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Saturday, October 17, 2009
RICH GEORGE/Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Levi Serfass (55) moves in to

Palmerton's football team didn't get to see Bangor junior quarterback Scott LaValva in person at all last year, but they had heard a lot about him.

With the Slaters the bye team for the Blue Bombers in 2008, the two teams didn't meet.

LaValva put on quite an exhibition as he scored all five of his team's touchdowns in a 33-18 Colonial League win to spoil Palmerton's Homecoming game.

"He's definitely as good as advertised," said McArdle afterwards. "He's as good and as tough as they say he is and he's only a junior."

Saturday, October 17, 2009
DOUG EDWARDS/special to the TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Corey Cinicola (second from left) is brought down by a pair of Pocono Mountain West defenders after a short gain.

It is a rare phenomenon when a team beats their opponent on paper in most categories and yet still loses the game in points on the scoreboard.

However, last night's match-up between Pocono Mountain West and host Jim Thorpe was just that scenario.

The Olympians bested the Panthers in statistical areas, but dropped this non-league affair, 8-6.

On the night, JT held advantages in total yardage (222-137), rushing yards (108-64), passing yards (114-37), and first downs (11-6). The difference, however, was two interceptions made by junior defensive back Nick Tomol.

Saturday, October 17, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley tries to bounce outside and avoid the tackle of Northwestern's Nick Boyd.

Cody Remaley's been his team's offensive workhorse for the entire season. Friday night in Slatington Remaley was almost his team's entire offense.

The junior back carried the ball on 49 of Northern Lehigh's 65 offensive plays, piling up 277 yards and leading his team to a 21-7 win over Northwestern.

"It helps not playing defense," he said. "I'm fresh the whole game."

Saturday, October 17, 2009
DOUG EDWARDS/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Jake Dunn (3) stands up Shenandoah's Eric Whalen.

So much for the Panther Valley football team being caught by any potential trap set by Shenandoah Valley.

With the Anthracite Football League title there for the taking the next two weeks with games against Tamaqua and North Schuylkill, there were some who theorized the Panthers were heading into a so-called "trap game" Friday against the visiting Blue Devils. Well, so much for theories.

Saturday, October 17, 2009
 BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Billy Angst (4) is wrapped up by Stroudsburg's Elvin Charles.

A game that looked like it might be decided by multiple touchdowns, came down to just a few inches.

Down 14 points at halftime, playing in miserable weather conditions, and staring a sixth straight loss firmly in the face, it would have been easy for Lehighton to pack it in.

Instead, the Indians packed a second half punch.

In the end, however, a fourth down run in Stroudsburg territory came up just short and Mountaineers held on for a 14-13 victory on Friday night.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pleasant Valley head coach Jim Terwilliger is no stranger to game-winning drives.

But on Friday night, instead of directing the march himself, he was watching from the sidelines.

The Bears' rookie mentor, who used to quarterback at East Stroudsburg University, had to like what he saw from his signal-caller.

After visiting East Stroudsburg North took its first lead of the game with 2:12 left to play, PV's Anthony Bumbulsky moved his team 64 yards on six plays for the game-winning touchdown.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pleasant Valley head coach Jim Terwilliger is no stranger to game-winning drives.

But on Friday night, instead of directing the march himself, he was watching from the sidelines.

The Bears' rookie mentor, who used to quarterback at East Stroudsburg University, had to like what he saw from his signal-caller.

After visiting East Stroudsburg North took its first lead of the game with 2:12 left to play, PV's Anthony Bumbulsky moved his team 64 yards on six plays for the game-winning touchdown.

Friday, October 16, 2009
NANCY SCHOLZ/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Allison Oxley (front) fights off Catasauqua defender Danielle Collins to keep control of the ball. The Tigers gained a 5-0 victory in the Colonial League matchup.

Northwestern didn't let Thursday's weather prevent it from rolling to a field hockey victory over Catasauqua.

Volleyball teams also had a lot of success as Weatherly, Panther Valley and Marian all posted sweeps.

FIELD HOCKEY

N'western-Catasauqua

Northwestern shut out Catasauqua, 5-0, in Colonial League play. The Tigers moved their game to Salisbury's turf field because of the wet conditions and it turned out to be the perfect home-away-from-home.

Northwestern (10-6-1, 9-6-1) was led by Jenn Groller and her two goals. She scored the team's first two goals.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Four weeks left in the regular season and by now you would think it would be pretty easy to figure out how things were going to work out on the gridiron each week.

In some cases that's pretty true, but in quite a few of the games on this week's list the word “toss-up" came up as I looked into the crystal ball hoping to find a little edge that would move me closer to the top spot.

How about the week that TJ Engle had. He picked up quite a few spots and gained so much confidence that he headed off to Florida for a week with the family at Disney World.

Thursday, October 15, 2009
DAN FRANK/TIMES NEWS A group of Marian runners and one from Blue Mountain stay together during Wednesday's Schuylkill League championship match. From right are the Colts' Connor Schleicher, Michael Legath, Phillip Marzen and David Paul.

ORWIGSBURG - With the completion of the regular season, Blue Mountain knows it is time to put the pedal to the metal.

After blowing through Division I competition unbeaten, the Eagles were favored to defend their overall Schuylkill League dual meet championship, and they didn't disappoint.

Blue Mountain captured nine of the top 10 places Wednesday afternoon to roll to a 15-49 victory over Division II champion Marian at the Eagles' Nest.