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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.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Emma Sabovic (11) moves on the offensive against Easton.

NAZARETH With Easton's last win being a high scoring affair with Bangor, Pleasant Valley was hoping to be able to find some holes in the Red Rovers defense.

Unfortunately for the Bears, Easton patched those holes and the two teams played almost an hour of soccer before Caitlyn Lucas scored for Easton on a free kick to give her team a 1-0 victory and a ticket to the District 11 Class AAA finals against Parkland.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
don herb/times news Pleasant Valley's Kiersten Griesback sest the ball.

WHITEHALL – Time and time again this season, the Pleasant Valley volleyball team has flexed its collective muscles and overpowered the opposition at the net.

On Tuesday in the District 11 Class AAA semifinals, the Bears got a taste of their own medicine.

Powerful Southern Lehigh, ranked 10th in the state and featuring a Division I recruit on its front line, blitzed the Bears, 25-15, 25-16, 25-14.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Justin Habick moves the ball ahead of Parkland's Nicholas Eckhart during Tuesday's District 11 AAA Boys Soccer semifinal.

EMMAUS - Pleasant Valley boys soccer coach Chris Pachuta understood the type of team that Parkland was heading into their district semifinals matchup against the Trojans.

Despite their best effort until the final whistle, the Bears fell to the Trojans. The Trojans scored two second half goals, and defeated the Bears, 3-0, in Tuesday night's District 11 3A boys' soccer semifinal.

"We knew that they were good," Pachuta said. "It's not that we lost to an inferior team, or we were the inferior team. I thought we gave as good as we got at points.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Northwestern placed four players on the Colonial League Girls Soccer All-Star first team.

The Tigers' Trista Cunningham, Sabrina Mertz, Angela Motolese and Sarah Segan all received top honors.

2013 Colonial League

Girls' Soccer All-Stars

FIRST TEAM

Goalkeeper

Jordan Kamp (So., Salisbury)

Defense

Lauren Bertucci (Sr., Southern Lehigh); Trista Cunningham (Sr., Northwestern); Tori Young (Sr., Saucon Valley)

Midfielders

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October 29, 1960 Jimmy "Webb" Borosh carries 18 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns to help Jim Thorpe register a 34-12 win over Summit Hill. Borosh reaches the end zone on scampers of 22 and nine yards and also tosses a nine-yard scoring pass to George Weiksner. The Olympians, coached by Angie Konstas, receive 87 rushing yards and a two-yard TD from Frank Hydro while Billy Yanette contributes a 14-yard scoring run. Thorpe finishes the contest with 317 yards on the ground.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Valley Athletic Supply wins Tamaqua Little League title

Valley Athletic Supply captured the 2013 Tamaqua Little League 11-12 year old championship. Team members are, front row, from left, Brayden Knoblauch, Dominick Banditelli, Pierce Demetriades, Joey Minehan and Dylan Nelson. Back row: John Buchala, Nick Breiner, Gavin Richards, Michael Minchoff and Danny Chinchar. Jack Ross was also a member of the team, which was coached by Chris Minchoff, George Demetriades, Darryl Breiner, Danny Chinchar, Tom Banditelli, and John Buchala.