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Friday, September 30, 2011

Can't believe we're closing in on the midway point of the high school football season as Week 5 is on the card.

It was a rough week for most of us in Week 4 with the majority finishing with 9-6 records, including myself.

As a matter of fact, the only writer to have a better week was Shawn McFarland, who was 10-5, and with the help of TJ Engle's 5-10 mark, made it out of the basement.

This week, there are quite a few tough games on the schedule so it might be a good week to try and make a move.

So no sense putting things aside, let's get to it:

Friday, September 30, 2011

September 30, 1950 Slatington scores a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter and hangs on to defeat Lehighton, 14-0, at Victory Park in both team's Lehigh Valley League opener. The Slaters get on the board early when Bruce Kemmerer returns a punt 92 yards for a score. Later in the first period, Romaine Ross breaks loose for a 35-yard TD run. Slatington's defense, which forces three turnovers, does the rest in recording the shutout.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pocono Mountain East at Lehighton

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Pocono Mt. East 2-2 (1-0 Mountain Valley Conference); Lehighton 2-2 (0-1 Mountain Valley Conference)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Pocono Mt. East def. Stroudsburg 7-3; Pleasant Valley def. Lehighton 7-6

POCONO MOUNTAIN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Charles Mann (1-2-30 TD pass), RB Devyn Papa (21-65 rush), WR Jake DeJohn (1-30 TD receiving)

LEHIGHTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Anthony Farole (10-22-102-TD pass, 16-100 rush), Jacen Nalesnik (6-10-TD rush)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Shiffert brothers combined to lead Northern Lehigh to an easy soccer victory to highlight Wednesday's rain reduced scholastic sports schedule.

BOYS SOCCER

NDES-No. Lehigh

Channing Shiffert and Zeb Shiffert both scored hat-tricks to help spark Northern Lehigh to a 9-0 Colonial League victory over visiting Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg.

Channing became the first Bulldog in the program's history to score 50 career goals .

Thatcher George just missed out on a hat-trick as he finished with two goals, while Ryan Perkowski added a single score.

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Yashur gashes through Pirates

Keeping a high school football program at a premier level year in and year out is a difficult task to achieve, but with kids like Trevor Yashur it's easy to see why the Bulldogs stay at that level. Yashur's performance (22-243-3 tds) last week against Palisades has earned him week four TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors.

Northern Lehigh's (4-0, 4-0 Colonial) head back knew he had to be an offensive threat coming into 2011, to build off the Bulldog's success from last season.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 29, 1972 Dru Herman throws a touchdown pass on offense, and comes up with an interception and a fumble recovery on defense to help Jim Thorpe earn a 13-6 victory over Pocono Mountain. Herman recovers a fumble on the opening kickoff and it leads to his 29-yard scoring toss to Gene Binder. The Olympians, coached by Barry Hackenberg, extend the advantage on a nine-yard touchdown run by Mike Clewell.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Heading into its matchup with Lehighton last week, Pleasant Valley's defense had to prepare for the Indians' aerial attack.

This week the Bears will have to get ready for the complete opposite, as Tamaqua's run-heavy offense comes to town.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

If you haven't seen a high school field hockey game this season, you're in for a bit of a surprise.

Since the first day of pre-season practice, active players in the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference have been dealing with a rule change incorporated by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors.

Back in April, the NFHS voted to mandate the use of protective eyewear that meets the current American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard for field hockey, according to a statement on the NFHS's website.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
RON GOWER /TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Cole Christman (26) and Anthony Rossino (6) try to block Pocono Mountain East's Martin Dieppa from moving the ball downfield in soccer action yesterday in Lehighton.

For the Lehighton boys' soccer team, it was probably a tough task to get motivated for their second facing against Pocono Mountain East.

The first time that the two squads played each other, the Cardinals scored nine goal by halftime. That kind of defeat can do damage to the psyche of any team.

Last night, the two faced off again and the game went in favor of the Cardinals again by a 4-1score.

"The last time we played them, we were losing 9-0 at halftime," LHS head coach Dave Yob mentioned. "Today, I think we showed up with much better play against them."

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Gwen Remaley of Lehighton puts her stick in front of ball, blocking an offensive move by a Pocono Mountain East player. Looking on is Remaley's teammate, Sage Trembula (11).

Lehighton and Northern Lehigh grabbed wins in field hockey on Tuesday afternoon.

In other action, Tamaqua grabbed a tennis win over Jim Thorpe.

FIELD HOCKEY

PM East-Lehighton

Lehighton's Sage Terembula scored two goals and helped the Indians to a 3-1 win over MVC foe Pocono Mt. East.

Sarah Keer added the third goal for the locals late in the second half. She also had an assist.

Lehighton moves to 6-4-1 (4-1-1).

Wilson-No. Lehigh

Northern Lehigh put up double digit goals, as they Lady Bulldogs beat up on Wilson 11-1 in Colonial League play.