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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.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Marian at Pius X

WHEN: Saturday, 1 p.m.

RECORDS: Marian 2-1 (2-1 AFL); Pius X 3-0

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Mahanoy def. Marian 26-6; Pius X def. Schuylkill Valley 56-28

MARIAN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Paul Martin (19-96 rush), OL/DL Brendan McGowan

PIUS X'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB A.J. Long (13-18-278-3TD pass, 10-71 rush), RB/WR DuBois Ross (4-25 rush, 6-99 receiving)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Alex Haffner finished 23rd with a time of 19:52.4 to lead the Bulldogs across the finish line.

The Northwestern Lehigh and Northern Lehigh girls had an big day in Colonial League cross country action on Tuesday.

CROSS COUNTRY

Salisbury-Bangor-No. Dame ES-Wilson-So. Lehigh-

Palisades-No. Lehigh

The Northern Lehigh girls went 3-1 in its Colonial League meet on Tuesday.

The Lady Bulldogs' Sam Corcoran led the locals with a fifth-place finish. Teammate Rachel Hendrix (10th) also finished in the top ten.

Alex Haffner was the highest Bulldogs to finish on the boys' side. He came in 23rd.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Thatcher George (1) and Cam Pierzga of Notre Dame, left, try to gain possession during Tuesday's Colonial League soccer match. Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

Heading into Tuesday night's Colonial League showdown with visiting Notre Dame of Green Pond, both squads were in desperate need of a victory. Northern Lehigh dropped a 3-2 decision to Saucon Valley and the Crusaders picked up their first loss to Bangor, 3-0. With the high amounts of concerns on both head coaches' minds, there was a ton of pressure riding on this match-up's outcome.

When the final whistle blew, it was Notre Dame notching the 3-2, come-from-behind win.