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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Tigers keep District hopes alive

For the second week in a row, the Northwestern Tigers defense had to figure out where the snap from center was going to wind up. Bangor used snaps to quarterbacks Jyri Davis and Shawn Green and running back Phil Vass to keep the Tigers defense guessing, but they didn't fool them enough as Northwestern beat the Slaters 29-22.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Alan Zuzic/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's chance Delong looks for a teammate to pass the ball to as teammate Cameron Kates blocks Catasauqua'sa Tyler Trobetsky's rush.

It was no surprise that with less than two minutes until halftime Northern Lehigh trailed powerful Catasauqua.

But what was surprising, even among Bulldog fans, was the score.

The Rough Riders, undefeated and ranked in the state, took a 7-0 lead on their first possession of Friday's night Colonial League contest. But after that, Joe Tout's scrappy Nolehi squad nearly held their opponent scoreless the rest of the half.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Many hunters who spend hours and weeks preparing for spring gobbler season take a casual approach to hunting fall turkey.

That is unfortunate because taking a mature fall turkey, no matter if its is a gobbler or a hen, can be as challenging and as unique of a hunting experience as calling a spring gobbler. It all depends on how one chooses to hunt these magnificent birds – or if one serves as an adult mentor and transfers their fall turkey tag to youth younger than 12 years of age participating in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Mentored Youth Hunting Program.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

It's safe to say that Penn State's match-up with Ohio State (8 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN) tonight is the biggest game yet in the Bill O'Brien era.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Sarah Segan (right) dribbles past Notre Dame's Emma Krentler.

In the scholastic sports postseason, there is a potentially-stifling phenomena for quality teams.

The problem arises when a higher-seeded team is scheduled for a longer layoff because it receives a bye in the opening round or rounds of the playoffs.

The Northwestern girls soccer team faced this problem as they had a long week of practices before their initial contest in the Disitrict 11 Class AA tournament.

Consider the threat dismissed!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

With the defense finally playing up to preseason expectations, Notre Dame hung on last Saturday to beat arch-rival Southern California, 14-10, for the third win in four years over the Trojans but only the first at ND stadium since 2001.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pleasant Valley used the "big play" on Friday night to hand East Stroudsburg North a 43-14 Mountain Valley Conference loss, setting up a big matchup with Stroudsburg next week.

The Bears and Mountaineers are both one game behind East Stroudsburg South in the MVC Standings, but the game has major District 11 implications with both teams battling to grab one of six Class AAAA berths.

One of the major reasons for the "big plays" was Brandon Leap, the Bears' quarterback, who completed 16-of-18 pass attempts for 281 yards and three touchdowns in the rout.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

MINERSVILLE - Tamaqua entered its match up with Minersville at 5-3, knowing the final two games of the season would be crucial as far as post-season playoffs were concerned.

With the Blue Raiders starting out trying to establish their running game, they went on to rout the Miners, 50-19.

Tyler Hope took control on the first offensive series with Tyler Skripko eventually punching it in for the Blue Raiders first score.

Tamaqua added another touchdown in the first quarter, as Hope reeled in a 49-yard pass from Nate Edmonds.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - In the first movie of the series, challenger, Rocky Balboa gets knocked down several times, but although he loses the fight to the champion, the audience stands and applauds the tenacity of the underdog.

Rocky's determination and perseverance can symbolize the Panther Valley football season and last night brought more evidence to support this idea in the Panthers' 48-21 loss to the North Schuylkill Spartans.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

At the recent quarterly business meeting of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission held at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Erie, the agency unveiled plans to expand its popular Mentored Youth Fishing Day program across the state in 2014. Launched this past spring as a pilot program the Saturday prior to the regional opening day of trout season, Mentored Youth Fishing Day was an immediate hit with adult anglers and the kids in their lives as more than 3,700 adult anglers registered 5,110 kids for the fishing opportunity.