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Saturday, November 3, 2012

STROUDSBURG – The Pleasant Valley football team had a number of things go against it Friday night.

Unfortunately for the Bears, there were just too many things and they couldn't battle back from all of them.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Nittany Lions fell short last week against the Buckeyes in what was a loud and emotional Beaver Stadium. There were no big mistakes, no bad calls, well maybe one bad call on a defensive hold on an OSU punt, but it was simply that the Buckeyes were the better team.

The Penn State defense had a hard time handling the dynamic Braxton Miller and PSU also had a couple bad possessions in the redzone where they didn't convert possible touchdown scoring opportunities.

Saturday, November 3, 2012
alan Zuzic/special to the times news Northwestern quarterback Frank Dangello looks downfield as Catasauqua's Zachary Labezius (50) tries to chase him down.

Entering the final game of the season, Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder had to prepare his team for Catasauqua, who had clinched the Colonial League title outright last week.

Hurricane Sandy didn't help make things any easier for the Tigers' coaching staff to put together a game plan to slow down the Roughies, who were determined to finish the season with an unblemished record.

Catasauqua was on a mission for a perfect 10-0 mark and were able to fulfull it with a commanding 57-3 victory.

Friday, November 2, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Allentown Central Catholic's Jonathan Matejcek (center) has his shot blocked by Northwestern goalie Kyle Snyder (left) as Tiger defender Boston Furjanic hustles in from behind.

Central Catholic and Northwestern battled through a scoreless first half in Thursday's District 11 2A boys soccer semifinal at Northern Lehigh but it wasn't for a lack of effort.

Both the Vikings (9-7-4) and Tigers (15-5-1) were engaged in quite a physical contest that you knew something had to give.

The Tigers had more shots on goal, more corner kicks and way more chances than the Vikings, but it was the latter that scored on three of its four shots on goal for a 3-1 victory to end Northwestern's outstanding season.

Friday, November 2, 2012
bob ford/times news Marian's Emily Pilla (29) and Sophie Myers (28) go up for a block against Nativity. The Fillies swept the District 11 Class A volleyball semifinal, 3-0.

The Marian Fillies volleyball squad knew it had to play better coming into the District 11 semifinal game against Nativity last night.

The Fillies lost a battle of the unbeatens last Wednesday night, losing in the semis of the Schuylkill League Championships against Pottsville in three games. The Marian loss was all about errors, especially from the service line and this time around if the Fillies lost they would not get a chance to redeem themselves.

Friday, November 2, 2012

With the regular season winding down, we waited until Week No. 9 to gamble a little bit and all three of the tossups that we went out on a limb on lost.

Needless to say, Jason Boris, who studies the games more than anyone on the circuit, pulled out all of the close contests and had a 14-1 week last week.

Now, it's time to get down to the nitty gritty.

Friday, November 2, 2012
Powerful So. Lehigh eliminates Bears

After his team's quarterfinal victory on Saturday, Pleasant Valley head coach John Gesiskie said that hadn't seen Southern Lehigh but had heard they were quite a force.

On Thursday, Gesiskie got to see first-hand exactly how much of a force the Spartans were.

Southern Lehigh, the district's No. 3 seed, dispatched of No. 2 Pleasant Valley rather easily in its District 11 AAA semifinal volleyball game, winning 25-11, 25-13, 25-16. The Spartans will play Parkland in the final on Saturday.

Friday, November 2, 2012
Nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Sarah Segan (9) goes up to head the ball between a pair of Palisades defenders.

WHITEHALL Palisades' defensive scheme was a sign of the respect the Pirates have for Northwestern's offensive firepower.

But it wasn't enough to keep the Tigers off the board. After 69 scoreless minutes of soccer, Sabrina Mertz knocked in the game's only goal to send Northwestern to the District 11 Class AA girls soccer title game with a 1-0 semifinal win over Palisades.

"Palisades is a really good team," said Mertz. "They always give us a tough match. We didn't have many opportunities today so we needed to finish the ones we got. Luckily we did that and we got the win."

Friday, November 2, 2012

With this year's World Series coming to a conclusion on Sunday, I decided now would be a prime opportunity for me to share a piece of poetry I found stashed in my old high school yearbook.

It was nearly 20 years ago that Matt Wentz and I were presented with the assignment by Dr. Gilligan in his Creative Writing class to write an English Ode poem.

So, with us both being die-hard Phillies' fans and the Phillies making the postseason for the first time in 10 years back in 1993, we thought we would have a little fun with one of our other teachers that year.

Friday, November 2, 2012

November 2, 2001 Derek Bailey carries 17 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns to help Northwestern roll to a 33-6 Colonial League win over Catasauqua. After the Rough Riders score first, Bailey reaches the end zone on runs of 7, 38 and 9 yards. The Tigers, coached by Bob Mitchell, also receive 121 yards rushing and a touchdown from Ray Keshel while Austin Bleam chips in with a TD run. Northwestern's defense intercepts four passes in the contest, including two by Brandon Reith.