Friday, November 27, 2015

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Friday, October 23, 2015
Moravian Academy’s Jack Painter heads the ball away from Northwestern Lehigh’s Jonathan Blaine during Colonial League boys soccer action. Northwestern won, 1-0. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

One well-executed corner play and 80 minutes of defense can be enough to win soccer games.

Northwestern followed that recipe in a 1-0 win over Moravian Academy in last night’s Colonial League boys championship game. The Tigers (19-1 overall, 12-0 Colonial League) earned their second championship in three years thanks to a goal by Jonathan Blaine just over 10 minutes into the game.

“My freshman year we won it,” said Blaine, a junior. “It’s the best feeling in the world to come out and get it again. It’s priceless.”

Friday, October 23, 2015
2015 JMU Football-Morehead State

Marian Catholic High School is approximately 254 miles from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. That’s where you can now find former Colt Dominick Richards, almost five years after he swapped in his blue and gold jersey for a purple and gold one.

Friday, October 23, 2015
Bombers’ Wood has been a scoring machine

No drama. Not much fanfare. Business as usual. And that’s okay with Monica Wood.

In a recent soccer game against Pen Argyl, Wood deposited four balls into the back of the net, one of which was the 100th goal of her four-year career at Palmerton High School.

In her own words, “it just happened.”

“I didn’t pay much attention to it,” she says. “It was basically a quiet moment and that was fine because I’m concentrating on winning the game before any personal goals.”

Friday, October 23, 2015

Entering Week No. 8 of the high school football regular season, things have stayed pretty much status quo among our Pigskin Prognosticators as Rod Heckman holds a slim lead over Patrick Matsinko.

Andy Steinmetz, Brad Hurley and Justin Carlucci are doing their best to hang close.

It’s a crucial week for some teams as far as postseason playoffs are concerned so let’s try to take a shot at what will happen:

Friday, October 23, 2015

October 23, 2008 - Northwestern’s Lindsay Kerr pulls away from the rest of the field to capture first place at the District 11 Class AA cross country meet. Kerr’s time of 18:20 on the Lehigh University course is 46 seconds faster than her closest competitor - Tamaqua’s Amber Carroll. In the boys race, Panther Valley’s Zack Lebo runs a 16:48 to take second place. Times News runners, besides Kerr, Carroll and Lebo, to qualify for the state meet include Northern Lehigh’s Stephanie Pryor and Kyle Bendor, and Pleasant Valley’s Samantha Klingel.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Northwestern boys won 1-0 over Moravian Academy for the Colonial League championship.

Northwestern, the No. 1 seed in the four team playoff, has an 18-1 record.

Moravian Academy is the No. 2 seed.

The championship game is being held at Northern Lehigh High School.

Other scores: Parkland beat Pleasant Valley 5-1 in the Girls Soccer Championship.
Check back for updates.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Southern Lehigh girls beat out Northwestern Lehighton by a score of 3-1 tonight for the Colonial League championship.

Northwestern went into the game as the No. 4 seed in the four-team playoff. It upset top-seeded Saucon Valley in the semifinals.

Southern Lehigh was the No. 2 seed.

The game was played at Northern Lehigh High School.

Check Friday's Times News for complete details and photo coverage.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Thorpe’s Bucior places first

Just one spot.

That’s all Jim Thorpe’s Dylan Bucior and the Tamaqua girls cross country team needed a year ago to capture Schuylkill League championships.

The runner-up results provided both with ample motivation throughout the summer months and during the regular season to put in the time necessary to have a chance to win a title at the end-of-the-season all-league meet.

The hard work paid off, as both Bucior and the Lady Raiders left Tuscarora State Park with the hardware they narrowly missed out on a year ago.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

PINE GROVE – Things were a little too close for comfort for the defending Schuylkill League Boys Soccer champions Wednesday evening.

Lehighton fell in to a lull early even though it had scored the first goal of the semifinal matchup with Schuylkill Haven. The Indians never looked as dominating as they have been this season.

With the Hurricanes honing in on a potential upset, suddenly things took a turn for the good for Lehighton — thanks mostly to senior Joe Marks.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Northwestern's Molly Tarvin races to the finish line for a second place finish in the Colonial League girls meet. Her time was 20:13. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

CENTER VALLEY — Palmerton’s Zack Svetik and Northern Lehigh’s Gavin Kemery shared a few words and some time together following the conclusion of Tuesday’s Colonial League Cross Country Championships. There were congratulations offered to one another, perhaps a brief discussion of the race that just played out.

But for those two Times News area athletes, only one runner could stand alone as champion. Even if it only came down to a few seconds.