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Monday, September 16, 2013

There haven't been many times over the years where you could blame a Penn State loss on a lackluster defensive performance.

However, in Saturday's 34-31 lost to Central Florida, the defense was definitely at fault. The Nittany Lions defense surrendered an astonishing 507 total yards of offense to the Knights enroute to three point non-conference defeat.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Northwestern's goal is to play better each week than they did the week before. The bad news is that they didn't play as well last night as they did last week against Salisbury. The good news is that they still played well enough to beat Wilson 26-0 to up their season record to 2-1.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

SWIFTWATER After Lehighton's week one win over Marian, Indians' coach Tom McCarroll talked about the fact that his team came into the first game of the season with a lot more confidence.

He also mentioned the immense tenacity of the Indians' defense and that it was their goal this season to be the type of "D" to fly around the field and swarm to the football.

After Lehighton's performance on Friday night against Mountain Valley Conference foe Pocono Mountain East, so far it looks to be mission accomplished.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

It was a successful night for Northwestern in boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball as they all picked up victories.

BOYS SOCCER

No. Lehigh-Moravian

Moravian handed Northern Lehigh a 6-1 loss in Colonial League action.

Moravian had six different individuals who scored.

Ryan Brown, Justin Manhoff, Jack Painter, Jeff Brown, Kareem Rabbat and Doug Woolley all found the crease for the Lions

The lone Bulldog goal was scored by Gavin Kemmay.

Northwestern

-No. Dame GP

Northwestern defeated Notre Dame GP by a 3-0 score.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A poor defensive performance and a offense still in the making, keyed the 41-30 loss last week to Michigan before a record college crowd of 115,000 plus fans in Ann Arbor.

As I wrote last week, I had concerns about the ND's defense because of the yardage the unit gave up against a young and undermanned Temple team. The Irish "D" made the freshman Temple quarterback look like a veteran at times.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Bombers capitalize on turnovers

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP - Last year, Salisbury's lone win of the season came against Palmerton on the Blue Bombers' home field.

While that certainly remained on the minds of the Blue Bombers and head coach Chris Walkowiak, the approach to Friday night's game against the Falcons remained much like any other opponent.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

According to the dictionary an accident is "an unplanned and unfortunate event that results in damage, injury, or upset of some kind." Based upon that definition, there is no way it should describe the unfortunate event of anyone who falls from a treestand without wearing a fall-restraint system while hunting during the upcoming statewide archery deer season, which opens Saturday, Oct. 5.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Vandermartin, Tamaqua hand Shenandoah Vy. loss

It's safe to say Tamaqua's Dustin Vandermartin is feeling better these days.

After missing the season opener due to injured ribs, the senior contributed to last week's victory against Allen.

But following his performance against Shenandoah Valley Friday night, it didn't take a doctor's report to proclaim him fully recovered.

Vandermartin scored on four long touchdowns, using his speed to pull away from defenders on each one, to lead the Blue Raiders to a 38-15 Anthracite League win.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Ferryman, Nase lead PV  to first win of the season

There were four reasons why Panther Valley defeated Kutztown, 40-26 last night for its first win of the season.

Motivation for the Panthers first home game was displayed when team captains carried a number 22 PV jersey to midfield for the coin toss ceremony in honor of Richard Zabroski, a former PV player and six year assistant coach who was tragically killed in a car crash just a few weeks ago.

The much maligned Panther defense, having allowed 97 points in its first two games was bolstered by the return from a broken hand by senior all-conference linebacker, Mark Williams.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

We dislike the feeling though it's necessary for growth.

No, it's not the burning sensation in your muscles when you increase the intensity of your workout. The "it" is purely mental and somewhat unsettling.

We call it doubt.

Without doubt, however, we wouldn't question ourselves. Without questioning ourselves, we wouldn't grow.

So shouldn't the phrase "plagued by doubt" be reworked? Wouldn't "prodded," "provoked," "aroused," or even "motivated " be a better choice than "plagued"?