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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.

Saturday, November 7, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Corey Cinicola splits Lehighton defenders Jon Rabenold (52) and Levi Haldeman (32).

Corey Cinicola did everything in his power to make sure Friday's night's game against Lehighton wasn't the final one of his high school career.

Cinicola threw for two touchdowns, ran for one, and was flawless in directing an Olympian offense that at one point scored on six straight possessions.

Cinicola's performance carried Jim Thorpe to a 48-27 victory over Lehighton in their annual game for the Route 209 Trophy.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

CATASAUQUA – Northwestern's defense has had some great performances this season. But Friday night's shut out of one of the Colonial League's best offenses has to be at the top of the list.

The Tigers held Rough Rider quarterback Brandon Lesko to just 95 rushing yards and 70 passing. They didn't allow any big plays in a 13-0 win at Catty's Alumni Field.

"Our defense played really well the whole game," said Northwestern senior defensive back Greg Collopy. "I didn't think we'd shut them out, but I knew we could hold them to at least one score."

Friday, November 6, 2009

A year ago, Chelsea Neff and Alysia Hough got a taste of their first collegiate championship with the University at Albany field hockey program.

After missing out on a title by a mere goal in their freshmen year of college, the pair of Lehighton field hockey alumni were able to cap their sophomore seasons with an America East Conference Tournament title last year. The Great Danes' 2-1 victory over University of New Hampshire was the program's first-ever AEC title.