Saturday, November 30, 2013


New Hampshire 45 Lafayette 7

Coastal Carolina 48 Bethune - Cook man 24

Tennessee State 31 Butler 0

Furman 30 South Carolina State 20

Florida State 37 Florida 7

Ohio State 42 Michigan 41

Michigan State 14 Minnesota 3

Duke 27 North Carolina 25

UCONN 28 Rutgers 17

Temple 41 Memphis 21

Kansas State 31 Kansas 10

Vanderbilt 23 Wake Forest 21

Maryland 41 North Carolina State 21

Southern Miss 62 UAB 27

Utah State 35 Wymoming 7

Fordham 37 Sacred Heart 27

West Chester 40 Bloomsburg 38

Shephard 7 Winston-Salem 0

Wesley College 23 Ithaca 15

Mount Union 56 Wittenburg 21

Saint John Fisher 27 Hobart 6

Leonir Rhyne 27 Carson Newman 20

North Central 52 Wisconsin-Platteville 24

Bethel (MD) 34 Wartburg 0

Mary Hardin Baylor 59 Rowan 8

Northwest Missouri State 45 Minnesota-Duluth 21

West Texas AM 34 Ohio Dominican 27

St. Cloud State 54 Minnesota State 48

North Alabama 37 UNC Pembroke 13

UW-Whitewater 33 Franklin 3

Grand Valley State 34 Colorado State Pueblo 30

Colorado State 58 Air Force 13

South Alabama 38 Georgia State 17

Linfield 31 Hampden Sydney 21

Southern University 40 Grambling State 17

Rice 17 Tulane 13

Bring ham Young 28 Nevada 23

North Texas 42 Tulsa 10

New Mexico State 24 Idaho 16

UTSA 30 Louisiana Tech 10

Penn State 31 Wisconsin 24

Syracuse 34 Boston College 31

Virginia Tech 16 Virginia 6

UTSA 30 Louisiana Tech 10

Middle Tennessee 48 UTEP 17

Indiana 56 Purdue 36

Auburn 34 Alabama 28

Baylor 41 TCU 38

Georgia 41 Georgia Tech 34 (2 OT)

Iowa State 52 West Virginia 44 (OT)

South Carolina 31 Clemson 17

Stanford 27 Notre Dame 20

Tennessee 27 Kentucky 14

Louisiana Monroe 31 Louisiane Lafayette 28

Northwestern 37 Illinois 34

UTSA 30 Louisana Tech 10

Middle Tennessee 48 UTEP 17

UCLA 35 USC 14

Arizona State 58 Arizona 21

Boise State 45 New Mexico 17

UNLV 45 San Diego State 19

Hawaii 49 Army 42


PIAA Class AAAA State Quarterfinal
St. Joseph’s Prep 21, Parkland 10

PIAA Class AAAA State Quarterfinal
Lower Dauphin 24, Cumberland Valley 21

PIAA Class AAAA State Quarterfinal
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 48, Erie McDowell 7

PIAA Class AA State Quarterfinals
Berks Catholic 33, Troy 6

PIAA Class AA State Quarterfinal
Imhotep Charter 49, Catasauqua 0

PIAA Class AA State Quarterfinal
Hickory 37, Central Martinsburg 27

PIAA Class AA State Quarterfinal
South Fayette 57, Karns City 21

PIAA Class A State Quarterfinal
Steelton-Highspire 40, Homer Center 7
PIAA Class A State Quarterfinal
Clarion 35, Lakeview 20

Catasauqua High School football team no match for Imhotep Charter


Special to The Express-Times
Winning a football game is difficult if you're playing uphill. That's the situationCatasauqua found itself in this afternoon in Philadelphia.
Early turnovers put the Rough Riders in a hole they couldn't climb out of. The result was a 49-0 loss to Imhotep Charter in a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal game at Benjamin Johnson Memorial Stadium.

Parkland High School football team falls to St. Joseph's Prep in the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs


The Parkland High School football team was treading on familiar ground.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, history repeated itself.
Parkland stumbled out of the starting gate this afternoon and for the second straight season, wound up falling short in its bid to advance in the state playoffs.

Auburn football team uses 100-plus yard return of field-goal attempt to shock No. 1 Alabama


Chris Davis raced 100-plus yards with a missed field-goal attempt for a touchdown on the final play to lift No. 4 Auburn to a 34-28 victory over No. 1 Alabamatoday.
Davis caught the ball about 9 yards deep in the end zone after freshman Adam Griffith's 57-yard attempt fell short. He then sprinted down the left sideline and cut back with nothing but teammates around him in a second straight hard-to-fathom finish for the Tigers (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference).

Christian Hackenberg leads Penn State football team to upset win over Wisconsin


Christian Hackenberg threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns, and Penn Statepounced on a slew of blunders before holding off a late rally to upset No. 14 Wisconsin 31-24 today.

Lafayette College football team gets run over by New Hampshire in FCS first-round playoff game


Lafayette College lost the coin flip of today's Football Championship Subdivision first-round playoff game at New Hampshire and things went rapidly downhill from there.
It didn't start well, with a monster sack of Drew Reed on the very first play.
The middle wasn't too good either with New Hampshire owning a 31-point halftime lead.

