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Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Nittany Lions proved last week against Minnesota that they're just not a good road team.

They're 0-3 on the road this season and counting Penn State's 24-10 loss to the Gophers, the Nittany Lions have now been outscored 131-48 away from Happy Valley.

Penn State's (5-4) game against the Gophers showed Nittany Lion faithful a few more disappointing things.

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's senior players pose with the EAstern Conference trophy after defeating North Schuylkill Friday.

While it might seem difficult to top the excitement of beating a previously undefeated Catasauqua team in the last week of the regular season, Northwestern's 19-18 win over North Schuylkill to claim the Eastern Conference Class II championship did the trick.

Northwestern got off to what appeared to be a strong start, but a penalty and two incomplete passes turned what was a promising drive into a failed start. The Tigers turned the ball over on downs and on their next possession, fumbled to give North Schuylkill the ball at the Northwestern 43-yard line.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Applications are being accepted from current high school sophomores and juniors for participation in the Youth Education Summit sponsored by the National Rifle Association, which will be held Monday-Sunday, June 23-29, in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Even though the language arts component to the lessons is secondary, I consider those lessons to be as important as any I teach every year.

When I moved from teaching eighth grade to seventh in 1998, I persuaded my principal and fellow teachers to allow our students to eat a healthy snack between second and third period every day after we taught them what constitutes a healthy snack. We have done so every subsequent year.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Notre Dame not only gave a game away last week at Pittsburgh, it also gave away its season and, for the univeristy, millions of dollars. The loss also put a damper on the Brian Kelly era at Notre Dame.

Kelly has brought the school close to being back in the elite of college football. But that took a giant step backwards with the loss to a 4-4 Pitt team.

Friday, November 15, 2013
Lehighton volleyball team honored

The Lehighton volleyball program recently held its end of the season banquet. The Indians honored their senior class and recognized three members of the team who achieved career milestones. Those recognized were, from left, head coach TJ O'Connor, Kayla Troutman, Sara Wingert, Jackie Jordan (615 career kills), Tiff Thompson (459 career kills), Taylor Yurasits (927 career assists), Atasha Rehrig, Maria Magyar and assistant coach Jessica McCarroll.

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Marian volleyball team has had their success over the years, qualifying for the state tournament 10 times since 1999.

The Fillies (23-2) took home the PIAA A gold in 2003 and exactly 10 years later they're looking to capture their second state championship in school history.

Friday, November 15, 2013

It's been quite an interesting football season and we put it to bed with our final Grid Picks in this issue.

Northwestern Lehigh and Marian vie for Eastern Conference Championships tonight and quietly slip us into the winter sports season as the first day of high school practice greets on on Monday.

Friday, November 15, 2013

November 15, 1940 Frank Priggins reaches the end zone three times to lead Coaldale to a 24-6 victory over Ashland. The Tigers, coached by Tom Raymer, actually receive the first score from Charley Melley, who takes a lateral from "Teeler" Jabbo, to complete a 38-yard touchdown run. A 25-yard punt return by Priggins sets up his 14-yard scoring run later in the first quarter while two fumbles aid his other two scores. A recovery by Frank Surotchak leads to a Priggins six-yard tally, while Walt Macenka also pounces on a loose ball to set up a Priggins one-yard TD.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Northwestern coach Josh Snyder wanted two extra football games for his team this season and he got his wish. A season-ending win over Catasauqua not only put the Tigers into the Eastern Conference Division II playoffs, but gave them the top seed in the tournament, guaranteeing that they would be able to play on their home field. An impressive 50-21 win over Nanticoke last week puts the Tigers (8-3) in position to win the Eastern Conference championship if they can defeat a tough North Schuylkill team.