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Fall Sports

Thursday, October 8, 2009

His full name is E. Franklin Griffiths IV, but around Tamaqua Area High School, he answers to Grif.

Grif is a much more appropriate name for the gridiron, especially fitting for the hard-nosed running back and linebacker Griffiths has been for the Blue Raiders.

The 6-1, 190 pound junior is the leading rusher for a Raider team that is 5-0 at this point in the season for the first time since 1956.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Tamaqua girls soccer team picked up its 13th win without a loss and 10th Schuylkill League triumph in local sports action on Tuesday.

In other action, Northwestern picked up a field hockey win, Pleasant Valley's cross country team had a successful day. Marian, Weatherly and Pleasant Valley also notched girls volleyball wins.

GIRLS SOCCER

Schuylkill Haven-Tamaqua

The Lady Raiders recorded their fourth straight shutout with a 6-0 win over the Hurricanes to remain unbeaten on the season in a Schuylkill League contest.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Weatherly and Tamaqua both pulled out thrilling wins in girls volleyball to highlight local sports action on Monday night

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Jim Thorpe-Weatherly

Weatherly pulled out a thrilling, 29-27, 23-25, 21-25, 25-14, 15-13 Schuylkill League victory over visiting Jim Thorpe.

Brittney Hinkle and Sarah Solinsky paced the Wreckers' attack. Hinkle had 33 digs, 15 kills, five assists, four aces and two blocks. Solinsky chipped in 27 digs, 15 kills, eight assists and five aces.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

ORWIGSBURG - As most people who play the game of golf know, it is when one starts to relax that they begin to play well.

That is the philosophy Marian's Nick Tristani brought with him to the District 11 qualifier Monday morning.

Tristani fired a one-over 73 at the Schuylkill County Country Club and was one of three local golfers to qualify for district play next week. Palmerton's Ben Andrews and Lehighton's Dave Behler also made the cut and will play at Woodstone Country Club next Monday.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Lehighton Field Hockey team solidified its claim as one of the premiere programs in the country with a big win over Sacred Heart Academy over the weekend. Elsewhere, the Jim Thorpe boys cross country team had a successful weekend and Tamaqua girls' soccer team picked up another solid win to keep improving as the seasons pass.

FIELD HOCKEY

Lehighton

-Sacred Heart Acad.The Lady Indians stopped the three-time defending Kentucky State Champs, Sacret Heart Academy, 2-1 at Wyoming Seminary.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Palisades has had its way with Palmerton on the football field for quite some time now.

Nothing changed on Friday night when the Pirates scored 28 second half points to pull away for a 48-6 victory over the Blue Bombers in a game they dominated offensively.

Palmerton trailed by 14 points at halftime, despite having only one first down and just 10 yards total offense.

And as the game went on, time of possession was widely in favor of the Palisades offense and it just wore the Bomber defense down as was evident on the last four Pirate scores.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

TAMAQUA – Grif Griffiths admitted that the Tamaqua High football players have had next Friday's homecoming game against North Schuylkill in the back of their minds. He also stressed that the Blue Raiders were not about to dwell on the game until, well, just about the time they left the field Friday night.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

SHENANDOAH Just when the Jim Thorpe faithful thought last week's loss to Panther Valley was behind them.

Things got even worse last night in Shenandoah Valley.

While the Panthers spread the wealth around a bit against the Olympians, it was the Blue Devils' Eric Whalen, who single handedly punished the Olympians' defense.

The sophomore outgained the Olympians' offense by himself to spark the Blue Devil to a 43-21 Anthracite Football League victory last night.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Opportunity, meet Kevin Schaller.

The Panther Valley senior defensive back watched as the pigskin squirted from the grasp of Dajone Fairell on the Panthers 20 during a Schuylkill Haven drive late in the first half.

Whether the play would be ruled a fumble or incompletion, Schaller didn't wait to find out. He scooped up the loose ball and raced 75 yards up the sideline in the opposite direction.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pleasant Valley knew coming into its Friday night contest with Wyoming Valley West that it would have its hands full with the size and strength of the Spartans.

The Bears knew the Spartans would run the ball right at them, but they still couldn't find a way to stop them.