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Saturday, September 28, 2013

With Pleasant Valley trailing Wyomissing 38-28 with 7:41 left in the fourth quarter, all eyes were on backup quarterback Brandon Kuehner.

The Bears' junior signal caller was forced into action midway through the second quarter after record-setting QB Brandon Leap went down with an eye injury.

Kuehner stepped in and stepped up, leading Pleasant Valley to 21 unanswered points, propelling the Bears to a wild 49-38 win over nonleague foe Wyomissing.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Notre Dame came up with just enough offense and defense last week, especially in the second half, to hang on for a 17-13 win over Michigan State, ending the Spartans win streak at three and extending the Irish win streak over MSU to three straight.

As I stated following the Temple game, it wasn't pretty but it was a win.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Lester, Dieruff edge Indians in OT

Playmakers are known for one thing making big plays.

And there's no doubt that Dieruff's Shakur Lester is one special playmaker.

On Friday night, the Huskies' talented skill player scored all five of his team's touchdowns including a game-tying 86-yarder with 50 seconds left in regulation and a 10-yarder in overtime and totaled 246 yards from scrimmage to send host Lehighton to a crushing 35-34 Mountain Valley Conference defeat.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Penn State football program got some pretty good news this week as the NCAA decided to lessen the sanctions that they imposed on the Nittany Lions in July of last year.

The 60 million dollar fine, the five-year post season ban, and the vacated wins are all still in place. However, the 65 scholarship limit and the 15 scholarship per season limit has been modified.

For those of you who have been living under a rock the last few days the break down looks like this:

Saturday, September 28, 2013

GREEN POND - After scoring 27 unanswered points, it looked like the Northwestern Tigers would pick up a pretty easy win over Notre Dame Friday night, until the Crusaders came back with 14 unanswered points and a last minute drive inside the Tigers 10-yard line. In the end, the Northwestern defense bent, but didn't break and the Tigers got away with a 33-27 win over the Crusaders.

Friday, September 27, 2013
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Jordan Knappenberger follows through after hitting a shot at the MVC Golf Championships.

Pleasant Valley finished in third place at the Mountain Valley Conference Golf Championships on Thursday.

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MVC Championship

Stroudsburg's Evan Choy finished with a 1-over-par 73 to capture his second straight Mountain Valley Conference individual title and lead the Mounties to their eighth consecutive team title.

Stroudsburg swept the first four spots as Eric Balcik and Cormac Salmon finished tied for second with 79s and Brian Frey shot an 80 on the par-72 Glen Brook Golf Course.

Friday, September 27, 2013

More often than not, a coach's offensive soccer strategy is to dominate field position through ball control from a short and accurate passing game.

This was not so Thursday as the Jim Thorpe boys' team used the long kick to defeat Tamaqua, 5-3 in league play.

"We definitely stressed to our defense and midfielders to kick the ball high and as far as they could," said Olympian coach Tony Dixon. "We feel that many of our boys have strong legs and with our overall speed, we can get after it, too."

Friday, September 27, 2013

By ED HEDES

It's hard to believe that after this weekend's action, half of the high school football season will be in the books.

Bob Ford and Brad Hurley stay tied at the top, but only four games separate the top eight prognosticators that give it their best to pick the winners each and every Friday.

A 10-5 week for this corner dropped us three games behind the leaders, but we're feeling pretty good that this week we'll give it another shot at those in the top spot.

Friday, September 27, 2013
bob ford/times news Marian's Grace Boyle (21) follows through after spiking the ball through the attempted block of Nativity's Rachel Wood.

Number one vs. number two.

When Marian met Nativity on Thursday night, not only was it a rivalry renewed, it was also a contest between the top two teams in the District 11 Class A volleyball rankings, both of which have been on a roll lately.

Marian entered the contest on a seven-match win streak while Nativity had won its last eight since a loss to the Fillies to begin the Schuylkill League season.

In the end, the Fillies found soft spots in Nativity's defense en route to a 25-13, 18-25, 25-13, 25-14 triumph over the Green Wave.

Friday, September 27, 2013

September 27, 1957 Bobby Earley scores a pair of touchdowns and Lansford's defense shuts down the running game in posting a 20-0 upset win over Schuylkill Haven. Earley opens the scoring when he breaks free for a 68-yard TD run. He also picks up a pair of first downs on another drive to set up Joe Krawlick's one-yard scoring plunge. The Panthers, coached by Dick Forster, limit Haven to just 28 yards on the ground. On special teams, Lansford's Bob Brennan blocks a punt out of the end zone for a safety.