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Thursday, October 27, 2011
ron gower/times news Rachel Wagner (8) of Northern Lehigh is boxed in by Northwestern's Caileigh Landigran (3) and Samantha Partington (1). In background is Norlehi's Morgan Farber (34).

Northern Lehigh head coach Jess Frew knew her team's game against Northwestern could wind up being decided in overtime as a matter of fact, she expected it.

So much so that she spent a good portion of practice on Tuesday preparing her Bulldogs for it.

Frew based her feelings on the fact that the regular season contest between the Colonial League rivals went to overtime earlier this month.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Northwestern Lehigh's Cole Miller walks towards the green during Tuesday's final round of the PIAA Golf Championships at York's Heritage Hills Golf Course. Miller, who shot a first round score of 83, rebounded with a better effort in the second rount for a 77. His two-day total of 160 was good enough to tie him for 38th place. NANCY SCHOLZ /SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Cole Miller possesses a lot of skills and traits that make him a great golfer. One of them is a short memory.

The Northwestern sophomore and District 11 champ forgot about the first-round 83 he shot Monday at the PIAA Championship Tournament by rebounding with a 77 on Tuesday. He tied for 38th place with a 36-hole total of 160.

The key to Tuesday's round was letting go of Monday's bad memories.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

RAVINE The atmosphere Tuesday night resembled that of a District 11 football game. The fans were routy, the players fought hard, the coaches were animated, but when the dust settled it was Pine Grove that edged Northwestern in the first round of District 11 AA soccer play 3-2.

The game featured a lot of exciting goals, pair that with a little controversy and you have all the makings for a good ole' fashioned soccer dog fight.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

GREEN POND - Even though it seemed like it was on the defensive side more than on offense, the Tamaqua soccer team was never out of contention in Tuesday's District 11 2A first round game against host Notre Dame of Green Pond.

After a scoreless first half thanks to a brilliant defense, Tamaqua saw the Crusaders come from behind for a 2-1 win, ending the Blue Raiders' season.

The Crusaders will now travel to Colonial League rival Saucon Valley, a team it lost to by a 3-1 score during the regular season, on Thursday for a quarterfinal matchup.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
bob ford/times news Zeb Shiffert of Northern Lehigh (7) and Matt Schnubel of Allentown Central Catholic (13) battle for control of the ball.

In a game that takes place on a field over 100 yards, it's hard to imagine that a team's season could possibly come down to a couple of inches.

Such was the case in Tuesday's District 11 2A soccer match-up between Northern Lehigh and Allentown Central Catholic.

With just 22 seconds left on the clock, the Vikings' Matt Wagner scored the game winner, sending the Central fans into celebration.

Cian O'Connell fed the ball just past Northern Lehigh goalie Alan Sipos, to move the Vikings ahead, 2-1.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
DON HERB/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's katie Forte takes control of the ball against Parkland.

OREFIELD - One of Pleasant Valley's achilles heels during the 2011 field hockey season was the lack of offense the team showed at times.

During Tuesday's District 11 Class 3A first round matchup against a tough opponent in No. 5 seed Parkland, the No. 12 seed Bears once again struggled to find the back of the net.

"Offensively, I think it's been our struggle all year," said Pleasant Valley head coach Angela Frantz. "It's been a struggle to get into a rhythm so I think that just stems in from just how we've been doing."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On the third day of Northern Lehigh boys' soccer team's preseason practice, Jason Reinhard was asked by Athletic Director Bryan Geist to follow him to the Principal's office.

Reinhard wasn't being disciplined for any reason. Instead, the Northern Lehigh Middle School Physical Education teacher was about to be asked to relinquish his position as a assistant coach for a whole different position within the Bulldogs' soccer program.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Stephanie Schmitt sets up teammate Breanne Jpseph during Tuesday's MVC volleyball semifina match against Stroudsburg.

Entering the 2011 volleyball season, Pleasant Valley head coach John Gesiskie was concerned about his team's youth and inexperience.

Thirteen straight Mountain Valley Conference wins later, he may not have to worry about it any longer.

Top-seeded Pleasant Valley swept No. 4 Stroudsburg in three games, 25-18, 25-21, 25-19 in the conference semi-finals Tuesday night. All three games were relatively close and made the young Lady Bears battle their way to victory. Having won in the matter that his team did, Gesiskie is hoping that it will pay dividends in the near future.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 26, 1951 Lansford scores a pair of second-half touchdowns, both on fumble recoveries, to gain a 13-13 tie against unbeaten Cass Township. The Panthers' first tally comes on a 50-yard return by Ziggy Kosciolek in the third quarter. After Cass coughed up the ball, Lou Dignazio recovers but he also fumbles. Kosciolek picks up the ball and races to the end zone. With four minutes to play, Lansford's Steve Vitek fumbles into the end zone, where George Major recovers for the score. Eddie Chuckran runs in the extra-point for the tie.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 25, 1968 Dan Truskey runs for one touchdown and throws for another to help Tamaqua earn a 28-6 victory over Shenandoah Valley. Truskey runs for an 18-yard score in the second quarter and tosses a 10-yard TD strike to Gary Williams in the fourth frame. The Blue Raider quarterback finishes 7-of-11 passing for 143 yards. Dave Lehatto adds a 60-yard scoring run while Jim Barron also reaches the end zone from four yards out. Steve Bilock contributes to the winning cause with 104 yards rushing on eight carries.