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Saturday, October 30, 2010

The G&G Express has picked up momentum for Tamaqua.

The tandem of senior running backs Grif Griffiths and Garth Lakitsky is plowing its way through opposing defenses, and it has turned the Blue Raiders' fortunes around.

Griffiths carried 19 times for 161 yards and three TDs, and fullback Lakitsky added 13 carries for 84 yards and a TD as Tamaqua pulled away from Minersville for a 29-7 Anthracite League triumph Friday night on Stadium Hill.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

BANGOR – When Bangor hit for a 75-yard touchdown on its first play from scrimmage, it looked like the sign of an upcoming shootout.

As it turned out, that first touchdown, and the two-point conversion that followed, would have been all the Slaters needed to beat Northwestern on Senior Night at Paul Farnan Field at Bangor Memorial Park.

The Slater defense took over from there and led the team to a 22-7 win.

"We were thrown off our rhythm," said Northwestern head coach Tom Linette. "Bangor was the better team on both sides of the ball.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe quarterback Terry Moll (17) is wrapped up in the open field by Marian's John Julian.

Teams aspiring to the post-season playoffs need to have the ability to shake off a poor performance if they want to attain their goal. And, so, when Jim Thorpe's Olympian football team dropped a 42-27 battle last week with Schuylkill Haven, Coach Mark Rosenberger's squad knew the importance of Friday night's encounter at home against the Marian Colts.

Equal to the task, the Red, White and Blue answered the bell in what one might say was "the first round," delivering knockout punches to Colts swiftly and near effortlessly in a 41-0 triumph.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Zach Coleman is stopped by Julian Anamege (27) and Imad Taylor of East Stroudsburg North. Coleman did have a 35-yard touchdown run in the game as the Indians posted a 36-19 victory.

You hear it from every coach.

And Lehighton's George Ebbert is no different.

But while many mentors hope for it to happen, Ebbert is actually seeing it happen.

Win or lose, we just want to improve every week.

"I know it's a cliche and every coach says it," said Ebbert. "I told the kids from Day One that I'm not going to tell them they have to win. I stress that every week. I tell them as long as they play better every week the wins will come."

Saturday, October 30, 2010

CATASAUQUA - Every scholastic football fan in the area knows that Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley is a great football player.

Just how great, actually, is he?

In Friday night's match-up against Colonial League foe Catasauqua, it took the 5-10, 185-pound senior tailback about 20 seconds to score two touchdowns and pretty much sealed the 49-7 win for the Bulldogs. Remaley took a 64-yard pass from Dylan Hofmann and a 40-yard run in for paydirt and put his team up 14-0 with 9:41 left in the first quarter.

Friday, October 29, 2010
PATRICK DEUTSCH/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Paige Band (15) and Crystal Cambria goes up for the block against East Stroudsburg North.

EAST STROUDSBURG - It had been three years since the Pleasant Valley volleyball team hoisted the Mountain Valley Conference trophy.

Thursday night, this year's seniors got to feel its weight for the first time.

The top-seeded Bears took advantage of numerous East Stroudsburg North errors and went on to sweep the second-seeded Timberwolves, 25-17, 25-15, 25-14. It is the program's first MVC title since it won five straight from 2002 to 2006.

Friday, October 29, 2010

BETHLEHEM – Northwestern had won five straight soccer matches against Moravian Academy three of them by shutout.

Thursday afternoon in the first round of the District 11 Class AA playoffs, it was a totally different story. The No. 3 seeded Lions came out roaring and went on to post a 3-0 victory over Northwestern.

It was the first time since October of 2007 that Moravian Academy came out on top in the battle of Colonial League rivals.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Panther Valley is playing its best volleyball of the season – and it couldn't come at a better time.

The Panthers used tremendous balance up and down the lineup on Thursday night to sweep Lehighton, 25-15, 25-21, 25-22 in a District 11 Class AA pigtail round match.

The victory was the fourth straight for Panther Valley, which now moves on to Saturday's pool play portion of the Class AA tournament at Catasauqua.

Friday, October 29, 2010
Six TN runners going to States

BETHLEHEM - Tyler Stelmack ran at the Colonial League cross country championships last week with a 100-plus degree fever.

At the District 11 Championships, held Thursday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, the Northwestern sophomore was closer to 100 percent, and he placed sixth overall in the Class AA race.

The top two teams and top 10 non-team finishers in each class earned berths at the PIAA State Championships, to be held Saturday, Nov. 6 on the Parkview course outside Hershey's Giant Center.

Friday, October 29, 2010

WHITEHALL - Allison Updike didn't realize she surpassed a milestone when she scored a goal just before half in Tamaqua's District 11 Class AA semifinal contest with Jim Thorpe.

The Lady Raiders' senior forward did know that the goal gave her team a much-needed lift.

Updike added another goal in the second half as Tamaqua blanked the Lady Olympians 3-0 on Thursday night at Whitehall.

With the victory, the second seeded Raiders (16-3-1) qualified for the District 11 final for the fifth straight season.