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Saturday, October 31, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Rich Irving (21) can't hold on to a pass as Tim Pacheco of Pocono Mountain East defends.

Rivalry was personified last night in Brodheadsville.

The game included the home team and winning team's crowd rushing the field at the end…one of the game's stars nearly broke down in tears of joy…the winning team's coach was on the brink of speechlessness…both teams entered the contests with identical 3-5 records overall and no hopes of a championship.

To 'throw out the record books' was an understatement, as the Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain East football teams entered the Brodheadsville football stadium with intentions of leaving every ounce of energy on the field.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

MINERSVILLE - The Tamaqua defense doesn't have a catchy nickname, but maybe it's time to come up with one.

Big Blue Crush? Blue Blitz? Raider Swarm?

Nickname or not, the Raiders have definitely taken a "Blue Collar" approach that has paid off, with a defense that allows just 13.7 points per game and an area best 159.3 yards of total offense per outing.

The Raider D pitched its second shutout of the season Friday night, limiting host Minersville to just 23 yards rushing and 91 yards of offense in earning a 28-0 Anthracite League victory.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS – In 2007, VH-1 canceled the reality series "Hogan Knows Best."

During that same year, the North Schuylkill football team seemed to be on the verge of being blacklisted after suffering through a miserable 0-10 season.

Last night in Fountain Springs, a new episode of "Hogan Knows Best" debuted.

...only this time, the reality is that the undefeated North Schuylkill Spartans are your 2009 Anthracite Football League Champions!

Saturday, October 31, 2009
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's Garrett Lerner tries to get past two Bangor defenders during the third quarter of Friday's game.

Big plays got Northwestern its first three touchdowns, but it was two sustained drives that clinched Northwestern's 28-21 win over Bangor Friday night in New Tripoli.

The Tigers scored three times on plays off 44 yards or longer to build a 21-7 lead late in the third quarter.

When two quick Bangor scores made it 21-21 with 11:07 left in the fourth, Northwestern (6-3) answered with a 70-yard, 11 play touchdown drive for a 28-21 lead with 6:40 left.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Northern Lehigh is often the site of Smash Mouth football.

And more times than not, the Bulldogs are the team delivering the punishment.

On Friday night, however, visiting Catasauqua gave Joe Tout's squad a dose of their own medicine.

The Roughies dominated in the trenches on both sides of the ball and powered their way to a 21-7 Colonial League victory.

"They kicked our butt," said Tout, whose team dropped to 7-2. "We were flat, we weren't focused. Give Catasauqua credit, their kids were hungry tonight. They laid one on us.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

For the sixth time this season, the Pleasant Valley soccer team lost a game by one goal.

One goal was all the Emmaus Green Hornets needed, as they knocked the Bears out of the District 11 playoffs, 1-0. Andrew Schaefer put back a rebound four minutes before halftime and that would be all she wrote. It is the fourth consecutive year the Bears have been bounced from the playoffs in their first game.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The District 11 Cross Country Championships return to Bethlehem this afternoon, although at a different site.

Today's District races will be held at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, Illicks Mill Road, instead of the traditional D-11 layout at Lehigh University.

The Bethlehem Muni course is reportedly flatter and faster than the one at Lehigh, but the goal is the same for the runners: qualify for the PIAA State Meet at Hershey on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The top two teams in each class, as well as the top 10 non-team individuals, will make the cut for the State Meet.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Jake Dunn didn't touch the ball much against Tamaqua last Friday night.

But when he did, he definitely made it count.

The Panther Valley receiver totaled 117 yards on four catches, two of them for touchdowns, against the Raiders.

Besides his offensive numbers, the talented senior player also recorded seven tackles from his linebacker position, returned a punt 32 yards, and punted twice for a 42.0 average.

That effort not only led the Panthers to a 20-2 victory over one of their rivals, but it also earned him the TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Jim Thorpe fell to Shenandoah in a Schuylkill League volleyball match on Wednesday.

VOLLEYBALL

Jim Thorpe-

Shenandoah

Shenandoah rallied for a 25-16, 22-25, 20-25, 25-18, 15-13 Schuylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.

Marissa Cantelmi had four aces and 25 assists for the Olympians. Jill Andrews was strong defensively with 28 digs and Victoria Nichols led the way at the net with eight kills.

For Shenandoah, Molly Carduff had nine kills and four blocks. Ahna Huss added 12 service points and six aces

Shenandoah won the JV match, 25-16, 27-25.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Billing it as the "Game of the Week" just might be an understatement.

For Panther Valley and North Schuylkill, Friday night's Anthracite Football League showdown in Fountain Springs is the "Game of the Year."

In fact, for many Panthers and Spartans, it could end up being the "Game of their Lives."

The stakes are enormous in a contest that will decide the Anthracite Football League Championship, the first for either school.