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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Lehighton volleyball team would like nothing better than to repeat as Mountain Valley Conference champions.

At the same time, the Pleasant Valley Lady Bears are on a mission to reclaim the Mountain Valley Conference Championship.

Last night in Broadheadsville, both teams took one step closer to their goal with semifinal round victories to set up a rematch with each other Thursday night at Pocono Mountain West High School for the MVC Title.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Felicia Domenici (4) moves the ball down the field away from Bangor's London Dickey during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win in District 11 3A field hockey play.

A little over a week ago, the Bangor field hockey team visited Pleasant Valley and went home a 3-2 loser.

On Thursday afternoon, three of the Bears, Felicia Domenici, Allison Heckman and Alenna Liptak, who were instrumental in that win, did the Slaters in once again.

This time, the Bears won by the same 3-2 score, but needed overtime to do it in a District 11 Class 3A first round battle at PV High Stadium.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pleasant Valley closed regular season volleyball play with an important victory over Stroudsburg on Monday.

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Pleasant Valley claimed the Mountain Valley Conference No. 1 seed for this week's playoffs with a 21-25, 25-14, 25-16, 25-17 victory over Stroudsburg.

Kayla Dorney led the Bears' attack with 23 kills, nine digs, three blocks and two aces, while Priya Patel recorded a career-high 33 assists, seven digs and two aces.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Palmerton's Mike Englert tees off during a round earlier this year. Englert is tied for the lead after day one of the PIAA championships.

After starting at the back of the PIAA Golf Championship pack last year, Mike Englert has found himself in a much better position this year.

Rather than forcing himself to improve on a lackluster first-round performance, which he had last year on Heritage Hills Golf Resorts' par-71 course, the Blue Bomber senior has made it a bit easier for himself heading into his final 18-holes of varsity golf this morning.

Monday, October 26, 2009
Richard smith/special to the times news Lehighton's Vanessa Rimbey and Stroudsburg's Kally Henry (9)

EAST STROUDSBURG - Corrine McConville and Vanessa Rimbey, two young ladies who happen to be the best of friends off the field, helped lead the Lehighton field hockey program back to the top of the Mountain Valley Conference this past weekend.

McConville and Rimbey each scored a goal in the Indians' 2-0 defeat over the Mounties from Stroudsburg in Sunday afternoon's conference championship game. Lehighton, who lost to Stroudsburg in last year's title game, avenged the loss and has now won six of the last seven conference championships.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pleasant Valley defeated Lehighton 25-17, 25-17, & 25-15 in a MVC match that moved the Bears to 9-2 in MVC and 18-9 overall.

The win ended a two year losing streak with the Indians.

The team effort by the Bears was led by Kayla Dorney with 10 kills, 11 digs and two aces. Priya Patel had 17 assists and 11 digs. Breanna Johnson had six kills and two blocks.

Before the match the Bears recognized their two senior players, Justine Maresca and Priya Patel.

The Bears meet Stroudsburg at home on Monday to finish out the regular season.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

SWIFTWATER - There is only so much that players, teams and coaches can blame on the conditions of the games they play in. However, in last night's rain and mud-fest at Pocono Mountain West, Lehighton managed to cough up the football five times and lost possession twice, on its way to a 21-14 loss.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

SHENANDOAH It probably wouldn't have mattered if the Marian Colts hadn't hung on for a 27-20 win here over the Snenandoah Blue Devils, but what does matter is that Coach Stan Dakosty's squad showed clearly Friday night it has gotten better.

A heavy underdog, the Colts didn't let that label hold them back as they rushed to a 12-0 lead, before watching it slip away very quickly, and then responded with 15 unanswered points to pull away from their hosts and win for the third time in eight starts.

Saturday, October 24, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Jake Dunn (3) hauls in a pass as Tamaqua's Tom Robin (26) defends. Dunn turned the play into an 81 yard TD.

The Homecoming crowd at Panther Valley Stadium had to endure two rain-soaked delays Friday night, after the lights went dark twice for a total of 25 minutes.

When the power was restored, it was the Panthers who played lights out" defense in the red zone against visiting archrival Tamaqua.

The Blue Raiders made three trips inside the PV 20, only to be held without a touchdown.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

BANGOR – The Bulldogs are now officially on a roll.

Since a Week 2 loss to Wilson, Northern Lehigh has won five straight and outscored opponents 226-105. Friday night they rolled over the Slaters at Bangor Memorial Park, 49-7.

Northern Lehigh got a big night from its workhorse back, big plays from a few other offensive players and a shut-down defensive effort against one of the Colonial League's best dual-threat quarterbacks.

"We're peaking at the right time, heading into the playoffs" said sophomore middle linebacker Kirk Bender. "Hopefully we keep it rolling."