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Saturday, September 3, 2011

September 3, 1988 Northwestern's defense forces six turnovers, including four interceptions, to lead the way to a 12-2 over Hamburg in its season opener. Jason Hlavac picks off two passes while Joe Fatzinger and John DiCataldo each come up with one. Fatzinger also opens the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The Tigers, coached by Bob Mitchell, add a DiCataldo one-yard plunge in the fourth frame.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Mahanoy Area for the first time in a long time had some high expectations coming into the 2011 high school football season and the Bear faithful were eager to see if their team could live up to the pre-season hype.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

About 20 years ago, while I was teaching English to a smart section of eighth graders, we read an article about the unwanted byproducts of yo-yo dieting: an increase in body fat percentage and a decrease in muscle mass. One question led to another, and before I knew it, we were discussing genetics.

Now I've never been one to fill students with false hopes. While I might encourage a student by saying, "You can do many things," I will not say, "You can do anything" simply because it isn't true.

Saturday, September 3, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Nolan Zeigler straight arms a Jim Thorpe defender as he looks for more running room.

Throughout the off-season, Tamaqua thought its offensive line would be its strength this season.

On Friday night, the men in the trenches proved that prediction to be true.

A dominant effort by the Blue Raiders up front allowed Sam Bonner's club to pull away for a 34-13 victory over Jim Thorpe in both team's season opener.

"Going into the season we knew we had experience there," said Bonner. "They're not the biggest but they fly around and get on people. I'm not sure what kind of numbers we had but obviously we ran the ball pretty well tonight."

Saturday, September 3, 2011

It has definitely been an interesting Spring and Summer in State College this off-season with some of the news coming out of "Happy Valley" being good and some not so good.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

NAZARETH - Pleasant Valley head coach Jim Terwilliger knew it was going to be tough sledding in his team's season-opening game with Nazareth.

As tough as he thought it was going to be, he probably never fathomed that it would be as bad as it was.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Northwestern opened the season with a non-league field hockey win

FIELD HOCKEY

Central Catholic-Northwestern

The Tigers scored three goals in each half to roll over Central Catholic 6-1 in a non-league contest.

Kylee Bennett scored two goals, while Alec Lerner, Caileigh Landrigan, Tiffany Gumina and Sara Jones added the others for the winners. Jones also had one assists.

Northwestern outshot the Vikettes 27-2. Tiger goalie Lorraine Feinur had one save.

Pleasant Valley-Nazareth

The Eagles defeat the Bears by a 3-1 score.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

CENTER VALLEY – It didn't take Northern Lehigh very long this season to go deep into its playbook.

The Bulldogs used a wide receiver pass on the first play of the game to take a quick lead on Southern Lehigh en route to a 21-7 win on opening night.

"That was huge," said Bulldog head coach Joe Tout. "I think that was real big momentum and our kids bought it. We were up the rest of the night."

Friday, September 2, 2011

By EMMETT MCCALL

Are you ready for some football?

After weeks of practice and months of anticipation, the 2011 high school football season will kick off tonight for all nine TIMES NEWS area teams.

A couple of years ago, I did an A-to-Z rundown of high school football in my season welcoming column. This year, I thought I would change from an alphabetical look at the season to a numerical look.

So here it is, the 2011 scholastic football season by the numbers:

Friday, September 2, 2011
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe cross country seniors, from left, Kayla Susko, Erin Bucci, Darren Gehres, Caitlin Liscinski and Caitlin Henninger run the Olympians' new course.

For the last 22 years, the Jim Thorpe cross country teams disappeared into the woods and were not seen again until the end of their run.

That is about to change this season.