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Monday, November 8, 2010

STATE COLLEGE - In his 45 seasons at Penn State, Joe Paterno has enjoyed numerous milestone victories.

On Saturday, Paterno reached a milestone that no FBS (Division I-A) coach had ever attained before and he did it in dramatic fashion.

Penn State overcame a 21-point deficit to beat Northwestern, 35-21, and give Paterno his 400th career coaching victory.

The comeback matched the largest during the Paterno-era and gave the 104,147 fans who packed Beaver Stadium a magical day to remember.

Monday, November 8, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Indians Knee-hi Pony football team (ages 7-9) celebrates with a fire truck parade on Monday night, Nov. 1 in Tamaqua after winning the Extreme Youth Football League (XYFL) division championship game against Jim Thorpe. The Indians finished with a record of 7-0, posting four shutouts. They also only gave up a total of five touchdowns during the season.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Just call them 'mudders.'

The Jim Thorpe football team has picked up victories in all types of weather conditions this season, but it definitely seems to have a favorite.

The Olympians love playing in the rain and mud.

Jim Thorpe proved that again on Friday night as it turned in a dominating performance to defeat Lehighton, 18-0.

"Last year I hated field conditions like this," said Thorpe coach Mark Rosenberger. "But this year, the mud plays right into our strength. We've done very well playing in these conditions this season

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Nine local TIMES NEWS players were recognized for their regular season play by being named to the Mountain Valley Conference Soccer All-Star team.

Malik Krcic earned the highest honors of the group as the Pleasant Valley senior midfielder was named the conference's Most Valuable Player.

The Bears' AJ Werkheiser, Adam Werkheiser, Jack Wathen, Alex Mansour and Ricky Forte followed witrh First Team selections.

Lehighton's Jake Plocinik and Anthony Rossino landed positions on the Second Team.

MOUNTAIN VALLEY CONFERENCE

SOCCER ALL-STARS

FIRST TEAM

Saturday, November 6, 2010

MIDDLE SCHOOL

FOOTBALL

Lehighton-East Stroudsburg North

East Stroudsburg North got the best of Lehighton for a 14-0 victory.

In the second quarter, the Timberwolves' David Quiles caught a pass from Jarad Harris for a 29-yard touchdown reception.

ES North's Brandon Diaz finished off the scoring with a 96-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Harris hooked up with Quiles again for the two-point conversion.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

After a recent visit to see my niece and nephew, my brother walked me to my car. As he did, a neighbor approached whom I did not know.

He looked to be no more than 30 and possessed a muscular yet athletic build that told me he engaged in far more than typical health club workouts. Maybe that's why when my brother introduced me he added, "And he was writing health and fitness articles while you were in diapers."

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Heading into its bye week, Penn State's pursuit of Joe Paterno's 400th career win seemed a daunting task for the second half of this season.

The Nittany Lions had dropped two straight, including a Homecoming loss to Illinois, and were also riddled with injuries, especially on defense. At 3-3, getting the three more victories needed for the magic number appeared to be a challenge.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

STROUDSBURG - As Stroudsburg's last-second field goal split the up-rights, Pleasant Valley's quest for the out-right Mountain Valley Conference title came to a crashing end.

The Mounties' Jordon Ellison connected on a 34-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to give his team the 23-21 upset victory. Leading 21-6 heading into the break, Pleasant Valley struggled to find any sort of offense in the second half. The Bears went three-and-out on their first three possessions and didn't record a first down until less than six minutes remained.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

For people living within the immediate area, sightings and encounters with black bears have become so commonplace they have become somewhat matter-of-fact events in recent years. As bears keep expanding their range in Pennsylvania, they are as likely to be seen from backyard decks and on mountain hiking trails as deer and wild turkey.

Saturday, November 6, 2010
Patrick Deutsch/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh’s Danny Marsh fights for some yards while Palmerton defender Alex Vignone tries to drag him down from behind.

Northern Lehigh notched its third unbeaten Colonial League and retained the "Battle of Blue Mountain" Trophy on Friday night with a 52-6 rout of Palmerton at Bulldog season.

The Bulldogs never left the outcome in doubt scoring 45 first half points and letting the Bombers over the midfield stripe only twice before intermission.

Cody Remaley and Jake Kern each scored three times for the Bulldogs with Remaley going over the 6,000 yard rushing mark for his career with 6,027.