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Monday, November 11, 2013
Tigers eliminated

READING - There's no denying that a 21-2-1 season has a good ring to it, but for the Northwestern Tigers, it was one loss too many. The final loss came Saturday in the Class 2A girls quareterfinals game against Villa Joseph Marie. The Jems downed Northwestern 2-0 to end the Tigers run for a state title.

"It's always tough to lose when you get this far, but when you look at the season as a whole, it was definitely a success," said Northwestern coach Kelly Bleam. "We played hard right to the end, so we have nothing to be ashamed of in that respect."

Saturday, November 9, 2013

November 9, 1990 Eric Gwiazdowski and Matt Miller both score a pair of touchdowns to lead Palmerton to a 29-14 Centennial League win over rival Northern Lehigh. Gwiazdowski opens the scoring with a 63-yard first-quarter TD run and reaches the end zone again in the second frame when he recovers a fumble and returns it 91 yards for a score. The Blue Bombers, coached by Manny Guedes, also receive touchdown runs of 52 and five yards from Miller, who finishes the contest with 187 yards on the ground.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sometimes, you don't recognize great advice immediately. Well, at least I don't.

Years ago, I read this suggestion in a book on Far East philosophy and initially dismissed it as little more than clever word play: "Make the pattern, to break the pattern."

A few years later, however, I realized the advice had much merit. Without knowing it, I'd done exactly that to lose a bit of body fat and some upper body muscle mass to help me succeed in cycling races.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Using simple, basic calls when hunting fall turkey are usually effective in luring birds into shotgun range after splitting a flock.

Although fall turkey hunting has yet to gain the popularity of spring gobbler hunting, taking a fall bird is both rewarding and a great way to gain confidence in one's calling ability.

For those with limited experience hunting spring gobblers, the entire calling process can be intimidating. Knowing when to call, how loud to call and what call to make can be overwhelming and challenging in the spring.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Boaters, waterfowl hunters and anglers are reminded that the mandatory use of life jackets is required by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for canoes, kayaks and other similar small craft through April 30.

This requirement is for both craft at anchor or underway less than 16 feet in length and all canoes or kayaks on all Pennsylvania waters.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

It might not have been pretty, but the Penn State pulled out another overtime victory of the season last week, defeating Illinois 24-17 to bring them to 5-3 on the season (2-2 BIG 10).

On the docket this week are the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers are 7-2 (3-2 BIG 10) and present a bevy of challenges for a Nittany Lions team that quite honestly didn't look good at all last week.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Deonte St. Hill (right) finds a hole against Saucon Valley as teammate Kevin Vitti (33) prepares to throw a block.

There were plenty of reasons why Jim Thorpe won seven games and captured the Anthracite Football League title this season.

But there were just two reasons why the Olympians' season ended on Friday night in the semifinal round of the Eastern Conference Division II playoffs too many mistakes in scoring territory and too much of Saucon Valley's Nick Savant over the entire field.

Jim Thorpe's lack of success in and around the red zone combined with an incredible performance by Savant added up to a 35-20 Panther victory.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Frank Dangello scrambles away from Nanticokes Derek Fsher during Friday night's Eastern Conference semifinal.

With momentum from their win over previously undefeated Catasauqua last week, the Northwestern Tigers rolled over Nanticoke 50-21 in the semi-final round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Tigers are the top seed in the tournament and will host North Schuylkill next week for the Eastern Conference 2A Championship. North Schuylkill downed North Penn to advance to the championship.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

MUNCY – Starting a freshman quarterback in a playoff game usually isn't a recipe for success, especially when that quarterback hasn't made a start all year.

With starter KJ Snerr on the sideline after reinjuring his shoulder last week against Tamaqua, freshman Ethan Kuczynski stepped in and led the Colts to a 34-13 win over Muncy in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

WHITEHALL Fast starts don't always mean the difference between winning and losing.

But on Friday night, it was a definite factor in Whitehall's 56-28 District 11 Class AAAA subregional quarterfinal win over Pleasant Valley.

The Zephyrs had quick starts both at the start of the game and the beginning of the second half to bring the Bears' season to an abrupt end.