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Fall Sports

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Tai Dottery (left), Molly Smith (right) and Lehighton's Sarah Keer (center) race after the ball during Monday's MVC contest. Lehighton won 1-0.

The Lehighton field hockey team followed up its first win over the season with another victory on Monday afternoon.

Kaycie Andrew helped the Indians take another step in the right direction in a key showdown with Pleasant Valley.

The senior forward provided the lone spark that the defending Mountain Valley Conference champions needed to escape with a 1-0 victory.

"We're working our way up there," said Andrew, who has faith in her team to get back to its competitive self. "As we keeping going, I definitely think we can get to where we have been before.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton;s James Farano has the ball bounce behind him as Pleasant Valley's Jack Wathen attempts to head it. The Bears won the match 4-0.

Northwestern picked up field hockey and golf wins, while Tamaqua hit the win column in girls soccer and tennis on Monday in scholastic sports action.

BOYS SOCCER

Lehighton-Pleasant Vy.

The Bears picked up another win over Lehighton with a 4-0 shutout.

Leading 1-0 at halftime, Pleasant Valley erupted in the second half for three more scores to pull away.

Monday, September 19, 2011
Smelas, Jim Thorpe pull away

It was just the kind of soccer game Chelsea Smelas was having on Saturday!

The Jim Thorpe senior had a late corner kick on Weatherly's side of the field late in the game. She booted the ball towards one of the forwards in the middle of the field, but it took a pronounced curve and sailed into the Weatherly net.

"Oh, my God," the surprised Smelas said to herself.

That was her fifth goal of the day as the Olympians won over the Wreckers, 9-2, in Weatherly's homecoming game.

Smelas had an additional 17 shots on goal during the game.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Northwestern recorded victories in both field hockey and boys soccer to highlight Saturday's scholastic sports action.

FIELD HOCKEY

No. Lehigh-Palmerton

Northern Lehigh shutout Palmerton, 2-0, in Colonial League action.

Casey Gavalla and Kiana Bellesfield both scored in the win for the Bulldogs. Rachel Wagner and Lauren Zellner added assists.

Palmerton goalie Lydia Anthony was busy in goal, as she made 23 saves.

No. Lehigh had a 19-7 advantage in shots and had 19 penalty corners to the Lady Bombers had three.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

By SHAWN MCFARLAND

smcfarland@tnonline.com

It will be a story of two different offenses when the Indians host the Blue Raiders Friday night in Lehighton.

Whereas Tamaqua pounded it on the ground 50 times last week in a 21-point victory over Jim Thorpe, Lehighton tossed it around 26 times against Marian even with its fourth-string quarterback leading the way. Although it is only Week 2, both coaches acknowledged that their game-plans will probably remain the same for the rest of the season.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Marian at Schuylkill Haven

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Marian 1-0 (0-0 Anthracite Football League); Schuylkill Haven 1-0 (0-0 Anthracite Football League)

LAST WEEKS RESULTS: Marian def. Lehighton 32-27; Schuylkill Haven def. Tri-Valley 34-6

MARIAN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Paul Martin (30-245 rush, 3 TD), RB/DB Dylan Quirk (6-29 rush, TD, 44-yd fumble recov. TD), OL/DL Brendan McGowan

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Brandon Cooper (30-261 rush, 4TD), QB Ryan Fink (11-79 rush), RB Jake Naus (10-60 rush, TD)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Paul Martin mentioned Friday night in a 32-27 victory over Lehighton that he didn't realize he carried the ball 30 times for 245 yards. Martin might not have noticed the chunks of yardage he was gaining, but the Indians sure did and so did most around him as Martin's week 1 performance earned him TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors.

It was no secret going into Marian's week one match-up with Lehighton that Martin was going to be the focal point of Marian's offense.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Panther Valley and Marian both pulled out victories on the voleyball court on Tuesday.

VOLLEYBALL

Lehighton

-Saucon Valley

The Lady Panthers pulled out a close match over Lehighton in five games, 19-25, 25-14, 25-18, 21-25, 15-9.

The locals were led by the efforts of Krista Rehrig, who had 21 assists and nine digs, while teammate Natalie Zurn had 20 digs and an ace in the losing effort.

Lehighton (0-1), will play host to Catasauqua tomorrow night.

Panther Valley-Schuylkill Haven

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Rebecca Minehan attempts to block a shot with teammate Devan Sweeney (right) during Tuesday's match against Blue Mountain. The Eagles won in three straight games.

Blue Mountain head coach Nick Marrongelle couldn't have asked for a better start to the season.

Three days after capturing the championship of the Pine Grove Invitational, the Lady Eagles claimed their first Schuylkill League Division 1 victory with a three-game sweep of Tamaqua, 25-21, 25-17, 25-21.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
@$: Pursuing soccer ball in contest between Palmerton and Northern Lehigh on Saturday are, l-r, Lee Shehadeh (16), Trevor Sherman (18), both of the Bombers, and Channing Shiffert and Jimmy Bilger (20), both of the Bulldogs. RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua girls soccer team got its season off to an impressive start by capturing the championship of the Schuylkill Haven Tournament on Saturday.

GIRLS SOCCER

Tamaqua in

Haven Tournament

The Lady Raiders started out their season in fine fashion with three wins on their way to a Schuylkill Haven Tournament title. Along the way, they downed Tri-Valley, Schuylkill Haven and Williams Valley.