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Saturday, September 17, 2011

As the 2011 Notre Dame football season which had such high hopes for success quickly fades, you can add Brian Kelly to the list that includes Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weiss. Yet another coach that was going to bring the Irish program back, but ....

Friday, September 16, 2011

ALLENTOWN In a game that seemed much further out of reach than it ever was, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs fell to the Columbus Clippers 6-2 in game three of their International League Championship Series. The win gives the Clippers a 2-1 lead in games in the best-of-five series.

In the bottom of the first, Columbus starter Joe Martinez set the tone for the night, striking out the side. Martinez, not known as a strikeout pitcher, struck out a career-high 13 batters in the game, going seven innings.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Anybody who attended last Saturday's Jim Thorpe football game watched as the Olympians struggled against a potent Line Mountain offense.

The Eagles, a Class A school out of District 4, racked up an amazing 604 yards en route to a 62-32 victory at Panther Valley Stadium.

But the struggles Thorpe had in trying to shut down the running of Kyle Troutman (220 yards, three touchdowns) and the balance of quarterback Marty Beninsky (two TD runs, two TD passes) was minimal compared to what Line Mountain had to deal with in the week leading up to the non-league contest.

Friday, September 16, 2011
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Jeremy Zellers goes into the end zone standing up for the game's first touchdown. Holding on to his leg is Panther Valley's Mike Weaver.

The game of life is a lot like football.

You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.

That was the message delivered last night in Lansford, as Lehighton walked away with a 41-0 victory over Panther Valley in the inaugural Bo Tkach Foundation Under the Helmet Football Classic.

It was the first shutout for the Indians since September 7, 2007, when they posted a 41-0 victory over Tamaqua.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Lehighton 41, Panther Valley 0

Lehighton 0 21 14 6 - 41

Panther Valley 0 0 0 0 - 0

L – Zellers 10 run (Nalesnik kick)

L – Zellers 73 punt return (Nalesnik kick)

L – Angst 39 interception return (Nalesnik kick)

L – Nalesnik 9 run (Nalesnik kick)

L – Nalesnik 1 run (Eckert kick)

L – Ruzicka 13 run (kick failed)

L PV

First Downs 12 8

Rushing Yards 34-140 28-49

Passing Yards 70 63

Total Offense 210 112

Passing 5-8-0 6-18-2

Punts 2-37 6-28

Fumbles (lost) 6-2 2-1

Penalties (yds.) 2-27 5-43

Friday, September 16, 2011

September 16, 2005 Robbie Frey carries 21 times for 195 yards and three touchdowns while Lehighton's defense dominates in a 26-0 victory over visiting North Schuylkill. Frey scores on runs of eight, 34 and 11 yards. The Indians, coached by Bill Brong, also receive a pair of interceptions from Dillon Vrablic including one that is returned 25 yards for a touchdown.

Friday, September 16, 2011
ron gower/times news Mitch Hoffman of Jim Thorpe chips the ball onto the green.

Sometimes winning isn't what it's all about.

Thursday's match between the Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua golf teams wasn't only about a potential win for a pair of young and inexperienced teams.

Rather, it was more about the thrill of some friendly competition out on the greens and fairways at Villas Crossings.

When the scorecards were turned in, it was the Blue Raiders that recorded a 329-386 Schuylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.

Olympian coach James Hauze was able to find some postives in the loss, however.

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Kylee Bennett of Northwestern (left) tries to go around Palmerton's Samantha Doherty. Northwestern won the game, 3-2, thanks to a late goal by Bennett.

With under five minutes left in the game, Kylee Bennett missed a chance to seal the deal for Northwestern on a penalty corner.

Bennett more than made up for it in the waning moments of the Tigers' Colonial League showdown with Palmerton.

With overtime looming, the junior Tiger got her stick on a feed from Tiffany Gumina just in the nick of time to post the game-winning goal in a 3-2 nail-biter.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Tamaqua Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee will induct its 16th class into the Hall of Fame which will include seven new individuals, prior to Friday night's home football game against Shenandoah Valley

Durbin L Wagner, Pat Davison, Lorri Maff, Dan Smith, Kyle spotts, Derrik Keich and the late Joseph Plasko will be honored with their induction.

Below is a brief biography of each inductee:

MR. DURBIN L. WAGNER

MEMBER OF THE CLASS OF 1955

Thursday, September 15, 2011

After enjoying life near the top of the grid picks after the first week of high school football season, I slipped a bit towards the middle of the pack despite finishing with an 11-4 mark last week.

Not a bad effort. As a matter of fact, it matched my record from the first week and I'n just a few games out of first. right now Andy Steinmetz and Jason Boris are tied for first and there are a few guys ahead of me that I'm not too worried about because they aren't used to being up that close to the lead.