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Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 18, 1987 Eric Dalius rushes for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help Northwestern post a 34-0 Centennial League win over Northern Lehigh. Dalius opens the scoring with a nine-yard scoring run and extends the lead with a 42-yard TD. The Tigers, coached by Bob Mitchell, also receive 103 yards rushing and a touchdown from Joe Fatzinger. Wade Sulzer chips in with a four-yard scoring run while the Tigers' defense also reaches the end zone when John DiCataldo recovers a fumble and returns it 10 yards to paydirt.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, have announced the date for the "Battle on Hamilton."

The game will take place at the brand-new PPL Center on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. The game will pit Phantoms and Flyers players against one another in an exhibition contest that will be the first hockey event at the state-of-the-art PPL Center.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Lynn Kistler (12) and Jim Thorpe's Anna Beard (5) work to get possession of the ball.

The Lehighton and Jim Thorpe boys, along with the Tamaqua girls, all earned sweeps in cross country action on Wednesday.

CROSS COUNTRY

Blue Mt.-CMVT-Lehighton

Lehighton swept Blue Mountain and Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech in the boys meet, then split the girls meet getting a win over CMVT in a Schuylkill League meet.

The Indian boys beat the Eagles 25-32 and CMVT 22-39, with Michael Blacketter of the Indians finishing in 18:24 for third. Luke Fisher was fourth.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Sarah Segan (left) and Vivian Rodgers of Salisbury are locked arm-in-arm as they go up to head the ball.

Northwestern hadn't lost a game in the Colonial League last season on the way to their 12-0-1 finish and a league championship.

After that undefeated mark a year ago, the Lady Tigers' experienced their first loss of 2014 just four games into league play. Their mental focus figured to be tested after falling to Saucon Valley last Friday, 3-2, and a meeting against unbeaten Salisbury in waiting.

The Tigers, however, bounced back in an impressive way after a bit of a lengthy break.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It's Week Four of the high school football season and already there have been some pretty high profile match-ups. Friday night will feature yet another big time battle, specific to the Anthracite Football League.

Marian will travel to North Schuylkill in a showdown of unbeaten squads where one team will leave Fountain Springs with a leg up in the AFL Championship race.

With that being said, the Colts and Spartans Week Four throwdown has earned the honor of being named Times News Game of the Week.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Shenandoah Valley-Panther Valley

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Shenandoah Valley (0-3, 0-3 AFL); Panther Valley (0-3, 0-3 AFL)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Schuylkill Haven def. Shenandoah Valley, 22-0; Mahanoy Area def. Panther Valley, 19-12

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Ed Hedes/Times News Palmerton's Garrett Perschy receives the Times News Football Player of the Week award after his performance against Bangor last Friday. Perschy completed 10-of-14 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for another score. With Perschy is Blue Bomber head coach Chris Walkowiak.

Garrett Perschy was given his first varsity start at quarterback during the final game of the season last year against archrival Northern Lehigh in the Battle of Blue Mountain.

Not an easy task.

Despite losing the contest in the final minutes, Perschy took what he learned from the experience and used it during the off-season to make sure he would be the starting quarterback when the Bombers opened the season this fall.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Dan Baka (7) and Dylan Kleintop (15) battle with Jim Thorpe's Luke Morris (13) for possession of the ball.

Lehighton's performance was right on the mark.

Or maybe more appropriately, right on the Marks – as in Joe Marks.

Marks did it all in Tuesday's Schuylkill League boys soccer match against Jim Thorpe, putting a "mark" on all of his team's goals in a 5-0 Lehighton victory.

Marks scored his first career hat trick and added two assists to lead the Indians to an easier than anticipated rout.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Running with the Olympians

Due to a $1.3 million dollar state aid budget cut in 2012, Panther Valley High School eliminated the golf team, the swimming team, and the cross country team.

They did not, however, eliminate one very motivated cross country runner.

Sophomore Delana Nalesnik wanted to run, but with no team to run for, her father, Bruce set out to find the way for her will.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 17, 1999 Matt Kosciolek carries 33 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead Panther Valley to a 39-0 victory over Jim Thorpe. Kosciolek opens the scoring with a 2-yard TD run and later reaches the end zone from 6 and 45 yards. The Panthers, coached by Rick Bennett, also receive scoring runs from Dan Blazosky (5 yards) and Scott Marek (12 yards) while Jake Canzoneri adds a 22-yard TD pass to Matt Davis. PV's defense limits Thorpe to just 13 yards rushing and forces four turnovers.