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Monday, November 21, 2016
Marian’s Elena Beckett tries to block Brittany Stawovy of Grennsburg Central Catholic at the net during Saturday’s match. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

JOHNSTOWN - Even in defeat, John Fallabel’s optimism was undeniable.

“We’ll be back here,” he said.

Though Marian fell 25-13, 25-10, 25-19 to Greensburg Central Catholic in Saturday’s PIAA Class A volleyball final, the Fillies and their head coach left Richland High School encouraged about what the future holds.

Monday, November 21, 2016
Marian's Miranda Antiga goes down for a dig in Saturday's PIAA Class A final against Greensburg Central Catholic. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The Richland High School gym was full of players, coaches, and fans from all over the state during the PIAA volleyball championships on Saturday. District 11 had a program in three of the four final matches. However, Allentown Central Catholic was the only one to come away with a gold medal. Here are some of the stories from Johnstown on Saturday.

Monday, November 21, 2016

November 21, 1979 — Behind the scoring of Robin Bottcher and Julie Frey, the Lehighton girls basketball team opens the season with a 43-29 victory over Jim Thorpe. Bottcher tallies 12 of her team-high 14 points in the first half as the Indians, coached by Terry Maher, gain an 11-point halftime lead. Frey finishes with 12 points, six in each half, while Lori Higgins chips in with six. The Olympians’ Jean Bing leads all scorers with a game-high 16 points.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

HERSHEY — The Northwestern boys soccer team came out strong against Lower Dauphin, but couldn’t continue the momentum in the PIAA 3A Championship game at Hersheypark Stadium. Lower Dauphin defeated the Tigers 3-0 to cap an unbeaten season.

“We came out strong and had three real good chances before they even got their first goal,” said Northwestern head coach Nate Hunsicker. “We had a lot of momentum and were charged up, but just couldn’t break through for anything.”

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Defense was backbone to NW success

HERSHEY — The motto that has been said by a coach of any sport has been “Defense wins championships.”

The Northwestern boys soccer program has been a walking billboard of that slogan.

The Tigers had not allowed a goal during the district and state postseason tournaments, which included a run to Colonial League and District 11 Class 3A championships, and four games in the PIAA state tournament, which culminated in an appearance in the state final Friday night.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Approach is everything when it comes to writing a conspiracy column about public health issues. If I take the proper approach, you think seriously about the information, how it affects you, and whether or not you need to make significant lifestyle changes as a result.

If I take an improper approach, what you think seriously about is my sanity, if I wear a tinfoil hat to keep the bad voices away, and whether or not I stopped taking my numerous prescription medications.

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Dr. Don Newman, right, Andreas, downed a record-book bull elk during the Pennsylvania hunt. On the left is Steve Bennett, Utah, a hunting friend who flew in to join him on the hunt. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Dr. Don Newman, Andreas, has no trouble playing a reel of hunting highlights in his mind.

There’s no doubt that the record-book elk he downed during the annual Pennsylvania elk hunt is one of them, from beginning to end. The bull scored 407 3/8, with an 8 x 9 rack, and was the second-largest shot in the 2016 season. Field-dressed it weighed 776 pounds.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Six games ago, the Penn State football team was on the verge of a fan and media explosion — and not in a positive way.

The Nittany Lions limped home from Ann Arbor after a 49-10 loss with a substantial amount of injuries to boot.

Penn State’s linebacker unit was decimated with injuries, with all three of its starting linebackers out heading into a tough match-up with a then-undefeated Minnesota team.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) – Even with all the teaching he’s done to change the way tackling is handled in the NFL, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll still believes in the importance of the big hit.

So when Earl Thomas raced across the field and leveled Rob Gronkowski with a shoulder tackle to the midsection last week, Carroll was ecstatic about the result of the play, and the message it sent that the game can still be physically brutal but in a safe way.

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Mertz helps rewrite family, team history

HERSHEY — In her last high school soccer game at Northwestern High School, a spot in the state championship was on the line for Sabrina Mertz, now a sophomore at Lehigh University. She and the Tigers couldn’t reach that stage back in 2014, but were able to rewrite history for the Lady Tigers’ program.