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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Food choices are exactly that. Choices. Which means you get to decide.

But what you are deciding is more than a matter of taste or even if you'll gain a couple of pounds. More and more evidence suggests that, to some degree, you could actually be determining your fate.

Or your child's. Especially if you're a pregnant woman.

Research now suggests that when a pregnant woman picks a food she may be doing more than consuming calories or satisfying a craving. She may very well be determining her unborn child's food preferences.

Friday, January 6, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Sean Bianco (top) runs an arm bar on Nazareth's Travis Smith.

With all the talented light and middleweights that the Pleasant Valley wrestling team possesses, it was actually its heavyweight that won the biggest match in Thursday night's contest with Nazareth.

Knowing that the match was starting with the 152-pounders, Bears' head coach Mark Getz was hoping that his upper weights could keep the score close enough for his lighter weights to clean up at the end and bring home the victory. Six matches into the bout, Pleasant Valley found itself down 23-6 heading into the heavyweight battle.

Friday, January 6, 2012

January 6, 2005 Northern Lehigh builds a lead and then holds on to gain a 44-41 Colonial League win over rival Palmerton. Robert Hughes tallies 11 points for the Bulldogs, who lead 32-20 after three quartes of play. Patrick Wanamaker and Andy Geiger each tally seven points for the winners, coached by Rich Oertner. For the Bombers, Matt Kunkle and Zach Heller each score a team-high seven points.

Friday, January 6, 2012
ron gower/times news Panther Valley's Abbey Whilden (2) is fouled from behind by North Schuylkill's Caitlyn Deeter

Northwestern and Tamaqua picked up girls basketball victories on Thursday. Northern Lehigh recorded a wrestling win

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Wilson-Northwestern

Sara Jones' 22-point performance sparked Northwestern to a 44-39 Colonial League victory over visiting Wilson.

Jani Swiatek paced the Warriors with 13 points.

Northwestern improves to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the CL.

WILSON

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy New Year to everyone! In the spirit of the season, I thought I'd come up with some sports-related resolutions.

Following are some sports figures or sports organizations and what I think their resolutions should be.

EAGLES COACH ANDY REID ... Get a 'real' defensive coordinator.

The Eagles' defensive problems this season can't be blamed solely on first-year coordinator Juan Castillo. Reid needs to take a huge share of the blame as well.

Friday, January 6, 2012

POTTSVILLE Nativity High School has the three letters "B.V.M." in the name of its school. It stands for "Blessed Virgin Mary."

Last night, after the Marian Fillies defeated the Golden Girls, 49-34, those three letters could stand for "Brutto's Victory March," as the "Big Victory for Marian" came to fruition.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

January 5, 1940 Joe Rondosh scores a game-high 17 points and Lansford outscores Summit Hill in every quarter to cruise to a 47-27 upset win in Black Diamond League play. The Panthers, coached by Ken Millen, break away from a 9-9 tie score to take a nine-point halftime lead. Al "Rebound" Bilovsky contributes to the victory with 10 points, while Frank George adds eight. The winners also receive seven points from Bill Price. Leading the Hillers is Tom Pantoni, who nets 13 points.

Thursday, January 5, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Jake Fegley (center) tries to split Pine Grove defenders Chris Rossi (5) and Adam Gerber.

Rebuilding a program isn't an easy task, and the road to becoming a successful team usually has a lot of bumps on the way.

For the Tamaqua Blue Raiders, it looks like their route still has a few rough patches, but signs of a smoother road look to be on the horizon.

The Raiders almost hung on to beat a tough Pine Grove squad, losing 50-48 in an early season Schuylkill League Division I contest.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Palmerton wrestling team and Jim Thorpe girls basketball team both posted victories on Wednesday.

WRESTLING

No. Dame-Palmerton

The Blue Bombers had an easy time of it as they won all but one match in a 63-3 victory over Notre Dame of Green Pond in Colonial League action.

Palmerton used seven falls, two decisions and a couple of forfeits in the win.

Andrew Strauss, Kane Kralik, Josh Evans, Sam Oberlander, Joey Bubble, Zach Graver and Cody Grohotolski all pinned their opponents with Oberland (:29), Kralik (:40) and Grohotolski (:54) all under a minute.

Thursday, January 5, 2012
mike feifel/times news Lehighton's Anthony Farole (right) works to escape the hold of Stroudsburg's Kevin Merle. Farole went on to pin Merle.

Stroudsburg entered their matchup with Lehighton undefeated and highly touted in the Mountain Valley Conference this season.

The Mounties lived up to their reputation as they ran away after a brief test from the Indians for a 55-18 win.

Lehighton's Zack Coleman snagged a nice decision from Stroudsburg's Keith Howle at 170-pounds to tie the team points up at 15-15. However, from then on, it was all Mounties, as they reeled off four straight wins to take the commanding lead and pull away from the Tribe.