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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1, 1960 Marian's Joe Novak catches a 14-yard touchdown pass to account for his team's only score as the North and South finish in a 6-6 tie at the annual Dream Football Game. The Colts' Joe Rudolph and Gabe Waak also represent the North squad. The South team, which earns the tie with a TD run from Blue Mountain's Travis Mayberry, includes local players from Coaldale (William Hedish, Bob Heisler, Joe Terry) and Tamaqua (Gary Chickirda, Dale Titus). Coaching the teams are Marian's "Wink" Gallagher and Coaldale's Geno Poli.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30, 1940 Charley Melley's one-yard touchdown plunge on the first play of the fourth quarter lifts Coaldale to a 7-0 victory over Lansford in front of 6,000 fans. The Tigers' win, which occurs during a snowstorm, ends the Panthers' undefeated season and chance for an Eastern Conference championship. Melley, who carries 27 times for 71 yards, sets up his winning score by completing a 37-yard pass to Frank Priggins.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

League champion Northern Lehigh Bulldogs placed six on the Colonial League football first team with three unanimous choices, while a Northwestern Tiger was one of two players to earn first team honors on both offense and defense.

Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley, the league's all-time leading rusher, tackle Carl Sahlberg, and defensive back Jake Kern were unanimous first team selections.

Bulldog Linebacker Matt Gill joins Remaley and Kern as repeat first team selections. Joining Gill on the league's first team defense are teammates Kyle Schomp (DT) and Mike Buresh (DE).

Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29, 1954 Dick Ackerman pours in a game-high 23 points while Johnny Zuber follows close behind with 21 to help Summit Hill open its basketball season with a 64-60 victory over Lehighton. The Hillers, coached by Vernon Hontz, gain the win at the foul line outpointing their opponent at the stripe 22-8. Doug Paton and Abbie Lasky also contribute to the victory with eight points apiece. For Lehighton, Bill Rehrig tallies a team-high 20 points.

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Northern Lehigh Bulldogs will travel to J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown to take on District 12 champion West Catholic in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals on Friday night at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs (13-0) advanced with a 50-14 victory over Wilkes-Barre GAR in the first round. West Catholic (10-2) beat Bok Tech the week before, 34-6.

Tickets can be purchased in the Northern Lehigh Main Office. Tickets can be purchased Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ticket prices are $6/adult and $3/students. All tickets at the gate are $6.

Monday, November 29, 2010

STATE COLLEGE – Penn State struck for 19 fourth quarter points Saturday against Michigan State, which hadn't won in Beaver Stadium since 1965.

In past seasons, that would have been enough to seal the deal for another Nittany Lions' win over the Spartans.

With a share of the Big Ten championship on the line, however, Michigan State didn't let it slip away this time.

The Spartans used the running of Edwin Baker and the clutch passing of Kirk Cousins to build a 21-3 after three quarters, then held off a furious PSU rally bid to hold on for a 28-22 victory.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

While the following account is true, no names will be used for obvious reasons.

Many years ago, a school district in northeastern Pennsylvania hired a superintendent who was a native of another state. When reviewing the school calendar for the upcoming year and seeing the Monday following Thanksgiving Day had the notation "School Closed: Big Game" asked what opponent was such a rival that no classes were held.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 27, 1965 Dean Schott tallies a game-high 27 points to help Palmerton record an 80-69 win over Salisbury in the Bombers' first game at their new basketball gym. Schott and Mike Samok each score 10 points in the third quarter to turn a close game into a double-digit lead. Samok finishes with 19 points. Palmerton, coached by Don Holland, also receives 12 points from both Chris Olivia and Pete Steigerwalt.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hunters may not think of themselves as boaters, but with hunting season underway, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission reminds them to wear their life jackets when they are on the water.

"Hunters using boats, canoes and kayaks must remember to wear the most important piece of equipment while on the water – a lifejacket," PFBC boating and watercraft safety manager Ryan Walt said. "People drown needlessly every year because they fail to wear their life jacket.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It was only a short phone call and a few weeks ago but it still has me thinking.

During most Saturday mornings during the bicycle racing off-season, I will ride from my father's house near Reading to meet anywhere from two to 20 cyclists who gather about nine miles away in Oley for a training ride that's usually 60 to 65 miles. We call the leader of the ride Big Jim, and if the wind chill is in the single digits or rain or snow is in the forecast, I'll call him on the phone that morning to find out if he's riding outside that day.