XC Skiing fun in the 610

By Gary R. Blockus

Laurys Station |  A lot of people hate the snow, and the 31.7-inch near blizzard that hit the Lehigh Valley last Saturday is a pretty good reason why.

IMG_0716But my wife and I absolutely love the snow, and not just for downhill skiing.

Thanks to an abundant snowfall the past four years, Lois and I have been hitting the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor – the D&L Trail – from Cementon up to Slatington and all

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No. 1 Penn State wrestlers to host No. 8 Michigan on Sunday for White Out at Rec Hall

By Gary R. Blockus

MANHEIM | Top-ranked undefeated Penn State and No. 8 Michigan will duke it out for the Big Ten lead 2 p.m. Sunday at Rec Hall in State College, Pa. in the NWCA Match of the Week.

While the host Nittany Lions (11-0, 6-0) are off until Sunday’s match, the Wolverines (9-1, 4-0) host Big Ten rival Northwestern (1-7, 0-3).

“We’re never going to overlook our dual on Friday with Northwestern,” 17th-year Michigan head coach Joe McFarland said, “but regarding Penn State, it’s a great place to wrestle. The fans will be rowdy there, Rec Hall will be full, and it will be a great atmosphere, hostile, for our team to wrestle.”

Both Penn State and Michigan have

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NCAA DI Wrestling Week in Review

By Gary R. Blockus

MANHEIM – Bodies were flying and wrestling teams were jostling for position last weekend despite a snowstorm that ran roughshod through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

The biggest noise was heard in Champaign, Ill. on Friday when Penn State red-shirt freshman Jason Nolf Nolf_Jason (H-15-MS) 6922pinned returning national champion and top-ranked 157-pounder Isaiah Martinez for his first college defeat.

In the end, the performances proved that teams and individuals are beginning to peak heading into the 2016 NWCA Division I National Championship Dual Series that will be held

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Undefeated No. 4 Mizzou wrestlers head to No. 5 Oklahoma State

By Gary R. Blockus

MANHEIM – It’s the literal challenge of the irresistible force running smack dab into the immovable object, and in this case, it’s undefeated fourth-ranked Missouri – riding a 37-match dual meet winning streak – heading into hostile territory to take No. 5 Oklahoma State 7 p.m. Friday at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.

The meet is not only a crucial showdown in the national rankings, but important as Missouri (9-0) seeks to keep moving forward in its quest to defend its NWCA Division Dual Meet National Championship.

Scenes from Mizzou football’s road trip to Kentucky. Timothy Nwachukwu/Mizzou Athletics

The 2016 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I National Championship Dual Series will take place Sunday, Feb. 21 as 16 teams battle in dual meets on

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2016 NWCA National Duals race sparking up

By Gary R. Blockus

MANHEIM, Pa.  – With four undefeated teams remaining and four weeks left in the regular season, the excitement is mounting for the 2016 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I National Championship Dual Series.

Top-ranked Penn State (10-0), No. 2 Iowa (11-0), No. 3 North Carolina State (17-0) and No. 4 Missouri (9-0) are leading the charge to the 2016 NWCA Division I Championship Dual Series to be held on

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NWCA Division I National Duals

Stay tuned for news on the upcoming NWCA Division I National Duals Series, which will feature sixteen teams going head-to-head the weekend of Feb. 20 on eight campuses nationwide.

Four teams – Penn State (10-0) and Iowa (11-0) from the Big Ten, North Carolina (17-0) from the ACC, and Missouri (9-0) from the MAC — are undefeated heading into this weekend’s matches.

We’ll feature some previews here before Saturday’s action.


Fishing Forecast: Learn to tie flies with Hokey Chapter of Trout Unlimited

The recent run on frigid weather is set to take a break this weekend, and despite the unseasonably warm weather over the holidays, cabin fever still seems to find a way to set in, especially since those three weeks prior to the frigid weather were either extremely overcast or rainy.

Get out of the house and take a trip over to Northampton Middle School (1617 Laubach Avenue, Northampton, Pa.) this Saturday.From 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. every Saturday through Feb. 27 (weather permitting), the Hokendauqua Chapter of Trout Unlimited (http://hokendauqua.tu.org/) will hold its annual fly tying classes.IMG_0702

This year’s classes are being held in the new Northampton Area Middle School building on the same property as the old school building. Members of the chapter will be in the parking lot to help you find the correct building and room.

These classes are ideal for

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