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Monday, October 17, 2011

Jim Thorpe picked up victories in both boys and girls soccer on Saturday.

BOYS SOCCER

Jim Thorpe-Weatherly

The Olympians recorded three unanswered goals in the first half against Weatherly to pull out a 3-1 Schuylkill League win.

Matt Rich scored twice for the winners, while Corey Ligenza added the other tally. Benny Manzella assisted on one of Rich's scores.

Dylan McDonald scored unassisted for the Wreckers in the second half to make things interesting.

Monday, October 17, 2011
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Travis Wolfe (left) brings down Bangor's Josh Wing after a short gain.

All of the pre-game talk before Palmerton hosted unbeaten Bangor on Saturday night was about Josh Wing, the Slaters running back who is the leading rusher in the Colonial League.

What the critics forgot to mention was the Bangor offensive line, who opens the holes to give Wing the daylight he needs to break loose.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Panther Valley Panthers aren't usually known for their aerial attack on offense. Friday night was a different story with Panthers' Head Coach Lon Hazlet implementing a game plan that was exciting for all in attendance at Panther Valley Stadium. That game plan was simple. When in doubt throw it deep. The Panthers big plays weren't enough however, with Shenandoah Valley squeaking out a 20-19 Anthracite Football League win.

Monday, October 17, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Mike Harleston scampers around the line en route to a gain in contest against Mahanoy Area on Saturday.

Like any other coach, Jim Thorpe's Mark Rosenberger doesn't like to lose.

So it wasn't surprsing that the Olympians head coach was a little bit upset after Saturday's 52-14 loss to Mahanoy Area.

The lopsided loss, however, wasn't the main reason for Rosenberger's distress.

"It's one thing to lose a game because the team's more talented, (and Mahanoy Area is more) talented than us," said Rosenberger. "But when the effort's not there on top of it, that's a little bit dissapointing and disheartning.

Monday, October 17, 2011
ron gower/times news Four Marian defenders combine to bring down Minersville's Bill Powanda (40). Making the play for the Colts were Anthony Pilla (55), Jordan Weber (61), Ryan Karnish (7) and Phil Schron (32).

The difference in victory and defeat in any football game eventually comes down to which team makes the plays. Unfortunately for the Marian Colts on Saturday night at the Men of Marian Stadium, they didn't make 'em, and the Battlin Miners did.

Friday, October 14, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's top doubles team of Lauren Heckelman (right) and Sara Elmontacir (left) shake hands after falling out of the District 11 3A Doubles tournament at West End Racquet Club in Allentown on Thursday.

ALLENTOWN – Pleasant Valley's valiant comeback bid met a cruel fate in the opening round of the District 11 Class AAA Doubles Tennis Tournament on Thursday.

The Bears' top doubles team of Lauren Heckelman and Sara Elmontacir were routed 6-1 by Nazareth's Cayleah Markulics and Sinmi Opeyemi in the opening set.

But Pleasant Valley bounced back to win the second set, 6-4.

That's where a combination of bad luck and what Pleasant Valley coach Mark Allison called a "questionable decision" came into play.

Friday, October 14, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Clay Collins hits ball with his head during soccer action last night at Northern Lehigh, while looking on are, l-r, Ryan Perkowski and Channing Shiffert of the Bulldogs and Isaiah Danner of Northwestern.

Northwestern had a big day picking up wins in boys soccer and field hockey on Thursday afternoon.

BOYS SOCCER

Northwestern-No. Lehigh

Northwestern edged Northern Lehigh 3-2 in Colonial League action.

Kyle Willis, Jeremy Ettl and Chad Horn all had goals for the Tigers, with Willis accounting for two assists.

For Northern Lehigh (10-8 overall, 6-7 league), Ryan Perkowski and Thatcher George scored goals, which were both assisted by Tyler Hoppes.

Friday, October 14, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Greta Hartsell, left, and Northern Lehigh's Kelsey Follweiler battle for ball in field hockey action at Northern Lehigh. In the background is NL's Casey Gavalla (16).

Palmerton and Northern Lehigh battled it out in field hockey on Thursday and it was a heated match.

In one of both teams' last field hockey games of the regular season, the motivation was there for both to pull out a win.

When the dust cleared, it was the Bulldogs who pulled out a 2-1 victory to clinch the fourth seed for the Colonial League tournament.

That alone served up enough emotion for both sides and Palmerton wanted to play spoiler.

Friday, October 14, 2011

It's getting near "Crunch time"!

Heading into Week No. 7 of the high school football season it's that time of the year when teams who still have a shot at the post-season playoffs give it their best shot week in and week out as we head down the homestretch.

The middle of the pack in our Grid Picks race is getting pretty crowded so it's definitely time to make a move.

Most of the games on our list have playoffs implications in some way so lets not waste any time and get to it:

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tamaqua runners, from left, Kelsey Patrick, Amber Carroll and Cecily Kohlmeir lead a pack of runners up a hill during the early stages of Wednesday's cross country meet against Blue Mountain.

Prior to the Senior Night festivities, the Tamaqua girls' cross country team wanted to make its seniors' last home meet a memorable one.

At the same time, the Lady Raiders were focused on gaining momentum with a victory over a Division I foe heading into next week's Schuylkill League Team Championship Meet.

The Lady Raiders got everything they wanted with a 23-32 win over Blue Mountain Wednesday in Tamaqua.