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Fall Sports Notebook

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Ali Updike (12) keeps control of the ball during a game earlier this season against Jim Thorpe. Updike is the leading goal scorer in the Schuykill League this fall.

Most teams in the area would cherish the fact of having one player who had the capability of putting the ball in the net each time they touched it.

Since 2006, Clem McCarroll has had the luxury of having more than one scorer on his Tamaqua girls' soccer team.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Since its six-year Mountain Valley Conference reign came to an end in 2007, the Pleasant Valley boys' soccer team has been unable to reclaim the throne.

For the last three years the Bears have fallen to the Mounties from Stroudsburg in the conference playoffs - once in the finals and twice in the semi-finals. Fortunately for head coach Chris Pachuta and his senior-laden team, that was then and this is now.

The fact that this year's senior class is the only group to not win a conference title since 2001 serves as motivation every day.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Courtesy of Jordon Flexer of Flexer Photography The Marian student body was all behind the Fillies volleyball team in its rivalry match against Pottsville Nativity.

What are the greatest rivalries in sports?

Lakers-Celtics? Yankees-Red Sox? Duke-North Carolina?

You can make an argument for any of those.

But when it comes to local high school volleyball, there is no argument.

Marian vs. Pottsville Nativity begins and ends the discussion. As a matter of fact, when you consider the competitiveness and the importance of the matches throughtout the last two decades, you can easily make a case that it's the top rivalry among area high schools in any sport.

It really is that big!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Nancy Scholz/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Nick Vecellio (left) and Cole Miller, two freshmen on the Northwestern Lehigh golf team, head to the tee in a match earlier this week against Bangor.

The best thing the Northwestern golf team got out back from a winless season a year ago was every single golfer.

Things definitely got even better as two incoming freshmen - Cole Miller and Nick Vecellio - have more than played a key role in helping the returning golfers forget about a 0-13 season.

While seniors Tyler Kunsman and Michael Hontz and juniors Stephen Reitz and Michael D'Ancona dealt with last year's dilemma, freshmen Cole Miller and Nick Vecellio have helped the Tigers lick those wounds completely clean this season.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Since the early 1990's, the Schuylkill League has held its cross country championships on a 3.1 mile course at Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville.

The course appeared to be an ideal location, as its natural trails were well suited for distance runners, and it was self-contained, which seemed to provide better safety. It was also a neutral site, available to any runners who wanted to work out on it during park hours.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

To be ranked first in your district or state is a huge accomplishment for any high school team.

But, the Lehighton field hockey squad took those honors to another level this week when the Indians were ranked first in the entire nation according to www.hockeypower.com.

"I am not one for rankings or polls, but it is cool to see that someone has recognized the hardwork and effort that the Lehighton Field Hockey is putting in," said Lehighton head coach Shawn Hindy. "Now, we have to keep working hard and prove this is where we should be!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pleasant Valley picked up a pair of wins, while Lehighton came out on the short end of Mountain Valley Conference cross country openers on Tuesday.

CROSS COUNTRY

Pocono Mt. East

-Pocono Mt. West

-Lehighton

Lehighton lost all four of its MVC Cross Country matches - two on each side - to the Pocono Mountain schools Tuesday afternoon.

Senior Alli Sabol and Freshman Emily Oldt did the best for the Lehighton. The two finished sixth and seventh respectively on the girls' side. No times were reported other than the fourth-place finisher from Pocono Mt. East.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Northwestern, Palmerton and Pleasant Valley all picked up boys soccer victories to highlights Saturday scholastic sports card.

BOYS SOCCER

N'western-Quakertown

James George and Austin Marish scored goals as the Tigers defeated Quakertown 2-1 as part of the Salisbury Falcons Tournament over the weekend.

Tim East added an assist for the locals, who re now 2-0.

Nathan Kester had seven saves in goal for Northwestern while Tyler Munson had five for the losers.

The Tigers also finished with a 16-8 edge in shots on goal.

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