Imhotep Charter athleticism, depth too much for Catasauqua,0,5052792.story


PHILADELPHIA — Deandre Scott positioned himself in the middle of the field waiting for the final defensive call from the Imhotep Charter sideline.
It never came, so he drifted back in coverage as Catasauqua's third-down play started.
The senior defensive back bound for Arizona State surveyed the field once, twice, then peeked in at Catasauqua quarterback Zack Bradley as he released the ball.

Parkland football team doomed by slow start in loss to St. Joe's Prep,0,6798446.story


After falling in a huge hole in its PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal last season, Parkland was focused on jumping out to a better start this time around.
St. Joe's Prep instead pushed the Trojans into catch-up mode early.
The District 12-champion Hawks forced Parkland to punt on its first seven possessions Saturday afternoon while building a three-touchdown cushion. The Trojans moved within two scores midway through the fourth quarter but could not come all the way back, falling 21-10 in a PIAA 4A football quarterfinal at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
St. Joe's Prep (10-3) advanced to the PIAA 4A semifinals next week, when it will take on District 1 champion Neshaminy (13-1). Parkland ended its season 12-2, becoming the fifth straight District 11 4A champion to bow out to the Philadelphia Catholic League champion in the state quarterfinals.

Holiday events in the Lehigh Valley, Warren and Hunterdon counties


1-31. Holiday Scherenschnitte: Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 427 N. New St., Bethlehem. Make your own Pennsylvania Dutch holiday decoration, or 1-800-369-TOUR.
4. Brian Setzer Orchestra - Christmas Rocks! 10th Anniversary Tour: 8 p.m., State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton, $51-$56. or 610-252-3132.
5-24. Gift Wrap Booth at The Lehigh Valley Mall: Routes 22 and 145, Whitehall Township. Benefits Camelot for Children Inc. On the second floor of the Lehigh Valley Mall outside of Boscov’s. Dates and shifts available for help. Call Barbara at 610-791-5683 or email to volunteer time or call 610-791-5683.
6-22. Crowded Kitchen Players “A Christmas Carol”: McCooles Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown, Pa. Visit for showtimes, $18, $14 for seniors, $10 for students. or 215-538-1776.

Stop No. 12 on the preseason high school boys basketball tour: These Falcons will win more than the ones in Atlanta


Stopped in to chat with Jason Weaver the other night at Salisbury. Weaver is one of the rising stars in the local coaching ranks. Soft-spoken, low-key guy, but he gets his message across to his players
The former Saucon Valley product has graduated a lot of talented players in recent years, but has kept Salisbury at a high level.
It looks like more of the same this year, and I must say that I am glad that the Bill Paulik logo is back on the court at Salisbury. After that wonderful ceremony a couple of years ago, that recognition should be front and center. It was missing last year after the floor had to be replaced, but it's back and that's good news.
I think Bill Paulik, whose first game as head coach at Salisbury was 50 years ago (it was postponed by the Kennedy assassination), would like this current Falcons team which will scrap and claw every night.
Unfortunately for this program, they are in the Colonial League's toughest division and also are a 3A program, which will make districts a difficult road to navigate with Central Catholic and Bethlehem Catholic lomming.
But Weaver, as usual, is not making excuses and is embracing all challenges.
Coach: Jason Weaver (sixth season, 84-42)
Last year: 17-10 overall, 12-4 CL.
Postseason: Beat Wilson in District 11 3A quarterfinal, lost to CCHS in semis, beat Pottsville in consolation game. Lost to Imhotep Charter 79-34 in first round of state tournament.
New on the staff: Adam Young as a JV and varsity assistant.
Scrimmages: Last Saturday, scrimmaged Panther Valley. Scrimmaged Pius X and Nazareth on Friday.
Openers: Friday at home vs. Blue Mountain; league opener, Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Palisades.
Key date: 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at home vs. Emmaus.
Players to watch: Sr. C Austin Uhl; Sr. G/F Justin Aungst; Sr. G Brad Vangeli; Sr. G/F Eddie Sanchez; Sr. G Naveed Hadian; Jr. G Brendan Reichenbach; Jr. F Bryce Fairclough.
What's to like: Uhl and Aungst are returning starters and Weaver likes the fact that he's got five seniors with experience who will provide leadership. "They will lead by example," Weaver said. He also likes that the kids play hard all the time, especially in going for loose balls and hustling on defense.
What's to worry about: The Falcons don't possess a lot of height and have to go small if Uhl, who is 6-foot-5, gets in foul trouble. "And there are big bodies in our league that will pose some matchup problems," Weaver said. He also doesn't know if the team will be consistent with its outside shooting.
Quotable: "As always the Colonial League is going to be competitive, but we have a team here that in my mind can compete with anybody in the league on a given night," Weaver said. "Our goal, like it is every year, is to get into the league playoffs and see what happens. We've got a good group of seniors who were in seventh grade when I first got there, and they've been with me for a long time. I'm excited.
"We're going to play everybody in our division before Christmas so we have to start strong. We also play a tough nonleague schedule. We're playing in the Parkland Christmas tournament. We play Emmaus here on a Saturday in January and the following Saturday we play Pottsville up at Martz Hall. We also play Blue Mountain and Northampton. We're playing a lot of bigger schools, which will be good for us."
12/06/13 Blue Mountain Home              7:00PM
12/10/13 Palisades Away                        7:00PM
12/13/13 Saucon Valley Home               7:00PM
12/14/13 Northampton Away                  1:00PM
12/17/13 ND-GP Home                           7:00PM
12/19/13 Wilson Away                            7:00PM
12/21/13 So. Lehigh Home *                  1:15PM
12/27/13 Parkland JV/V Tourn. Away 2:30/4PM VS. QUAKERTOWN DAY 1 AT 4 P.M.
12/28/13 Parkland Tourn. Away               TBA VS. PERMIOMEN VALLEY OR PARKLAND DAY 2
1/03/14   Bangor Home                           7:00PM
1/04/14   Emmaus Home *                      1:15PM
1/07/14   Pen Argyl Away                       7:00PM
1/10/14   Northwestern Home                 7:00PM
1/11/14   Pottsville Away                        5:00PM
1/14/14   Catasauqua Away                     7:00PM
1/17/14   Palmerton Home                      7:00PM
1/21/14   No. Lehigh Away                     7:00PM
1/23/14   Palisades Home                        7:00PM
1/28/14   Saucon Valley Away                7:00PM
1/31/14   ND-GP Away                           7:00PM
2/04/14   Wilson Home                           7:00PM
2/07/14   So. Lehigh Away                      7:00PM

