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Friday, October 16, 2009
NANCY SCHOLZ/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Allison Oxley (front) fights off Catasauqua defender Danielle Collins to keep control of the ball. The Tigers gained a 5-0 victory in the Colonial League matchup.

Northwestern didn't let Thursday's weather prevent it from rolling to a field hockey victory over Catasauqua.

Volleyball teams also had a lot of success as Weatherly, Panther Valley and Marian all posted sweeps.

FIELD HOCKEY

N'western-Catasauqua

Northwestern shut out Catasauqua, 5-0, in Colonial League play. The Tigers moved their game to Salisbury's turf field because of the wet conditions and it turned out to be the perfect home-away-from-home.

Northwestern (10-6-1, 9-6-1) was led by Jenn Groller and her two goals. She scored the team's first two goals.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Four weeks left in the regular season and by now you would think it would be pretty easy to figure out how things were going to work out on the gridiron each week.

In some cases that's pretty true, but in quite a few of the games on this week's list the word “toss-up" came up as I looked into the crystal ball hoping to find a little edge that would move me closer to the top spot.

How about the week that TJ Engle had. He picked up quite a few spots and gained so much confidence that he headed off to Florida for a week with the family at Disney World.

Thursday, October 15, 2009
DAN FRANK/TIMES NEWS A group of Marian runners and one from Blue Mountain stay together during Wednesday's Schuylkill League championship match. From right are the Colts' Connor Schleicher, Michael Legath, Phillip Marzen and David Paul.

ORWIGSBURG - With the completion of the regular season, Blue Mountain knows it is time to put the pedal to the metal.

After blowing through Division I competition unbeaten, the Eagles were favored to defend their overall Schuylkill League dual meet championship, and they didn't disappoint.

Blue Mountain captured nine of the top 10 places Wednesday afternoon to roll to a 15-49 victory over Division II champion Marian at the Eagles' Nest.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Usually when his team's going to be on live television, Joe Tout lets his players know that it's an opportunity to show a large audience what kind of football Northern Lehigh can play.

This Friday the Bulldogs' annual grudge match with Northwestern is going to be televised state-wide on PCN. But Tout has barely mentioned it.

"We didn't need to do that this week," said the fourth-year head coach. "It doesn't matter. Their kids and our kids want this game so badly. It's hard to describe."

The feeling is the same in New Tripoli.

Thursday, October 15, 2009
PV relies on Lawrence

For Panther Valley's Casey Lawrence, there's something special about playing against Marian.

For starters, his dad (Trevor) played for the Colts and was also an assistant coach under Stan Dakosty.

His brother, TJ, had 1,000-yard passing seasons for Marian in 2002 and 2003.

His grandfather (also Trevor) was the Panthers' head coach in the 1970s and early 80s.

Two years ago as a sophomore, Lawrence had his first varisty start against PV's biggest rival.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

TAMAQUA AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN

WHEN

Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS

Tamaqua 5-1 overall (3-1 Anthracite League); Schuylkill Haven 4-2 overall (3-2 Anthracite League)

KEYS TO THE GAME

* Tamaqua needs to avoid the bad case of turnover-itis it developed in last week's 45-14 loss to North Schuylkill; the Blue Raiders committed five turnovers, resulting in 28 Spartan points.

* The Raiders must sustain drives against Schuylkill Haven's 50 defensive alignment and keep the pass rush of the Hurricanes' defensive ends from reaching QB Ryan Palsgrove.

Thursday, October 15, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Catasauqua's Nick Squires (left) goes after the ball as Northern Lehigh's Channing Shiffert moves in to defend.

The Northwestern cross country team swept its four meet run-off on Wednesday, while Northern Lehigh won five of six in Colonial Lague circles.

CROSS COUNTRY

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Lindsay Kerr placed first overall with a time of 19:29 and led her Lady Tigers to four wins on the day. Teammate Kathryn Hallingstad was 42 seconds behind Kerr in third. Fellow Tigers Ramzy Burns (eighth), Megan Handwerk (ninth), Anna Fricchione (11th) and Natalie Boehm (13th) also finished in the top 15.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
DOUG EDWARDS/TIMES NEWS filephoto Marian's Taylor Mele dives to the floor to dig the ball as teammate Katelyn Collevechio moves in from behind.

Without the luxury of having a returning All-State player in his starting lineup for the first time in years, Marian head coach John "Doc" Fallabel knew this season would be different.

However, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Last night, it was business as usual for the Fillies, as they swept Division 3-leading Tri-Valley (11-2, 8-2) in a pivotal Schuylkill League matchup, 25-14, 25-19, 25-20.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Mike Englert of Palmerton rolls a putt at the District 11 golf championships.

The scariest thing about the high school golf season is that if you have one bad round, the season could be over.

On Monday afternoon at Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville, District 11's best golfers took to the course and when the final score was posted, there were three area golfers moving on to the Regional Tournament at Golden Oaks Golf Course in Fleetwood.

Palmerton's Dan Costenbader and Mike Englert, along with Marian's Nick Tristani all made the cut.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Timothy East (9) uses his body to shield the ball from a Pen Argyl player.

Tamaqua clinched the Schuylkill League Division I Girls Soc cer title on Senior Night with a 5-0 win.

GIRLS SOCCER

Pine Grove-Tamaqua

Ali Updike scored the Raiders' (15-0,12-0) first goal, followed by goals from Kayla Hope and Lauren Mateyak. Hope added another goal in the seconds half along with Brittany Hill.

Tamaqua's defense held Pine Grove to five shots and picked up its sixth shutout in a row.

Jim Thorpe

-Schuylkill Haven