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Saturday, September 25, 2010

I wrote last week that the Irish football team could be 1-4 before they host Pittsburgh on Oct. 9. That possibility is real after last week's loss at Michigan State.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

HELLERTOWN - Palmerton Head Coach Paul McArdle knew that putting his starting quarterback in on the defensive side of the ball was risky.

The move payed off, however, as Zach Freed was in the right spot at the right time to intercept Saucon Valley's Andrew Remaly's final pass attempt for a 36-34 win.

Freed returned to the offensive side to take a knee with eight seconds remaining to shut the door on the Panthers' comeback attempt.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

What's the chance that there's a column like this one in a newspaper printed somewhere in Great Britain? And what's with British women?

I ask those questions because of the results from a poll of 1,305 Brits. When asked how they would like to lose excess weight, two percent of the women surveyed said they'd exercise more, six percent said they'd combine a diet with more exercise, and 14 percent said they'd simply eat less.

But what about the other 78 percent of the women polled?

Saturday, September 25, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Garth Lakitsky (34) of Tamaqua looks to maneuver past Mahanoy Area's Nathan Fegley (4).

After three frustrating losses in as many weeks, Tamaqua was due for a breakout game.

The Blue Raiders busted loose in a big way Friday night, exploding for a 49-7 Atnhracite League trouncing of previously unbeaten Mahanoy Area during Hall of Fame Night on Stadium Hill.

On an unseasonably warm evening more like summer than the first weekend of fall, Tamaqua (1-3 overall, 1-2 league) rolled to its initial victory behind a balanced rushing attack that produced a season-high 351 yards, with five players gaining 50 or more yards.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Northwestern head coach Tom Linette wanted his offense to challenge a Southern Lehigh defense that has allowed just seven points per game this season.

The first year Tigers' mentor also wanted his defense to contain the Spartans' Wing-T offense, which distributes the wealth between six different running backs.

Linette got his wishes answered as Northwestern handed Southern Lehigh its first Colonial League loss of the season, 28-14.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

It's not officially Alumni Day at Beaver Stadium today, but with Temple in town, perhaps it should be.

There are familiar faces to Penn State fans on the opposing sidelines with Owls head coach Al Golden and two of his assistants, coordinators Mark D'Onofrio (defense) and Matt Rhule (offense), all PSU alums.

Golden, a former Nittany Lion tight end and team co-captain, has rejuvenated a long-time loser in the Temple gridiron program, posting a winning record (9-4) last season and taking the Owls to a bowl game for the first time in three decades.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

KINTNERSVILLE The dominance of Northern Lehigh's offense has been well documented this season. The Bulldog defense might not be as well known, but it can be every bit as dominating as the offense.

Friday night the Bulldogs defense took the forefront in a 52-0 win at Palisades.

Northern Lehigh shut down the Pirates' running game, allowing a negative (-6) rushing total for the game and just 48 total yards for the Pirate offense. It also forced three tunrovers, two of which resulted in touchdowns.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton.

John Kruk and Darren Daulton.

Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

For about 35 years of my life, these people have been as much a part of my life as family members. In some instances, they've probably been more.

While it's up to you whether that's a sad statement or not, the fact remains it's true.

Ever since I can remember the Phillies have been a part of my household - first as a kid at my parents and now as an adult with my own family.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Palmerton Area School Board on Tuesday approved the following extracurricular positions per the negotiated contract for the 2010-11 school year:

- Ralph Andrews, assistant girls basketball coach, $3,788.

- Daniele Schneider, head tennis coach, $2,288.

- Jerry Kossyk, assistant varsity softball coach, $2,498.

- Kenneth Adcox, assistant softball coach, volunteer.

- James Shafer, cross country coach, volunteer.

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's only Week Four, but I think I've been in the basement long enough.

Looking at the list that was compiled for this week's Grid Picks, I see at least seven or eight games that can go either way. It's going to be interesting to see how many games we all pick alike this week.

Last week proved to be another disaster. Seven wrong, but lucky enough to have a couple of other guys right around the same. As a matter of fact, one guy who I'll fail to mention, had nine wrong.

It's been hard to figure soome teams out. I guess that's why I'm where I am at in the standings.