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Thursday, September 15, 2011

This week's TIMES NEWS Game of the Week offers up two premier rushing attacks in week 3 of Anthracite Football League action. The Marian Colts will take the short trip to Mahanoy to take on Wally Hall's talented squad in a battle of unbeatens that will surely capture the attention of football enthusiasts in the "Coal Region".

"I mentioned to our guys today that both we and Mahanoy earned the right to play on a big stage Friday night", added Marian Head Coach Stan Dakosty. "Both teams should really be proud of that."

Thursday, September 15, 2011

When Pleasant Valley needs to make something happen on the football field, it looks to get the ball in the hands of one person inparticular.

That person is Robert Getz.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Weatherly boys soccer coach Matt Neil watches his Wreckers in action during Tuesday's action. Neil is also busy in the fall as assistant girls coach.

Three years ago, Matt Neil became the Weatherly boys soccer coach.

A year later, he took on yet another coaching position with the Lady Wreckers soccer team during the fall season. Entering his second year as the boys' mentor, he gave a helping hand to first-year girls' soccer coach Shannon Shughart and became one of her assistants.

He knew what he was getting himself into - fulfilling his duties as a U.S. and World History teacher and serving as both a head coach and assistant coach. And to this point it still doesn't bother him at all.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Matt Rich gets his toe on the ball as Pine Grove's Brandon Schneck moves in at left.

The Jim Thorpe boys soccer team knew it was in for a tough game against Pine Grove last night and had a game plan set.

It isn't always that easy to carry out that plan, however, as the Olympians quickly discovered. The Cardinals reeled off three unanswered tallies in the first 10 minutes of the contest and were on their way to an easy 6-1 Schuylkill League win.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Weatherly's Chris Schott uses fancy footwork to keep ball away from Halifax defender during boys' soccer action in Weatherly, Tuesday.

aPleasant Valley had a big day sweeping its cross country meet and adding golf and girls volleyball wins in scholastic action on Tuesday.

GOLF

Tamaqua-Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain downed Tamaqua in a Schuylkill League match-up 323-399. Mike Weinert led Tamaqua with a 92, and Travis Miller shot a 98. For the Eagles their top four all shot under a 90 with James Bromwell (75) and Tyler Marcotte (79) leading the way.

Blue Mountain 323, Tamaqua 399

BLUE MOUNTAIN (323)

James Bromwell 75, Tyler Marcotte 79, Adam Bear 80, Will Rich 89

TAMAQUA (399)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 13, 1986 Northwestern records its second straight shutout and quarterback Dave McCann scores on a pair of keepers as the Tigers post a 14-0 Centennial League win over rival Northern Lehigh. Both of McCann's one-yard touchdown plunges come in the second quarter. Andrew Hodge carries 21 times for 93 yards to lead Northwestern, coached by Bob Mitchell. Eric Dalius adds 70 yards on 13 attempts.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
ron gower/times news Pleasant Valley's Lauren Heckelman volleys the ball over the net during her match against Lauren Morales of Pocono Mountain West. Heckelman won the match, 6-1, 6-2.

The Tamaqua girls soccer team and Marian girls volleyball squad both remained undefeated with victories on Monday.

FIELD HOCKEY

Penn Manor-Lehighton

Penn Manor knocked off Lehighton 2-1 in non-league play.

The Indians (0-3) managed just three shots on the day. Their lone goal was scored by Sage Terembula. Sarah Keer assisted on the play.

Shannon Sloss and Eryn McCoy scored the goals for Penn Manor.

Kristina Schnell had four saves in goal for Lehighton

Northwestern-Pen Argyl

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua setter Jacqueline McMullen (2) back hits the ball over the net as Jim Thorpe's Mellisa Weber (15) looks on.

If the Jim Thorpe Lady Olympians volleyball team would have played with the tenacity they showed in the third game against Tamaqua the outcome may have been different. The Lady Raiders however, fought through the scrappy Thorpe run in the last game to blank the Lady Olympians in straight games.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday approved the following resignations/appointments for the 2011-2012 school year:

Co-Curricular Resignations

- John Sitaras, from his position of high school boys soccer coach, effective Aug. 20, 2011. Sitaras resigned due to family issues.

- Jackie Leslie, from her position as assistant girl's basketball coach, effective Sept. 1, 2011. Leslie resigned due to work issues.

Co-Curricular Appointments

- Patricia Jones, assistant girl's soccer coach, $2,761

Monday, September 12, 2011
NW has strong showing

CENTER VALLEY - The DeSales University Centaur Invitational give runners a good early season barometer of where they stack up against some of the best competition in the eastern part of the state.

Some area runners and teams found out they're right where they want to be heading into the heart of the dual-meet season.

Northwestern's Tyler Stelmack took seventh place overall at DeSales. Northwestern's girls, led by top-15 finishes by Erica Sarnicky and Haley Yost, placed second as a team at DeSales.