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Friday, October 25, 2013
Bears advance to semifinals

For the Pleasant Valley volleyball team, the District 11 quarterfinal round game against Stroudsburg on Thursday was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride.

It wasn't pretty early, but the Lady Bears rallied to come back from a 2-1 deficit to take the match in five games. Stroudsburg took the first set, 25-21, and the third set, 25-23, with the Bears taking the second (25-22), fourth (25-10) and final game (15-12) to advance to the District 11 Class AAA semifinals.

Friday, October 25, 2013

HELLERTOWN The Indians knew they would have to carry all of their momentum into this district playoff game against a very talented Saucon Valley squad.

Scoring in the first minutes of any sport usually sets the tone for the rest of the game.

Saucon Valley came out extremely aggressive and efficient ne route to a 4-2 win over Lehighton.

"We talked a lot about psychology, attitude, and focus this week," said Saucon Valley head coach Mel Moyer. "They were hungry in both halves and it showed."

Friday, October 25, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Keri Dekmar (5) and Theresa Besser of Pocono Mountain West battle for possession of the ball.

Good teams find ways to win even if they are not on top of their game.

That was the case in yesterday's Pleasant Valley girls' soccer 1-0 victory over Pocono Mountain West. The game wasn't the high-scoring contest that might have been expected as the Bears came in averaging over four goals a game while the Panthers averaged over three.

Friday, October 25, 2013

ORWIGSBURG – Slow starts have plagued the Blue Mountain girls volleyball team all season long, so why should the playoffs be any different?

Last night in the District 11 Class AA quarterfinals against Panther Valley, the Lady Eagles shot themselves in the foot and dug themselves in a hole, yet somehow found a way to emerge with a 25-15, 25-23, 25-21 victory over the seventh-seeded Panthers. The win advances second-seeded Blue Mountain into Tuesday's semifinals against third-seeded Notre Dame of Green Pond (a 3-0 quarterfinal winner over Pine Grove).

Friday, October 25, 2013
Late goals lift Northwestern

Northwesterrn soccer coach Nathan Hunsicker said he never lost faith.

But Hunsicker admitted that his Tigers definitely pushed that faith to the limit during the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AA playoffs on Thursday.

Despite dominating the game statistically and having a huge edge in possession, top-seeded Northwestern trailed almost the entire game.

Hunsicker's faith was finally rewarded, however, as a pair of late goals lifted the Tigers to a 2-1 victory.

Friday, October 25, 2013

October 25, 1996 Josh Snyder carries 11 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns to help Northwestern cruise to a 34-6 Colonial League win over Palmerton. The Tigers, coached by Bob Mitchell, collect 407 yards of offense, 320 of that on the ground. Snyder (who is now NW's head coach) scores on runs of 47 and 10 yards. Tom Caamano contributes 70 yards rushing, include TD runs of one and 11 yards, and also throws for 87 yards. Kevin Monaghan aids the winning cause with 68 yards on the ground and a score.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

HELLERTOWN Northwestern started strong but couldn't maintain its momentum as Saucon Valley rallied for an 18-25, 25-16, 26-24, 25-6 victory in the qualifying round of the District 11 Class AA volleyball tournament on Thursday.

The ninth-seeded Tigers came out of the gates with a ton of energy. Northwestern never trailed as it rolled to the first set victory.

The young Tiger squad seemed as if they were knocking on the door of upsetting eight-seeded Saucon Valley heading into the second set.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
ron gower/times news Bangor's Keely Kuchar and Pleasant Valley's Shaun Spina race to a loose ball during District 11 Class AAA field hockey playoff action.

Nothing the Pleasant Valley field hockey team tried in their opening round District 11 Class AAA playoff game seemed to work during regulation.

Throughout the course of 60 minutes of regulation, the Bears just couldn't get anything right. Passes, connections, corners, and even shots were off the mark.

But with its season on the line, Johnny Schmid finally found the way to score the game-winning goal to lift Pleasant Valley to a 1-0 overtime victory over Bangor.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Northwestern girls repeat as champs

After the Northwestern Lehigh girls cross country team won last season's district championship, the expectations were certainly high a year later with a number of those important pieces returning.

Like a year ago, much was the same for the Tigers during Wednesday's District 11 Cross Country Championships at Bethlehem Golf Club.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Overall team speed is needed in practically every sport, but in soccer it can garner success on its own.

Moravian Academy's used its quickness to beat Jim Thorpe 6-1 in the first round of the District 11 Class AA girls soccer tournament.

"Overall, they had a lot of speed and aggressiveness," Lady Olympian head coach Tom Condly said. "Give them a lot of credit because they're a great team. They had a burst there in the first half and we just couldn't contain them."

Condly's squad entered the game as the tourney's 11th seed.