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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Once again, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is making easier for hunters who pursue deer on State Forest District Land to have easier access.

Beginning with today's opening of the three-day, statewide black bear season, which continues Monday and Tuesday, the DCNR will open additional roads in 18 of the 20 state forest districts it oversees. In all, more than 460 miles of state forest roads normally open only for administrative use will be available to hunters on state forest lands.

Saturday, November 20, 2010
Morgan Steigerwalt (seated) of Jim Thorpe signs a Letter of Intent to attend the University of Michigan on a gymnastics scholarship. Steigerwalt was joined for the signing by her parents Elisa and Geno Steigerwalt.

As a toddler, Morgan Steigerwalt attended a two-week summer camp at the Parkettes National Gymnastics Training Center in Allentown.

The Jim Thorpe native "never wanted to leave" when it was over.

The sport became a huge part of Steigerwalt's life as she continued her training at the Allentown-based training facility over the last 12 years.

Now, the 17-year-old gymnast is taking her love for the sport, along with the skills she learned as a Parkette, to Ann Arbor, Mich.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Penn State travels to the Washington, D.C. metro area this afternoon to face Indiana in what can be called the "Shellshocked Bowl."

After last week's games, both teams probably spent time shaking their heads and wondering what happened.

The Nittany Lions jumped out to a surprising 14-3 halftime lead over heavily-favored Ohio State in Columbus, only to have the Buckeyes explode for 35 points in the second half to win going away, 38-14.

As for Indiana, the Hoosiers were not only blown out at Wisconsin, they were annihilated as the Badgers ravaged them 83-20.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

After playing its best game of the season last week, Notre Dame has to prove today that it was no fluke. The Irish completely dominated the then 15th ranked Utah Utes last week in winning 28-3, and holding one of the most potent offenses in the country to just a field goal.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

According to Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe, a potential state record for elk has been set during this month's six-day regular season, Monday-Saturday, Nov. 1-6.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ralph Friedgen will be retained as Maryland coach next year.

Athletic director Kevin Anderson made the announcement, which came late in a turnaround season for the Terrapins. After going 2-10 last year, the Terps are 7-3 and still in contention for the Atlantic Coast Conference title.

Friedgen has one year left on his contract after this season. After that, offensive coordinator James Franklin must take over or he receives a $1 million buyout.

This is Friedgen's 10th season as head coach at his alma mater.

Friday, November 19, 2010
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's starting offensive backfield of quarterback Dylan Hofmann (seated); fullback Matt Gill (standing, left); tailback Cody Remaley (standing, center); and flanker Jake Kern (standing, right) are at home in the Bulldog weightroom.

Joe Tout and his Northern Lehigh coaching staff weren't happy with their team's performance last Saturday against Jim Thorpe.

Neither were the Bulldogs, despite coming away with a 34-19 win that moved them into the District 11 Class 2A championship game for a rematch with defending champion North Schuylkill.

The Spartans, also undefeated with an 11-0 record like the Bulldogs, didn't have an easy time either in their semifinal, beating Pen Argyl by a 35-23 score.

Friday, November 19, 2010

With just this week and next week left in our 2010 Grid Picks race, my main objective right now is to stay out of the basement since finishing first is well out of my reach.

As a matter of fact, hats of to Andy Steinmetz, who hasn't crumbled a bit all season and his 14-1 record last week probably has him getting fitted for the championship crown since Jason Boris and Joe Plasko slipped three and five games out, respectively.

T.J. Engle has a shot to pass yours truly but I'm still a good seven games ahead of Bob Ford. Hopefully he hasn't saved his best for last.

Friday, November 19, 2010

As a person infatuated with statistics, the football season is always one of my favorites.

Every year, players and teams break school and area records some that have been around for just a few years and some that have lasted for ages.

While the focus for coaches always remains winning games, even they get excited when one of their players or their squad eclipses a new mark.

This season, some performances stood out more so than others.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Palmerton Area High School will be selling passes for the winter sports season.

Passes and prices are as follows:

Winter Family Pass (Boy's Basketball, Girl's Basketball and Wrestling) $150.00; Boys Basketball Only Family Pass $75.00; Girls Basketball Only Family Pass $75.00; Wrestling Only Family Pass $50.00.

Boys and Girls Basketball Individual Passes are Adults $30.00, Students $15.00 and Senior Citizens $15.00. Wrestling Individual Passes are Adults $20.00, Students $10.00 and Senior Citizens $10.00.