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Monday, October 31, 2011

STATE COLLEGE The 2011 Penn State football team has taken a page from late Raiders owner Al Davis' playbook.

That's because this year's Nittany Lions squad "just wins baby."

It's not been pretty, but Penn State is 6-0 in games decided by ten points or less after Saturday's 10-7 win against the Illini. The Lions now hold a two-game lead in the Big Ten Leaders division.

Monday, October 31, 2011

PEN ARGYL - About the only one having fun during Saturday's snowstorm was Pen Argyl's unbeaten football team.

The Green Knights (9-0), showing why they've been the talk of the Colonial League all season, had no problem keeping their footing on the white, slick Alumni Field they call home en route to a 52-0 win over Palmerton (4-5).

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Coming off three straight disappointing losses, Northwestern needed a win against a quality team not only to keep its Eastern Conference playoff hopes alive, but also to pump some energy into a team that ended last season on a four-game losing streak.

The Tigers got just the win they were looking for, beating Bangor 36-28 Friday night in New Tripoli.

"This is a huge win," said Northwestern quarterback Ty Cunningham. "Coming into this game we knew we had to win out to make the postseason. We executed and came out on top."

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.