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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Whatever coach Brian Kelly said to his team at halftime last week worked. After looking like a team destine to be upset by Western Michigan, a team the Irish were favored to beat by 24 points, ND came alive in the second half to gain a 44-20 win and bring their record to 4-3.

After a lackluster first half, in which ND managed a minus four yards on the ground against a team ranked 82nd in the nation against the rush, ND dominated the Broncos.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

KEMPTON Each year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission monitors both existing and new bald eagle nests to measure nesting population trends and nesting success. Monitoring helps the agency to continue to follow the recovery of the bald eagle and allows biologists to know immediately if problems are occurring statewide.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Northern Lehigh's Jake Kern can do a number of things well on the football field.

But on Friday night, the senior proved that even when he does something wrong the results can turn out positive.

Midway through the second quarter, the Bulldogs' Mr. Versatile didn't run the right route on a pattern. Because of that, two receivers (and two defensive backs) were in the same vicinity. Kern, however, made an adjustment and came up with the football for a 19-yard touchdown reception that extended his team's lead.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
LORA GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Christian Marcin looks to get outside as Catasauqua's Nathan Falko (40) tries to catch him.

Palmerton head coach Paul McArdle liked what he saw on the opening series of Friday night's Colonial League contest with Catasauqua.

There wasn't much to smile about after that, however, as the Rough Riders unleashed a ground game behind senior Alex Brown (and took control for a 31-8 victory sending the Bombers to their third straight loss.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN The first seven weeks of the season, the Jim Thorpe defense was able to keep its opponents bigs plays to a minimum.

It only took Schuylkill Haven a single snap to set up an evening full of offensive fireworks on the turf of Rotary Field.

The Hurricanes' Brian Murphy and Tyler Naus combined to light up the Olympians' defense for a number of big plays that either went for quick scores or set the table for touchdowns.

In the end, the hosts were able to run away with a 42-27 Anthracite Football League victory.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

To give waterfowl hunters another tool to assist with efforts to address overabundant snow goose populations, the Pennsylvania Game Commissioners board of game commissioners gave preliminary approval by an 8-0 vote at its quarterly meeting earlier this month to a regulatory change to allow the use of electronic decoys during the Snow Goose Conservation Hunt.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lehighton's passing combination of Josh Agosto and Anthony Farole worked wonders Friday night to lead the Indians past Pocono Mountain West, 30-21, for their first Mountain Valley Conference win this season.

"It's an entire team effort," Agosto reiterated. "I was pretty happy with our team's game plan. The passing and running game were working well and Anthony (Farole) just seemed to find the open spots."

Farole caught three TD passes in the first half to help his team build a 21-7 lead, which they held on to the rest of the night.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's quite possible that nothing helps you more than something you probably do your darndest to live without.

The feeling of doubt.

Without doubt, there is no questioning. Without questioning, there is no considering. Without considering, there is no real thinking.

Without real thinking, there is no mental or emotional growth.

But that doesn't mean you have to question everything. Some things have withstood the test of time.

Like the phrase "withstood the test of time." It's a cliché, a phrase that's become trite from overuse.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Penn State returns to the gridiron today after a bye week looking for ways to turn things around in the second half of the season.

The Nittany Lions are 3-3 and coming off two double digit losses in the Big Ten, 24-3 to Iowa and 33-13 to Illinois. The loss to the Fighting Illini should still be fresh in their minds, as it occured in front of a Beaver Stadium Homecoming crowd.

Coach Joe Paterno blamed himself for some of the problems against Illinois, but he has made it clear that the team is not progressing the way he felt it could.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Garth Lakitsky breaks away from a Panther Valley tackler on his way to a touchdown.

The talk leading up to Tamaqua's backyard rivarly game with Panther Valley centered on an off the field comment. The Blue Raiders did their talking on the gridiron.

Tamaqua's power rushing game spoke volumes Friday night, piling up 397 yards as the Raiders routed the Panthers 49-6 in an Anthracite League contest on Stadium Hill.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak by Tamaqua (2-6 overall, 2-4 league), while the Panthers (1-7, 1-5) dropped their third straight.