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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tomorrow night's contest between Jim Thorpe and Panther Valley has all the makings of an old fashioned dog fight.

Panther Valley is coming into Olympian territory with a 2-1 record, their best record coming into that game since 2008 when they were 3-0. They are also coming into the game with TIMES NEWS area leading rusher Rich Smith (44-483-9TD), who will surely be looking to put up some significant rushing numbers on the Olympians.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
PV's Leap leads 'Bearial' attack

Two weeks ago in Pleasant Valley's blowout victory over Dieruff, quarterback Brandon Leap got to attempt just one pass before being pulled midway through the second quarter.

Last Friday night against Pocono Mountain West, he made up for that lost time in a major way.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Amanda Acabou (16) and Pocono Mountain West's Sabrina Beoasco battle for the ball.

Tamaqua picked up victories in boys soccer, girls soccer, volleyball, tennis and cross country during a busy Wednesday of scholastic sports action.

GIRLS SOCCERTamaqua-Blue Mountain

Tamaqua used and a solid defensive effort in the second half to pull away with a 4-2 Schuylkill League Division I win over Blue Mountain.

Kailee Rottet provided the spark in the first half with two goals. Lynn Kistler and Brynn Lehatto added the push in the second half with single scores that helped the Raiders snap a 2-2 halftime tie.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Cole Miller rolls in a putt during the Colonial League golf championships. Miller finished first with a score of 68.

BEHTLEHEM – After one of the best regular seasons by any local high school golfer in recent years, Cole Miller headed to the Colonial League Championship Tournament with a scoring average seven strokes lower than anyone else in the event.

The Northwestern junior was the only member of the field to break 70 Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course. He carded a 3-under par 68 to win this year's title by five strokes over Bangor's Alex Colton.

"I played pretty solid in the beginning," Miller said. "I lost it a little bit at the end, but overall it was a pretty good day."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Marian and Panther Valley picked up volleyball victories on Tuesday.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Marian-Shenandoah

Marian stayed undefeated on the season, beating Shenandoah Valley, 25-10, 25-9, and 25-16, in Schuylkill League action.

Mary Kate Sherkness continues to impress in her senior season, leading the Fillies with 15 kills.

Grace Boyle had four kills, along with three aces and Abby O'Donnell chipped in with 24 assists.

With the win Marian improves to 4-0 in league play.

Panther Vy.-Lourdes

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September 19, 1964 Panther Valley's defense gives up only 36 yards and Charlie Williams scores a pair of touchdowns in posting a 27-0 win over Frackville. Williams completes a 53-yard first quarter drive with a one-yard scoring plunge. He later reaches the end zone from 19 yards out. The Panthers, coached by Rich Davidyock, also receive three-yard TD runs from John Yankovich and Paul Skodacek. PV's defense, besides posting the shutouts, also intercepts three passes by Gary Druss, John Mikulsky and Tim Mongi.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
TIMES NEWS File Photo Northern Lehigh head cross country coach Dave Oertner, right, encourages Kyle Bender during a race back in 2008.

In his 31st year with the Northern Lehigh cross country program, head coach Dave Oertner will have a good chance of surpassing an impressive milestone today.

Oertner is one victory away from earning his 500th career coaching win with the Northern Lehigh boys' program. That achievement should take place today in Palmerton when the Bulldogs compete in a multi-team Colonial League meet.

Oertner holds a 499-199 overall mark with the Bulldogs' boys' team. In addition, he has a 390-283 mark with the girls' program.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Mike Gottstein tees off on the first hold during Monday's match against Pine Grove at Mahoning Valley Country Club. Gottstein fired a 77 to take medalist honors in the win.

Marian and Palmerton came away with wins in golf on Monday afternoon in local scholastic sports action.

Elsewhere, Northwestern picked up a girls volleyball win, Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe triumphed in boys soccer, Pleasant Valley copped a girls soccer victory, Northern Lehigh kept its field hockey win record intact and the Olympians also won in girls tennis.

GOLF

Pine Grove-Marian

Marian walked off Mahoning Valley Country Club course with a 320-344 Schuylkill League win over Pine Grove.

Mike Gottstein paced the Colts with a team low 77.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Thorpe stuns unbeaten PV

A new sense of motivation or pride can do wonders for any team.

Those feelings can come from many things. Whether it be playing against a rival school, a team captain taking charge, or maybe even the presence of a new energetic head coach.

Last night at Jim Thorpe, it seemed like all three of those things came together for the Olympians' volleyball squad. The Lady Olympians came up with sort of a surprising victory and a good one for the program at that, handing Panther Valley its first loss of the season in five sets 24-26, 25-15, 20-25, 25-28, 15-12.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September 18, 2004 Held to just 36 yards rushing before Marian's final drive, Vito Digilio leads a game-winning 94-yard march to help the Colts pull out an 8-7 win over Mahanoy Area. Digilio carries five times for 101 yards during the last series and caps the drive with a 41-yard touchdown run with 2:57 left to play. He also adds the crucial two-point conversion to give Marian the lead. The Colts, coached by Stan Dakosty, clinch the victory when Mahanoy misses a 44-yard field goal in the closing seconds.