Friday, October 31, 2014

Local Sports

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Win or go home.

It's that simple for a few of our Times News area football squads as week 10 of the high school football season is upon us. Week 10 is also deemed "rivalry week" in the Times News area as several local teams will compete for not only a spot in the postseason, but bragging rights as well.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lehighton-Jim Thorpe

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 31 at 7p.m.

RECORDS: Lehighton (7-2, 7-1 AFL); Jim Thorpe (7-2, 6-2 AFL)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Lehighton def. Tamaqua, 48-6; Blue Mountain def. Jim Thorpe, 28-18

Thursday, October 30, 2014

October 30, 1981 Tom Conklin scores a pair of touchdowns and Pleasant Valley's defense turns in a dominating performace as the Bears earn a 22-0 Centennial League shutout over Palmerton. Conklin opens the scoring with a first-quarter 2-yard TD run and adds a 6-yard tally in the third period. Chris Borger finishes with a team-leading 66 rushing yards and also adds a one-yard scoring plunge. PV's defense gives up just 25 total yards of offense and forces two turnovers.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Patrick Matsinko/Times News Pleasant Valley's Brandon Kuehner receives the Times News Football Player of the Week award for his performance against Pocono Mountain East last Saturday. Kuehner threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns. With Kuehner is PV head coach Dave Pacchioni.

It's no secret Pleasant Valley has plenty of weapons on offense.

The Bears have 10 players that have scored at least two touchdowns this season, led by tailback Austyn Borre's 14.

But Borre has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, leaving the team without its workhorse during a critical part of the season.

Despite Borre's absence, the Pleasant Valley offense hasn't missed a beat, rolling to wins over East Stroudsburg North and Pocono Mountain East to run its winning streak to six games.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Panther Valley



Lansford Legion 17 1 207.7

NVFW II 15 3 187.6

Russian Club 12 3 167.8

NVFW I 13 5 181.5

Som. Inn 11 7 163.2

Batter's Box I 7 8 195.1

Batter's Box II 6 9 153.3

Sokol Club II 3 12 127.7

Sokol Club I 3 12 127.5

Italian Club 2 13 145.5

Coaldale VFW 1 17 122.6

Last Week's Results

@Agate.Body:Nesquehoning VFW I def. Sokol Club II, 3-0

Nesquehoning VFW II def. Coaldale VFW, 3-0

Russian Club def. Sokol Club I, 3-0

Lansford Legion def. Batter's Box I, 2-1

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Angela Motolese (17) of Northwestern Lehigh moves in to keep Southern Lehigh's Hailey Jordan away from the ball during their District 11 Class2A semifinal. Northwestern held on for a 3-2 win. Check out more photos from the game at

It's a well-known fact that Sarah Segan is an outstanding offensive weapon for Northwestern's girls soccer team. However, opponents still have a difficult time limiting her touches and opportunities to score.

In Tuesday's District 11 Class AA semifinal against Southern Lehigh, the senior standout notched a hat trick to lead the Tigers to a 3-2 win over the Lady Spartans and into Thursday's championship against Saucon Valley.

It was Northwestern's third win in three games against Southern Lehigh this season.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's Brandon Herb flies through the air after being tripped up as Lehighton's Josh Knappenberger moves in. Northwestern scored five goals in the second half to eliminate the Indians from district play. Check out more photos from the game at

After watching Northwestern Lehigh and Lehighton battle through a scoreless first half,it looked like the first team to score a goal would probably hang on to be the winner.

It was the Tigers who finally broke the ice a little shy of eight minutes after intermission off a Jonathan Haaf goal and it opened the flood gates for the fifth-seeded Tigers as they pounded home four more to shut out the top-seeded Indians 5-0 in the District 11 Class 2A semifinal on Tuesday at Northern Lehigh's Bulldog stadium.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to The Times News Northern Lehigh goalie Veronica Green races to knock the ball away during Tuesday's District 11 2A semifinal at Emmaus. Southern Lehigh won, 3-1.

EMMAUS - Tuesday night marked the fourth time Northern Lehigh and Southern Lehigh met on the field hockey field this season.

Twice during the regular Colonial League season, once in the league semifinals and now in the District 11 Class 2A semifinals.

Prior to last night's meeting at Memorial Field, the differential in the outcome of the contest between the league foes was a single score. This time, Southern Lehigh was able to sneak in an insurance goal to come away with a 3-1 victory over Northern Lehigh.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
ROB MERCHANT/Special to The Times News Parker Landis of Emmaus (left) tries to circle around Pleasant Valley's Justin Habick during Tuesday's District 11 3A Boys Soccer semifinal. Emmaus won, 2-0.

BETHLEHEM - Facing the inaugural Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) champions, Pleasant Valley knew Tuesday's tilt against Emmaus in the district boys' soccer semifinals would be a tough one.

An early Hornet goal certainly did help the Bears' chances at pulling an upset over top-ranked Emmaus either.

After Emmaus surged ahead with a goal in the 10th minute of play, the No. 1 seeded Hornets added another tally before halftime to down the No. 5 Bears, 2-0, in Tuesday's District XI Class AAA semifinals at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium's Frank Banko Field.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Courtney McCall (7) hits the ball past two Tri-Valley defenders, while Emily Pilla (29) looks on. Marian beat Tri-Valley in three games to advance to the District XI Class A finals.

MINERSVILLE - Momentum is one of the greatest mysteries of the sports world.

Tri-Valley ended the first two games of its District XI class A semifinals match against Marian on runs of 7-2 and 5-3 respectively.

Thus being said, it was Marian's early momentum in each game which earned the Fillies a sweep of Tri-Valley, 25-17, 25-15, 25-11.

The Fillies enjoyed early advantages of 13-3, 15-7, and 10-0 in each game that made it tough for the Bulldogs to claw back.