Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Local Sports

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sam Bonner knew he had something special in tailback Nick Breiner.

“Nick is going to be a good player for us. He’s a strong, quick kid with speed and he’s ready to get the ball,” the Tamaqua head coach said prior to the season.

After another impressive performance last Friday against Mahanoy Area, Bonner’s preseason prediction has proven to be accurate.

Breiner carried the ball 16 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns against the Golden Bears. His performance propelled the Blue Raiders to a 35-7 victory and earned the sophomore Times News Player of the Week honors.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Lehighton’s Karissa Hough (right) controls the ball as Jamie Smith of Brandywine Heights defends. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley volleyball and Weatherly boys soccer both rallied for wins on Tuesday.

The Panthers trailed 2-1 in sets before coming back for a victory. The Wreckers also trailed, and used a goal with five seconds left in overtime to gain a dramatic win.

Elsewhere, Lehighton posted victories in three different sports — volleyball, field hockey and golf.


Notre Dame ES-Tamaqua

Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg defeated Tamaqua, 4-1.

Tamaqua’s Brooke Williams earned the Raiders’ lone victory at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-3.

Notre Dame-ES 4, Tamaqua 1

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 7, 1974 - Jan Krawchuk scores both Palmerton touchdowns to lead the Blue Bombers to a 14-8 victory over Marian. Krawchuk ends the contest with 84 yards rushing on 26 carries and opens the scoring with a four-yard run in the first quarter. The senior reaches the end zone again in the second frame, racing in from 10 yards out. Palmerton, coached by Tom Wargo, forces five turnovers in the contest. Jeff Bomba intercepts two passes, while George Kurtz adds a pick and a fumble recovery.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Two of Mahoning Valley Speedway’s iconic stars, Eric Beers and Paul Koehler Jr., have forged a legacy of winning races and championships in the Modifieds and Late Model classes at the paved quarter-mile oval in Lehighton.

On Saturday they showed that same style of racing superiority that has elevated them to the top of the winners list in each division after pulling away to decisive victories.

Beers sailed to his sixth main of the season while Koehler notched a second straight and fifth of 2016, giving the two veterans a combined 150 wins.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Marian’s Macie Mazalusky dives to get a ball during Tuesday’s match with Nativity. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

HOMETOWN – Marian’s seemingly indestructible volleyball program had its armor slightly dented Monday in a huge match with rival Nativity.

But in the end, the Fillies pulled out yet another memorable victory.

As it entered the fifth and final set of a grueling two-hour and five-minute battle with the Green Wave, the Fillies remained poised.

It wasn’t easy by any stretch, save for the first set in which Marian looked dominating, assured and confident.

Nativity, with a pretty impressive volleyball history of its own, wasn’t about to buckle to the Fillies’ tradition.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Panther Valley’s Rachelle Filer, right, slams the ball over the hands of Weatherly defenders Necarlly Serrata (18) and Nikki Polivka (19). RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The fall sports season started in earnest over the weekend for Times News area schools.

The Jim Thorpe, Lehighton and Palmerton boys soccer teams all earned victories, as did the Palmerton girls soccer squad.

Panther Valley was victorious in volleyball action, while Lehighton and Tamaqua performed well in the Pine Grove Invitational.


Pen Argyl-Jim Thorpe

Pen Argyl and Jim Thorpe both opened up their seasons with a non-league battle that saw the Olympians manage a 4-2 decision.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September 6, 1980 - Jim Thorpe rallies from two different deficits to gain a 19-13 victory over Weatherly. Dan Rossino, who carries nine times for 92 yards, scores from 19 yards out in the third quarter to break a tie game and give the Olympian the win. Thorpe, which trails 7-0 and 13-7, also receives a 54-yard touchdown pass from Greg Poremba to Bob Turek, and a 10-yard scoring run from Bob Duffy. Poremba finishes with 132 yards passing while Joe Gillespie adds seven tackles and a fumble recovery.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Pleasant Valley’s Brandon Keyes gets ready to throw the ball during Saturday’s game against Central Catholic. MIKE FEIFEL/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

ALLENTOWN — First impressions are hard to forget.

Central Catholic left one on Pleasant Valley that the Bears will remember for quite some time.

In the first-ever meeting between the two schools, Central Catholic earned a come-from-behind 38-27 victory against Pleasant Valley in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference North division shootout on Andre Reed Field at J. Birney Crum Stadium on Saturday night.

“I thought we were going to win,” PV senior running back Michael Mitchell said heading to the locker room.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Week two of Friday night football gave Jim Thorpe, Schuylkill Haven, Hamburg, Tamaqua, Catasauqua, Northwestern and Southern Lehigh a win.

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Tonight's games:

Jim Thorpe 26
Marian 21

Schuylkill Haven 27
Lehighton 20

Hamburg 34
Panther Valley 14

Tamaqua 35
Mahanoy Area 7

Catasauqua 39
Northern Lehigh 31

Northwestern 19
Salisbury 5

Southern Lehigh 49
Palmerton 7

Friday, September 2, 2016

Abraham Lincoln 44, South Philadelphia 28
Aliquippa 44, Beaver Falls 13
Annville-Cleona 35, Biglerville 32
Armstrong 35, Moon 0
Avella 32, West Greene 20
Avon Grove 14, Oxford 13
Avonworth 26, Carlynton 25
Bald Eagle Area 55, Philipsburg-Osceola 0
Bedford 37, Central Cambria 15
Belle Vernon 48, Albert Gallatin 14
Bellefonte 21, Huntingdon 20
Bellwood-Antis 48, Glendale 7
Bentworth 30, Brownsville 20
Bergen Catholic, N.J. 34, Archbishop Wood 16
Berlin-Brothersvalley 53, Meyersdale 8
Bermudian Springs 42, New Oxford 26
Bishop McCort 43, Cambria Heights 6