Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Because of Blaze, I decided I wanted a German shorthaired pointer puppy, one from her.

I’d met her owner, Bill Weingart, when he and I, and many others, volunteered for a grouse/woodcock habitat project on abandoned coal lands in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

I was driving my pickup along the rough dirt land, towing a landscape trailer loaded with discarded Christmas trees, and passed Bill going the other way, his truck empty, a shorthair next to him in the front seat. We were using the trees to make brush rows to enhance bird cover.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Friday night’s game started along the same path that Panther Valley’s game did a week ago.

What a difference a week can make, however, as the Panthers significantly changed the outcome.

This time around, the Panthers ended up taking matters into their own hands to post a 41-20 non-league victory over Hanover Area.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Notre Dame’s victory over Southern California last week was a telling one for the 7th weekend of the season. The Irish offense continues to improve and showed it can rally and come back and score points.

On the other side of the ball, the Irish defense again showed inconsistencies, stepping up when it had to to preserve the win and also giving up big plays and big yardage despite having the most experience of a defensive unit under Brian Kelly since he came to South Bend.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

SHENANDOAH – The mission continues.

Lehighton’s football team stayed the course Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium when it rode a pair of 100-yard rushing backs to a 47-12 victory over Shenandoah Valley. The victory keeps the Indians perfect on the season at 8-0.

The highly favored Indians never broke stride from the opening kickoff. All-state candidate Wyatt Clements led the way with four touchdowns and 171 yards rushing on offense, and an interception on defense.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Big plays lift Jim Thorpe

North Schuylkill dominated the box score that you will find on page 13.

But, don’t be deceived by the number of first downs and yards gained. Jim Thorpe had three monster scoring plays that kept momentum on its side Friday night.

The Olympians proved once again that the winning recipe in football is a solid ground attack and a tenacious defense as they posted an exciting 20-13 victory over the preseason Anthracite Football L:eague favorite North Schuylkill.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Marian’s K.J. Snerr (3) puts the hit on Mahanoy Area’s Ryan Mason to cause a fumble in Friday night’s Anthracite Football League contest. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Marian’s Hunter Nause may not handle the ball often.

But on Friday night, the senior made the most of his opportunities.

Nause scored three touchdowns, including a momentum-changing kickoff return in the second quarter, to help the Colts pull away from Mahanoy Area for a 35-7 Anthracite League victory.

“There was great blocking all-around on that kickoff,” said Nause. “We practice it all week and we knew we’d bust one one of these weeks. It was designed to go outside and we finally got to bust one.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Jim Thorpe’s boys soccer team got the winit needed to qualify for the District 11 2A tournament.


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Luke Morris scored four times as the Olympians rolled to a 9-2 win over the Spartans in a Schuylkill League Division I boys’ soccer contest.

The win ended Jim Thorpe’s regular season at 9-8-1 overall and 6-6 in league play.

Cody Geiser added two goals for the Olympians. Chris Williams, Ryder Wallace and Austin Carilo also added goals for the winners.

Friday, October 23, 2015
Pleasant Valley’s Abby Leach goes toward the ball as Parkland’s Jenna Kshatri comes in from behind. The Trojans defeated the Bears 5-1 to win the EPC championship. DON HERB/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Copyright - DonHerb

With the alignment of the EPC, Pleasant Valley hadn’t faced Parkland during the regular season.

That unfamiliarity led to the two teams having to feel one another out early on, causing a slow start to the championship contest between the two teams.

Parkland, the top seed in the EPC Playoffs, rode a 1-0 lead into halftime, but came away with a four-goal barrage in the second half to take a 5-1 win and their second straight EPC Championship.

Friday, October 23, 2015
Abigail Chisdak (right) of Northwestern Lehigh goes up to head the ball over Southern Lehigh’s Hailey Jordan during Thursday’s Colonial League Girls Soccer Championship. Southern Lehigh came away with a 3-2 win ending the Tigers reign. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

In Thursday night’s Colonial League championship game between Northwestern and Southern Lehigh, both teams played with the intensity and skill seen from programs that have been in such a situation before.

The fourth-seeded Lady Tigers were, after all, going for their third straight league title and coming off a District 11 crown and an appearance in the state semifinals.

Though a perennial contender and a mainstay in the playoffs, the No. 3 seeded Spartans were seeking their first league championship since the spring of 2011.

Friday, October 23, 2015
Marian's Maureen Kloap hits the ball past Blue Mountain's Alex Ferrier. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

POTTSVILLE – There is nothing like a seasoned athlete, for when the chips are on the table they always seem to find a way to perform.

Marian’s volleyball team is more than battle-tested. It is a team that rallies with grit and determination. Such was the case Thursday evening in Martz Hall, where the Fillies were looking for a three-peat in the Schuylkill League volleyball championship.