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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 15, 1988 Lehighton forces eight turnovers, including four interceptions, to lead the Indians to a 23-6 Centennial League win over Northwestern. Dwayne Fisher returns one of the picks 33 yards for a touchdown. Mark Shanton adds two interceptions while Chris Wentz has the other one. Lehighton, coached by Dave Parsons, also receives two touchdown runs from Dan Bowman. One of Bowman's scores goes for 75 yards. The winners also get two points on a safety when Craig Ziegenfuss blocks a punt out of the end zone.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Marian High School Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Capriotti's in Tresckow.

The banquet will begin with a cocktail hour at 3 p.m, dinner will be at 4 p.m. and inductions will follow.

Following are six members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class. The other six inductees. Dave Angelo, Brian Kennedy, Mike Hosak, John Pieracini, Mark Makovec and Brian Rafferty are the other inductees.

Bill Sakusky

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CENTER VALLEY - Regardless of what happened during Tuesday's District 11 Class AAA team tournament quarterfinal, Pleasant Valley knew it could walk off the court satisfied with what it accomplished this season.

Just a week ago, the Lady Bears' tandem of Madison Olexson and Kara Urland became the first Pleasant Valley team in school history to reach the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AAA doubles tournament.

Prior to that, the Lady Bears qualified three players for the District 11 Class AAA singles tournament, tied for the most of any team in the event.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The goal for any high school sports team is to improve over the course of a season.

While the Southern Lehigh girls soccer team showed great improvement this year, it wasn't quite enough to overtake Northwestern in Tuesday's Colonial League semifinals at Salisbury High School.

The Lady Tigers, who beat the Spartans 5-1 earlier this season, needed a goal with 2:10 left in the game to pull off a 1-0 victory over Southern Lehigh on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Lehighton's Joe Marks (right) and Schuylkill Haven's Luis Taylor leap over Hurricane goalie Brad Fryer after he came up with a save.

ORWIGSBURG - Lehighton boys soccer coach Dave Yob had a pretty good strategy figured out for his team's first trip into the Schuylkill League playoffs on Tuesday against Schuylkill Haven at Bluye Mountain.

"We wanted to set the tone early," Yob said. "I emailed the kids last night from work and I said stay focused, play hard and go from there."

The Indians took his advice, kept the Hurricanes from getting any offense going in the first half, and rolled to a 4-0 victory, it's ninth win in a row.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GREEN POND – It was a different opponent, but the same daunting task for the Tamaqua girls tennis team.

For the fourth straight year and the fifth time in Jennel Yelito's six seasons as head coach, the Raiders qualified for the District 11 Class AA team tournament.

In each of the Raiders' previous district appearances under Yelito, they faced top-seeded Moravian Academy – the six-time defending Class AA team champions.

Tuesday afternoon, Tamaqua was once again a huge underdog against a highly-touted Colonial League squad.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Marian's Lauren Nietz passes the ball as teammates Courtney McCall (7) and Alex Stroia (left) look on.

MINERSVILLE - "Attack, attack, and attack" is the constant strategy of Marian head coach John Fallabel and his Fillies.

The Fillies manafactured 80 attacks that resulted in 32 kills during its Schuylkill League playoff sweep of Millersburg, 25-14, 25-9, 25-18.

"We always play our game," said Fallabel. "We play the same game all of the time. Aggressive serving with solid defense. We're not the greatest blocking team, but we attack, attack, and attack."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
scott pagel/times news Pleasant Valley's Khai Samuels (second from left) runs with a pack of runners during Tuesday's Eastern Pennsylvania Conference cross country meet. Samuels finished 24th.

BETHLEHEM Pleasant Valley's Seth Slavin, last year's cross country league champion in the final season of the Mountain Valley Conference (MVC), sought another successful outing in the newly-formed Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC).

Despite the competition across the board increasing with the MVC and LVC merger, Slavin had his eyes set on a top-two finish. And while he came up just short on that mark, Slavin put together a solid showing, finishing fourth at Tuesday's EPC Cross Country Meet at Bethlehem Municipal Park.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pocono Mountain West ended its season with a victory over Northwestern, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 25-8 in girls volleyball action.

Oliva Dunn led the Panthers with 35 assists. Jackie Benitez also largely contributed with 24 kills and 25 digs. Brianna Hall added 10 kills.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Big games and Salisbury football are words that haven't been used together very often in recent years.

With just four total victories in the four previous seasons, it has been a long time since the Falcons played a meaningful late season game.

But on Friday night in Slatington, Salisbury found itself in that situation.