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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Northern Lehigh looked to get its first win of the season against a tough opponent in Palisades Friday night.

The Bulldogs built an early lead, but couldn't hold on as Palisades rallied for a 28-13 victory.

Bulldog freshman Taz McNair immediately set the tone of the first half by taking the opening kick off 93 yards to the house.

"Our kick off team has been close to breaking off a big one the previous two weeks," said Northern Lehigh head football coach Joe Tout.

Palisades responded quickly on the next series.

Friday, September 20, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Plaques were awarded to the new inductees of the Tamaqua Sports Hall of Fame prior to the school's varsity football game on Friday. The inductees are, l-r, Casey Wagner, Travers Schmidt, Mega "Rocket" Inama, Amanda Fenkner, Tracy Smudin, Randi Wagner Brady, and Christa DeAngelo.

Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20, 1975 Lou Mele tosses a nine-yard touchdown pass to Rick McIntyre with 51 seconds remaining to break a tie and lift Panther Valley to a 13-6 victory over West Hazleton. The Panthers' winning drive is set up by a Bob Spezialetti interception with 2:30 left in the game. Mele, who finishes with 119 yards passing, throws completions to Gary Higgins and Mark Cutler to set up the final strike to McIntyre. PV, coached by Caz Kosciolek, also receive a five-yard TD catch from Mele to Cutler.

Friday, September 20, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Mackenzie Walck and Mahanoy Area's Brooke Kufrovich battle at the net during Thursday's volleyball match.

Jim Thorpe showed fight, they showed they didn't want to go quietly into the night, but in the end too many mistakes kept the Lady Olympians from victory.

Mahanoy Area took advantage of Thorpe's errors on the night to come away with 3-0 Division 1/2 victory, winning 25-21, 25-18, 25-23.

Talent wise Jim Thorpe stuck with the Bears throughout the evening, but the Olympians just couldn't get away from shooting themselves in the foot.

Friday, September 20, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley No. 1 player Madison Olexson returns a shot during Thursday's MVC tennis championships. Olexson took third place in the tournament.

The Pleasant Valley girls came home with the team gold medal at the Mountain Valley Conference Tennis Tournament on Thursday. The Lady Bears defeated East Sroudsburg South and Stroudsburg 23-20.

GIRLS TENNIS

MVC Championship

The Pleasant Valley girls' tennis team prevailed at the Mountain Valley Conference Tournament, defeating Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg South, 23-20. The Cavaliers and Mounties both totalled 20 points at the end of the day, while the Lady Bears managed to collect 23 to earn the gold.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

There's an old mythological tale about a man named King Midas. The gist of the story is everything that King Midas touches turns into gold.

Right about now you're probably asking yourself what does the story of King Midas have to do with the week three TIMES NEWS Player of the Week?

His name is Dustin Vandermartin and he is the answer to that very question.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Jim Thorpe-Panther Valley

WHEN: Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Jim Thorpe (2-1); Panther Valley (1-2).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Jim Thorpe def. North Schuylkill 41-21; Panther Valley def. Kutztown 40-26.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Jim Thorpe boys, girls sweep

The Jim Thorpe boys and girls cross country teams continued their early season success, posting a sweep in a Schuylkill League tri-meet while the Marian boys and girls went 0-2.

Jon Condly earned a convincing win in the boys' race, finishing with a time of 17:43, 19 seconds ahead of teammate Christian Fields.

For Condly and Fields, it's the continuation of a healthy competition that has propelled the Olympians to a 6-0 record to start the season.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The week four TIMES NEWS Game of the Week features two local Mountain Valley Conference teams in Lehighton and Pleasant Valley.

This one matches up Lehighton's physical and so far impressive defensive unit against the always exciting and fast moving Pleasant Valley offense. It's a definite clash of styles in week four and should serve up to be an entertaining early season MVC contest.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

September 19, 1986 Ron Hill and Tom Butterworth each score touchdowns and Tamaqua's defense forces three turnovers in helping shut out Pottsville by a 14-0 score. One play after a second-quarter interception by Tom Rottet, Hill breaks free for a 37-yard TD run to give the Raiders the lead. Butterworth caps off the opening drive of the second half with a 14-yard scoring run to extend the margin. Tamaqua, coached by Tom Bonner, receives fumble recoveries from Kevin Valentine and Sam Soley and a sack from Tim Benner.