14, 2012

By ED HEDES

What a difference a week makes.

After a rough first week, things turned a round quite a bit last weekend, not just for us, but for a few of my colleagues also.

I managed a 13-2 week, while Bob Ford and Mike Haines had a perfect week ruined by East Stroudsburg North's late comeback win over Pocono Mountain East. That gave Haines a first place tie with Jason Boris, who wasn't as lucky as the rest of us.

So as anxious as I am, let's head for Week No. 3 and see what my Crystal Ball predicts:

Friday, September 14, 2012
Bears beat up on Panthers

The fans that were at Pocono Mountain West and Pleasant Valley's field hockey game Thursday afternoon probably heard the sound of plastic balls hitting a wooden plank in their sleep last night.

Pleasant Valley opened up a 9-0 lead at halftime before going on to win by a final score of 15-0 over its Mountain Valley Conference opponent. The Bears are hoping to carry the momentum they gained from this game over into next week's matchups with Lehighton, Pocono Mountain East and Stroudsburg.

Friday, September 14, 2012

By SHAWN MCFARLAND

Before we get going, I thought this would be a nice time for a little pop-quiz. I know no body wants to read the sports section of a newspaper and have to take a quiz, but this one will be a little fun. Well, at least it was fun for me to come up with the questions. Plus it shouldn't be too hard to figure out the correct answers. The answers will be displayed at the bottom of the column. Don't cheat!

1. True or False: The defending Super Bowl champs are 13-0 in season-openers over the last 13 years.

Friday, September 14, 2012
Bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Connor Phillips battles for possession of the ball with Pocono Mtn. West's Mike Gaudette in a Mountain Valley Conference soccer match-up yesterday. The Bears won the contest 7-0.

Pleasant Valley and Jim Thorpe both gained soccer wins yesterday keeping each squad undefeated on the season.

BOYS SOCCER

PM West-Pleasant Vy.

Pleasant Valley remained undefeated on the seasonwith a 7-0 Mountain Valley Conference shutout of Pocono Mountain West.

Harris Sabovic had a hat trick for Pleasant Valley with three goals. Noah Fulcomer, Cole Bernier, Chris Symes and Chris Neff added a goal apiece for the Bears. Jack Wathen dished off two assists.

Pleasant Valley (6-0) outshot the Panthers 14-3 and held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Benny Mazzella (3) jumps high in the air to kick the ball away from Tamaqua's Michael Stisowain during their Schuylkill League match on Tuesday. The Olympians pulled away in the second half for a 6-1 win.

Within the course of a game one play can sometimes determine the course of a match.

That's exactly what happened last night at Jim Thorpe in a Schuylkill League Division 1 clash between the Olympians and Raiders.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Northwestern's Cole Miller set a course record at Olde Homestead in New Tripoli during a match earlier this season.

Most golfers have gotten that unforgettable feeling for a shot or two. Some have even played stretches of a few holes or more where the ball just seemed to go where they wanted it to on nearly every shot.

But very, very few golfers can sustain that for an entire round.

One of those few is Northwestern junior Cole Miller. In a match against Pen Argyl on August 27 Miller shot a career low 63. He made nine birdies and no bogeys, shooting 3-under par on the front nine and a 6-under 30 on the back side.