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Friday, October 26, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Sage Terembula (right) and Saucon Valley's Emma Smiley (9) battle for control of the ball during Thursday District 11 Class AA field hockey playoff game.

Creating scoring opportunities has not been a problem for Lehighton and Saucon Valley this season.

Converting opportunities has been another story, however.

Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AA field hockey playoffs, that pattern continued.

Despite double figure shot totals for both teams, numerous outstanding scoring opportunities, and several near misses, the ball found the back of the net just one time.

That goal came early in the opening half off the stick of Gwen Remaley and resulted in a 1-0 Lehighton victory.

Friday, October 26, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Courtney Miller (23) goes high to finish off a point at the net.

POCONO SUMMIT – The Pleasant Valley volleyball team was four points away from being swept out of the Mountain Valley Conference championship game Thursday night.

Four points away from losing its first MVC game since 2009. Four points away from failing to three-peat as conference champs.

Friday, October 26, 2012

October 26, 1974 Mike Clewell rushes for 162 yards and both Jim Thorpe touchdowns as the Olympians gain a 13-0 win over Pleasant Valley. Frank Flizack's blocked punt sets up the first Thorpe score - a two-yard TD run by Clewell. The Olympians, coached by Barry Hackenberg, add to the advantage early in the fourth quarter when Lynn Mann's interception leads to Clewell's four-yard tally. Thorpe also receives interceptions from Jim Albert and Barrae Meixsell to help preserve the shutout.

Friday, October 26, 2012
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Brandon Herb challenges Blue Mountain's Fritz Miller (13) for control of the ball.

Twice the Tigers built a two-goal lead. Both times Blue Mountain responded with goals to keep the District 11 Class AA boys soccer game close.

Finally, with just 3:15 left Northwetsern's Kyle Willis played a cross to teammate Boston Furjanic, who hammered it home for a 4-2 lead that would stand as the final score.

The No. 2 seed Tigers (15-3-1) advance to Tuesday's semifinal where they will meet No. 6 seed Allentown Central Catholic, which beat Salisbury, 2-1 yesterday. Blue Mountain (11-8) ends its season with the loss.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

When an 18-year-old high school athlete has a bunch of Division I colleges knocking on his or her door, one might think that the young adult may lose focus on the here-and-now and start to concentrate on their promising future.

Until this 2012 football season is over, that is not something Pleasant Valley's Dakota Everett is going to do.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

POTTSVILLE – The Marian volleyball team strutted into Martz Hall last night for the Schuylkill League playoffs undefeated and losers of just three sets all season (42-3).

However, Marian left the Mecca a shell of its former self after dropping three sets in the span of an hour to undefeated Pottsville (15-0), as the Crimson Tide rolled to a shocking 25-21, 25-22, 25-20 semifinal victory over the Fillies.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Stelmack leads Northwestern

BETHLEHEM - Chris Stitzel knew his boys team had a shot. The Tigers had only been beaten twice this season, both losses came against Class AAA Bangor.

Heading into Wednesday's District 11 Championship Meet at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, the 14th year Northwestern mentor had the highest of hopes and his team didn't disappoint.

Led by senior Tyler Stelmack in fourth place and followed by a solid pack of runners in 16th through 20th place, the Tigers earned their first district title in the history of the program.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

EASTON - Tony Billone knew very little about the Tamaqua girls' soccer team.

But it didn't take the Notre Dame of Green Pond coach and his players long to figure the Blue Raiders out once their District 11 Class AA opening round game started.

The Crusader rolled to a commanding 9-0 victory over the visiting Blue Raiders.

"Right away, I could tell No. 5 (Kailee Rottet) was a player," Billone said. "When she had the ball at her feet, she was really showing some quality soccer skills.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Northern Lehigh at Catasaqua

WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Northern Lehigh 6-2 (6-2 Colonial); Catasaqua 8-0 (8-0 Colonial).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Northern Lehigh def. Bangor 34-27; Catasaqua def. Palmerton 48-7.

NORTHERN LEHIGH'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB/TE Caleb Johnson (107-770-11TD rush**), QB Dan Marsh (30-60-610-9TD pass**, 86-510-8TD rush**), WR Darien Middaugh (11-233-3TD rec**, 11-115-TD rush**).

CATASAQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Ra'Von Burton (19-56 rush*), RB Eric Matz (5-156-3TD rush*), QB Zack Bradley (8-13-214-3TD pass*).

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Corner kicks have been a big part of the Pleasant Valley boys soccer team's offensive ammunition this year, according to head coach Chris Pachuta.

So it was no surprise to him when it was two goals off corners in the second half that lifted the Bears to a thrilling 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Easton in the District 11 Class 3A first round contest on Wednesday on the PV turf.

With 48 seconds remaining in regulation, the Bears' Connor Phillips took a corner kick that looked like it deflected off an Easton player for the winning goal.