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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Hope raids 'Canes to earn POW

For those of you who play fantasy football, you know that feeling you get when one of your top players doesn't play because of an injury? And not just any injury, an injury that you think that player can play through.

Well, if there was such a thing as high school fantasy football and Tyler Hope was your running back, then you certainly wouldn't have to worry about that. Hope would be considered fantasy gold and as far as playing through an injury is concerned this young man may take the cake.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
bob ford/times news Dustin Sabol of Tamaqua turned in a fifth place finish.

BARNESVILLE - Jim Thorpe cross country coach Drew Benyo has seen a lot of great athletes pass through the ranks over the years.

"I've seen some exciting events, some exciting times that we have had, some tremendous runners, state qualifiers, state medal winners and some amazing things," he said after watching his undefeated boys team win the Schuylkill League Cross Country Championship on Wednesday afternoon at Tuscarora State Park.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
bob ford/times news Northwestern Lehigh's Cole Miller on the 8th hole of the PIAA Regional Qualifier.

FLEETWOOD- Cole Miller wanted to make sure his round to earn a trip back to the PIAA Golf Championships next week would be as easy as he could make it.

That's why he spent Sunday and Monday playing practice rounds at Golden Oaks Golf Course in Fleetweed prior to yesterday's PIAA East Region Golf Championships held there.

Last year's PIAA silver medalist fired a round of 68 that turned out to be medalist honors for Class 2A at four-under par for what will be his third straight trip to the State Championship.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pleasant Valley was victorious over Lehighton both times they matched up in the regular season. The Bears actually were victorious against everyone they played during an unbeaten regular season.

But when the Bears and Indians met Tuesday in the Mountain Valley Conference playoffs, fourth-seeded Lehighton stunned top-seeded PV, 1-0.

Eighty minutes of regulation time was not enough to decide a winner. Another half hour of overtime went by and neither side was able to net the winning goal.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Player - Nate Czarnecki

School - Northern Lehigh

Sport - Boys' Soccer

Highlight Package - Czarnecki serves as one of the Bulldogs' main returnees this season and spearheads the 'Dawgs' defensive unit. According to head coach Rick Jones, he is a leader, both on and off the field for the team and is "the cornerstone of our defense." - NL head coach Rick Jones.

Favorite sports team - Philadelphia Union

Favorite athlete - Landon Donovan

Favorite subject in school - Mathematics

Favorite sports movie - "Remember the Titans"

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Seth Slavin was first at the MVC Cross Country Championships.

BETHLEHEM - "Nothing worth having comes easy."

A quote that is not only the mantra of the Pleasant Valley cross country team, but also a perfect summation of the 2013 Mountain Valley Conference Championships that were held at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Sarah Segan controls the ball while fending off a Bangor defender.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP Northwestern Lehigh's Sarah Segan found out on Tuesday that she had been recognized as a First-Team Colonial League All-Star.

Hours later, Seegan backed up that selection in a big way.

Seegan scored four goals and added two assists for the No. 1 seeded Tigers, who defeated No. 4 seed Bangor, 8-2, during Tuesday night's Colonial League girls soccer semifinals matchup at Salisbury High School.

"I'm trying to make runs," Segan said. "My teammates are making great balls. We're really playing as a team, and that's all we can ask for."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Playing an opponent three times throughout the course of a season and defeating that opponent the first two times, always sets up the challenge of winning, that third time.

The Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley girls' tennis teams met for that third and final time Tuesday as the No. 2 and 7 seeds in the District 11 AAA team tennis tournament. The Mounties pulled off close wins in the first two meetings, but Stroudsburg head coach Adele Gardner knew that the challenge was going to be a tough one and that the third time wasn't necessarily going to be the charm.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Palmerton Area School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the following extracurricular positions, salary pending contract negotiations for the 2013-14 school year:

- Derek George, volunteer wrestling coach

- Rick Anderson, volunteer wrestling coach

- Jaclyn Ivancich, volunteer girls' basketball coach

- Katie McCarroll, volunteer girls' basketball coach

- Dwight Henninger, assistant track coach

- Bethany Rowland, assistant track coach

- James Hay, assistant track coach

- Bo Rodrigues, co-assistant track coach

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Thorpe blanks Mahanoy

It's one thing to know what to do.

It's another thing to actually do it.

Opponents of Mahanoy Area this season are fully aware that in order to beat the Golden Bears they have to stop quarterback Dylan Mahmod.

And while many have tried, none have succeeded.

That is, until Friday night.

With first place in the Anthracite League up for grabs, Jim Thorpe's defense made a statement by shutting down the talented senior and shutting out the Bears by a 26-0 score.

The victory lifts the Olympians to 6-0 in the AFL and alone on top of the league standings.