Lehigh University men's lacrosse team picked in Top 25 in preseason polls


The Lehigh University men's lacrosse team has been picked 21st in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook and 17th in the Coaches Poll released Friday.
The Mountain Hawks were selected to finish third in the Patriot League.

Bethlehem's Christmas City Village opens today


Bethlehem open its Christmas City Village today in Center City.
The open-air German-style market also known as Weihnachtsmarkt includes 35 huts.

Former Bethlehem Catholic High School wrestler Zach Makovsky wins MMA title


Former Bethlehem Catholic High School and Drexel University wrestler Zach Makovsky defeated Matt Manzanares by unanimous decision to capture the vacant Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) flyweight title on Nov. 22 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo.
Makovsky, the ex-Bellator bantamweight champion, used his superior wrestling skills along with some "ground and pound" en route to his main event victory. The win is Makovsky's second consecutive flyweight victory.


Happy Thanksgiving weekend, and welcome to SitcomsOnline Digest! It's a slow week for us this week due to the holiday, but we've got all of your regular features as usual. Let's get going!

  • NBC is facing a serious dilemma with their Thursday night lineup, as the historically top-rated lineup came in at a historically low sixth place in the ratings race last week, falling behind even The CW in key demographics last week. Could it be time for a major shakeup in this lineup? (LA Times)
  • Many TV writers of the 70's, 80's, and 90's still interested in working just aren't finding work on today's networks in line with their style, but as it turns out, China may be the perfect place to develop new series like the ones they wrote for in the past. Sitcom writers such as Marilyn Anderson (Murphy Brown andThe Jeffersons) and Michael Elias (Head of the Class and The Bill Cosby Show) are just a few among thousands of other writers of past American hit series working with a Chinese production company to bring high quality productions to a nation that is claimed to be lacking in great stories for television. (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • On Sunday's episode of Family Guy, fans were given one of the most shocking deaths to ever occur in an animated series as one of the major characters was killed off. This has caused quite an outrage from fans on the internet, even inspiring one of the largest online petitions ever revolving around the plot of a TV series. But is it all real, or  a complicated publicity stunt to spike ratings? (LA Times)
  • Actor Jay Leggett, who appeared as a cast member on the final season of In Living Color, died this week at the age of 50. (TV Guide)
  • MeTV is adding a pair of classic Sid & Marty Krofft series to their Saturday morning lineup beginning December 29, with the addition of H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost. (SitcomsOnline)

  • Just before the April premiere of the sixth season of the Showtime series, Lionsgate is set to release Nurse Jackie - Season Five on DVD and Blu-ray on February 18. As usual, the set will contain plenty of special features.
  • eOne Entertainment is prepared to bring a somewhat forgotten '80s syndicated gem to DVD with their release of Monsters - The Complete Series. For those unfamiliar with the series, it was a horror anthology series from the same producer who previously brought fans the syndicated series Tales from the Darkside.

Bangor Area School Board says goodbye to two members


The Bangor Area School Board honored two outgoing board members Monday evening, including a longtime school board president.
School directors Joe Boyle and Frank Addessi did not seek re-election in November and their terms expire at the end of the year.

HS football picks: Will this be another District 12 doomsday?


