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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Northwestern's Matthew Strickland (4) heads the ball in front of teammate Brandon Herb (11) and Moravian Academy's Ryan Brown.


It's a matter of quality over quantity.

Monday afternoon, Moravian Academy outshot Northwestern for the majority of the game.

While Nate Hunsicker has seen his Tiger boys soccer team on the better end of stat sheet most games, the Lions held a 12-9 advantage in shots on goal through 40 minutes of regulation.

But the host Tigers (4-1-2 overall, 3-1-1 Colonial League) made the most of their opportunites to pull out a 2-0 Colonial League win, handing Moravian (4-2, 3-1) its first league loss of the season.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The week three TIMES NEWS Game of the Week features two Colonial League programs that look to be on the up and up.

The Palmerton Blue Bombers and the Salisbury Falcons will square off in week three to see which team can continue their stride towards relevancy.

Since 2009, Palmerton is 8-32 and for Salisbury it's been even worse. The Falcons haven't had a winning campaign since 2006, going 11-51 in that stretch.

Meaning, the winner of this week's contest will be sitting at 2-1 heading into week four, which is a position both of these teams would like to be in.

Thursday, September 12, 2013



WHEN: Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: North Schuylkill (2-0, 2-0 Anthracite); Jim Thorpe (1-1).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: North Schuylkill def. Minersville 48-0; Blue Mountain def. Jim Thorpe 49-19.

NORTH SCHUYLKILL'S IMPACT PLAYERS: The Spartans did damage through the air last week. Quarterback Matt Smarkanik went 6 for 9 for 161 yards and three touchdowns. Smarkanik's main target on the night was John Rupinski, who caught three balls for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
2013 class will have seven inductees

The Tamaqua Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee will induct its 18th class into the Hall of Fame which will include seven new individuals.

The event will take place Friday, Sept. 13 before the Blue Raiders' football team hosts Shenandoah Valley.

The following is biographical information regarding the newest class into the Tamaqua Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame.



*Member of the class of 1995 where she was a standout on the basketball court earning four varsity letters.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


After touchdown.

After touchdown.

Pleasant Valley's Brandon Leap made sure his playmakers got familiar with end zone in last Friday's shootout with Dieruff.

Leap threw six touchdown passes to six different players while racking up 288 yards through the air to lead the Bears to their first win of the season in dramatic fashion.

The stunning performance also helped Leap earn TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Jessica Debski (7) moves in front of Northwestern's Kylee Bennett during Colonial League play on Wednesday.

The Jim Thorpe boys cross country team remained undefeated (4-0) on the season with a 17-44 victory over Tamaqua and a 21-40 victory over Pottsville.



-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe's Christian Fields finished in first place with a time of 18.29, while teammate Jonathan Condly placed second (18.34). Austin Sabol paced Tamaqua, who lost to Pottsville 21-35, with a seventh-place time of 19.52.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 12, 2006 Tyler Wisniewski scores a hat trick and adds an assist to help Tamaqua roll to an 8-1 Schuylkill League soccer win over North Schuylkill. Wisniewski's first tally ties the contest after the Spartans had opened the scoring. The Blue Raiders, coached by Joe Holmberg, also receive two goals from Matt Stewart. Jay Pilla and Chris Hummel each contribute a goal and an assist while Chris Pilla adds a pair of helpers.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Samantha Young picked up the win in her first meet of the year, finishing with a time of 20:52.

The Pleasant Valley boys and girls cross country teams went a perfect 3-0 in a five-team Mountain Valley Conference meet while Lehighton went 0-2 on the day.

Pleasant Valley's Samantha Young picked up a win in her first meet of the year, finishing with a time of 20:52 on what proved to be a difficult day for many of the runners.

"Coming into it, I knew it was going to be really hot," said Young. "So I knew it wasn't going to be 'PR' racing, absolutely not, especially midseason. But I guess I felt pretty good."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11, 1998 Chris Siracuse and Tony Jordan both rush for over 100 yards and Palmerton's defense forces five turnovers in posting a 33-20 Colonial League win over Saucon Valley. Siracuse finishes the contest with 190 yards on 15 carries, including touchdown runs of 85 and 45 yards. Jordan gains 105 yards on just seven attempts - one of them a 43-yard TD scamper. The Blue Bombers, coached by Manny Guedes, also receive two scoring runs from Kyle Versuk. On defense, Jordan, Craig Steigerwalt and Jason Northington each record an interception.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Northern Lehigh School Board, on a 7-0 vote on Monday, with directors Mathias Green and Lauren Ganser absent, approved the following cocurricular appointments for the 2013-14 school year:

- Mark Hoffman, assistant softball coach, $2,990

- Katrina Wehr, assistant track coach, $2,990

The board, by the same margin, also approved the following cocurricular volunteers for the 2013-14 school year:

- Alex Haberern, assistant boy's soccer

- Aaron Harding, assistant boy's soccer