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Friday, November 18, 2011

BY ED HEDES

Just two more weeks of Grid Picks remaining on the 2011 schedule here and I'm still trying to make it over the hump to try and finish in the top half of the standings. I'm also trying to make sure that the guys behind me stay there.

Would you believe some of them want to finish ahead of me so bad, they've turned to outside sources to do their picks for them?

Doesn't matter since my Ol' Crystal Ball still has a little bit of life in it...might trade it in for a new one for next fall, but it'll be ok to take me through the final weeks.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The high school football season came to an end for seven local teams this past weekend, but two TIMES NEWS area teams earned another week of practice and another game.

Northern Lehigh, with its 9-1 record, earned the No. 3 seed in the District 11 2A tournament and will travel to No. 2 seed North Schuylkill (10-0) for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday and a rematch of the district championship game the past two years.

No. 4 Pine Grove (9-1) will make the trip to No. 1 seed and Colonial League champion Pen Argyl (10-0) for a 1 p.m. Saturday start in the other semifinal.

Monday, November 7, 2011
Tigers' Stelmack 12th in AA

HERSHEY - In cross country, it's hard to finish well without a good start.

Tyler Stelmack found out at last year's state meet that he has to get out quickly enough to avoid being boxed in. He learned earlier this season that he can't start too fast on Hershey's Park View Course, or he won't have his usual strength on the hills.

Stelmack used what he learned on his two previous trips to Hershey when he returned Saturday for this year's PIAA Championships.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Both Catasauqua and Northwestern would rather be playing for a district playoff spot this Friday night. At the same time, both teams are excited for the opportunity to extend their season with a win this week.

With the Class AA bracket already decided, the two Colonial League foes are set to battle it out for an Eastern Conference playoff berth.

The winner of Friday night's game at Catty's Alumni Field can lock up the postseason berth, possibly as the No. 1 seed in Division II.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Northern Lehigh's Lauren Zellner tries to stick handle around a Moravian Academy defender.

EMMAUS - It was the toughest loss that the Northern Lehigh field hockey team had to take in some time.

After battling back to score a second half goal to send Wednesday night's District 11 Class AA semifinal against Moravian Academy into overtime, the Lady Bulldogs looked like they had the momentum to punch their ticket to Thursday's championship game back at Emmaus.

That didn't happen, however, and the Lions managed to pull out a 2-1 win and earn the right to take on Southern Lehigh, the other semifinalist winner, for the 2A title at 6 o'clock.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
ron gower/times news Kayla Hope (7) of Tamaqua finds herself in the grasp of Blue Mountain defender Jacqueline Woleschok during soccer action in Pottsville last night. Other Tamaqua players are Brynn Lehatto (8) and Kailee Rottet (5).

With 20 minutes remaining in the second half of Wednesday night's District 11 Class AA Girls' Soccer Championship, Blue Mountain head coach Mike Burcik yelled to his team on the field, "No letdowns, Blue! You're the first to the ball!"

That kind of enthusiasm and urgency didn't seem to fit the scenario, as the Blue Eagles held a 4-0 advantage at that point, and seemingly had a solid hold on the outcome. However, Burcik knew that Tamaqua was more than capable of pulling off a comeback and potentially a win.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Rachel Werley of Lehighton (right) tries to get past a Southern Lehigh defender.

EMMAUS It was a year ago to the day that Lehighton had handed Southern Lehigh its first loss last season in the District 11 Class AA championship game.

Last night, the Spartans' Allison Newman wasn't about to experience the same thing in her senior year, especially when both teams were a game shy of playing in this year's district championship game.

Instead, Newman used the memory of that loss to motivate her in last night's district semifinal game at Emmaus High's Memorial Field.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Jim Thorpe at Lehighton

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Jim Thorpe 1-8 (1-7 Anthracite Football League); Lehighton 3-6 (1-5 Mountain Valley Conference)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Marian def. Jim Thorpe 45-14; East Stroudsburg North def. Lehighton 42-21

JIM THORPE'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Patrick Duvigneaud (has thrown or rushed for a touchdown in every game this year), WR Khaaliq Lynch (second in TIMES NEWS area in receiving)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Marian running back Paul Martin has been used to getting all the attention this season, but it looks like there is a new sheriff in Hometown.

The Colts apparently have a second running back with game-breaking abilities in junior Dylan Quirk. Martin certainly won't mind sharing the lime light with Quirk, especially if he keeps helping the Colts get victories.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Christy Micholick goes high to hit the ball over the net as Becah's Anna Domyan defends.

OREFIELD - Panther Valley entered Tuesday's match against Bethlehem Catholic riding a wave of confidence and momentum. The Panthers were coming off what might have been their best performance of the season just one night earlier.

Unfortunately for Panther Valley, the Lady Hawks smashed that wave the same way they smashed balls at the net – hard and often.

Bethlehem Catholic ended a successful Panther season with a dominant, 25-15, 25-10, 25-20 victory in the semifinals of the District 11 Class AA volleyball tournament at Parkland High School.