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Saturday, October 29, 2011

MINERSVILLE - Minersville showed once again it is a team to be reckoned with in District 11 single A competition this year. Unfortunately, for the Tamaqua Blue Raiders, they were just another victim on the Miners road to the playoffs. Minersville ran through and around the Raiders for a 33-20 Anthracite league victory.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

October 29, 1999 Northwestern's Ben Clark carries seven times for 153 yards and scores four touchdowns to help the Tigers roll past Palmerton, 46-6. Clark reaches the end zone on runs of 13, 15, 25 and 59 yards. Austin Bleam also reaches the century mark in rushing yards, finishing with 101 and one TD on six attempts. The winners also receive scoring runs from Jeff Billig and Jason Judd, while Keith Masiko adds 86 yards on the ground.

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Educational programs, such as the one presented by Pennsylvania Game Commission hunter-trapper education instructor Mike Gontar of Jim Thorpe at this year’s Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza at Kempton, provides the public with an accurate presentation of the importance of trapping in wildlife management.

HARRISBURG – Although trapping and hunting seasons are now underway for some species in Pennsylvania, it is the opportunity to take a bobcat without the need to apply for a special permit that has both trappers and hunters anticipating this year's separate seasons.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Last week I wrote that the Southern California game was a big one for Irish head coach Brian Kelly and his staff to show how far his program has come and whether it is on track to get Notre Dame back among college football's best.

Kelly and company failed, miserably.

USC ran the football almost at will, outgaining ND by a whopping 219 to 41 yards, and overall 443 yards total to 267. Passing yardage favored ND by two, 226 to 224.

Saturday, October 29, 2011
bob ford/times news Dalton Johnson (80) and Nick Valentini (84) of Northern Lehigh celebrate after Johnson scored the Bulldogs' second touchdown.

Through three and a half quarters, timing and precision were nowhere to be found in Friday night's football game between Northern Lehigh and Catasauqua.

Despite being two of the Colonial League's top teams, the Bulldogs and Rough Riders had combined for seven turnovers and numerous penalties at inopportune times.

But when Nolehi needed to pull things together and come up big when it mattered most, it did just that.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Find an inconsistency. Bring it to light. Poke fun at it.

Many comedians use this simple formula as a way to get laughs. But many comedians also get condemned or labeled as controversial for following this formula by those who refuse to see the inconsistency as inconsistency.

Animal lovers and avid hunters may not have laughed, for example, at what comedian Chris Rock said about Michael Vick's incarceration for killing dogs.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS – Good teams find a way to win.

Great teams find a way to persevere.

Such was the case last night at Spartan Stadium, when North Schuylkill posted its 27th straight Anthracite Football League victory (dating back to 2008) with a 41-7 victory over Panther Valley.

The Spartans (9-0), coming off a tough three-game stretch against Tamaqua, Mount Carmel and Mahanoy Area entered last night's game battered, bruised and broken.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Salmon and steelhead anglers traveling to New York State next weekend can take an active role in cleaning up the banks of the Salmon River in the second annual "Catch and Clean" tournament sponsored by the Lake Ontario Tributary Anglers Council, Saturday, Nov. 5. Headquartered at Fox Hollow Lodge, 2740 NYS Route 13, Altmar, registration is Friday, Nov. 4, from 6-8 p.m., and November 5 at 4 a.m.

Saturday, October 29, 2011
ron gower/times news Marian's Paul Martin (26) bulls through the Jim Thorpe line, avoiding a tackle attempt by the Olympians' Alex Pope (left) and PJ Johnson en route to a second quarter touchdown.

Marian's Paul Martin showed once again why is considered one of the top running backs in the region.

It's a good thing he is too, because if he wasn't, he wouldn't even be able to start on his own team.

Martin carried 25 times for 198 yards and four touchdowns on Friday night. As gaudy as those statistics are, they had to take a backseat to backup Dylan Quirk's numbers. Quirk ran 11 times for 247 yards and two touchdowns.

Thanks in large part to the performance of the their tag-team tailbacks, the Colts posted a dominating 45-14 victory over Jim Thorpe.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The implications of the game were out of control for Pleasant Valley in its game against Pocono Mountain East.

If the Bears won, they would retain the rights to the 'Ol Oaken Bucket, a 51-year old rivalry tradition that means so much to both teams. They would also move ahead of their opponents in the Mountain Valley Conference standings. And finally, they would give themselves a shot at a league championship, as they face MVC leader Stroudsburg next week.