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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Johnny Schmid, left, runs toward the ball during a recent game against Lehighton. Schmid is the first male field hockey player at Pleasant Valley since 2006.

To all the girls on the Pleasant Valley field hockey team, their teammate Johnny Schmid is just one of the "guys."

"It's his first year on our team," says PV coach Jessica Frantz, "and he has helped us have a successful season so far without being an issue whatsoever."

"My real love is playing ice hockey," says Schmid, who is the first boy to play for the Bears' girls' team since 2006, "so I look at field hockey as a great alternative when I'm not on skates."

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Brayden Heller was the first Northwestern boy to cross the finish line. He was fifth.

Wins are satisfying for a number of reasons.

Some represent individual success, while others illustrate an achievement as a team.

On Thursday afternoon, the Northwestern Lehigh girls' cross country team secured possibly their most gratifying and significant wins during a remarkable undefeated streak.

The Lady Tigers went 7-0 in a multi-team Colonial League meet, extending their undefeated streak to 74-0 and giving coach Chris Stitzel his 306th win as coach.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September 25, 1970 Wayne Kapish runs for one touchdown and throws for two others to help lead Marian to a 19-8 win over Pleasant Valley. Kapish caps a 78-yard drive on the Colts' first possession of the game with a four-yard scoring run. He later hits Joe Marouchoc with a pair of TD passes. A 40-yard scoring strike gives Marian, coached by Joe Leonzi, the lead while a 14-yarder adds some insurance. The Bears' only score comes on a 26-yard pass from Scott Gordon to Faron Frey.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Mikayla Krupa (left) battles for possession with a Southern Lehig player during Tuesday's Colonial League battle.

Marian, Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe pulled off Schuylkill League volleyball victories on Tuesday night.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Marian-Williams Vy.

Marian tuned up for Thursday's showdown with Pottsville Nativity by crushing Williams Valley, 25-12, 25-5, 25-12, in a Schuylkill League match.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
@Caption Stand Alone:St. Peter's wins Churchmen's Softball League  The St. Peter's Church softball team captured the Christian Churchmen's Softball League championship this season. Team members included, kneeling from left, Travis Miller, Mitchell Miller, Matt Yeakel, Trevor Hosier and Travis Kistler. Standing, Dean Faust, Gary Steigerwalt, Brad Nevenglosky, Frank Nas, Dwain Hoppes, Aaron Steigerwalt, JD Brobst, Gavin Seip, Sam Betz and Ryan Hill.

The St. Peter's Church softball team captured the Christian Churchmen's Softball League championship this season. Team members included, kneeling from left, Travis Miller, Mitchell Miller, Matt Yeakel, Trevor Hosier and Travis Kistler. Standing, Dean Faust, Gary Steigerwalt, Brad Nevenglosky, Frank Nas, Dwain Hoppes, Aaron Steigerwalt, JD Brobst, Gavin Seip, Sam Betz and Ryan Hill.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Marian's Albert McFadden watches his drive on the sixth hole during Monday's Schuylkill League Individual Golf Championship at Mahoning Valley Country Club. McFadden won the title shooting a round of 84. BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS

Marian freshman Albert McFadden edged Tamaqua's Michael Weinert by one stroke to win the Schuylkill League Boys Individual Golf title on Monday at Mahoning Valley Country Club.

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Schuylkill League

Championships, Boys'

McFadden fired a round of 84 on the par 72 course to beat Weinert, who fired an 85, Pottsville's Joe Drasdis, who had an 86 and North Schuylkill's Hunter Mickatavage, who had an 87.

Marian's Austin Paisley was sixth with a round of 91 and Mark Postupack was seventh with a 94.

Jim Thorpe's Brett Luicana finished 11th with a 98.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Change always comes with a breath of contention and wrestling coaches have their opinions on and off the record of the news last week of the newly formatted District 11 AAA and AA team tournaments.

With 12-teams qualifying in both brackets, nobody has an issue with a larger wrestling party to give more teams an opportunity to compete for postseason opportunities.

Where those teams get seeded and "the ultimate qualifier" bout is where there is room for debate.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September 24, 1988 Vinnie DeLuzio carries 21 times for 155 yards and Pleasant Valley's defense intercepts five passes to lead the Bears to a 20-7 Centennial League win over Notre Dame. PV quarterback Trevor Kresge runs for a one-yard score and also tosses a two-yard touchdown pass to Ed Onuska, while DeLuzio reaches the end zone on a 49-yard scamper. The Bears, coached by Donn Nicholas, receive two picks from DeLuzio and Anthony Marino and one from Jeff Martin.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

In any sport, on any given night, a good team can have a bad go at it.

However, a truly great team, even when things aren't going its way will always find a way to win. The Panther Valley volleyball team showed on Monday that their not yet at the level of great, but their on the right path.

The Lady Panthers (7-1, 6-1 SL) dropped the first set of a Schuylkill League Division 1/2 match-up to a feisty Tamaqua squad 25-22, but came back strong to win the next three 25-18, 25-22, and 25-12.

Monday, September 23, 2013

September 23, 1995 Nick Keiser carries 30 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns to help Lehighton gain a 30-14 Mountain Valley Conference win over Nazareth. Keiser reaches the end zone on runs of nine and two yards. The Indians, coached by Dave Parsons, open the scoring when Mick Snyder forces a fumble and Joe Kuzo scoops up the ball and returns it 16 yards for a TD. The winners also receive a scoring run from Jason Nothstein and a field goal from Gabe Szozda.