Thursday, October 23, 2014

Local Sports

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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Northern Lehigh's Devon Pepe takes control of the ball during Monday's Colonial League semifinal against Southern Lehigh. A late goal by the Spartans gave them a 1-0 win.

SALISBURY - Sometimes, all it takes is one opportunity to change the course of a game.

Southern Lehigh's Elizabeth Clemmer certainly made the most of her chance in the Colonial League field hockey semifinals at Salisbury High School against Northern Lehigh.

Coming off a corner with just under three minutes to play, Clemmer secured a rebound in front of the Northern Lehigh net and slammed home what proved to be the game-winning goal in the No. 2 Spartans' 1-0 victory over the third-seeded Bulldogs.

Tuesday, October 14, 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 Times News will feature the other six inductees. Later this week. They are Bill Sakusky, Brad Shanfelt, Mary Rose Delpero Trump, Wally Yext, Jeff Nietz and John "Doc" Fallabel.

Dave Angelo

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13, 1979 Mark Hogrelius throws a pair of touchdown passes to lead Pleasant Valley gain a 19-14 Centennial League win over Stroudsburg. Hogrelius tosses a 13-yard scoring strike to Allan Johnson and also hits Dan Beck with a 54-yard TD completion. The Bears, coached by Tony Caracio, also receive a 47-yard scoring run from Eric Matheson, who finishes the contest with 100 yards on 19 carries. PV's defense comes up big with five turnovers, two of them fumble recoveries by Beck and Bob Wireman that set up two of the teams' TDs.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua both ended their girls' soccer seasons in fine fashion, as they both notched shutout wins over non-league opponents over the weekend.


Nativity-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe finished its season in style by defeating Nativity 2-0 in the final game of the season.

Adrian Brady scored one minute into the game off an assist from Nicole Reinhart to give her team the early lead. With a minute remaining in the first half, Jackie Condly scored on a break away to provide the Lady Olympians with some insurance.

Monday, October 13, 2014
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Jasmine Jraba (17) gets set to hit the ball back over the net as a Emmaus defender tries to block it.

Pleasant Valley's first season in the new Eastern Pennsylvania Conference came to an end Saturday with a 3-0 loss to Emmaus in the league quarterfinals.

The No. 3 seed Hornets beat a Bears (No. 6 seed) that hung around in each game before falling 25-17, 25-19 and 25-21.

Emmaus (15-3) consistently went to its top hitters Mackenzie O'Brien (15 kills), Megan Forstburg (nine kills) and Erin Stanton (nine kills).

Monday, October 13, 2014
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Noah Fulcomer (8) tries to block a header by Parkland's Ben Jago during Saturday's Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinal.

PARKLAND - Just like in American Football, the "time of possession" statistic in Futbol (also known as soccer) usually translates to success on the pitch.

Parkland had possession for 58% of the game, which propelled it to a 3-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinal victory over Pleasant Valley.

Jon Kleinhenz of Parkland put the ball top shelf in the seventh minute, thanks to a beautiful feed from Brendan Burke. The shot was perfectly placed where it was near impossible for Bears' goalkeeper Bradley Brickman to contest. Kleinhenz had two scores in the contest.