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Saturday, February 5, 2011

You might think that my lack of a medical degree would in some way limit this column. Instead, the lack is liberating, allowing intuition, experimentation, and common sense to be peers rather than poor little sisters of scientific research.

My first column on the low-carb crazecreated in large part by the paperback publication of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution in 1999serves as a fine example of the fruits of this freedom.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The combination of Jordan Waylen's shooting and Northern Lehigh's stifling zone defense were too much for Northwestern. The Bulldogs opened up a 27-point second-quarter lead and cruised to a 64-34 win last night in New Tripoli.

Waylen heated up with three first-half three pointers. He helped ice the game with three more in the third quarter.

"At first it didn't feel that great," said the senior guard. "But after getting a couple off it just started to click. It was definitely feeling nice. My teammates did a nice job of calling plays for me."

Friday, February 4, 2011
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Matt Gill, center, signs a letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at Lafayette College. With Gill are his parents, Karen and Jack.

It had been an on-going process over the last couple of months, but Thursday afternoon Matt Gill finally was able to leave out a huge sigh of relief.

"Today is definitely a great day," Gill said. "It's a great feeling to know we got through everything okay. As a family, It lifts a lot of weight off our shoulders."

In front of family and friends in the Northern Lehigh High School library, Gill sat with a huge smile on his face as he officially signed a letter of intent to further his education and his football career.

Friday, February 4, 2011
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Meghan Hardy (right) drives to the basket. Jordyn Homyak is the Lehighton defender.

Pleasant Valley works hard on its defense.

That makes playing against the Bears hard work for the opposition.

Pleasant Valley turned in another smothering defensive performance on Thursday night and rolled to a 68-30 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton.

The Bears, who entered the contest allowing less than 35 points a game, combined a fullcourt zone press with a halfcourt matchup zone to shutdown the Indians.

When Pleasant Valley wasn't stripping the ball in the backcourt, it was stepping into the passing lanes in the frontcourt.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Believe it or not, according to the Las Vegas odds makers, the Pittsburgh Steelers are actually the "underdogs" in the Super Bowl.

The Green Bay Packers are favored by 2.5 points in Super Bowl XLV.

I can guarentee that every single "Terrible Towel" holder out there throughout the TN coverage area and beyond is simply in disbelief right now.

I'm shocked by those odds because the Steelers own a good portion of Super Bowl history.

Friday, February 4, 2011

February 4, 1975 Joe Kurtz tallies a game-high 18 points, including two free throws with nine seconds to play, to help Weatherly edge Freeland MMI, 59-56, in an Anthracite League contest. Barry Barbush hits two foul shots with 26 seconds left to give the Wreckers a 55-54 lead and Charlie Scott adds a driving layup. After MMI cuts the gap to one point, Kurtz secures the win with his free throws. Ed Hadzick finishes with 12 points for the winners, coached by Tony Antinozzi, while Ernie Powell chips in with 10.

Friday, February 4, 2011
bob ford/times news Schuyler Schmidt of Tamaqua had a first place finish in the 200 freestyle.

After a victory in the final event, the 400 yard freestyle relay, completed the Tamaqua girls' 126-54 triumph over Blue Mountain, the Lady Raiders unfurled a banner on their natatorium wall.

"Tamaqua 2010-2011 and H2O - 2 Parts Heart and 1 Part Obsession" read the banner.

That epitomizes this year's Lady Raiders, who on Thursday captured the Schuylkill League championship they pursued with passion and determination all season.

The Blue Raiders also posted a 116-56 victory in the boys meet to finish the sweep of the visiting Eagles.

Friday, February 4, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian's Dominick Richards, center, signs letter committing himself to James Madison University. Seated with him are his parents, Jeanette and Ralph Richards. Looking on are his high school football coach Stan Dakosty and the high school's Studies Director Sister Eileen McGuigan.

When Dominick Richards of Jim Thorpe first went out for football at Marian Catholic, he had his heart set "on being a Peyton Manning;" a quarterback.

"I grew up playing quarterback," he said. "Everybody wants to be Peyton Manning."

His head coach, Stan Dakosty, had other ideas. He moved him to tight end and defensive end in his sophomore year and it has become obvious the coach knew best.

Friday, February 4, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Eric Snyder (front, center) announced that he will attend Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey on a Division I baseball scholarship. Joining Snyder for the signing are his parents Ann White and Scott Snyder. Behind them is Bulldog baseball coach Erv Prutzman.

Over the years, Eric Snyder has been committed to the game of baseball.

The love for the game initially started when his father, Scott Snyder, introduced him to the sport when he was only five years.

Thirteen years later, Snyder has finally been able to fullfill a childhood dream.

"I always wanted to play baseball in college," Snyder said. "To get the opportunity to do so is absolutely amazing."

Snyder announced yesterday afternoon that he was furthering his academics, as well as his baseball career, at Division I Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey.

Friday, February 4, 2011
Tamaqua Area High School senior Allison Updike signs a letter of intent to continue her track and field career at the University of Georgia. Seated with Allison (front, center) are her parents, Jackie and Ralph Updike. In the back row are TAHS Principal RuthAnn Gardiner, Director of Athletics Mike Hromyak, Head Track and Field Coach Tom Kanger, Assistant Track Coach Mike Sakash; and Updike's personal coaches, John Kotchmar and Barry Krammes.

In the movie "My Super Ex-Girlfriend," Uma Thuman plays a super heroine by the name of G-Girl who is capable of all kinds of fantastic feats.

Tamaqua Area High School has its own "G-Girl" now that senior Allison Updike has decided to continue her athletic and academic careers at the University of Georgia.

Wearing a black T-shirt with the Georgia "G" logo on it, Updike was joined by her parents, Ralph and Jackie Updike, as well as her high school and personal coaches as she signed her letter of intent Thursday in the high school library.