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Monday, November 4, 2013

November 4, 1972 Jack Sweeney scores a pair of touchdowns to help Panther Valley gain a 19-8 victory over Blue Mountain. Sweeney reaches the end zone on short runs of one and two yards, and leads the Panthers' rushing attack with 77 yards. The winners, coached by Rich Davidyock, also score on a 17-yard pass from Gary Evans to Bernie McGorry. Defensively, PV's Ben Arthur intercepts a pair of passes while Jack Harrison leads the team in tackles.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Five TIMES NEWS Area football teams have made it to the post-season and will see action on Week 11of the 2013 grid season.

Pleasant Valley and Lehighton, the two Mountain Valley Conference teams in the coverage area, qualified for the District 11 playoffs.

Northwestern Lehigh, Jim Thorpe and Marian made it into the Eastern Conference playoffs.

District 11

Class AAAA

Pleasant Valley (7-3) is the No. 7 seed and travel to No. 2 seed Whitehall (9-1) on Friday night, Nov. 8.

The Bears lost to Stroudsburg on Friday night dropping them to the No. 7 seed.

Monday, November 4, 2013
Tigers' Yost, Pierce medal

HERSHEY - Northwestern's Haley Yost and Carly Pierce have come together to give the Lady Tigers a dynamic duo this season. The two propelled the team to another 26-0 regular season to go along with Colonial League and District 11 Class AA titles, with both claiming top-five finishes in each race.

That teamwork was on display once again during Saturday's PIAA Championships, as Yost finished in fourth place with a time of 19:25 while Pierce took 20th in 19:54, good enough to earn the two talented runners medals in the Class AA race.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November 2, 1974 Marian's defense intercepts five passes and the Colts score twice in the fourth quarter to gain a 20-6 upset win over Nativity. Jim Abromitis and Ralph Serignese both finish with two picks while Bob Turbach also comes up with an interception. Abromitis, on a seven-yard run, and Turnbach, on a two-yard plunge, account for the fourth quarter scores. Marian, coached by Chuck Rocconi, also gains a two-yard TD run from Pete Albano.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Penn State suffered its worst loss in 114 years last Saturday when Ohio State blew the doors off the Nittany Lions in a 63-14 rout.

I also had to eat a slice of humble pie this week as well as my 38-35 prediction (Ohio State over PSU) was way off base. It just goes to show you once again, that just when you think you know a little about college football the gridiron gods knock you down a few pegs.

This week PSU will be back at home as Illinois comes to town (Noon ET, ESPN).

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Wyatt Clements tries to get past John Lowin of Jim Thorpe during Friday's game.

It will always be a mystery whether Friday's regular-season finale between Jim Thorpe and Lehighton was a District 11 'play-in" game.

But it really doesn't matter.

It was a game that had playoff intensity, atmosphere and excitement.

When it ended, it also had one District 11 playoff qualifier.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

If you're in a hurry, it's the sort of study you could easily overlook. I know I almost did. In late August, the journal Nature released research online that linked eating a low-fat diet to improving the quality of bacteria in your gut.

So what?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A reward is being offered in relation to a 5x5 bull elk that was shot illegally October 15 and found injured and hiding in a patch of goldenrod soon after daylight near Benezette, Elk County. Residents of Winslow Hill, near Benezette, heard several shots at approximately 3 a.m. and the elk apparently was shot while in the front yard of a nearby residence, and it hobbled about 100 yards before lying down, unable to walk further or get back up.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

When it comes to whitetail deer hunting, Pennsylvania's abundant seasons offer ample opportunity for sportsmen to put a deer, and sometimes more, in the freezer each year.

This allows hunters and their families to enjoy delicious, low-fat venison meals numerous times throughout the year, but for some Pennsylvanians, red meat and other groceries are not as easy to come by.

This is where the nonprofit organization Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH), along with the state's 900,000-plus deer hunters, have had such a positive impact statewide for more than two decades.

Saturday, November 2, 2013
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Nate Farber pushes for running room as Palmerton's Isaac George (12) and Nick Sander (30) try to bring him down.

With 4:35 left and trailing by a touchdown, Northern Lehigh put a drive together that will go down as one that will be remembered as a classic ending to the 2013 season.

Starting on their own 45, the Bulldogs used 13 plays and converted two fourth downs for first downs to keep the drive alive.

The end result was Nate Farber, who went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season, bulling in from the three with 33 seconds left.