Last Dec. 1, a promising Saturday just like this one, Pen Argyl was pasted by Imhotep Charter 54-7 in Slatington in the state quarterfinals , while about 80 miles away at Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Parkland was throttled by La Salle 28-7.
Six days later, Central Catholic was routed by Archbishop Wood, 36-6.
Imhotep, La Salle and Archbishop Wood are all Philadelphia teams from District 12 and District 12's entrance into the PIAA playoffs has certainly proven to be problematic for our teams.
Can that scenario change today?
Parkland offers the most complete team in our area this season with multiple weapons on offense, a rugged offensive line and a fast-closing defense.
It's hard to believe that the Trojans can't match up with St. Joe's Prep.
Catasauqua, on the other hand, features the area's best quarterback in my opinion in Zack Bradley and has several explosive weapons.
It's hard to believe Catty won't at least score and score plenty against Imhotep, The big question is can the Roughies stop them?
Parkland and Catty are both well-coached teams with staffs featuring some of the best minds we have in football.
Again, with these kids and these coaches, we have figure to have a chance to compete against what many people consider to be all-star teams from the Philadelphia area.
How will it turn out today? Well, I am optimistic, but I was optimistic last year, too.
I think Parkland breaks through and ends a four-year losing streak for our 4A teams against District 12.
Parkland becomes the first District 11 4A team since Liberty in its state championship year of 2008 to reach the state semifinals with a 34-21 win over St. Joe's Prep. Neshaminy next week figures to be a handful for the Trojans, but right now I am sure they'd love to have to worry about that game.
Catty has the offense that can strike for big plays against any high school team. They will score. But it will be enough? The Roughies have a chance to pull a surprise that will be talked about for decades.
They will give it a great shot, there's no doubt about that.
But I see them coming up just short.
Imhotep 42, Catasauqua 28.
A 3-1 record on Thanksgving Day leaves me at 200-55 for the season. Here's hoping I am wrong on the Roughies score today. Enjoy the games.

Former Dieruff girls and boys basketball coach and 1,000-point scorer dies


Saunders "Foo" Belfield, who was the first African-American basketball coach in Lehigh Valley sports history, died on Friday according to reliable sources from an apparent heart attack.
Belfield, who was one of the most iconic figures in Dieruff basketball history, was a 1975 Husky graduate and went on to play at Tennessee State under legendary coach Eddie Martin.
As a player at Dieruff, he scored 1,121 points while playing for Dick Schmidt and Terry German.
He then coached the Husky girls from 1988-92 and his teams went 35-81.
He was more successful as the school's boys basketball coach from 1996-2002, posting a 76-76 mark in six seasons and leading Dieruff to the 1996-97 East Penn Conference championship.
Also during Belfield's stint, Dieruff made the 2000 District 11 4A finals and posted a PIAA first-round victory over heavily favored Harrisburg. Anthony Ross, current coach at Penn State-Lehigh Valley, led Dieruff that year. Ross thrived under Belfield, registering a school-record, 1,419 points. 

Dawgs Roll to Eastern Final

Written by:  on Saturday, November 30th, 2013
After his Bulldogs rolled over the Bison of Clearfield, George Curry summed up his teams efforts: “You have to be able to run the ball this time of the year.” Berwick, led by C.J.Curry (147 yards, 3 touchdowns) and Dain Kowalski (119 yards rushing and 1 touchdown) plowed their way to the Eastern AAA final with over 300 yards rushing to top the Bison 44-7 at Mihalik Stadium in Lock Haven.
Clearfield took the early momentum stopping Berwick on the first series of the game in three plays. The first Bison drive wasn’t much more successful except that they pinned the Dawgs deep in their own territory on the ensuing punt. Two plays later Ryan Lezzer intercepted a Curry pass at the 40 and returned it to the Berwick 19. Christian Lezzer then called his own number 4 times, going in from 4 yards out to get the early lead. It was the last time the Bison would score, but certainly not their last chance.

Bishop McDevitt wins fourth consecutive District 3 AAA final with rout of Manheim Central

By Josh Funk, Pa Football News;
HERSHEY, Pa. – Devon Deibler finally fits in. Finally.
The McDevitt senior offensive lineman was a transfer into the program before the start of the 2013 season, but he’d never tasted what it felt like to win a District 3 football championship in his scholastic football career. Devon’s father, Rob, won a district title as quarterback at Steelton-Highspire and then turned the Rollers into a Class A powerhouse as its head coach, capping a dominant Rollers’ run with a pair of PIAA titles in 2007 and 2008.
There’s a Fort Knox-esque sized plot of gold in the Deibler household. Now, Devon can stake a claim to owning some of it.
“I’m officially a Deibler now,” No. 76 joked postgame. “I have that district title. I can go to all of the (family) reunions now.”
In the process, Deibler and Bishop McDevitt bounced Manheim Central like it was an ugly stepsister.
Bishop McDevitt (13-1) gouged Manheim Central (13-1) for 561 yards, including 364 on the ground, and moved to 12-0 in District 3 AAA playoff games since 2010 with a 48-7 triumph Friday night at Hersheypark Stadium. The victory gave McDevitt its 11th D3 title overall, fourth in a row, and sixth in Class AAA. Manheim Central, meanwhile, fell to 16-3 in district title games, sustaining its first defeat since a 15-7 setback to West York in the 2008 title game.
Bishop McDevitt will advance to the PIAA semifinals, where it will face District 10 champion Cathedral Prep (13-0). The Ramblers have won 28 consecutive games and are the defending PIAA AAA champion.

