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Monday, November 2, 2009
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Chrissy Micholik of Panther Valley passes the ball during Saturday's District 11 Class AA Volleyball Tournament

CATASAUQUA – Panther Valley and Lehighton each won matches but none of the local teams could move on in Saturday's District 11 AA Volleyball Tournament.

Lehighton started the day off by making some noise in their opening Pool A match against Blue Mountain. The Lady Indians took the first game 25-23 and put the tournament's top team on the ropes by taking leads in the next two games. The Eagles were just too strong in coming back to win their match, 2-1.

"I think what really affected us was the long layoff going into districts," Lehighton coach Rachel Quinn said.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Two postponements and a 48-hour delay didn't faze top-seeded Lehighton.

The unbeaten Indians shook off a later than anticipated start to the District 11 Class AA field hockey playoffs by breezing to a 5-2 victory over Pen Argyl on Friday afternoon.

"We were ready to play Wednesday, we were ready to play Thursday, and we were ready to play today," said Lehighton's Abby Frey, who had a goal and an assist in the game. "The postponements didn't bother us because we're always ready to play. We could play again right now."

Monday, November 2, 2009
ROB MERCHANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Crystal Cambria (17) and Breanna Joseph go up to block a Whitehall attack.

BETHLEHEM – There were no surprises during the pool play portion of the District 11 Class AAA volleyball tournament on Saturday at Bethlehem Liberty High School.

The top four seeds – Allentown Central Catholic, Emmaus, Nazareth and Parkland – all advanced to Monday's semifinal round.

Pleasant Valley was only area team taking part in tourney. The Bears, who swept East Stroudsburg North in a qualifying round match on Friday to earn a berth in the eight-team field, went 0-3 in round-robin play.

Monday, November 2, 2009

In the opening minutes of Palmerton's game against Pen Argyl Saturday afternoon, it became quite apparent that a classic showdown between Blue Bomber quarterback Joe Weber and Pen Argyl running back Dylan Evans could have easily been the highlight of the entire game.

After all, both of them nearly touched the ball on every play leading to the final 19 seconds of the first half until a clear separation began. Unfortunately for the Blue Bombers, Evans stole the show the rest of the afternoon.

Monday, November 2, 2009

POTTSVILLE - Marian's pursuit of the District 11 Class A volleyball title couldn't have gotten off to a better start.

The Fillies, seeded second with a 16-2 record, swept through their preliminary round matches unbeaten Saturday at Martz Hall, earning a berth in Tuesday's semifinals.

Marian went a perfect 10-0, including a two-game victory over nemesis Nativity, which was top seeded and undefeated entering Saturday's action. The Golden Girls had won the previous two meetings with the Fillies during Schuylkill League competition.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

DINGMANS FERRY - Lehighton had a long bus ride up to East Stroudsburg North on Friday night.

Unfortunately for the Indians, the game seemed to take even longer.

East Stroudsburg North piled up 295 yards on the ground on its way to a 32-6 beat down of its Mountain Valley Conference opponent. Things didn't start out great for Lehighton, as it fumbled the opening kickoff and couldn't do anything as the Timberwolves scored five players later. It was all downhill from there.

Saturday, October 31, 2009
doug edwards/times news Tom Acker of Jim Thorpe tries to break away from a Marian defender during Friday’ night’s game. The Olympians rallied for a 37-34 victory.

Rallying from a 20-0 first period deficit, the Jim Thorpe Olympians scored 10 unanswered points in an eight minute span in the second half on Friday night at the Men of Marian Stadium stunning the host Marian Colts, 37-34, on a 26-yard field goal by junior James Denny.

The boot came with 3:51 left in the game, followed by a defensive stand by the visitors that preserved the win for Coach Mark Rosenberger's squad.

Saturday, October 31, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Rich Irving (21) can't hold on to a pass as Tim Pacheco of Pocono Mountain East defends.

Rivalry was personified last night in Brodheadsville.

The game included the home team and winning team's crowd rushing the field at the end…one of the game's stars nearly broke down in tears of joy…the winning team's coach was on the brink of speechlessness…both teams entered the contests with identical 3-5 records overall and no hopes of a championship.

To 'throw out the record books' was an understatement, as the Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain East football teams entered the Brodheadsville football stadium with intentions of leaving every ounce of energy on the field.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

MINERSVILLE - The Tamaqua defense doesn't have a catchy nickname, but maybe it's time to come up with one.

Big Blue Crush? Blue Blitz? Raider Swarm?

Nickname or not, the Raiders have definitely taken a "Blue Collar" approach that has paid off, with a defense that allows just 13.7 points per game and an area best 159.3 yards of total offense per outing.

The Raider D pitched its second shutout of the season Friday night, limiting host Minersville to just 23 yards rushing and 91 yards of offense in earning a 28-0 Anthracite League victory.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS – In 2007, VH-1 canceled the reality series "Hogan Knows Best."

During that same year, the North Schuylkill football team seemed to be on the verge of being blacklisted after suffering through a miserable 0-10 season.

Last night in Fountain Springs, a new episode of "Hogan Knows Best" debuted.

...only this time, the reality is that the undefeated North Schuylkill Spartans are your 2009 Anthracite Football League Champions!