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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.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Emily Pilla (left) and Lauren Nietz (in blue) both go to hit the ball as teammate Nikki Collevechio looks on from behind.

POTTSVILLE - The atmosphere at Martz Hall Tuesday night rivaled that of a girls postseason basketball game between Marian and Nativity. Anybody who knows anything about Schuylkill League athletics knows that whenever those two teams get together at Martz Hall the crowds are amped and the air is electric.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Amy Yusella (32) goes high to spike the ball over Blue Mountain's Taylor McGlone (19).

The Panther Valley girls' volleyball team entered the opening round of the District 11 Class AA playoffs already knowing what it had to do in order to succeed.

The only thing that stood in its way from moving on was a familiar foe in Schuylkill League counterpart Blue Mountain.

It was a bit more comforting already knowing what the Eagles were all about, especially scoring a regular season victory over them. Senior middle hitter Deanna Focht knew the Lady Panthers had to take this playoff game seriously regardless of any prior meeting, however.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
bob ford/times news Marian's Marykate Sherkness (7) goes high to get a kill against Salem Christian.

It's safe to say that the Marian Fillies (15-2) volleyball team is talented. They showed just that on Halloween night dismantling Salem Christian in the District 11 Quarterfinals. It took the Fillies a little under an hour to take care of business in three straight sets 25-10, 25-11, and 25-10.

Most sports enthusiasts would agree a young team will have its struggles early on and that's exactly how the Fillies started their season. Who can blame them? The Fillies seven-girl rotation includes three freshman, two sophomores, and two juniors.