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Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 25, 1975 Charlie McAvoy scores three touchdowns to lead Panther Valley to a 28-12 victory over Mahanoy Area. McAvoy, who rushes for 58 yards on 14 carries, reaches the end zone on runs of 6, 2 and 16 yards. The Panthers, coached by Caz Kosciolek, also receive a 25-yard touchdown pass from Lou Mele to Joe Karnish. PV's defense comes up big as Mark Zuber intercepts two passes and Bob Spezialetti picks off one and also records a safety.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

It's that time in the football season where each game proves important. Teams need to get out to a quick start and attempt to dictate momentum early on.

Marian utilized big-play performances from Nico Agosti to leap to a 20-0 lead that set the tone for the remainder of the contest, as they eventually cruised to the 41-0 mercy rule win over Shenandoah Valley.

With the win, the Colts are guaranteed a winning record this season and solidified their position in the District 11 Class A postseason, as they improve to 6-3 on the year.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Some of northeastern Pennsylvania's prime turkey habitat in Pike County will be open for the begging of the fall turkey season, Saturday, Nov. 1.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Jerry Pereira makes a move to pick up a big gain during Friday night's 38-28 win over Salisbury.

You never know how a team is going to react after suffering a blowout loss.

Twice this season, Palmerton's football team has been in that situation. And both times it bounced back.

The Blue Bombers celebrated "Senior Night" with a 38-28 win over Salisbury for its sixth win in nine games this season.

And a 31-point first half gave them a big enough cushion, even though they let up a bit in the second half.

Friday, October 24, 2014

ALLENTOWN - Every coach at any level always hopes for a strong start and early momentum.

Laurie Corcoran's Allentown Central Catholic squad came roaring out of the gate and outscored Panther Valley by a 50-12 margin in the first two games of its District 11 AA quarterfinal match against the Panthers. The Vikettes took cared of business in game number three and swept the Panthers, 25-7, 25-5, 25-15.

Friday, October 24, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Noel Kelly goes high in the air to try and tip the ball over Southern Lehigh's Ashley Zamichieli. Check out more photos from the game at

CENTER VALLEY - At first, it looked as if Pleasant Valley might have spent more time on the road than on the volleyball court in Thursday night's opening round of the District 11 Class 3A playoffs.

After spending approximately 45 minutes on the bus to get to Southern Lehigh High School, an ugly opening first game against the Colonial League champions almost set the stage for an early dismissal.

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24, 2003 Jason Figura carries 26 times for 124 yards and a touchdown and also throws a scoring pass to help Jim Thorpe rally for a 26-21 Anthracite 8 football win over Marian. The Olympians, coached by Mark Rosenberger, fall behind 13-0 before making their comeback. Figura tosses a seven-yard TD pass to Justin Young and also reaches the end zone from a yard out. Young finishes with three touchdowns, as he scores on runs of 26 and 5 yards.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News Northwestern's Brayden Heller captured fourth in the Class AA race.

BETHLEHEM - Prior to the start of the season, few thought the Jim Thorpe boys cross country team would be able to duplicate its unprecedented success from a year ago.

The Olympians went 10-0 en route to a Schuylkill League Division I championship, a runner-up finish in the District 11 Class AA meet and a 12th place result at the PIAA Cross Country Championships in Hershey.

But questions remained about whether or not Jim Thorpe could return to that form after losing three of its top-five runners from a season ago in Christian Fields, Jake McGeehan and Zachary Nace.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News Marian's Tina Capparell won Thursday's District 11 Class A race in a time of 19:57.

BETHLEHEM - Northwestern girls cross country has been unstoppable for as long as most on the team can remember.

The Lady Tigers haven't lost a duel meet since 2010, and have won the last four Colonial League championships in convincing fashion.

Marian Catholic's Tina Capparell has been nearly untouchable throughout her freshman year, winning almost every race she's entered, including last week's Schuylkill League championship meet.

Friday, October 24, 2014

ORWIGSBURG - It was exactly what TJ O'Connor feared.

And it's exactly what happened.

Not only was O'Connor's young Lehighton volleyball squad decided underdogs against Blue Mountain in Thursday's District 11 Class AA quarterfinal matchup, but the Indians were also facing arguably the best player in the Schuylkill League in Brittany Moyer.