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Monday, November 5, 2012
Northwestern's Grace Baker, right, controls the ball in front of a Saucon Valley player during Saturday's District 11 Class AA championship game. Linda Rothrock/Special to the TIMES NEWS

ALLENTOWN - Stevie Ochse is well aware of the history of the Northwestern girls' soccer when it comes to the postseason.

It was nearly two and a half weeks ago that her Saucon Valley team edged Northwestern for the program's first-ever Colonial League title.

So the Panthers' coach knew too well what it would take for her team to spoil the Tigers' chances for another gold medal in Saturday afternoon's District 11 Class 2A championship game.

Monday, November 5, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Haley Yost finished 25th in girls Class AA to earn a medal at the PIAA state cross country meet.

HERSHEY – Last year Haley Yost got a taste of what running in a PIAA Championship cross country race is like. This year, she used what she learned last year to earn her first state medal.

The Northwestern junior ran to a 25th-place finish in the girls Class AA race Saturday on Hershey's Parkview Course. She finished in 19:59, nearly a minute better than her time from last season.

Monday, November 5, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Monty Thompson breaks away from Ryan Saunders of Jim Thorpe to score a touchdown on Saturday.

Lehighton's defense may have saved its best for last.

And because of it, the Indians were able to hoist the Route 209 Trophy for the second year in a row.

Holding host Jim Thorpe to its lowest offensive output of the season, Tom McCarroll's squad registered a 27-6 victory Saturday in both team's season finale.

"Thorpe had one of the best offenses I've seen on film all year," said McCarroll, whose defense limited the Olympians to just 172 yards. "They have probably the most single dangerous player that we've seen all season in their quarteback (Pat Duvigneaud).

Monday, November 5, 2012
Raiders remain perfect

Tamaqua head football coach Sam Bonner wore a big smile on his face as he stood on the turf at Men of Marian Stadium in Hometown on Saturday night.

The Blue Raiders had just shut out the Colts by a 12-0 score to no only win the Anthracite Football League championship, but finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record.

It's the first undefeated and untied season at the school since 1927. The 1962 Raiders won the Eastern Conference championship, but finished with a tie.

Monday, November 5, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Nick Hollenbach (left) and Tyler Hope (right) combine to bring down Marian's Dylan Quirk. (44).

The Tamaqua offense has been the talk of the Anthracite Football League this season and deservingly so with its fantastic play up to this point.

There was another unit besides the Raiders also receiving a lot of attention in the AFL this season and that was the Marian defense. The Colts "D" has been dominant, letting up just seven points per game, while holding opponents to 154 yards of total offense per contest.

Marian's defense has been aggressive, they've been fast, and they've been smothering.

Monday, November 5, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Marian's Grace Boyle delivers a kill against Tri-Valley Saturday during the District 11 Class A championship match. Behind Boyle is the Fillies' Nikki Collevechio.

The Marian volleyball team has had quite a successful season. On Saturday afternoon at Martz Hall, the Fillies added yet another page to what they hope will be a state championship story book ending. With their win over Tri-Valley in the District 11 Championship, they now have an opportunity to accomplish just that.

The Fillies took down the 'Dawgs in four games winning 25-21, 15-25, 25-17, and 25-17.

Monday, November 5, 2012

November 5, 1999 Tegan McKee intercepts a pass and races 77 yards for a touchdown to secure Panther Valley's 17-7 victory over Minersville. McKee's pick-six, which comes with three minutes left in the contest, clinches a district playoff berth for the Panthers. PV's Scott Marek catches four passes for 88 yards and boots a 22-yard field goal, while quarterback Jake Canzoneri throws for 124 yards. The winners, coached by Rick Bennett, also receive a seven-yard TD run from Dan Blazosky.

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Northern Lehigh's Danny Marsh (3) heads down the sideline as Palmerton's Tre Nelson (22) and Jerry Pereira (2) give chase.

Win and you're in. It doesn't get any simpler than that.

No complicated formulas to figure out. No scoreboard watching to worry about.

That's the situation Northern Lehigh found itself in on the final weekend of the regular season. Needing to beat rival Palmerton to qualify for the District 11 playoffs, the Bulldogs did just that, pulling away for a 31-7 victory on Friday night.

"We knew coming in that a win put us in Districts," said Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout. "We talked to the kids this week about taking care us business.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November 3, 1967 Palmerton breaks a scoreless tie in the second half and goes on to post a 13-0 win over Bangor. The Blue Bombers use an 80-yard drive in the third quarter to get on the scoreboard. Steve Goidich breaks free for runs of 38 and 19 yards before concluding the march with a five-yard touchdown run. The winners add an insurance tally in the final frame when a turnover eventually leads to a one-yard scoring plunge by Walt Konek. Palmerton's defense allows only six first downs in posting the shutout win.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

GETTYSBURG – For one group of local muzzleloader hunters, it was business as usual during the October antlerless season when they successfully took deer on a friend's farm near Gettysburg.