Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Friday, September 1, 2017

There were three “surprises” on opening night of the high school football season last week, and “Mad” Brad Hurley nailed two of them to help him jump into a one game lead in our Times News Grid Picks standings.

Friday, September 1, 2017
Marian boys cross country team members run during a practice session earlier this week. Cross country season officially opens today. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

They’ve been running all summer.

But today, the times count and the points will be added up.

The cross country season is set to begin, and below are capsules on the Times News area teams.



EXPECTATIONS HY-DRO... Junior Sam Hydro is looking to make some noise this season for head coach Drew Benyo, who starts his 30th season as the Olympian leader. After qualifying for the state meet last cross country season, and overcoming an injury during the track season, Hydro is healthy and ready to compete.

Friday, September 1, 2017
Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Christian Hackenberg as the Eagles Don Cherry defends. AP PHOTO

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Josh McCown had the wind knocked out of him, and the New York Jets could only hold their breath.

The 38-year-old quarterback was OK after getting the start – and a big scare – in the preseason finale as the Jets held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 16-10 on Thursday night.

“Thankfully, it wasn’t anything serious,” McCown said.

Friday, September 1, 2017

September 1, 1995 — Tim Pfluger leads four Northern Lehigh runners in the top 10 as the Bulldogs sweep a quadrangular cross country meet with Nazareth, Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom and Northampton. Pfluger finishes first in the race in a time of 17:06, while teammate Tony Becker takes second in 17:27. Nolehi, coached by Dave Oertner, also receives a sixth-place finish from Scott Pomicter and a seventh from Brent Becker.

Friday, September 1, 2017
Palmerton’s Owen Reis watches his shot during Thursday’s match against Saucon Valley. Reis shot an 88 on the par-71 Blue Shamrock Course to the Bombers. Scan this photo with the Prindeo app to see a photo gallery. BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS

Northwestern and Tamaqua both earned golf wins Thursday, while the Pleasant Valley tennis team also posted a victory.



Northwestern defeated Bangor 409-435 in a Colonial League match.

Tyler Wiik had a 77 to lead the Tigers, while Luke Hallman carded an 80. Mason Vogwill and Joe Frey both finished with an 81.

Northwestern improved to 4-1 in the league and handed the Slaters (5-1) their first loss.

Northwestern 409, Bangor 435


Tyler Wiik 77, Luke Hallman 80, Mason Vogwill 81, Joe Frey 81, Colin Rex 90.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Season-opening victories are special for any football coach.

But when the opening game of the season is also the first game of a head coaching career, the win has a little added significance.

Marian’s Pat Morgans and Panther Valley’s Scott Price both received that thrill last week.

The Colts gave Morgans his victory by defeating Fairfield on Friday night in a game that went down to the wire. Panther Valley and Price had to wait an extra day as they traveled to Columbia Montour Vo-Tech on Saturday afternoon and routed the Rams.

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Palmerton's Tekoah Guedes ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns, and threw for 229 yards and one score in a win against Northwestern last Friday. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The kid from Colorado felt at home last Friday night — despite being on the road.

After getting his feet wet with Colonial League foe Northern Lehigh during his junior season in 2016, first-year Palmerton quarterback Tekoah Guedes didn’t waste any time making a statement in Week 1 at Northwestern.

The Tigers had no solution for Guedes’s simple equation of running and passing. The senior signal caller rushed 18 times for 133 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 20 of a whopping 39 attempts for 229 more yards through the air.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Several Times News area teams are looking to remain undefeated, while several others are hoping to pick up their first win of the season.

Let’s take a look at the matchups as we head into Week 2 of the high school football season.

Lehighton at Sch. Haven

Friday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m.

Here’s what you need to know:

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Defending District 11 volleyball champion Panther Valley practices in preparation for the upcoming season opener. Nine area schools will field volleyball teams this season, including first-year program Palmerton. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Both 2016 Times News district volleyball champions Marian and Panther Valley are returning a ton of talent and will look to defend their titles this season.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 31, 1984 — Ann Obert scores two goals and assist on another score to help Lehighton’s field hockey team open their season with a 4-1 voctory over Nazareth. The Indians, coached by Sharon Elder, also receive a pair of goals from Mary Reid, while Janice Scherer contributes two assists. Heather Novatnack registers the win in goal, turning aside 12 shots.