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Monday, September 26, 2011
rich george/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Alex Vignone runs away from a Saucon Valley defender.

Palmerton had trouble finding it's offense.

Saucon Valley didn't have much offense either, but the Panthers found just enough to spoil the Blue Bombers' Homecoming Game by winning their first game of the season, 21-0, on Saturday afternoon.

"We didn't come out to play," said Palmerton head coach Chris Walkowiak. Give Saucon Valley credit. They took it to us from the start. We had a very slow start and from there it was all downhill."

Monday, September 26, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Marian's Paul Martin is wrapped up by Dashon Russell (4) of Pius X.

ROSETO – Quarterbacks often run and throw for a lot of yards in high school football games. But what AJ Long did Saturday in a 45-13 win over Marian can't even be measured by the stellar numbers the sophomore put up Saturday on his home field.

Long completed 13 of 20 passes without an interception. He racked up 251 passing yards while throwing for two touchdowns. And he ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns. A few of his incomplete passes were well-thrown balls that receivers could not come up with.

Monday, September 26, 2011
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Kyle Ferryman (24) leaves his feet to intercept a pass intended for Jim Thorpe's PJ Johnson. The Panthers' MikeWeaver (10) is also defending on the play.

Panther Valley's gameplan was a simple one.

Unfortuntaley for visiting Jim Thorpe, it wasn't simple to stop.

With a decided advantage in the trenches, the Panthers used a solid ground attack Saturday night to earn a hard-fought 21-6 Anthracite Football League victory.

"Our staff put together a great gameplan and our kids executed it," said Lon Hazlet, who earned his first win as Panther Valley head coach. "I think we won the battle up front and that's the first time this year we've been more physical with somebody in the trenches.

Friday, September 23, 2011

There usually is never a football season that goes by where one football team will give me fits through its entire schedule.

Sometimes it's Lehighton, sometimes it's Tamaqua and once in a while Northwestern Lehigh will be the team that I am snake bit by.

Through the first three weeks of the 2011 season, there's a new team on the block. I haven't picked the results of a Marian game right yet this season.

Friday, September 23, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Breanna Joseph, left, hits ball over the head of Lehighton's Tiffany Thompson in a Mountain Valley Conference volleyball match Thursday night.

When it comes to the game of volleyball, most of the time it is the team that makes the least amount of mistakes that ends up winning the match.

Thursday night, Pleasant Valley made the fewest errors and came out on top.

Pleasant Valley outlasted Lehighton in a battle of young, inexperienced squads and swept the Indians, 27-25, 25-13, 26-24 in Mountain Valley Conference play.

Friday, September 23, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Matt Harshey (12) of Northwestern battles a Salisbury player for control of the ball.

Northern Lehigh, Tamaqua and Lehighton all posted boys soccer victories to highlight Thursday's scholastic sports card.

BOYS SOCCER

No. Lehigh-Palisades

Northern Lehigh knocked Palisades from the unbeaten ranks in the Colonial League with a 1-0 victory.

The Bulldogs' Jimmy Bilger accounted for the game's lone goal 10 minutes into the second half.

The Bulldogs outshot the Pirates 12-3 on the day. NL's goalkeeper Allan Sipos recorded the shutout by grabbing all three shots he faced.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Rachel Wagner (right) stretches to get control of the ball as Saucon Valley's Bridget Gilmore (34) moves in defend.

Northwestern's Cole Miller captured the Colonial League golf championship to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports action.

GOLF

CL Championship

Miller won the Colonial League championships at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.

The sophomore shot a 3-over par 74 to beat Southern Lehigh's James Shaheen by one stroke.

Miller, who placed fourth last year at his first league tournament, shot even par on the back nine Wednesday to earn the title.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

If Pleasant Valley wants to repeat as the Mountain Valley Conference champions, its quest to do so will begin this Friday night.

The MVC schedule gets under way this weekend, as Pleasant Valley travels to Lehighton in the TIMES NEWS Game of the Week. The Indians should enter the matchup as the slight favorite having won its last two games after opening the season with a close loss to Marian. Meanwhile, the Bears are coming off a tough loss to Wyoming Valley West and will be looking to get back on track this week.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
ron gower/times news Avery Banavage (14) of Tamaqua moves in to defend Pine Grove's Emma Koontz.

Kayla Hope and Kailee Rottet have been Tamaqua's top scoring threats on the soccer field this season.

Wednesday night, a new weapon emerged for the Raiders as Cady O'Malley came up big in a 5-1 Schuylkill League Division I victory over visiting Pine Grove.

The win keeps Tamaqua unbeaten on the season at 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the Schuylkill League.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

At the high school football level a team's most talented athlete is used at multiple positions on the field. This is because playmakers are hard to come by in the high school ranks. Northwestern's Ty Cunningham certainly fits the mold of a playmaker.

Cunningham serves as a "jack of all trades" for the Tigers who are off to a 3-0 start this season. The Northwestern senior rushed 17 times for 233 yards and three scores against Wilson last Friday night to earn this week's Player of the Week honors.