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Thursday, November 10, 2011

EASTERN CONFERENCE AA PLAYOFFS

No. 4 Tamaqua at No. 1 Catasauqua

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Tamaqua 5-5; Catasauqua 7-3

TAMAQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Jarred Muffley (200-1,132-15 TDs rush, 12-165-TD rec), RB Dalton Nunemacher (37-345-3 TDs rush, 16-193 rec), RB Tyler Hope (58-143-4 TDs rush, 6-127-2 TDs rec), RB Nolan Zeigler (59-259-5 TDs rush), QB Brett Kosciolek (12-21-171-2 TDs pass)

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Nalesnik closes out season with POW night

Multi-purpose might be a bit of an understatement when describing Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik. The junior lines up at tight end, wide receiver, tailback, quarterback and even punts for the Indians. Needless to say Nalesnik does a lot for the Indians offensive attack.

Nalesnik followed through on his ability to play multiple positions last week against Jim Thorpe rushing for a healthy 254 yards on just 14 carries, while scoring three touchdowns. He also reeked havoc in the Olympians secondary catching three balls for 50 yards and three touchdowns.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tamaqua High School has released the following directions to Catasauqua for the Friday's Eastern Conference football playoff game.

Exit route 22 at the Airport Road Exit and go north past the Lehigh Valley Airport. At the north end of the airport, make the first left onto Race Street. Follow Race Street to 14th street and turn right onto 14th Street. Continue past Sheckler Elementary School and down the hill. Go to the next stop sign at the top of the hill and make a left turn on Walnut Street. The field is on the left side. The field is located at 850 Pine Street, Catasauqua.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Tamaqua Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest for boys and girls ages 8-13 will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Tamaqua Elementary School gym.

Children 8-9 years old will compete at 10 a.m.; 10-11 year olds will compete at 11 a.m.; and 12-13 year olds will compete at 12 noon. Contestant age group will be determined by their age as of April 1, 2012.

Trophies for the first and second place finishers will be awarded.

For more information contact Vaal Kester, Hoop Shoot Director at 570-386-3613.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mike Malinoski and Paul Herb are this year's honorary captains for the Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association All-Star Game, Wednesday, Nov. 23, with the kickoff at 7 p.m., at Rotary Field, Schuylkill Haven.

Malinoski, a 1989 Shenandoah Valley graduate and three-year starter, will represent the North. Herb, a 1985 Williams Valley graduate and winner of 11 varsity letters, will represent the South.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kailee Rottet led a group of 10 TIMES NEWS area soccer players on the 2011 Schuylkill League Coaches' All-Star team.

The junior Blue Raider not only received a First Team selection, but was also named one of league's Division I selections for All-State status.

Teammates Kayla Hope and Taylor Gerber, along with Jim Thorpe's Chelsea Smelas, joined Rottet with First Team selections.

The Olympians' Kristen Lawrence and Samantha Hughes and the Blue Raiders' Hilda Thalin and Kori Kabilko all earned spots on the Second Team.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November 9, 1953 Touchdowns by Gerry Semmel and Bob Arner allow Lehighton to earn a 13-13 tie with Lehigh Valley League opponent, Catasauqua. Arner catches a 10-yard scoring pass from Semmel late in the first half to complete a 63-yard drive and Fritz Mertz adds the extra point to give the Indians a lead. Semmel extends the margin with a 70-yard TD run in the final frame, but a last-minute score by the Roughies forces the deadlock.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November 8, 2003 Jake Serfass carries nine times for 119 yards and a touchdown to help Northern Lehigh post a 42-14 victory over Springfield-Montco in a District 11-1 Class AA semifinal contest. Serfass scores on an 18-yard run and also goes over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. Kyle Follweiler adds a pair of touchdown runs, from one and 15 yards away, while Pete Wayda runs for a score and also tosses a 27-yard TD pass to Aaron Bortz. The Bulldogs, coached by Jim Tkach, also receive two sacks on defense from Craig Plotsko.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's Mac Storm stands on the sidelines during one of the Tigers football games this season.

Mac Storm doesn't ever again want to go through what he has over the past 11 months. The Northwestern sophomore experienced a long and painful recovery from two rare diseases. It was a long and hard road to recovery.

But what he has been through since contracting Guillain-Barre syndrome has made him stronger in many ways.

"He really is physically and mentally stronger than he was before," said Mac's mother, Rachelle Storm. "This has made our family stronger. We were close before, but this brought us even closer."

Monday, November 7, 2011

The high school football season came to an end for seven local teams this past weekend, but two TIMES NEWS area teams earned another week of practice and another game.

Northern Lehigh, with its 9-1 record, earned the No. 3 seed in the District 11 2A tournament and will travel to No. 2 seed North Schuylkill (10-0) for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday and a rematch of the district championship game the past two years.

No. 4 Pine Grove (9-1) will make the trip to No. 1 seed and Colonial League champion Pen Argyl (10-0) for a 1 p.m. Saturday start in the other semifinal.