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Fall Sports Notebook

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

As a youngster, Christian Fields was surrounded by some good company.

The Jim Thorpe cross country runner got a great impression of the sport from the upperclassmen on the team.

That motivated Fields to give cross country his full attention and committment.

"When I was in eighth grade, I became dedicated to the sport because the seniors on the team taught me a lot and made me feel so involved," said Fields. "So, I focused on becoming a better cross country runner."

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton coaches T.J. O'Connor and Terry Haberman will be part of the "Match with a Meaning" for Hodgkins Lymphoma this year.

Over the next few weeks, volleyball fans will see a number of their school teams sporting different colors.

Lehighton, Marian and Panther Valley girls' volleyball teams will decorate their gyms, sell shirts or wear either violet or pink during special home games in the hopes of raising awareness for cancer prevention and treatments.

Lehighton will kick things off on Thursday evening with "Match with a Meaning," when they face off against Pocono Mountain East.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh goalie Lorraine Feinhour made a perfect transition transferring from Susquehannock High School to play for the Tigers in her senior season.

It's probably hard enough for any high school student to transfer to a new school, yet alone transfer knowing the fact that they only have one year left until graduation.

Lorraine Feinour also had to put behind her playing days with the Susquehannock High School field hockey team forever.

After she officially transferred to Northwestern Lehigh midway through her junior year, Feinour had to handle the thought of even giving the game she so loves a shot.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Pleasant Valley head volleyball coach John Gesiskie talks to an official during a match. The Bears, and all teams competing in districts, will face a different playoff format this year.

When the District 11 Volleyball Championships roll around in a few weeks, there will be a new playoff format being incorporated.

Gone are the days of the marathon "pool play" matches that went from early morning until late afternoon on the opening Saturday of Districts. Teams would play anywhere from three to five matches in pool play with the top teams advancing to the semifinal round a few days later.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Stitzel hits milestone at N'western

Chris Stitzel doesn't keep track of his win-loss record. Luckily for him, assistant coach Tim Churetta does.

Stitzel, the 14th-year Northwestern cross country head coach, earned his 400th win on Sept. 27 when his girls team swept a Colonial League cluster meet while the boys picked up a pair of wins on the day. But he didn't learn of the milestone until long after the runners crossed the finish line.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

If you haven't seen a high school field hockey game this season, you're in for a bit of a surprise.

Since the first day of pre-season practice, active players in the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference have been dealing with a rule change incorporated by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors.

Back in April, the NFHS voted to mandate the use of protective eyewear that meets the current American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard for field hockey, according to a statement on the NFHS's website.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
It's a family affair at Northwestern

Not only does the Northwestern boys' soccer team have a great feeder program, it also has a family tradition serving as a great support system as well.

Over the years, there have been a number of brothers that have played varsity ball at the same time for the Tigers' program.

This season, there is an over abundance of siblings who are under the guidance of first-year Northwestern head coach Nate Hunsicker.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua junior Amber Carroll finished sixth in last year's District AA race after coming in as runner-up as a freshman.

There has been some shuffling among the District 11 girls cross country ranks this season, and Tamaqua is hoping it works to its advantage.

Northwestern and Saucon Valley have topped the District Girls Class AA standings in recent seasons, but for this year's championships, to be held Thursday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, both Colonial League teams have been shifted up to Class AAA.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Over the weekend, Cathy McCullough received a quick glimpse of the past. She then received an up-close and personal view of the present state of the Northwestern field hockey program.

The opportunity for the legendary Tigers field hockey coach all came about as current players, their coaching staff, their parents and the Northwestern High School Athletic Department took it upon themselves to honor the 20th anniversary of the 1990 PIAA 2A State Championship team which McCullough coached.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
ROB MERCHANT/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley girls volleyball is still thriving under John Gesiskie, its only head coach.

John Gesiskie never expected to be coaching volleyball this long.

Pleasant Valley probably didn't anticipate the level of success the program has attained.

But 17 years after Gesiskie was entrusted to form the first volleyball team at Pleasant Valley, he is still the only coach the program has ever known and the Bears are still winning.

Gesiskie recently passed the 300th win mark in his career and now owns a 304-179 record. That mark includes five Mountain Valley Conference championships and a 50-match MVC win streak.