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Friday, October 18, 2013

In some ways, Pleasant Valley's semifinal matchup with Pocono Mountain East in the Mountain Valley Conference volleyball tournament presented itself almost as a trap game.

The Lady Bears were, after all, the number one seed while the Cardinals were the fourth seed and a heavy underdog. Pleasant Valley had also easily defeated Pocono Mountain East in straight sets both times the teams met in the regular season.

Friday, October 18, 2013
Nolehi wins first ever championship

Northern Lehigh head coach Jess Frew has been with the program for 15 years. She has been the head coach for 11 years, in which seven of them were winning seasons.

Despite having much success, Frew could never say that she coached a Bulldog team who were Colonial League champions until last night.

Northern Lehigh defeated Southern Lehigh, 1-0, in the Colonial League championship game for the first field hockey title in school history.

Friday, October 18, 2013

October 18, 2002 Alex Zukus carries 24 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Tamaqua to a 36-0 win over Panther Valley. Zukus scores on a three-yard run and also reaches paydirt on a 43-yard scamper. The Blue Raiders' special teams account for the game's opening score when Ryan Stahler blocks a punt and recovers it in the end zone. Aaron Smith also catches a 34-yard scoring pass from Kyle Spotts while Shane Kaufman adds a six-yard tally. The winners, coached by Tom Bonner, limit PV to just 57 yards of offense and force three turnovers.

Friday, October 18, 2013
Marian tops Tide for crown

In sports, often injuries can happen and it seems that more times than not they can come at inopportune moments.

That was exactly the case for the Marian Fillies volleyball team heading into the Schuylkill League playoffs.

Middle hitter Abby Stankiewitch, who has been one of the main catalysts to the Fillies success this season injured her ankle and it was deemed that she would miss the Schuylkill League Championship game.

Friday, October 18, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The TIMES NEWS sports department will have writers at seven football games tonight.

Rod Heckman will be at the Lehighton-East Stroudsburg South game; Justin Carlucci will be at Northern Lehigh-Bangor; Chuck Hixson will be at Pen Argyl-Northwestern; Brad Hurley will be doing Palmerton-Catasauqua; Rich Strack will be at Tamaqua-Panther Valley; Jason Boris will be providing updates on Marian-Shenandoah Valley; and Emmett McCall will be updating the Schuylkill Haven-Jim Thorpe game.

Follow our live updates of those games on our Facebook page at on.fb.me/19Qvzj7

Thursday, October 17, 2013

October 17, 1953 A 47-yard touchdown pass with two minutes left to play breaks a tie game and lifts Summit Hill to a 13-7 victory over McAdoo. Joe Yalch delivers the game-winning toss, which is hauled in by Stan Michalik. The Hillers, coached by Eddie Sikorski, also receive a 35-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown from Paul Rusnak. Speaking of defense, Summit Hill allows just 86 yards in the contest.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Northwestern's remaining opponents Pen Argyl, Bangor and Catasauqua have a combined record of 13-8, while the teams they've already played have a combined mark of 19-30 this season, making the road ahead a tough one.

It starts this week when the Tigers host Pen Argyl, who Northwestern just passed in the District 11 rankings, to take a hold of the fourth and final district playoff spot. The change in the rankings came from Northwestern's win over rival Northern Lehigh last week, while the Green Knights fell to undefeated Catasauqua.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tamaqua-Panther Valley

WHEN: Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Tamaqua (4-3, 2-3 Anthracite); Panther Valley (2-5, 1-4 Anthracite)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Tamaqua def. Schuylkill Haven, 23-14; Panther Valley def. Shenandoah Valley, 34-21.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Haley Yost finished second in the CL girls race.

CENTER VALLEY Change may be inevitable, but not when it comes to the certain aspects of the 2013 Colonial League Cross Country Championships.

In the girls meet, Saucon Valley's Elizabeth Chikotas wrapped up an unprecedented fourth consecutive individual title while the Northwestern girls captured their third straight team title after another 26-0 regular season.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

In any playoff game scenario, the mantra, "Survive and advance" always rings true.

The Pleasant Valley girls' soccer team utilized that same attitude when it came time for their Mountain Valley Conference semifinal game against Pocono Mountain East as they defeated the Cardinals, 4-1, to move on to the league finals against Stroudsburg.

Scoring two goals in each half, the Lady Bears' offense proved to be too much for their opponent as they survived and are now advancing on to the next round.