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Saturday, September 3, 2011

GREEN POND - Judging by the scoreboard and the amount of first half superstar plays, most would agree that both Palmerton and Notre Dame of Green Pond suffered dearly from rustiness and jitters that typically accompany the first game of the season.

After intermission, however, the fans in attendance were treated to an exciting contest between two teams desperately in search of a win. It was Palmerton eventually pulling out a 19-12 come-from-behind victory.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

HARRISBURG Earlier this year, the biggest concern of the state's deer hunters and the Pennsylvania Game Commission alike was not the agency's program for deer management, but the new that Chronic Wasting Disease had been found just miles south of the Mason-Dixon Line in Maryland.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Copies of the "2011 Pennsylvania Big Game Records" are available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission online at The Outdoor Shop by accessing the website at www.pgc.state.pa.us, by telephone by calling toll free at 1-888-888-3459, or by mail at PGC, Dept. MS, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg 17110-9797.

Saturday, September 3, 2011
bob ford/times news Marian's Paul Martin (25) finds some daylight as teammate Phil Schron (32) gives him a helping hand from behind.

Marian's game plan was pretty simple heading into Friday's season-opener with Lehighton.

The Colts wanted to make sure running back Paul Martin got his share of touches.

Martin then went out and showed why that was a good strategy.

The Marian senior carried the ball 30 times for 245 yards and three touchdowns and also set up his team's only other offensive score with an electrifying 61-yard run as the Colts beat Lehighton, 32-27.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

September 3, 1988 Northwestern's defense forces six turnovers, including four interceptions, to lead the way to a 12-2 over Hamburg in its season opener. Jason Hlavac picks off two passes while Joe Fatzinger and John DiCataldo each come up with one. Fatzinger also opens the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The Tigers, coached by Bob Mitchell, add a DiCataldo one-yard plunge in the fourth frame.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Mahanoy Area for the first time in a long time had some high expectations coming into the 2011 high school football season and the Bear faithful were eager to see if their team could live up to the pre-season hype.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

About 20 years ago, while I was teaching English to a smart section of eighth graders, we read an article about the unwanted byproducts of yo-yo dieting: an increase in body fat percentage and a decrease in muscle mass. One question led to another, and before I knew it, we were discussing genetics.

Now I've never been one to fill students with false hopes. While I might encourage a student by saying, "You can do many things," I will not say, "You can do anything" simply because it isn't true.

Saturday, September 3, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Nolan Zeigler straight arms a Jim Thorpe defender as he looks for more running room.

Throughout the off-season, Tamaqua thought its offensive line would be its strength this season.

On Friday night, the men in the trenches proved that prediction to be true.

A dominant effort by the Blue Raiders up front allowed Sam Bonner's club to pull away for a 34-13 victory over Jim Thorpe in both team's season opener.

"Going into the season we knew we had experience there," said Bonner. "They're not the biggest but they fly around and get on people. I'm not sure what kind of numbers we had but obviously we ran the ball pretty well tonight."

Saturday, September 3, 2011

It has definitely been an interesting Spring and Summer in State College this off-season with some of the news coming out of "Happy Valley" being good and some not so good.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

NAZARETH - Pleasant Valley head coach Jim Terwilliger knew it was going to be tough sledding in his team's season-opening game with Nazareth.

As tough as he thought it was going to be, he probably never fathomed that it would be as bad as it was.