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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Week five of the high school football season was highly offensive especially to defensive coordinators.

Friday's results kept scoreboard operators and statisticians extremely busy as teams accumulated points and yards at a frenetic pace.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October 3, 1997 Matt Hager completes 8-of-11 passes for 153 yards and also runs for a score to help Palmerton upset Southern Lehigh, 21-14, in Colonial League action. Hager gives the Bombers, coached by Manny Guedes, the lead with a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. Chris Siracuse, who adds 99 yards rushing on 23 carries, adds a pair of touchdown runs. He reaches the end zone from six yards out in the opening quarter and adds a 15-yard tally with three minutes left to play.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
ron gower/times news Melissa Russo of Pleasant Valley rushes the ball up the field. Russo had three goals in the game, including the 50th of her career.

Lehighton teams clinched postseason berths in boys soccer and girls volleyball, while Pleasant Valley picked up wins in boys soccer, girls hockey and girls volleyball.

BOYS SOCCER

Lehighton-ES South

The Indians defeated the Cavaliers 2-1 in a Mountain Valley Conference contest and qualified for the District 11 playoffs for the first time in school history.

Anthony Rossino and Chris Lawler scored the goals for Lehighton. Zach Christoff had assists on both.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference officially has some new friends.

LVIAC president Chris Schiffert and Mountain Valley Conference president Jeff Sodl held a conference call Wednesday morning to announce that the six current members of the MVC are set to join the LVC, beginning the 2014-2015 calendar year.

The six schools that will join the already 12-team LVC include Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg South, East Stroudsburg North, Pocono Mountain East, Pocono Mountain West and Pleasant Valley.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Even when a football team isn't having a great season, the approach of a rivalry game can certainly boost morale.

That is exactly the case for the Marian and Panther Valley gridiron squads so far this season. The Colts are sitting at 2-3 and the Panthers 1-4, which is not exactly the position you want to be in halfway through the regular season.

However, a backyard brawl is precisely what both of these teams may need to help ease their current struggles. Even more importantly, a win against an arch rival is always a good foundation to build on.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Kuehner backs up Bears in week five

A Pleasant Valley football team scoring 49 points is nothing out of the ordinary, especially since the Bears have averaged just over 34 points per game this season.

But the way the Bears got to that total in last Friday's win over Wyomissing was truly extraordinary.

Backup quarterback Brandon Kuehner came on in relief of injured starter Brandon Leap, throwing for over 200 yards and tossing three touchdowns, to give Pleasant Valley a come-from-behind victory over the defending PIAA Class AA champion Spartans.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Palmerton at Northwestern

WHEN: Friday 7 p.m. at Northwestern

RECORDS: Palmerton (2-3, 2-3 Colonial); Northwestern (3-2, 3-2 Colonial)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Palisades def. Palmerton 39-22; Northwestern def. Notre Dame 33-27.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October 2, 1976 Donn Nicholas throws a pair of touchdown passes to help gain a big lead, and Pleasant Valley holds on to post a 22-12 Centennial League win over Notre Dame. Dale Heller opens the scoring by breaking free for a 54-yard scoring run on the sixth play of the game. Nicholas tosses a 31-yard TD pass to Jason Fisher and a 13-yard score to Don Miller in the second quarter to build the 22-point advantage. Heller, who also adds a two-point conversion, finishes the contest with 85 yards rushing.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
RON GOWER/times news Northwestern Lehigh cross country head coach Chris Stitzel has led the Tiger girls to over 300 wins in his 15 years at the helm.

Winning streaks are common in all sports. Some span years, such as the UCLA Bruins men's basketball team that won 88 consecutive games from 1971 to 1974. Others only weeks, with the Denver Broncos' four game tear to open the 2013 NFL season coming to mind.

But it's hard to compare any streak, past or present, to the run the Northwestern Lehigh girls' cross country team has been on over the last few years.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Sean Mulcahy (12) and Palmerton's Harley Appelbaum (11) close in on the ball.

It seems unacceptable to a team to command control of the ball, outshoot their opponent, be 'on the attack' more throughout a contest, and yet still come away with a defeat.

However, when Palmerton and Northern Lehigh met in their Colonial League soccer game, it was the Blue Bombers who walked away feeling the frustration as the Bulldogs prevailed 2-0 off a pair of Jacob Traca second half scores.