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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Tommy Rees quieted his critics, at least for a week, as he passed Notre Dame to a 45-10 rout of undermanned Air Force last week moving the Irish to 6-2.

Rees threw a career-high five touchdown passes to five different receivers while completing 17-of-22 for 284 yards and no interceptions. Rees moved ahead of Berwick's Ron Powlus into third place on ND's career TD pass list with 54 and trails Jimmy Clausen with 60 and Brady Quinn with 95..

Saturday, November 2, 2013

In the memories for many of us, the first thing that comes to mind is the last thing.

We remember the last scenes of movies, the last times we spoke with long lost friends, or the last moments spent with our departed love ones.

In sports, it can be the same. No matter how many losses on the season record, it's often the last game and its final events that will first come to mind after many years will pass.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

High school football coaches constantly talk about how turnovers can affect the outcome of a ball game. It's the same quote week in and week out. "Whichever team can win the turnover battle will probably come out on top."

It may be mundane and sports fans might be sick of hearing it, but the fact remains that it's oh so true.

Pleasant Valley found that out the hard way on Friday night, turning the ball over to Stroudsburg four times. The Mounties took advantage, converting the Bears mistakes into multiple scores en route to a 42-15 Mountain Valley Conference victory.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

CATASAUQUA - Josh Snyder had part of his memory erased Friday night in Catasauqua. The Northwestern coach has had bad memories of a Tigers' 3-0 loss in four overtimes to the Rough Riders in 1997 when he was a player. Now that memory is gone thanks to Northwestern's 28-27 win over Catasauqua in OT last night.

Friday, November 1, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern's girls soccer team hoists the District 11 Class 2A trophy high in the air after beating Blue Mountain on Thursday night.

ALLENTOWN During Thursday's District 11 girls' soccer championship, Blue Mountain did a solid job defensively on Northwestern forward Sarah Segan for the first half and much of the second.

But the Eagles weren't able to contain the Tigers' leading goal-scorer until the final whistle.

Friday, November 1, 2013

ALLENTOWN - Colonial League title? Check.

District title? Check.

By defeating No. 2 Blue Mountain 4-1 in the District 11 Class AA title game, the top-seeded Northwestern Lehigh girls' soccer team made amends for a successful 2012 season that was overshadowed by losses to Saucon Valley in both the Colonial League and district championship games.

The significance of claiming both titles in the same year is something that is not lost on coach Kelly Bleam.

"It's just awesome," Bleam said.

But for Bleam, the triumph was more about what it meant to her players.

Friday, November 1, 2013

A sports dynasty is defined as a team that dominates their sport or league for multiple seasons. The Marian Fillies volleyball program certainly fits that mold.

The Fillies added another trophy to their overflowing case on Thursday night, defeating Nativity in four games to earn the District 11 A Championship.

Over the years, the Fillies have had countless individuals help them win six District 11 A Championships since 2003. They've had many leaders and an abundance of outside and middle hitters that have tortured Schuylkill league and District 11 opponents in that span.

Friday, November 1, 2013

The calm and quiet that has been a rather unusual hallmark of the PIAA over the last year might be coming to an end.

And the culprit is: gender.

Two separate yet related gender issues have converged on PIAA one directly, another peripherally almost simultaneously, and both could have far-reaching implications.

The first is a suit filed on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in U.S. Middle District Court by the parents of a seventh-grade female in the Line Mountain School District claiming the student has the constitutional right to participate in wrestling.

Friday, November 1, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Jessie Olewine (37) hopes to take ball away from Southern Lehigh's Emily Marshall during District 11 field hockey game Thursday.

EMMAUS - The District 11 Class AA field hockey championship game seemed headed to overtime.

Two perennial district contenders played over 58 minutes without a goal. But with 1:28 left in the scoreless game, Southern Lehigh scored on a controversial play that gave the Spartans this year's title with a 1-0 win over Northern Lehigh, which was trying to win its first district field hockey crown in school history.

Spartan junior Elizabeth Thom scored the game-winning goal, but it wasn't confirmed as a goal until after a stoppage of play and a referees' conference.

Friday, November 1, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian Catholic seniors, from left, Sophie Myers, Madyson Dyer, Grace Boyle and Ashton Galasso hoist their District 11 trophy after beating Nativity BVM in 4 games at Minersville High School Thursday night.

MINERSVILLE - Marian head girls volleyball coach John "Doc" Fallabel wore a smile a mile long.

His team just defeated Nativity in four games by scores of 25-23, 25-14, 19-25, 25-12 to repeat as District 11 Class A Champions at Minersville High School.

"This is so much fun," he said. "I've been excited all day I've had butterflies in my stomach. The girls were cheering on the bus before we even got going."