The 2013 Express-Times All-Area Boys Cross Country Team


It's time to recognize the best of the fall season.
The Express-Times All-Area team honors standout performers from schools within the newspaper's circulation area, where the paper is home-delivered.
Those schools include: Bangor, Belvidere, Bethlehem Catholic, Delaware Valley, Easton, Freedom, Hackettstown, Liberty, Moravian Academy, Nazareth, North Hunterdon, North Warren, Northampton, Notre Dame of Green Pond, Palisades, Pen Argyl, Phillipsburg, Pius X, Saucon Valley, Voorhees, Warren Hills, Warren Tech and Wilson.

Friday, November 29, 2013


PIAA Class AAAA State Quarterfinal
Neshaminy 42, North Penn 7

PIAA Class AAA State Quarterfinal
Archbishop Wood 42, Academy Park 14

PIAA Class AAA State Quarterfinal
Berwick 44, Clearfield 7

PIAA Class AAA State Quarterfinal
Bishop McDevitt  48, Manheim Central 7

PIAA Class AAA State Quarterfinal
Erie Cathedral Prep 28, West Allegheny 8

PIAA Class A State Quarterfinal
Old Forge 35, Schuylkill Haven 0

PIAA Class A State Quarterfinal
Pittsburgh North Catholic 48, Tussey Mountain 7


Iowa 38 Nebraska 17

Houston 35 Southern Meth 0

Marshall 59 East Carolina 28

Akron 31 Toledo 29

Ball State 55 Miami Ohio 14

Bowling Green 24 Buffalo 7

Ohio 51 UMASS 23

Central Michigan 42 Eastern Michigan 10

Troy 42 Texas State 28

LSU 31 Arkansas 27

Florida Atlantic 21 Flordia International 6

San Jose State 62 Frenso State 52

Miami FL 41 Pittsburgh 31

Washington 27 Washington State 17

Oregon 36 Oregon State 35

University Central Florida  23 South Florida 20

Deer Hunting Season Starts Monday


By Jack Tobias

Monday's starting date for deer hunting season may be a little later than usual, but the state Game Commission is predicting that the wait for the 750,000 hunters expected to take to the woods will be worth it.

The commission "is tracking deer populations as stable or increasing in nearly all of the state’s 23 wildlife-management units," the commission reported on its website.


The MeTV Network is making the holiday season for classic television fans even more wonderful time of year... with the launch of Wonder Woman! The popular series starring Lynda Carter joins the MeTV Sci-Fi Saturday Night line-up at 8|7c on Saturday, December 28, 2013. All 60 episodes of the original 1970's TV series will be shown on MeTV beginning with a special airing of the pilot episode at 8|7c on Friday, December 27 leading into the series premiere the following day. As a result of the addition, Lost in Space will move to Saturday nights at 12|11c on MeTV effective Saturday, December 28. 

Wonder Woman will have the '60s classic Batman as its lead-in at 7|6c. Since Lost in Space is moving to midnight, this will mean Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea will be off the line-up for now. The addition of Wonder Woman is the second acquisition announcement in a week, with H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lostbeing previewed tonight before officially being added to the schedule on Dec. 28 (the same day as Wonder Woman). Stay with us for continued updates if MeTV adds anything else in the new year! 

It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of Dec. 2-6, 2013, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVRs (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Stop No. 11 on HS boys basketball preview tour: Keeping up with the Jones's at Whitehall


As we continue our 18 teams in 18 days preseason high school boys basketball tour, we had a quick stop at Whitehall where I got a couple of minutes with head coach Jeff Jones.
The Zephyrs have been a solid program, but have had trouble getting back to that championship level where they were in 2004 and 2005 when they won back-to-back Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 4A titles, the only LVC program to accomplish the feat.
Whitehall is coming off a successful football season, and while Jones supports the Zephyrs football team, it may be a good thing for the basketball program that Whitehall is no longer involved in the state tournament because one of its key players, Chad Rex, plays both sports.Stroudsburg-whitehall-boys-basketball-0220-4He's seen below in the white uniformn chasing down the ball in a district playoff against Stroudsburg last February.
And speaking of football, it's always nice to talk with a fellow Rams fan like Jones. He, like me, is excited about the future of the Rams after back-to-back wins over Indy and Chicago.
More importantly, he's upbeat about the Whitehall season. Here's a look:
Coach: Jeff Jones (seventh season, 73-72)
Last year: 12-11 overall, 7-7 LVC.
Postseason: Lost to Stroudsburg 59-57 in the first round of the District 11 4A tournament.
Scrimmages: At Stroudsburg at 9 a.m. Saturday; Wm. Tennant at Whitehall on Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Openers: At Freedom in the Yasso-Rothrock tournament on Sat., Dec. 7.
Key date: Tuesday, Dec. 10 vs. Hazleton.
Players to watch: Jr. PG Chad Rex;; Jr. C Brett Radocha; Sr. G Aaron Keglovits; Sr. F Matt Melosky; Jr. G Jake Meyer .
What's to like: The attitude has been terrific, according to Jones, and what he is most pleased about is the team's depth. "We haven't always had that," he said. "I really think we can use 10 guys." Because of that depth, look for the Zephs to be more aggressive on defense and go man-to-man and apply some fullcourt pressure. "The kids are excited about and we can do it because we have a little more athleticism," Jones said. But he also added that Whitehall won't totally abandon its trademark matchup zone defense.
What's to worry about: Jones said that he hopes to find a rotation during his two scrimmages. "We need to find out who fits best and where, and also when," he said. "We need to get them acclimated to everything before we play the first game, but I still think we are ahead of where we were at this point last season."
Quotable: "Things are going really well," Jones said. "We've got some new faces in the gym which is good to see. A couple of guys who haven't played have decided to play again. Our league is ridiculously good, however. In recent years, we've struggled to get to .500 and into the playoffs and we treat every league game like a playoff game. But especially this year, it's a tough league. Everyone is extremely well-coached and there are a lot of talented kids out there. It's going to be great."

