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Saturday, October 27, 2012

October 27, 1984 Rick Marsilio scores one touchdown and throws for another to help Marian earn a 21-12 victory over Hazleton. Marsilio tosses a 25-yard scoring pass to Trevor Lawrence to open the scoring in the second quarter. Later in the frame Marsilio scoops up a fumble and races 25 yards to the end zone. Dave Houser, who carries 28 times for 134 yards, adds the final Colt score when he reaches paydirt from 10 yards out. Marian, coached by Stan Dick, also receives an interception from Lawrence and a pair of sacks from Steve Baranko.

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Marian's John Julian (27) tries to avoid the tackle of Jim Thorpe's Mike Mulderig. The Colts defeated the Olympians, 42-6.

Friday night's match-up between Jim Thorpe and Marian pitted arguably the Anthracite League's most dangerous offense in the Olympians against the AFL's best defense in the Colts.

JT came into the match-up averaging 32 points per game, while putting up 354 yards of total offense per contest.

On the flip side, the Marian "D" has only let up 148 yards of total offense per game this season and has held opponents to just nine points per contest.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Moravian Academy beat Jim Thorpe, 4-1 in a District 11 Class AA boys soccer game yesterday.

The host Lions got two goals and an assist from Ryan Brown. The No. 4 seed, Moravian (12-5-1) advances to Tuesday's semifinals to face No. 1 Saucon Valley, which beat Notre Dame (Green Pond) 3-1 yesterday.

The No. 5 seed Olympians, which went 12-3 in the Schuylkill League this season, end their season with a 14-5 overall record.

The Lions took the early lead in Thursday's quarterfinal when Demitri Tsirukis scored on a Brown assist with 38:22 left in the first half.

Friday, October 26, 2012
linda rothrock/special to the times news Northern Lehigh's Lauren Zellner (3) tries to get off a shot as Catasauqua goalie Janae Matos defends.

Northern Lehigh couldn't get its corner plays working in the first half or on its first attempt of the second half of yesterday's District 11 Class AA field hocke ygame.

But the Bulldogs seized opportunities on their next two corner attempts en route to a 3-1 win over Catasauqua in the opening round.

With the win, the No. 3 seed Bulldogs move on to No. 2 Southern Lehigh, a 3-0 winner over Palisades in yesterday's other quarterfinal. That game will be played Saturday at 2 p.m. at Emmaus High School.

Friday, October 26, 2012

It was a pretty good week for this corner winning 14 out of the 15 games on the Grid Picks plate.

Not sure if it was the time spent on the Notre Dame campus, lighting a candle at the Grotto or just having Touchdown Jesus look over me for a couple of days, but it worked.

The only game I had wrong was the Lehighton game and it was a good wrong pick since it was a memorable victory for rookie coach Tom McCarroll and his Indians. It's always nice to see one of our local teams pull off an upset to throw some spark into the program.

Friday, October 26, 2012

For the majority of last night's District 11 Class AAA girls' soccer game between Pleasant Valley and host Whitehall, the Lady Zephyrs held a comfortable 2-0 lead that seemed to relax everyone into assuming the outcome. However, when the Lady Bears' Emily Schlogl tallied a goal, the fires lit underneath both teams and the fans as a raucous finish ensued, before Whitehall eventually held on to the 3-1 win.

Friday, October 26, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Sage Terembula (right) and Saucon Valley's Emma Smiley (9) battle for control of the ball during Thursday District 11 Class AA field hockey playoff game.

Creating scoring opportunities has not been a problem for Lehighton and Saucon Valley this season.

Converting opportunities has been another story, however.

Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AA field hockey playoffs, that pattern continued.

Despite double figure shot totals for both teams, numerous outstanding scoring opportunities, and several near misses, the ball found the back of the net just one time.

That goal came early in the opening half off the stick of Gwen Remaley and resulted in a 1-0 Lehighton victory.

Friday, October 26, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Courtney Miller (23) goes high to finish off a point at the net.

POCONO SUMMIT – The Pleasant Valley volleyball team was four points away from being swept out of the Mountain Valley Conference championship game Thursday night.

Four points away from losing its first MVC game since 2009. Four points away from failing to three-peat as conference champs.

Friday, October 26, 2012

October 26, 1974 Mike Clewell rushes for 162 yards and both Jim Thorpe touchdowns as the Olympians gain a 13-0 win over Pleasant Valley. Frank Flizack's blocked punt sets up the first Thorpe score - a two-yard TD run by Clewell. The Olympians, coached by Barry Hackenberg, add to the advantage early in the fourth quarter when Lynn Mann's interception leads to Clewell's four-yard tally. Thorpe also receives interceptions from Jim Albert and Barrae Meixsell to help preserve the shutout.

Friday, October 26, 2012
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Brandon Herb challenges Blue Mountain's Fritz Miller (13) for control of the ball.

Twice the Tigers built a two-goal lead. Both times Blue Mountain responded with goals to keep the District 11 Class AA boys soccer game close.

Finally, with just 3:15 left Northwetsern's Kyle Willis played a cross to teammate Boston Furjanic, who hammered it home for a 4-2 lead that would stand as the final score.

The No. 2 seed Tigers (15-3-1) advance to Tuesday's semifinal where they will meet No. 6 seed Allentown Central Catholic, which beat Salisbury, 2-1 yesterday. Blue Mountain (11-8) ends its season with the loss.