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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The PIAA has announced the site and time for Saturday's State Quarterfinal Field Hockey game between Lehighton and Crestwood. The game will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. at Whitehall High School.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Joe Tout and his Northern Lehigh Bulldogs are glad to be back in the District 11 playoffs after a one-year absence.

Now, the 8-2 squad wants to take another step in returning the program to its glory days.

The No. 2 seeded Bulldogs host No. 7 seed Salisbury (4-6) on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in a Class 2A first round matchup.

The two Colonial League teams met during the regular season with Northern Lehigh rolling to a 41-14 victory. The Bulldogs rushed for 432 yards that night and used numerous big plays to send the Falcons a wakeup call.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
NANCY SCHOLZ /Special to the TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Jordyn Homyak (right) blocks a pass from Lancaster Mennonite's Heather Gochnauer as Rachel Dickinson (25) and another Blazer move in. Lehighton won 1-0 in overtime.

WHITEHALL - Sometimes a real dogfight could be the best thing the doctor ordered. Especially if you've been starting to breeze past your opponents with ease.

Such was the case for Lehighton's very talented and unbeaten field hockey team on Tuesday in the opening round of the PIAA Class 2A playoffs.

The Indians, now 23-0 and coming off a shutout win in the district championship this past weekend, had the better of District 3 No. 4 team Lancaster Mennonite for most of regulation. But they couldn't get the ball into the crease.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Brooke Gursky (11) uses a header to push the ball away from Montoursville's Taylor Eshbach.

Entering Tuesday night's state playoff game, the Tamaqua girls' soccer team had just one loss on the year.

Unfortunately for the Lady Blue Raiders, their second loss turned out to be the season-ender.

The defending AA state champs in the Montoursville Warriors blanked Tamaqua 5-0 at Pleasant Valley and put an end to a great 2009 campaign by the Raiders. Although the Warriors started just three seniors along with eight underclassmen, their speed was exceptional and it showed on the scoreboard.

Monday, November 9, 2009
NANCY SCHOLZ/special to the TIMES NEWS Lindsay Kerr of Northwestern approaches the finish line during Saturday's PIAA State Championship cross country meet. Kerr won the state title with a time of 18:56.

HERSHEY - As she crossed the finish line, her dream of becoming a State champion finally realized, Lindsay Kerr raised her arms in triumph.

It was only after the Class AA race at Saturday's PIAA Cross Country Championships was completed that the Northwestern senior took the opportunity to look back.

Kerr wouldn't allow herself to do so during the race on the hilly 3.1 mile Parkview course outside of Hershey's Giant Center. She ran the final straightaway as if someone was hot on her heels.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Three local Class AA football teams and one AAA squad have had their seasons extended another week by qualifying for the District 11 playoffs or Eastern Conference.

Northern Lehigh drew the No. 2 seed in the district 2A bracket and will host No. 7 seed Salisbury on Saturday at Bulldog Stadium at 7 p.m.

No. 4 seed Panther Valley will entertain No. 4 seed Tamaqua on Saturday at PV High Stadium at 7 in the 2A bracket.

Monday, November 9, 2009
DAN FRANK/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Echo Bretz (white jersey) chases down the ball as a Southern Lehigh defender moves in from behind.

EMMAUS Two down. One to go.

Last week, the Lehighton field hockey team accomplished the first of its three goals by redeeming itself against Stroudsburg in the Mountain Valley Conference championship.

The second goal was achieved Saturday as Lehighton captured a District 11 Class AA championship with a dominating 5-0 victory over Southern Lehigh.

Saturday, November 7, 2009
Panthers blank Minersville

As Panther Valley ended their regular season on a good note with a 28-0 shutout win over visiting Minersville last night, it would have liked to work on some things in preparation for the upcoming District 11 Championships.

However, turning the ball over five times in the game was definitely not one of them.

Despite the lack of ball control, the Panthers did improve to 8-2 to and will move on to face Tamaqua in the first round next Saturday.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

It had been five years since the Pleasant Valley football team had as many wins as it did losses.

That streak was put to rest Friday night.

Pleasant Valley capped off Jim Terwilliger's first season at the helm by beating Mountain Valley Conference rival Stroudsburg 28-7. In just one season Terwilliger took the Bears from a one-win team a year ago and made them a .500 team in 2009.

Saturday, November 7, 2009
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Palmerton’s Travis Wolfe gets tackled by Matt Gill of Northern Lehigh during their Colonial League contest Friday night.

"The monkey's off our back."

Those were the first words out of Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout's mouth after the Bulldogs handed Palmerton a 43-14 setback in the final Colonial League regular season game for both teams.

The Bulldogs had never beaten Palmerton in the first three years of Tout's head coaching career but that came to an end Friday night.