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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

Monday, October 12, 2009

PEN ARGYL - Ever-opportunistic Northern Lehigh had too many weapons, too much Cody Remaley and too much Jake Kern here on Saturday afternoon at Pen Argyl's Alumni Stadium, literally running away with the host Green Knights, 48-21, winning for their fifth time in six starts.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Flail - 1. (noun) hand threshing instrument consisting of a wooden handle at the end, of which a shorter stick is hung as to swing freely;

2. (verb), to thrash, to beat hard;

3. North Schuylkill junior defensive back Kody Flail.

Kody Flail earned his own place in the lexicon, as a synonym for "opportunistic", following his remarkable performance against Tamaqua Friday night.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Panther Valley's offense is finally clicking on all cylinders.

And it's no coincidence that they're doing so with the improvement of the Panthers' offensive line.

With only two returning starters up front, two players moving there from the backfield, and others stepping in, it took some time for the men in the trenches to gel.

Now that they have experience together, the numbers are getting scary.

Friday night at Marian, PV racked up an impressive 334 yards by halftime and rolled to a 47-14 Anthracite Football League victory over the Colts.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

All three TIMES NEWS entrants in the District 11 Class AA singles tennis tournament suffered first round setbacks on Friday.

TENNIS

D-11 Class AA Singles

The District 11 Class AA Singles Tennis Tournament got underway Friday afternoon at the West End Racquetball Club in Allentown.

The TIMES NEWS area was represented by a trio of athletes: Ellyn Tomko and Anna Domingo from Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua's Kristina Zwolenik.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

With Minersville and Jim Thorpe both entering Friday night's contest at 1-4, something had to give.

Fortunately, for the Olympians it was a big defensive stand in the final minute that proved to be the difference as they held on for a 28-20 Anthracite League victory.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Lehighton field hockey and Northwestern girls cross country remain undefeated with wins yeasterday.

FIELD HOCKEY

Pleasant Vy.-Lehighton

Lehighton earned a 7-1 Mountain Valley Conference victory over visiting Pleasant Valley on Senior Night.

Indians' senior Abby Frey recorded a hat-trick and an assist, while Echo Bretz and Steph Slaw both finished with two goals on the night. Corri McConville, who also is a senior, was credited with an assists on five of the seven goals.

Kira Seve posted the Bears' goal off an assist from Alanna Liptak.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Just last week I had a chance to talk about making my big move after a pretty successful Week 4 in the Grid Picks race.

This week, needless to say, a 10-5 record last week isn't that bad, but Shawn McFarland's 12-3 week helped him widen his lead and was even better.

Then there was Mike Haines, who by the way is a Dallas Cowboys fan like McFarland, who also finished 12-3 and hopped back up in a second place tie with Andy Steinmetz.

McFarland and Haines, along with other Dallas fan Rod Heckman, are lucky they didn't have to pick the Dallas-Denver winner last weekend.