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Saturday, September 17, 2016

High school football is a beautiful thing, especially when two talented teams play to the wire.

The Marian Colts and Lehighton Indians proved just that on Friday night. The two Schuylkill League Football squads left it all out on the field and when the clock hit zero it was the Tribe that outlasted the Colts for a narrow 27-26 victory.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

MINERSVILLE – It must have felt like one big whoosh for the Minersville football team at Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday night.

Jim Thorpe wound up and let it fly. Oh brother did the Olympians ever. Locked in a 0-0 deadlock with 2:07 to play in the opening half, Minersville felt like it was in good graces and poised to make a statement win for first year coach Darien Buggy.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Northwestern Tigers found some redemption and a bit of their old style of play in a 37-7 dismantling of Wilson Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

The win was a rebound from a disappointing loss to Palisades last week and moves the Tigers to 3-1 on the season.

Northwestern came out sharp and didn’t let up. After shutting down Wilson on a three-and-out on their first possession, the Tigers had a short field to work with and Deven Bollinger capped a 38-yard drive with a 19-yard TD pass to Trevor Cunningham.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Raiders bounce back to rout PV

Tamaqua head coach Sam Bonner was looking for a bounce-back week.

After scoring on all six first-half possessions and cruising to a 59-6 victory over Panther Valley Friday night, it’s safe to say the Blue Raiders’ mentor got what he wanted.

“Coming off a tough loss, the kids were anxious to play at home in front of a big crowd,” said Bonner, whose team battled a powerful Schuylkill Haven squad last week before suffering its first loss. “We made plays tonight, and it helped that we started making them right off the bat. We got the fast start we were hoping to get.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Northern Lehigh goalie Meghan Handerk knocks the ball away from Salisbury’s Kyra Bruns (1) during Friday’s Colonial League soccer matcup. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Northwestern picked up a boys soccer victory over Southern Lehigh on Friday.


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Northwestern scored twice in each half to hand Southern Lehigh a 4-1 setback.

Noah Meyers and Jonathan Blaine gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead after the first half. Dominic Mertz and Samuel Seyfried added insurance goals in the second half. Thomas Creighton, Bradley Shafer, Samuel Seyfried and Justin Searcy had assists.


The Colonial League match between Bangor and Palmerton ended in a 0-0 tie.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

September 17, 1988 - Greg Lazorick tallies two touchdowns and Jim Thorpe holds on to gain a 12-6 victory over Saint Clair. Lazorick opens the scoring in the second quarter when he breaks free for a 31-yard touchdown. Later in the frame, he adds a 2-yard scoring burst. The Olympians, coached by George Yaniger, come up with three turnovers on defense to help limit their opponents’ points. Tony Wolfe and Mike Gillespie both come up with fumble recoveries. Sam Bonner also has a strong game, blocking a punt and an extra point, and recording a sack.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

It may not rank up there with a fire station burning down or an ophthalmologist going blind, but it’s close. That a headline for this column would invoke an old tagline from the restaurant chain that brought you the Bloomin’ Onion — that egregious appetizer containing 1954 calories, 154.7 grams of fat, and 3841.1 grams of sodium — is, in a word, ironic.

It’s also, provided you properly interpret the quotation marks, an appropriate encapsulation of that thing many of you loathe to do before and/or after exercise: stretch.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sports can sometimes be very frustrating when the team you root for isn’t doing well. That’s no secret to anyone that reads this column on a weekly basis. Northeastern Pennsylvania is rich with football tradition and on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, a considerable amount of the population in this region is either attending or watching a football game.

I can probably sum up the Penn State Nittany Lions’ fan base feelings after last week’s 42-39 loss to in-state rival Pitt with one word. That word is, yes you guessed it – frustrated.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Big plays lift Crusaders

Jalen Simpson has a knack for getting his team on the scoreboard first.

He was a part of Notre Dame’s game-opening score against Southern Lehigh last week, collecting a 22-yard touchdown pass from his quarterback Cole DeFranco. The Crusaders went on to win.

It was the same result on Friday against Northern Lehigh in another Colonial League meeting.

The fans were still finding their seats when Simpson took the opening kickoff 83 yards to the house. His second quick score in two weeks propelled the Crusaders to a 39-21 victory over the Bulldogs.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Notre Dame and Michighan State resume their long-time rivalry tonight in South Bend. The Irish and the Spartans have not played since the 2013 season. After ND joined the Atlantic Coast Conference the Irish were forced to drop some long-time rivals, many from the Big 10, to accommodate the requirement of the ACC that ND must play at least five conference teams a year.

This Irish-Spartan series will only last until next season when ND visits East Lansing. The two schools hope to arrange future games.