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Saturday, September 18, 2010

HARRISBURG – Over the last decade, expanding hunting opportunities for youth has been a constant for the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners.

During that time, special seasons for Junior License holders between the ages of 12-16 have been initiated so youngsters need not compete with adults during the regular seasons. This was done with the hope of recruiting and retaining youngsters, and now with computerized licenses sales in full effect, statistics show the PGC is being successful in that regard.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Coming into the 2010 season, head coach Jim Terwilliger said that the only thing his Pleasant Valley football team was lacking was some big-game experience and a big-time victory.

A mere three games later, Terwilliger and his Bears finally received both.

Pleasant Valley used good field position to engineer four scoring drives and up-set Wyoming Valley West, 27-20 in non-conference play. The win puts an end to the Spartans' nine-game winning streak over the Bears.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Northern Lehigh football team has a scoring average that would make a lot of area basketball teams jealous.

Just call the Bulldogs' offense "fastbreak football" or "run and gun on grass."

Friday night against Saucon Valley, Northern Lehigh topped the 40-point mark for the third consecutive week, rolling to a 48-20 Colonial League victory.

So far this season, the Bulldogs are averaging 47.3 points a game.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

September 18, 1998 John Rodrigues scores a pair of touchdowns to help Palmerton register a 21-6 Colonial League victory over Notre Dame. Rodrigues reaches the end zone on a 63-yard punt return and later scores on a 25-yard interception return. The Blue Bombers, coached by Manny Guedes, also receive 84 yards rushing including a 35-yard TD run from Chris Siracuse.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Penn State's trip to defending national champion Alabama was to serve as a measuring stick for a young Nittany Lions squad at this early point in the season.

The top ranked Crimson Tide used that stick to take the Lions to the woodshed, rolling to a 24-3 victory.

That result was of no surprise to many. Going into Tuscaloosa with a true freshman quarterback at the helm isn't a recipe that's going to serve up many victories.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - Jim Thorpe knew heading into its match-up with North Schuylkill that it would have its hands full. The highly-touted hosts came in with an unblemished record and hadn't given up a point in their first two games.

A 54-0 shutout of the Olympians Friday night made it three opponents in a row that haven't seen the end zone and they continued to dominate their schedule.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The inability to control Michigan's sensational quarterback Denard Robinson, the injury to Dayne Crist that kept him off the field for almost the entire first half, three key turnovers, and the defense allowing MIchigan to drive 72 yards in the final three plus minutes to get the winning score, led to Brian Kelly losing his first game at Notre Dame last week.

Crist and the Irish played well enough to win, and certainly the defense can't be blamed soley for the loss. After all, the defense held Michigan scoreless in the second half, except for that final drive.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A free Sportsmen's Health Fair will be held, Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Schuylkill YMCA, 520 N. Centre St., Pottsville.

"We've always wanted to host a health fair just for outdoorsmen knowing how popular hunting and fishing are in this area," Schuylkill Y executive director Wayne Stump said. "Sometimes a hunter will get so excited about getting their equipment ready, they forget about the physical challenges on their body."

Friday, September 17, 2010

Blue Ridge Communications has announced the launch of My Football Tracker in all of their digital Blue Ridge households.

With My Football Tracker, viewers can track up-to-the-minute stats of their favorite football team, individual NFL players as well as their fantasy rosters all with the push of a button on their digital remote. They can get up-to-the minute NFL scores, plus individual player and team weekly and year-to-date stats. It is aimed at football fans and fantasy football players.

Friday, September 17, 2010
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik (88) followers his blockers after taking a handoff. Kevin Dunn (4) is the Panthers' defender.

Lehighton head coach George Ebbert knew he had a lot of offensive weapons and wanted to test them out before the Indians ventured into Mountain Valley Conference play next week.

Panther Valley head coach Frank Damian knew the Indians would be tough to stop and watched his young Panthers give it a valiant effort for over a quarter.

Junior quarterback Josh Agosto masterminded a 23-point second quarter to give the Indians a big cushion and they wound up getting a 33-12 victory over the Panthers on Thursday night at LHS Stadium.