Mountain Valley Conference football all-star team features players from Allen, Dieruff


Quarterback: Brandon Leap, Pleasant Valley (unanimous)
Running Backs: Nike Petrone, ES South (unanimous); Shakur Lester, Dieruff; Gerald Douglas (Stroudsburg).
Fullback: Demetrius Lanier, ES South (two-way selection).
Tight End: Nick Newton, Lehighton (two-way selection)
Wide Receivers: RJ Sarajian, PM East; Kevin Cruz, Pleasant Valley; Zee Roberson, ES South.
Tackles: Chris Hower, Pleasant Valley; Syuleyman Bektashev, Stroudsburg.
Guards: James Goeke, ES South; Jeremy Candelario, PM East.
Center: Joey Rose, ES South.
Quarterback: Mike Nikorak, Stroudsburg
Running Backs: Austyn Borre, Pleasant Valley; Corey Castillon, PM East; Wyatt Clements, Lehighton.
Fullback: Kevin Howarth, Stroudsburg.
Tight End: Brett Buzzard, Stroudsburg
Wide Receivers: Tyshyn Harmon, Dieruff; Nyiem Nevarez, Pleasant Valley; Tyler Crum, Lehighton.
Tackles: Donte Botts, ES South; Brandon Vigo, Allen.
Guards: Brian Joseph, Pleasant Valley; Marques Spencer, Lehighton.
Center: Paul Candelario, PM East.
Quarterback: Chris Marks, Dieruff.
Running Backs: Qmac Quiteh, PM West.
Fullback: Jaylin Barmer, PM East
Tight End: Tanner Parascando, Pleasant Valley
Wide Receivers: Joel Ozoemena, Stroudsburg; Jordan Hardy, PM West; Justice Anderson, Allen.
Guards: Kyle Troch, Lehighton; Ahmad Curtis, Pleasant Valley.
Centers: Andrew Kaspszyk, Pleasant Valley; Cole Secor, Stroudsburg.
Ends: Marquis Brown, Pleasant Valley; Ryan Liebau, Stroudsburg;
Linemen: TJ Plowden, ES South; Paul Candelario, PM East; Cody Cooper, Stroudsburg; Ahmad Curtis, Pleasant Valley.
Linebackers: Ryan Nazario, ES South; Demetrius Lanier, ES South (two-way selection); Sam Gutzan, Stroudsburg; Justin Bullock, PM East.
Secondary: Nyiem Nevarez, Pleasant Valley; Benny Nieves, ES South; Jeremy Caraballo, Stroudsburg; Nick Newton, Lehighton (two-way selection).
Punter: Tyler Crum, Lehighton.
Placekicker: Dean Krcic, Pleasant Valley.
Ends: Kevin Alpaugh, ES South; Ryan Clancey, PM East.
Interior Linemen: Brandon Vigo, Allen; Devonte Dash, Lehighton; Brian Joseph, Pleasant Valley; Jeremy Candelario, PM East.
Linebackers: Devyn Papa, PM East; Wyatt Clements, Lehighton; Elias Borrero, PM West; Steve Hernandez, Stroudsburg.
Secondary: RJ Sarajian, PM East; Tyler Crum, Lehighton; Shakur Lester, Dieruff; Jordan Hardy, PM West.
Punter: Dean Krcic, Pleasant Valley.
Placekicker: Nico Ruiz, Stroudsburg.
Ends: Brian Sutton, Dieruff; James Thatcher, ES North.
Interior Linemen; Emilo Cordero, Dieruff; Terrance Rivera, PM West; Kyle Troch, Lehighton; Joshia Bennett, ES North.
Linebackers: Tom Ruzicka, Lehighton; Antonio Santana, Pleasant Valley; Amir Blair, PM West; Jovon Reyes, Dieruff.
Secondary: Devon Johnson, ES South; Zach Swingle, PM West; Dillon Dunne, Stroudsburg; Justice Anderson, Allen; Tyshyn Harmon, Dieruff.
Punter: Nico Ruiz, Stroudsburg; Devyn Papa, PM East.

Fire at Nazareth business quickly doused by sprinklers, according to emergency radio reports


Fire crews responded just before 8 this morning to a fire at Bangor Cork, 550 S. Green St. in Nazareth, but it was mostly put out by sprinklers, according to emergency radio reports.
No one answered the phone this morning at the business. The fire was declared out about 10 minutes after the initial notification of a commercial fire.

