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Thursday, November 8, 2012

When a team or player plays a bad game against a team, they usually have to wait a whole year to make amends.

Two weeks ago, Northern Lehigh turned the ball over five times in a 40-7 loss to Catasauqua. If the loss wasn't bad enough, the win by the Rough Riders clinched the 2012 Colonial League championship.

This Friday night, the Bulldogs return to the scene of the crime and take on the Rough Riders in a District 11 Class 2A semifinal.

And they can't wait.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November 7, 1987 Joe Fatzinger and Jason Hlavac both rush for over 100 yards to help lead Northwestern to a 28-0 Centennial League win over Palmerton. Fatzinger carries 26 times for 166 yards and a touchdown while Hlavac gains 104 yards and two scores on 12 attempts. The Tigers, coached by Bob Mitchell, also receive a five-yard TD pass from Lance Miller to Steve Loch. Hlavac, who reaches the end zone on runs of 55 and six yards, also intercepts a pass on defense.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WILKES-BARRE Bianca Chairge's first attempt at a direct kick from 35 yards out clanked off the crossbar, inches from sneaking into the top of the goal.

When the Scranton Prep midfielder a second chance at the same kick less than two minutes later, she hit it perfectly. The ball sailed just over the hand of Northwestern keeper Laura Hill and just under the crossbar with 10:39 left in the first half. The Classics would go on to score two more goals for a 3-0 win in the PIAA Class AA first round girls soccer game.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Emily Pilla (right) hits the ball back over the net as teammate Lauren Nietz backs her up. The Fillies defeated unbeaten Dunmore to advance in PIAA Class A Tournament action.

Marian's Marykate Sherkness waited four years to play in the PIAA state volleyball tournament.

Tuesday night, Sherkness made sure her first trip to states wasn't going to be a short one.

Behind their hard-hitting senior, the Fillies overwhelmed previously unbeaten Dunmore in the opening round of the Class A tournament, 25-8, 25-10, 25-15.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

@Breif.Head:Tamaqua ticket sales

Tamaqua will be selling advance tickets for Saturday's District 11 playoff game against Pen Argyl.

Tickets will be sold in the main office of Tamaqua High School Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens (62+). All tickets at the gate cost $6.

Saturday's game, which will be played at Tamaqua, starts at 7 p.m. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

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@Breif.Head:No. Lehigh ticket sales

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November 6, 1950 Marvie Evans throws three touchdowns passes to help Lansford rally from a deficit and gain an 18-13 win over Hazle Township. Evans completes 7-of-14 passes for 120 yards in the contest and also rushes for 67 yards. After the Panthers fall behind 13-0, Evans hooks up with Bobby Holmes for a 63-yard scoring pass and then finds Ziggy Kosciolek for a 17-yard TD toss. The Lansford quarterback finishes the comeback in the fourth quarter with his 26-yard TD strike to Lou Dignazio.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
 @Caption Stand Alone:LABC retires Frey's jersey The Lehighton Athletic Booster Club retired the football jersey of Robbie Frey on Saturday. Frey, who got his first taste of organized football playing in the LABC, went on to star at Lehighton High School, the University of Connecticut and Kutztown University. Frey, second from right, is joined by family members as he accepts the jersey from a representative of the booster club. During his Lehighton High School career, Frey became the school's all-time leading rusher. A three-year starter at tailback, he rushed for 4,838 yards in his career, including back-to-back seasons of over 2,000 yards as a junior and senior. Frey received a full scholarship to play Division I football at UConn, where he played a key role on special teams and as the Huskies backup tailback. In three years with the Huskies, Frey had over 1,800 yards of total offense and scored nine touchdowns. Frey transfered to D-II Kutztown for his senior year where he racked up a team-high 1,185 yards rushing. Frey had an NFL free agent tryout with the Atlanta Falcons this summer.

The Lehighton Athletic Booster Club retired the football jersey of Robbie Frey on Saturday. Frey, who got his first taste of organized football playing in the LABC, went on to star at Lehighton High School, the University of Connecticut and Kutztown University. During his Lehighton High School career, Frey became the school's all-time leading rusher. A three-year starter at tailback, he rushed for 4,838 yards in his career, including back-to-back seasons of over 2,000 yards as a junior and senior.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

North Schuylkill's Rick Geist has stepped down as the school's head football coach.

Geist, who was suspended for the rest of the season because of an incident that occured at halftime of the Panther Valley game on Oct. 26, turned in his letter of resignation Sunday.

The longtime mentor led the Spartans to a 49-19-2 record from 1993-98 and then returned in 2006. He finished his North Schuylkill tenure with a mark of 146-66-2 which included two District 11 titles and three Anthracite Football League championships.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lehighton capped an outstanding season with a 6-0 victory over Jim Thorpe.

The Indians, under head coach Rick Bennett, finished with a 9-1 record.

The game's only score came in the opening quarter when Lehighton's Seth Keiser recovered a fumble and Cody Scherer hit Gavin Zehner with a 32 yard touchdown strike.

The Indian defense allowed just two first downs in the game. Matt Strubinger's fourth quarter seeled the victory for Lehighton, which allowed only 38 points all season.