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Friday, November 1, 2013

EMMAUS Northern Lehigh's head coach Jessica Frew has been a part of 15 Bulldog field hockey teams, 11 of which as head coach.

This year's team though, is a first for Frew.

The Northern Lehigh Family and Consumer Science teacher has turned this program around since stepping in to the role of head coach as the ladies have enjoyed seven winning seasons with her at the helm, with this season topping them all.

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Bears advance to title game

Pleasant Valley came into Wednesday's District 11 Class AAA field hockey semifinal riding a smothering defense and the outstanding goalie play of Rachel Wild.

The Bears, who had posted 11 shutouts on the season, got another outstanding defensive performance to defeat Northampton, 2-1.

"Our game plan tonight was to play solid defense because defense wins games," said Pleasant Valley coach Jess Frantz.

Actually both defenses dominated the opening half which was very even in terms of momentum and statistics.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 31, 2003 Northwestern secures a berth in the district playoffs by shutting out Catasauqua, 33-0, in a Colonial League contest. Pete McCauley carries 15 times for 112 yards to lead the Tigers' offense. Ryan Oxley runs for one score and also tosses a 10-yard touchdown pass to Reid Schellhamer. The winners, coached by Bob Mitchell, also receive a 25-yard scoring run from Chris Schmoyer while Jordan Grube and Jon Rex both recover offensive fumbles in the end zone for TDs.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The stakes can't get much higher than they are for Pleasant Valley heading into this week's showdown with Mountain Valley Conference rival Stroudsburg, the second TIMES NEWS Game of the Week.

With a win, the Bears (7-2, 6-1) will likely clinch a District 11 Class AAAA subregional playoff berth.

If Pleasant Valley can do that and East Stroudsburg South slips against East Stroudsburg North on Friday night, the Bears will share the MVC title with the Cavaliers.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

If you pull out your Webster's Dictionary or in today's more modern age go to www.dictionary.com and look up the word riot, you will find an array of different definitions.

One explanation of the word is to cause wild disorder or confusion. In the right context a riot is also described as a brilliant display. Either way, the word riot is a perfect way to define the play of Lehighton sophomore Wyatt Clements this season.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Exactly six miles separate Jim Thorpe Area High School from Lehighton's football stadium and on Friday night there might be a six mile long line of cars on Route 209 between the two towns

That's because Friday night's game between the Indians and Olympians certainly has the most on the line since the two renewed their rivalry in 2002.

First on the agenda is the District 11 AAA playoffs.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Salisbury's A.J. Faulke heads the ball as Northwestern Lehigh's Kyle Willis moves in on the defense.

For the first 50 minutes of play, Northwestern couldn't gain any control of the momentum against Salisbury in Tuesday night's District 11 Class 2A semifinal game at Northern Lehigh.

Over a span of six minutes in the second half however, the Tigers finally got a grasp on things and made it a whole new game tying things up. That was after finding themselves in an unusual circumstance, down by two goals.

With 1:02 left in the game, however, the Falcons were awarded a free kick from about 25-yards out from in front of the net.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
bob ford/times news Southern Lehigh's Erin Donnelly (left) and Sarah Segan of Northwestern (9) try to gain control of the ball.

Northwestern's Sabrina Mertz worked with coach Kelly Bleam at practice the last two days on taking early shots outside the 18-yard box.

Mertz netted two of those types of shots Tuesday night to help the Tigers defeat Southern Lehigh, 3-1, in the District 11 Class AA girls soccer semifinals.

Mertz talked about seeing her hard work come to fruition on such a grand stage.

"It feels good," she said. "We worked on that in practice so much. I had the chance so I figured why not try one and it went in."

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 30, 1992 Lamont Hibbler catches a pair of touchdown passes and also runs for a score to help Lehighton gain a 30-6 Centennial League win over Pocono Mountain. Hibbler snares 31 and 38-yard tosses from Carl Wolter and also reaches the end zone on a 29-yard run. The Indians, coached by Dave Parsons, also receive 185 yards rushing and a touchdown from Terry Blair. The score comes on a 77-yard scamper. Dave Hartranft contributes to the victory with 92 yards rushing.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
ron gower/times news Marian's Abby O'Donnell sets the ball during her team's District 11 Class A semifinal match with Salem Christian.

MINERSVILLE – When Marian and Salem Christian walked into Minersville's Thomas Fitzpatrick gymnasium last night for the District 11 Class A volleyball semifinals, both teams had very different reasons for being there.

For Salem Christian head coach Howard Venrick, last night wasn't about wins and losses, but rather having the chance for his team to experience the District playoffs and getting the opportunity to see what a strong program like Marian looks like.