District XI Playoff Football Schedule for Friday November 29 and Saturday November 30

Fri. Nov. 29
PIAA Class AAAA State Quarterfinal
Souderton HS at 7:00PM
North Penn at Neshaminy
PIAA Class AAA State Quarterfinal
at Northeast HS at 7:00PM
Academy Park vs. Archbishop Wood
PIAA Class AAA State Quarterfinal
at Central Mountain HS at 7:00PM
Berwick vs. Clearfield
PIAA Class AAA State Quarterfinal
at HersheyPark Stadium at 7:00PM
Bishop McDevitt vs. Manheim Central
PIAA Class AAA State Quarterfinal
at North Allegheny HS at 7:00PM
Erie Cathedral Prep vs. West Allegheny
PIAA Class A State Quarterfinal
at Blue Mountain HS at 7:0PM
Schuylkill Haven vs. Old Forge
PIAA Class A State Quarterfinal
at Hampton HS at 7:00PM
Tussey Mountain vs. Pittsburgh North Catholic
**************Sat. Nov. 30*************
PIAA Class AAAA State Quarterfinal
at Bethlehem Liberty HS, 1:00PM
Parkland vs. St. Joseph’s Prep
PIAA Class AAAA State Quarterfinal
at Hersheypark Stadium, 6:00PM
Cumberland Valley vs. Lower Dauphin
PIAA Class AAAA State Quarterfinal
at Erie’s Veteran’s Memorial Stadium at 1:00PM
Pittsburgh Central Catholic vs. Erie McDowell
PIAA Class AA State Quarterfinals
at Towanda HS at 1:00PM
Berks Catholic vs. Troy
PIAA Class AA State Quarterfinal
at Germantown HS at 1:00PM
Catasauqua vs. Imhotep Charter
PIAA Class AA State Quarterfinal
at Dubois at 1:00PM
Central Martinsburg vs. Hickory
PIAA Class AA State Quarterfinal
at Clarion Univ. at 1:00PM
South Fayette vs. Karns City
PIAA Class A State Quarterfinal
at HersheyPark Stadium at 12 NOON
Homer Center vs. Steelton-Highspire
PIAA Class A State Quarterfinal
at Slippery Rock Univ. at 1:00PM
Clarion at Lakeview



Friday, November 29th
No Regular Programming

Saturday, November 30th
1:00pm PIAA 4A Football Playoff: St. Joseph's Prep vs Parkland LIVE
3:30pm 107th Phillipsburg vs Easton Thanksgiving Day Football Game6:00pm PIAA 2A Football Playoff: Catasauqua vs Imhotep
 PIAA 4A Football Playoff: St. Joseph's Prep vs Parkland
1:00pm PIAA 2A Football Playoff: Catasauqua vs Imhotep LIVE on Channel 50 in the Lehigh Valley

Sunday, December 1st
5:00pm 107th Phillipsburg vs Easton Thanksgiving Day Football Game
7:30pm What the Heck Were They Thinking?! with Larry Holmes
8:00pm Musikfest Café LIVE presents The von Trapps
9:30pm Backwoods Angler Fishing Show
10:00pm Wild Pennsylvania with Alan Probst
10:30pm Whitetail Underdogs
11:00pm Sabroso Video

Monday, December 2nd
5:00pm Chef’s Kitchen
5:30pm Rock Star Kitchen
6:00pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
6:30pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
7:00pm Service Electric Polka Show
8:00pm The Morning Call’s Calling All Sports with Keith Groller
8:30pm What the Heck Were They Thinking?! with Larry Holmes
9:00pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
9:30pm LV Scholastic Ice Hockey: Central/BECA vs Phillipsburg

Tuesday, December 3rd
4:00pm LV Scholastic Ice Hockey: Central/BECA vs Phillipsburg
6:00pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
6:30pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
7:00pm Happy Jack Polka Show
8:00pm Cooking with Chef Lou
8:30pm Capitol Connection
10:30pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene

Wednesday, December 4th
6:00pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
6:30pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
7:00pm ComputerWise
8:00pm PA Crossfire
8:30pm Focus on PA
9:00pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
9:30pm Rock Star Kitchen

Thursday, December 5th
6:00pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
6:30pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
7:00pm Christmas City Tip-Off Classic Banquet 
8:30pm Focus on PA
9:00pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
9:30pm Cooking with Chef Lou

Friday, December 6th
6:00pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
6:30pm Lehigh Valley Sports Scene
7:00pm PIAA Football Playoff LIVE
10:00pm PIAA Football Playoff’

Schedule subject to change without notice Times are approximate due to LIVE events & length of sporting events.



CFB: Oregon State @ Oregon

6:30pm, at ESPN Radio 1230/1320

CFB: Ohio State @ Michigan

12:00pm, at ESPN Radio 1230/1320

Lehigh Basketball v. Sacred Heart

1:30pm, at ESPN Radio 1230/1320 &

NFL: Cincinnati @ San Diego

4:00pm, at ESPN Radio 1230/1320

NY Giants Football @ Washington

7:30pm, at ESPN Radio 1230/1320

NFL: New Orleans @ Seattle

8:00pm, at ESPN Radio 1230/1320

Lehigh Basketball @ St. Francis, PA

6:30pm, at ESPN Radio 1230/1320 &



There is no Friday E-Mail this week.

