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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tamaqua coach Sam Bonner (left) congratulates Blue Raiders senior running back Grif Griffiths for receiving THE TIMES NEWS Player of the Week award. Griffiths rushed 19 times for 161 yards and 3 TDs in the Raiders' 29-7 win over Minersville. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

After Tamaqua qualified for the postseason the past two years, expectations were high on Stadium Hill entering this season.

Tamaqua was returning its entire backfield, including leading rusher Grif Griffiths, who gained 1,333 yards on the ground and scored 14 touchdowns last year.

However, the Blue Raiders got off to an 0-3 start and dropped six of their first seven games. Four of those losses came by a TD or less.

The Raiders could haved packed it in and looked towards next season, but Griffiths and company weren't going to give up on this year.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS It's celebration time as the Lehighton field hockey team wins the District 11 Class 2A title on a goal in overtime by Echo Bretz.

EMMAUS - Echo Bretz and Jordyn Homyak have been down this road before. So has the rest of the Lehighton girls field hockey team.

It was Homyak who passed to Bretz on a penalty corner with the latter crossing away from the goal before firing a shot past Southern Lehigh goalie Katelyn Arnold for the game-winner with 9:50 left in overtime giving the Indians a 2-1 victory and the District 11 Class AA Championship again.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Fillies beat Wreckers in semifinals

POTTSVILLE – This year has been a season of firsts for the Weatherly girls volleyball program.

Not only did the Lady Wreckers post their first winning season in school history, they also made their debut in the District 11 Class A Tournament with their first playoff appearance since the program's inception in 2003.

However, if the Wreckers came into Martz Hall last night with the intention of getting their first win against Marian, the Fillies quickly proved them wrong.

Monday, November 1, 2010
Bob ford/times news Lehighton's Sarah Keer (left) and Palisades goalie Meghan Hughes both stretch for the ball during Saturday's game.

EMMAUS There are benefits to receiving a number one seed and, believe it or not, there are also detriments.

One of those detriments came into play for the Lehighton field hockey team over the weekend and almost cost them a chance to move on in the District 11 AA Tournament. The Tribe, after being deemed the top seed, received a bye in the first round of the playoff and, as part of that, had a week and a half break.

Monday, November 1, 2010
@$:Weatherly's Brittany Hinkle, center, hits ball while looking on are teammates Sarah Dolinsky, 11, and Alyssa Kephart, in District XI action against Tri-Valley Saturday, in Pottsville. Weatherly will play Marian in District semi-fanals Tuesday in Martz Hall.

POTTSVILLE - Both Marian and Weatherly are having awesome volleyball seasons.

The Fillies are undefeated and the lady Wreckers made district playoffs for the first time in the eight years that a volleyball program exists at the school.

On Tuesday, the season must come to an end for one of the schools when they face each other at Martz Hall.

Both schools advanced to semi-final competition during the opening round of District XI Class A play at Martz over the weekend.

Monday, November 1, 2010

BETHLEHEM - Two days after winning its first Mountain Valley Conference championship in four years, the Pleasant Valley volleyball team had to turn around quickly and participate in districts.

The fourth-seeded Lady Bears opened with an early-morning loss to Pottsville and eventually fell to Parkland to end their hopes of moving on to the AAAA semi-finals. The Bears defeated Liberty in between their two losses and finished the day 1-2. Since the district playoffs moved to a pool play format in 2005, Pleasant Valley has yet to advance past the opening day.

Monday, November 1, 2010
Tamaqua, Panther Vy. eliminated

CATASAUQUA – It was a bad day for Schuylkill League teams in the pool play portion of the District 11 Class AA volleyball playoffs on Saturday.

All four teams from the league – including TIMES NEWS area representatives Tamaqua and Panther Valley – were eliminated as the eight-team field was cut in half.

Colonial League members Saucon Valley, Southern Lehigh and Notre Dame of Green Pond joined Lehigh Valley Conference representative Bethlehem Catholic in advancing to Tuesday's semifinal round.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

SWIFTWATER – Not only was the Old Oaken Bucket on the line Friday night, but it was also the 50th career meeting between Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain East.

The Bears retained the Bucket for the second straight year under head coach Jim Terwilliger by beating the Cardinals, 35-13 in Mountain Valley Conference play. Known as a passing team throughout this year, Pleasant Valley did it on the ground this weekend and ran for 253 yards and three touchdowns on its way to victory. It is the Bears 27th win over the Cardinals.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Spartans rip PV

The last thing the rest of the District 11 Class AA football field wants to see is North Schuylkill developing a new weapon.

The Spartans already possess an air-tight defense, a powerful inside running game, and several backs with breakaway speed.

North Schuylkill flexed all of those muscles in a 54-0 mercy-rule victory over Panther Valley on Friday night.

The Spartans also gave their passing attack a few reps and while it might not have looked ripped it certainly had some definition.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Alex Vignone breaks loose on one of his two touchdown runs as Pen Argyl's Mike Racciato gives chase.

If the game of football only consisted of two quarters, the Palmerton Blue Bombers would have a winning season right now.

Just as they have the past four weeks, the Bombers played their opponent (Pen Argyl) tough in the first half and actually had a 12-7 lead at intermission.

The Green Knights, however, one of the top four Class 2A teams in District 11, turned the game around with three third quarter TDs and Palmerton found itself on the short end of a 33-12 final score.