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Saturday, October 16, 2010

SHENANDOAH – Panther Valley was hoping to pick up right where they left off last week (a 24-21 victory over Marian).

Instead, Shenandoah Valley picked off six Panther Valley passes and sent the Panthers back to the drawing board with a 32-0 Anthracite Football League victory.

The loss drops the Panthers to 1-6 on the season, while the Blue Devils improve to 4-3.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Two weeks ago you read about a study done with rats at Yale University that found the brains of rats bred to be genetically predisposed to obesity reacted differently to being fed a high-fat diet than those who were bred to be lean.

The finding led the lead author to write that obesity is "less about personal will" and more about genetics.

Since I disagree, I countered with "genetic predisposition is not destiny," especially for humans not specially bred, and used deduction reaching a particular conclusion from general information to prove it.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

BANGOR - Bangor junior Josh Wing ran back the second half kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown and that was the jump start that the Slaters used for a 35-6 Colonial League win over Palmerton on Friday night.

Wing took the kickoff on his own 10-yard line and exploded right up the middle of the field taking just 12 seconds off of the clock for the first score of the night since the two squads battled to a 0-0 halftime tie. Russ Horn ran in for the two-point conversion and the Slaters were off to the races.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

MINERSVILLE Marian Catholic's 2010 gridiron woes sustained another crushing blow here Friday night when the Colts dropped a 28-17 encounter to the host Battlin Miners.

Similiar to last week's three-point loss to Panther Valley, the Colts, decimated by injuries since the second quarter of the first game of the year, played good enough to stay in the game, yet poorly enough to lose, yielding 326 yards rushing against Coach Pat Mason's team. It was the first time in the history of the 13-game series that the Miners defeated the Colts.

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Carbon County Environmental Education Center chief naturalist Susan Gallagher, left, is congratulated on her Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners Environmental Partnership Award by conservationist Tim Herd of Bath, who was the chief designer of the CCEEC.

WILKES-BARRE Susan Gallagher grew up in the McAdoo area with an appreciation and love of the outdoors she got from her parents, John and Susan Mock.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

DINGMANS FERRY – Friday night was the first time since the first game of the season that the Pleasant Valley football team trailed at halftime.

Although his team was down 10-0 after the first quarter and was able to make it a three-point game by the time halftime rolled around, Bears' head coach Jim Terwilliger didn't look at the negative side of the situation. Instead, he turned in into a challenge for his football team.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

MAHANOY CITY Jim Thorpe's Phil Schron rarely finds himself in the spotlight.

The junior fullback is usually relegated to the role most high school fullbacks face a blocking back for the team's star tailback.

On Friday night, though, Schron was given his moment to shine.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Notre Dame won back-to-back victories for the first time under head coach Brian Kelly last week and hopefully it will start a run for the 3-3 Irish.

The Irish offense started fast last week, as usual, then faded just as fast. The defense again improved slowing the running attack of Pittsburgh but the pass defense still needs work. The key to victory for the Irish was the special teams play, especially the kicking game. Field goal kicker David Ruffer had a great day hitting three field goals, one a 50-yarder. His work went a long way in getting a win for the Irish.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

If there was any question about Northern Lehigh's defense, it got answered Friday night.

The Bulldogs limited Northwestern to just 76 total yards and two first downs in a 21-0 victory to stay undefeated.

"Our offense gets a lot of highlights but our defense tonight was outstanding," said Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout.

In two previous games against Coloinal League contenders, the Bulldogs got into track meets, beating Wilson 52-36 and Pen Argyl 35-20.

But on a gusty night in New Tripoli, the game was more like a tractor pull.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Penn State has a bye week on this weekend's Big Ten schedule, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Bye weeks give teams a chance to rest from the rigors of the season, as well as for the injured to get healthy.

This is especially true for the Nittany Lions, who are dealing with a high rate of wounded warriors at the moment.

That goes emotionally as well as physically. Penn State was embarassed 33-13 by Illinois in front of a Homecoming crowd at Beaver Stadium last week, dropping to 3-3 on the season.