E-mails will resume Monday December 2

Have a great Weekend!

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Alabama State 41 Stillman 28

Texas 41 Texas Tech 16

Miss State 17 Ole Miss 10 (OT)


Detroit 40 Green Bay 10

Dallas 31 Oakland 24

Baltimore 22 Steelers 20


Stroudsburg 26 E-Burg South 14

Catasaqua 43 Northampton 28

OJR 27 Pottstown 6

Easton 16 P-Burg 7

Spring Ford 39 Phoenixville 0

Pennridge 27 Quakertown 7

Upper Moreland 21 Hatboro-Horsham 14

Cheltenham 35 Abington 34

Haverford 31 Upper Darby 13

South Hunterdon 6 New Hope Solebury 3

Interboro 12 Ridley 0

Chichester 20 Sun Valley 12

Benjamin Franklin 12 Dobbins 6

John Bartam 12 Delaware Valley Charter 6

Imhotep Charter 32 Martin Luther King 30

West Philadelphia 14 Overbrook 8

Roman Catholic 35 Roxborough 13

Harry S. Truman 34 Conwell Egan 7

Father Judge 39 Abraham Lincoln 0

Arch. Ryan 21 George Washington 0

South Philadelphia 33 Neumann Goretti 6

Philadelphia Central 6 Northeast 3

Frankford 53 Samuel S. Fels 18

Allentown's 'Lights in the Parkway' display opening to motorists on Friday night


Come Friday night, those caught in a traffic jam on a certain stretch of Allentown’s Lehigh Parkway probably won’t be complaining.
The city announced the start of the 18th season of “Lights in the Parkway,” a holiday light display that spans more than a mile along the parkway. A trip through the display has become a tradition for many in the Lehigh Valley. Organizers say it has drawn close to 2 million people since it debuted in 1996. Last holiday season, nearly 20,000 vehicles passed through.

Slate Belt Rotary Club to host breakfast with Santa in Wind Gap


The Slate Belt Rotary Club will hold a breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dec. 14 in Wind Gap, according to a news release.
The breakfast will be held at Scorecard Sports Bar and Grill, 130 N. Broadway inWind Gap.

Easton Area High School football team's defense does 180 in win over Phillipsburg


The Easton Area High School football team fell one game shy of sharing the Lehigh Valley Conference crown for a second consecutive season.
The Red Rovers also fell one game short of winning the District 11 Class AAAA title.
In a mere 48 minutes those shortcomings were erased.

Easton Area High School's passing attack subtle but effective against Phillipsburg


Easton Area High School quarterback Brad Wilkins threw a rivalry-record five touchdown passes against Phillipsburg in last year's 35-18 Thanksgiving Day victory.

Easton Area High School football team defeats rival Phillipsburg in 107th meeting


Kyle Bambary proudly clutched the Easton Lions Club trophy given to the outstanding offensive player in the annual Easton-Phillipsburg High School football game.
However, the senior running back would have gladly sliced it into eight pieces if he had his way.

Easton over P ‘burg 16-7

By David Mika, Easternpafootball. com;
EASTON – Easton Area’s Kyle Bambary rushed for 133-yards to lead the Red Rovers over Phillipsburg in the 107th Annual Turkey Day game at Fisher Field Thursday morning.
After giving up 42 points last weekend to Parkland, it was Easton’s defense that set the tone today. On P’Burg’s first drive of the game, Cameron Casciole sacked Phillipsburg’s Tyler Troxell to end their drive.
After the P’Burg punt, Easton went 45-yards on four plays to take a 7-0 lead over Phillipsburg. Shane Simpson had runs of 5 and 23 and Bambary finished the drive off with a two-yard touchdown run with 7:40 left in the first quarter.
Late in the first half, Easton’s kicker Matt Semanick had a 26-yard field goal hit the left upright. Easton still led 7-0 with 2:43 remaining in the first half.
Phillipsburg’s Joe Maso fumbled the ball and Joey Ford recovered it on the P’Burg 33.
Easton had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Semanick. The Red Rovers went into halftime with a 10-0 lead.

Rough Riders Too Much for Konkrete Kids

1st Quarter
C – 6:41 – Paryss Marshall 67 yard Interception Return for TD
C – 0:55 – Joseph Harakal 24 yard Field Goal
2nd Quarter:
C – 11:38 – Devin Flores 17 yard TD run
C – 7:23 – Zach Bradley 57 yards TD pass to Marshall
C – 3:54 – Bradley 6 yard TD pass to Jacob Stopay
3rd Quarter
N – 9:08 – Julian Tabb 5 yard TD run
C – 2:35 – Flores 2 yard TD run
N – 4:04 – Nick Cook 16 yard TD run
C – 2:35 – Flores 2 yard TD run
4th Quarter
C – 3:20 – Flores 3 yard TD run
N – 2:24 – Cook 63 yard TD pass to Derrick Wruble
N – 0:46 – Tabb 5 yard TD run