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Saturday, September 29, 2012

ALLENTOWN – The first four weeks of the 2012 high school football season weren't very kind to the Lehighton Indians.

Friday night at Dieruff, the Indians got to take some of their aggression out and finally posted their first win of the year.

Lehighton hit on a 52-yard halfback pass on the first play from scrimmage and kept it rolling from there, as the Indians clobbered Dieruff 42-0 in Mountain Valley Conference play. Jacen Nalesnik scored four touchdowns on the night and helped get his team finally off the schnide.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Tigers lose to ND, Miller

Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder is in search of a playmaker.

And on Friday night the new Tiger mentor found one.

Unfortunately for him, that playmaker was on the other side of the field.

Notre Dame's Noah Miller, in just his second game at quarterback, ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns and also threw for 217 and two scores to lead the Crusaders to a 35-7 Colonial League victory.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

During the past three summers, I've written freelance articles for a company that serves as a middleman for websites in need of health-and-fitness material. Compared to writing this column, the major difference is that I don't decide the topic. I select it from a list of titles.

"What Bike Racers Eat," "How to Get More Potassium Naturally," and "Why You Should Avoid Trans Fat" are three that I picked this summer. "Is Cumin Good For You," How to Get Rid of Bloating and Gas," and "Collard Greens and Low Thyroid surprise, surprise are three that I did not.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Northwestern posted a 4-2 soccer victory over Northern Lehigh on Friday.


N'western-No. Lehigh

Northwestern rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Northern Lehigh, 4-2, in a Colonial League game.

A Tyler Hoppes' goal gave Northern Lehigh a 1-0 halftime advantage.

But the Tigers erupted in the second half, getting goals from Kyle Willis, Matthew Strickland, Brandon Herb and Leighom Breckenridge to rally for the victory. Brandon Ettl added a pair of assists for Northwestern (10-3).

Saturday, September 29, 2012

FRANKLIN – On the eve of the special small game seasons for youth, the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners gave preliminary approval Tuesday at its final quarterly meeting of the year to a regulatory change to expand antlerless deer hunting opportunities under the Mentored Youth Hunting Program for the 2013-14 license year.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Panthers blasted by Haven

Although the weather was clear and calm at Panther Valley Stadium last night, there was a storm brewing on the field. The Hurricanes of Schuylkill Haven, coming off their stopping North Schuylkill's 33-game regular season winning streak last week, met "thunder and lightning," Panther Valley's vaunted running duo of Richie Smith and Kyle Ferryman.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - North Schuylkill head coach Rick Geist rolled the dice last night. And he came out a winner.

The Spartans, who had a 33-game regular season win streak stopped last week by Schuylkill Haven having to enter the game with six starters injured.

Against the Colts, Geist started freshman quarterback Bob Grigas and moved his regular signal-caller Matt Smarkanic to fullback.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

September 29, 2000 In a game that features six lead changes, Jim Thorpe pulls out a wild 48-47 win over Shenandoah Valley. Earl Kunkel's 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter proves to be the deciding score. David Melicharek carries 19 times for 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Matt Long throws for 155 yards and two TDs and also runs for another score. Carl Storm catches one of the TD passes and also comes through with a key interception. The Olympians, coached by Mark Rosenberger, also receive a TD pass from Don Evans.

Friday, September 28, 2012

September 28, 1973 A long touchdown pass and a blocked punt help Slatington pull off a 14-6 Lehigh Valley League upset over Lehighton. The Bulldogs open the scoring with a first quarter 68-yard scoring strike from Mike Hunsicker to Todd Freed. Later in the half, Bob "Yogi" Edwards blocks an Indian punt to give the winners, coached by George Yaniger, a first-and-goal. Edwards eventually bulls his way into the end zone from two yards away for what turns out to be the winning score.

Friday, September 28, 2012


The end of the baseball and beginning of NFL seasons have been remarkable, and sometimes, not for the best reasons.

Rather than beating the negatives like the 'replacement referee' debacle to do death, I would like to focus on a couple of people – a pair of innovators – that really are the ones responsible for this excitement.

The two are Steve Sabol and, yes – dare I say Bud Selig.