Thursday, November 27, 2014

Local Sports

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Tamaqua 809 U-13 team won the postseason championship of the Schuylkill County U-13 Girls Soccer League. The team finished in second place with an 8-1 record during the league's regular season. In the playoffs at Rotary Field in Schuylkill Haven, Tamaqua defeated, Shenandoah 705 in the semifinals and Minersville 209 in penalty kicks in the finals. Tamaqua didn't allow a goal in the playoffs. Team members were, front row, from left, Sarah McCabe, Olivia Jones, Amelia Cassell, Makenna Kane, Emma Hope, Ashley Jones, Caitlin Smith and Sadie Morrison.

Friday, November 21, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Notre Dame receiver Will Fuller didn't expect to be leading the nation in touchdown catches. He didn't expect to even be leading the Fighting Irish in catches.

So he wasn't too upset when his name wasn't on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, which recognizes the nation's most outstanding wide receiver.

"It didn't really bother me because my goal at the beginning of the year was 30 catches," he said. "I had very low goals. So I surpassed my goals."

Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21, 2009 A big defensive stand and the running of Cody Remaley help Northern Lehigh earn a 20-17 win over Catasauqua in the semifinal round of the District 11 Class AA playoffs. Remaley carries 41 times for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns, scoring on runs of 12 and 4 yards. The Roughies kick an apparent game-tying field goal late in the fourth quarter, but take the score of the board when a Nolehi penalty gives them a first-and-goal. The Bulldog defense keeps Catty out of the end zone, including the final play when Dylan Hofmann knocks down a pass as time expires.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Something feels real different entering the final week of the 2014 Grid Picks.

I'm just two games back and still have a shot to win it.

It's not to often I find myself in this position. So I not only have that Ol' Crystal Ball by my side, but I've polished it up a bit so I get the real answer on a few of the games that are toss-ups. Now that it's playoff time, it's anybody's guess who will win some of these games.

Brad Hurley and Rod Heckman are tied at the top, Patrick Matsinko is one game back and yours truly is two games behind.

Friday, November 21, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Whether by plane, snowmobile or sled dog, the Bills are leaving snowbound Buffalo behind for Detroit to play their "home" game against the New York Jets on Monday night.

And there's no telling when they will be back.

The Bills' schedule is suddenly in upheaval because of a lake-effect storm that dumped more than 5 feet of snow on the Buffalo region since Monday. Another 1 to 3 feet was projected to fall by Friday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Tamaqua Area School Board of Directors dealt with a number of sports related resignations and hirings at its Nov. 18 meeting.

Resigning from their positions were: Ian Blyth, head boys soccer coach; and Stacey Setlock, head volleyball coach. Both resignations are effective at the end of the 2014-205 school year.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 20, 1976 Dave Warner runs for a score and throws for another as Lehighton posts a 21-0 Centennial League win over Notre Dame. Warner reaches the end zone on a one-yard keeper and hits Rich Ashner with a 38-yard scoring strike. The Indian quarterback finishes the contest 8-of-14 for 126 yards. Greg Ebbert contributes 129 yards rushing on 15 carries, one of them a 69-yard TD run. Lehighton, coached by Jimmy Wentz, also receives 63 yards from Kevin Snyder.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's defense has relied on numerous underclassmen this season. Among them are, front from left, Andrew Sorensen, Brandon Schrader, Chet Karpyn, Matt Shields; back row, Brett Schillinger, Teagen Golden, Harry Hall, Dylan Snyder and Joe Colucci.

The Northwestern Tigers are entering into uncharted territory as they prepare for their first state playoff game since 2002.

With that challenge comes facing new teams that you're not familiar with and having to take long bus rides to get to where you need to be. That's the case this week as Northwestern travels to Peckville Friday night to face the Dunmore Bucks (11-1) out of District 2.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 19, 1927 Two touchdowns from Smith help Nesquehoning gain a 20-0 victory over Schuylkill Haven. The winners open the scoring when Zulick tackles Haven's punter in the end zone for a safety and extend their lead on Smith's one-yard TD run. Zulick catches a pass from Cipko and runs 30 yards for another Nesquer tally before Smith closes the scoring with his second one-yard plunge into the end zone.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
BOB FORD/times news file photo Former Lehighton field hockey players Jordyn Homyak (8), Abby Frey (25) and Echo Bretz (back, right) celebrate the 2009 PIAA Class AA State Championship as teammates. All three will be be competing in the NCAA Final Four this weekend at the University of Maryland. Homyak and Bretz play for the University of Albany and Frey for the University of North Carolina. Corrine McConville (13) is a University of Albany graduate.

Three Lehighton graduates will be part of this year's NCAA Final Four field hockey championships.

Echo Bretz and Jordyn Homyak, teammates at the University at Albany, and Abby Frey, who plays for North Carolina, will be competing for the Division 1 title this weekend in Maryland.

Albany, which upset Maryland to reach the Final Four, will be facing Connecticut in one national semifinal on Friday. North Carolina, the top-seeded team in all of D1, takes on Syracuse in the other semi.