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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Emily Pilla (right) hits the ball back over the net as teammate Lauren Nietz backs her up. The Fillies defeated unbeaten Dunmore to advance in PIAA Class A Tournament action.

Marian's Marykate Sherkness waited four years to play in the PIAA state volleyball tournament.

Tuesday night, Sherkness made sure her first trip to states wasn't going to be a short one.

Behind their hard-hitting senior, the Fillies overwhelmed previously unbeaten Dunmore in the opening round of the Class A tournament, 25-8, 25-10, 25-15.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

@Breif.Head:Tamaqua ticket sales

Tamaqua will be selling advance tickets for Saturday's District 11 playoff game against Pen Argyl.

Tickets will be sold in the main office of Tamaqua High School Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens (62+). All tickets at the gate cost $6.

Saturday's game, which will be played at Tamaqua, starts at 7 p.m. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

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@Breif.Head:No. Lehigh ticket sales

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November 6, 1950 Marvie Evans throws three touchdowns passes to help Lansford rally from a deficit and gain an 18-13 win over Hazle Township. Evans completes 7-of-14 passes for 120 yards in the contest and also rushes for 67 yards. After the Panthers fall behind 13-0, Evans hooks up with Bobby Holmes for a 63-yard scoring pass and then finds Ziggy Kosciolek for a 17-yard TD toss. The Lansford quarterback finishes the comeback in the fourth quarter with his 26-yard TD strike to Lou Dignazio.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
 @Caption Stand Alone:LABC retires Frey's jersey The Lehighton Athletic Booster Club retired the football jersey of Robbie Frey on Saturday. Frey, who got his first taste of organized football playing in the LABC, went on to star at Lehighton High School, the University of Connecticut and Kutztown University. Frey, second from right, is joined by family members as he accepts the jersey from a representative of the booster club. During his Lehighton High School career, Frey became the school's all-time leading rusher. A three-year starter at tailback, he rushed for 4,838 yards in his career, including back-to-back seasons of over 2,000 yards as a junior and senior. Frey received a full scholarship to play Division I football at UConn, where he played a key role on special teams and as the Huskies backup tailback. In three years with the Huskies, Frey had over 1,800 yards of total offense and scored nine touchdowns. Frey transfered to D-II Kutztown for his senior year where he racked up a team-high 1,185 yards rushing. Frey had an NFL free agent tryout with the Atlanta Falcons this summer.

The Lehighton Athletic Booster Club retired the football jersey of Robbie Frey on Saturday. Frey, who got his first taste of organized football playing in the LABC, went on to star at Lehighton High School, the University of Connecticut and Kutztown University. During his Lehighton High School career, Frey became the school's all-time leading rusher. A three-year starter at tailback, he rushed for 4,838 yards in his career, including back-to-back seasons of over 2,000 yards as a junior and senior.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

North Schuylkill's Rick Geist has stepped down as the school's head football coach.

Geist, who was suspended for the rest of the season because of an incident that occured at halftime of the Panther Valley game on Oct. 26, turned in his letter of resignation Sunday.

The longtime mentor led the Spartans to a 49-19-2 record from 1993-98 and then returned in 2006. He finished his North Schuylkill tenure with a mark of 146-66-2 which included two District 11 titles and three Anthracite Football League championships.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lehighton capped an outstanding season with a 6-0 victory over Jim Thorpe.

The Indians, under head coach Rick Bennett, finished with a 9-1 record.

The game's only score came in the opening quarter when Lehighton's Seth Keiser recovered a fumble and Cody Scherer hit Gavin Zehner with a 32 yard touchdown strike.

The Indian defense allowed just two first downs in the game. Matt Strubinger's fourth quarter seeled the victory for Lehighton, which allowed only 38 points all season.

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).