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Saturday, September 30, 2017

While it’s possible that you’ll find the wordplay in today’s title less than clever, it’s more than probable that Tyree Winters, DO, an osteopathic pediatrician focused on childhood obesity at Rowan University, would find it accurate.

Extremely accurate. Like an army sniper shooting at a stationary target from 50 feet accurate.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

POTTSVILLE – The defending Schuylkill Football League Division I champion from a season ago is back at it again.

The way Pottsville played Friday, it’s obvious that the title isn’t going to be ceded easily — someone is going to have to wrestle it away.

Previously undefeated Tamaqua found that out in a hurry, when it watched the Tide roll – literally.

Pottsville scored early and often on its way to a 42-12 victory.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

EAST STROUDSBURG — Football weather was back Friday when the Cavaliers took the field at a cool 60 degrees.

Coming off a blowout loss in Week 5, East Stroudsbrug South was looking to change the script this week. When the final buzzer went off, the Cavaliers were victorious in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference shootout over Pleasant Valley, 41-25.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Pleasant Valley volleyball team took down Stroudsburg Friday afternoon.

In cross country action, Tamaqua and Palmerton had strong showings in the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University.


Pleasant Valley-Stroudsburg

Pleasant Valley dropped the first set before rolling to a 15-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-14 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory over Stroudsburg.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS — In an evenly matched football game, big plays can certainly have an impact on the outcome.

A long run, a trick play, a key turnover, or deep pass can mean the difference between winning and losing.

On Friday night, against Schuylkill League Football Division 1 foe North Schuylkill, Lehighton cashed in on two monster plays in the second half that helped it escape with a 22-14 victory.

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Members of the Palmerton Jr. Rifle and Pistol team practice. From front to rear are Parker Nelson, Kristi Stien and Hailey Hatzis. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Darn kids, Willard Steigerwalt thought as he hung up the phone. He was growing weary of the complaints. He thought that there was only one way to stop the repeated calls – he’d have to catch the local boys who were using BB guns to shoot out streetlights in Palmerton.

Steigerwalt did catch the offenders, but he had a change of heart. Instead of filing official charges against the boys, he told them to stop shooting at the streetlights and instead, do their target shooting in an area out beyond the town’s pool.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

If I told any of you that Penn State was going to have 579 yards of total offense, but only score 21 points last week against Iowa, you probably would’ve told me to go find another writing job.

Well, I didn’t tell you that, in fact, I told you the Nittany Lions would win big.

But then there was Kinnick.

Kinnick Stadium showed its voodoo magic once again, which in my opinion is only rivaled by Pedro Cerrano’s Joebu shrine from the motion picture “Major League.”

Saturday, September 30, 2017

ORWIGSBURG — On Sept. 24, 1999, Gabe Robinson set the Jim Thorpe school record with 260 rushing yards.

And almost exactly 18 years later, Justin St. Hill made that milestone a distant memory.

St. Hill stamped his name into the Olympians’ history book on Friday night by thumping Blue Mountain for 325 yards on the ground. He scored four times, the Olympians pitched another shutout, and Jim Thorpe earned a lopsided 27-0 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory over the Eagles.

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Palmerton’s Mike Eckhart (24) follows the block of Kyle Kralik for a nice gain against Notre Dame. RICH GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Cole DeFranco has a reputation of being a great football player for Notre Dame of Green Pond. The junior quarterback is making his mark in the Crusaders’ program as a very capable player that has the talent and ability to run and pass with effectiveness.

Against Palmerton, the hype proved to be true, as DeFranco led his 4-2 Crusaders to a 28-14 win over the Blue Bombers (4-2), by attacking their defense on the ground and through the air.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

HELLERTOWN — Things started badly for Northwestern and only got worse from there.

An 81-yard run kick-off return set up an early score for Saucon Valley and a fumble on the next Tigers’ drive gave the Panthers a short field, helping them to go up 14-0 just over four-minutes into the game.

Saucon Valley turned the fast start into a 49-21 Colonial League win over Northwestern.