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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Stitzel hits milestone at N'western

Chris Stitzel doesn't keep track of his win-loss record. Luckily for him, assistant coach Tim Churetta does.

Stitzel, the 14th-year Northwestern cross country head coach, earned his 400th win on Sept. 27 when his girls team swept a Colonial League cluster meet while the boys picked up a pair of wins on the day. But he didn't learn of the milestone until long after the runners crossed the finish line.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
PHOTO COURTESY OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY  Indiana Univesity senior and Panther Valley grad Allysa Vavra qualified for the Pan American Games with her outstanding efforts at the U.S. National Swim Championships. Vavra will swim for the USA in the 400 IM on Saturday.

Allysa Vavra has enjoyed an incredible year in the pool.

She has earned awards, accolades and headlines at some of the nation's premier swim meets.

But to Vavra, the gold medals, championship ring and national media attention pale in comparison to one item she recently received.

After an amazing display of talent, versatility and endurance at the USA National Swim Championships this summer at Stanford University, Vavra was selected to be part of the United States team for the Pan American Games.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Bob ford/times news Northwestern's Cole Miller follows through with his swing during the District 11 golf championships on Monday at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton. Miller captured the district title with a 27-hole total of 111.

It started back in early summer when Cole Miller won a Calloway Junior Golf Tournament and earned the right to play at Torrey Pines, a US Open course near San Diego.

His dream season continued when the leaves began to change colors. Since late summer Miller has won the Blue Ridge Club championship, the Colonial League championship and a Wasser Cup title.

That dream season got even better Monday when Miller won this year's District 11 title, shooting 3-over par 111 over 27 holes to finish three strokes ahead of Parkland's Luke Vadas.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 11, 1991 Kyle Williams and Joe Koch both score a pair of touchdowns to help lead Lehighton to a 45-7 Centennial League win over Northwestern. Williams leads the Indians with 77 yards rushing and reaches the end zone on runs of 26 and two yards. Koch comes off the bench to score his two TDs. The winners, coached by Dave Parsons, also receive a 76-yard TD pass from Bob Eckhart to Chris Green and a 67-yard scoring run from Darryl Snyder. Mike Gombert adds a nine-yard touchdown run for Lehighton.

Monday, October 10, 2011

STATE COLLEGE - On Saturday, Penn State welcomed back its 1986 National Championship team and honored them at halftime.

The Nittany Lions treated them to a victory, using a strong defensive effort to post a 13-3 win over Iowa.

Lions' quarterback Matt McGloin felt good about the victory. However, in his opinion, he felt it "shouldn't have been that close of a football game."

Monday, October 10, 2011
Nancy Scholz/times news Northern Lehigh's Dalton Johnson (80) wraps up a Pen Argyl ballcarrier in the backfield as the Bulldogs' Caleb Johnson (86) moves in from behind.

PEN ARGYL – With a one-score lead at halftime, Pen Argly was in familiar territory.

A year earlier the Green Knights took a one-touchdown lead over Northern Lehigh into halftime but ended up losing by 15 points after the Bulldogs scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns.

This year was different. This time the Knights barely let Northern Lehigh across midfield after halftime to hold onto a 14-8 lead and remain undefeated.

Last year's loss, Pen Argyl's only regular-season setback, motivated this year's team, which has plenty of players back from last year.

Monday, October 10, 2011

October 10, 1947 Herman Lutz breaks free for an 83-yard touchdown run with four minutes left to play to lift Tamaqua to a 13-6 victory over Mahanoy City. The Blue Raiders use a sack and fumble recovery by Steve Pastupack to seal the win. Earlier in the contest, Johnny Metrick gets loose for a 46-yard tally that had tied the game. The winners also receive an interception from Francis Emerick.

Monday, October 10, 2011

NFL looking to play

more games in London

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hoping to add a second regular-season game in London and says the move will be discussed at the owners meetings this week.

The league played its first regular-season game in London in 2007 when the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10. Since then, there have been three other annual games played at Wembley Stadium, and on Oct. 23 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the Chicago Bears in the English capital.

Avalanche retires

Forsberg's number

Monday, October 10, 2011

Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua breezed to girls soccer victories to highlight Saturday's scholatic sports action.

GIRLS SOCCER

Jim Thorpe-No. Schuylkill

Jim Thorpe overcame an early deficit to defeat North Schuylkill, 5-2, in Schuylkill League action..

Spearheaded by Cat Condly and Chelsea Smelas, who had two goals apiece, Jim Thorpe scored five unanswered goals in the game to overcome an early 1-0 deficit. Condly also an assisted on an Alyssa Smith goal. Kristin Lawrence also had an assist for the Olympians.

Celeste Meriano had eight saves for Thorpe.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Nikon, Cabela's and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary are teaming up to present the first-ever Extreme Raptor Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16.

This free weekend event is ideal for adventure enthusiasts and families alike and will feature live raptors, Nikon birding celebrity appearances, optics education and guided excursions from Cabela's Hamburg store to Hawk Mountain.

Leading the Raptor Project is Master Falconer Jonathan Wood, who is scheduled to give thee presentations per day that feature 15-20 raptors from diverse habitats and regions.