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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Four TIMES NEWS area boys soccer team and one girls squad have qualified for the District 11 soccer playoffs that get underway today.

Pleasant Valley finished 8-9-2 overall, but its winning record in the Mountain Valley Conference earned the Bears the No. 13 seed in the 14-team Class 3A playoffs. They will travel to Emmaus, the No. 4 seed, for a 6 o'clock game tomorrow night.

In Boys 2A, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh and Tamaqua have all earned spots and are in action in preliminary round games today.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Ron Gower/times news @Caption Stand Alone:Fillies' Sherkness tops 1,000 kills Marian's Marykate Sherkness (second from left) passed the 1,000 kill mark during a recent match against Shenandoah. Sherkness, who became the all-time kill leader in Marian volleyball history a few weeks earlier, is a junior outside hitter for the Fillies. Shown with Sherkness are, from left, Marian volleyball coach John "Doc" Fallabel, her mother Kelly Sherkness, and her father Andy Sherkness.

Marian's Marykate Sherkness (second from left) passed the 1,000 kill mark during a recent match against Shenandoah. Sherkness, who became the all-time kill leader in Marian volleyball history a few weeks earlier, is a junior outside hitter for the Fillies. Shown with Sherkness are, from left, Marian volleyball coach John "Doc" Fallabel, her mother Kelly Sherkness, and her father Andy Sherkness.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Panther Valley's 2011 volleyball season was one of its best in recent history. It got a little better Monday night without the Panthers even having to take the court.

Despite compiling a solid 9-4 Schuylkill League Division 2 record, it appeared the Panthers were going to finish one game behind Lourdes Regional in what had been a tight four-team battle between the Panthers, Lourdes, Halifax and Pine Grove all season long.

Lourdes looked like it had secured the title with a victory over Panther Valley last Tuesday and then a subsequent win over Schuylkill Haven on Thursday.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
bob ford/times news filephoto Northwestern's Cole Miller follows through with a swing. Miller shot a 12-over-par 83 on the opening day of the PIAA State Golf Championships.

YORK Cole Miller took part in his first-ever PIAA State Golf Championship on Monday..

A rough start on the very first hole and an opening day score of 12-over-par, wasn't the way the Northwestern golfer wanted his first appearance at States to go.

The 2011 Colonial League and District 11 champion had one forgettable experience to start off the opening day of the two-day event in York.

Miller opened with a double bogey on hole No. 1.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Four TIMES NEWS area teams have qualified for the upcoming District 11 Field Hockey playoffs.

Three teams in Class AA Lehighton, Northern Lehigh and Northwestern have made the field while one from Class AAA Pleasant Valley will also be competing in the postseason.

In AA, Northwestern earned the No. 3 seed and will face Colonial League rival Northern Lehigh, seeded sixth, on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Panther Valley prepped for postseason play with a volleyball win over Hailfax on Saturday

VOLLEYBALL

Panther Vy-Halifax

Panther Valley closed out regular season play with a 25-18, 25-21, 25-23, Schuylkill League sweep of Halifax.

The Panthers got outstanding babalance along their front line as Amy Yusella had 11 kills and Deanna Focht and Chrissy Micholik added eight kills apiece. Leading the way at the service line for PV were Kristyn Gates (12 points) and Jacinda Ruzicka (11 points).

Monday, October 24, 2011
Jim Thorpe's Khaaliq Lynch (19) runs with the ball after catching a pass in the second quarter against Schuylkill Haven. Coming toward him is the Hurricane's Brandon Cooper (40).

Apparently the message got through loud and clear to Jim Thorpe's P.J. Johnson.

It was midway through the first quarter, Jim Thorpe's offense was sputtering like a Model T with bad plugs, when one of the coaches screamed at Johnson, "Make something happen."

He did.

Friday, October 21, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern girls are grouped together in the front of the pack just after the start of the Colonial League cross country championship race. The Tigers won the team title.

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP - Tyler Stelmack wanted another shot at the league meet since the second last year's meet ended. His excitement had been building for monthsuntil he finall got his chance and made the most of it Thursday.

The Northwestern junior topped the field by 25 seconds in winning this year's Colonial League title.

"I've been waiting for this day since the end of last year," said Stelmack. "I was telling people this morning my nervous level was like mid-way. At the starting line I was bursting through."

Friday, October 21, 2011

When you have the worst week out of all of the writers there's not much you have to brag about and that's the case here.

Going 9-6 when quite a few guys were 12-3 is definitely nothing to brag about.

So there is nothing left to do but put the nose to the grindstone and try and bounce back a little bit.

Jason Boris and Andy Steinmetz might feel like it's a two man race, but don't count out that Bob Ford who is lurking in the shadows.

Meanwhile, this guy will just try to make it back up into the shadows.

So with Week 8 knocking on the door, here goes:

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pleasant Valley capped a perfect volleyball season in the Mountain Valley Conference by sweeping Stroudsburg on Thursday.

In other volleyball action, Panther Valley and Lehighton posted wins.

The Tamaqua boys soccer team also earned a victory.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Jim Thorpe-Panther Valley

Panther Valley swept Jim Thorpe in Schuylkill League action, 25-14, 25-16, 25-16.

Amy Yusella had nine kills, 12 service points and three aces for the Panthers while Chrissy Micholik added seven kills, 14 assists and seven service points.