Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Phantoms fall short

of perfect weekend

Playing three games in about 48 hours, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms secured a pair of wins and four out of a possible six standings points but fell short of a perfect weekend following a 3-0 loss at Hershey on Sunday.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe quarterback Shane Snisky (7) tries to break away from Blue Mountain defender Mark Chelius. Check out more photos from the game at

It was known before the season started that solid defense and a strong run game normally translates to a competitve football season in the Anthracite Football League.

Fast forward the 2014 season nine weeks and both Jim Thorpe (7-2) and Blue Mountain (7-2) are in the thick of the postseason hunt.

The Eagles had a hat trick of rushing touchdowns in the contest whiched propelled them to a 28-18 Anthracite League victory over the Olympians.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

STROUDSBURG - "Arte et labore."

The Latin phrase, which means "by skill and labor," adorns much of the Pleasant Valley boys' soccer team's warm-up gear.

Another, more straightforward mantra, is also emblazoned on the Bears' pregame kits: Family.

Entering its District 11 Class AAA quarterfinal against Stroudsburg, there was no question Pleasant Valley would need all of those qualities to come together in what was to surely be another close contest.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

There's a famous quote that reads; "adapt or perish." That quote basically means that if you don't adapt to the environment that you're faced with then your chances for success in that environment will be highly unlikely.

That quote defines what the Penn State Nittany Lions night could be like later today if its offensive line doesn't adapt to the challenge that it will be presented with.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A proposal by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners to create a permit that would be required for those not holding a valid hunting or furtaker license, but who use designated trails on state game lands for bicycling, snowmobiling or horseback riding has been tabled and executive director Matt Hough has been directed to work with staff to re-evaluate the proposal and bring new recommendations to the board at the working group meeting Thursday, Dec. 11, at PGC headquarters in Harrisburg.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Notre Dame may have lost an important football game last week but the Irish were also a winner.

Notre Dame proved that it belong with the elite football programs in the country, at last. It has taken a long, long time for the Irish program to come back but head coach Brian Kelly appears to have most of the pieces in place. Of course, not all the pieces are in place, if they were last week's game would not have been decided by an ACC game official. There is little doubt in my mind that the Irish were a much better team than Florida State.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The final statistics do not tell the true story of Panther Valley's 8-0 loss to Minersville on Friday night.

Let's start with the fact that the Panthers gained exactly one total yard in the first quarter and ended with 14 rushing yards at the half.

But the Panthers' defense allowed only one completed pass to Minersville for the entire game.

Unfortunately for them, the nine yard first quarter Battlin' Miners' pass and run play resulted in the game's only touchdown.

"Obviously we couldn't get anything going in the first half," said Panther Valley coach Matt Davis.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
bob ford/times news Tamaqua’s Chance Szabo tries to bring down Lehighton quarterback Tyler Cann (10). Check out more photos from the game at

The playoffs haven't officially started but don't tell that to Lehighton.

For the Indians, the postseason began weeks ago.

Knowing they'd have to string a bunch of wins together to defintely play in Week 11, the Tribe have come out with added intensity the past month.

Friday night was no different as Tom McCarroll's club gained a lead in the second quarter, expanded it in the third and put the contest away in the fourth. Fueled by their explosive playmakers, Lehighton cruised to a 48-6 win over host Tamaqua.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
nancy Scholz/times news Northwestern's Taylor Breininger carries the ball against Northern Lehigh.

"He's a big play waiting to happen," is how coach Josh Snyder described Taylor Breininger and that was never more evident than in Northwestern's 42-6 win over Northern Lehigh. Breininger came up with a 90-yard kick-off return for a touchdown and a 74-yard fumble return for a touchdown as just part of his night. Breininger also caught a two-yard touchdown pass and ran for a two-point conversion in the win.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Saucon Vy. overwhelms Lehighton

Statistics tell the whole story of the girls' soccer game between Lehighton and Saucon Valley on Friday, which Saucon won 6-0.

Saucon Valley had 24 shots on goal, the Indians had four.

The Panthers had seven corner kicks, Lehighton had none.

The game was the opener in District 11 Class AA playoffs and eliminates the sixth-seeded Indians.

Despite this, Lehighton coach Rich Emmert said he's very pleased with the success that his team had during the year.