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Thursday, October 4, 2012

October 4, 2002 Alex Zukus carries 26 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tamaqua to a 34-7 win over North Schuylkill. Zukus scores on runs of 25, 11 and 56 yards. Shane Kaufman adds 78 yards on eight attemps, one of them going for a six-yard TD run. The Raiders, coached by Tom Bonner, also receive 116 yards passing from Kyle Spotts. Tamaqua's defense registers five sacks and three interceptions, with one of them returned 35 yards for a touchdown by Ryan Stahler.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pen Argyl at Northern Lehigh

WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Pen Argyl 4-1 (4-1 Colonial League); Northern Lehigh 4-1 (4-1 Colonial League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Southern Lehigh def. Pen Argyl 28-20; Northern Lehigh def. Salisbury 38-6

PEN ARGYL'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Mike Racciato (17-129-2TD rush, 3-48 rec**), RB Mike DePaolo (11-57-TD rush, 4-82 rec**), QB Ryan Hunt (10-31-179 pass, 12-18 rush**)

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Marian's Josh Green blasts out of a sandtrap during the District 11 Class AA team championships on Wednesday at the Willowbrook Golf Course.

CATASAUQUA - Marian's golf team knew it wasn't going to be easy in its first trip ever to the District 11 Team Golf Championships.

Adverse morning weather didn't dampen their spirits however as they set out to play the par-70 Willowbrook Golf Course with Notre Dame of Green Pond, Central Catholic and Moravian Academy with sight on the Class 2A title.

Notre Dame wound up the eventual champion shooting a four-player score of 307, but the Colts weren't too disappointed to finish second with a 326 score since they never played the course before.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Envision two rams lining up a yard apart from each other and locking horns for 48 minutes.

That is what the Anthracite Football League clash between Tamaqua and North Schuylkill could resemble come Friday night.

Both schools have been playing well this season, with Tamaqua (5-0, 3-0 AFL) atop the AFL conference standings.

The Spartans are coming into their match-up against Tamaqua with a 4-1 record, which is their league mark as well. That means the match-up between the Raiders and the Spartans have some pretty big AFL implications.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
bob ford/times news Northwestern's Cesily Gensists (left) and Northern Lehigh's Shannon Weil follow the ball as it flies through the air during Wednesday's Colonial League field hockey game.

Tamaqua soccer player Kailee Rottet set a single-season school scoring mark to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports action.

FIELD HOCKEY

No. Lehigh-Northwestern

Erika McKay's second half goal was all Northern Lehigh needed to score a 1-0 Colonial League win over Northwestern.

With 9:38 left in the second half, McKay took in a feed from Bulldog teammate Megan Weil and struck home with what turned out to be the game-winner.

Northern Lehigh outshot Northwestern 16-3, while also held a 13-2 edge in penalty corners.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The newly surfaced Northern Lehigh football field got its first real test when the Lady Bulldogs faced off with Palmerton in girls soccer action yesterday afternoon.

It was a steady downpour for most of the contest and it did not make things easy for either squad. However, it was the Bombers who were able to deal with the weather extremities the best, shutting out Northern Lehigh 2-0 to gain the Colonial League victory.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Panther Valley qualified for the District 11 girls voleyball tournament with a win, while Tamaqua and Marian also notched Schuylkill League victories on Monday.

VOLLEYBALL

Jim Thorpe

-Panther Valley

Panther Valley defeated Jim Thorpe in a Schuylkill League game, 15-25, 25-14, 25-16, 25-14.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October 3, 1966 A 46-yard touchdown pass from Ken Vermillion to Bill Pilconis with under a minute to play lifts Panther Valley to an 18-12 comeback win over Pottsville. The Panthers tie the game in the fourth quarter on Bill Maynard's two-yard run to set up the dramatice ending. Mike Winsko finishes with 78 yards rushing, including a 44-yard TD run in the opening quarter, for PV, coached by Frank DeFebo. Pilconis ends the contest with four catches, all in the final period, for 95 yards.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Over the last few years, budget cuts have become a part of the high school sports world, creating a nightmare for local athletic departments.

The cuts already haven taken a toll on varsity sports programs at Panther Valley and Tamaqua. Both schools have been forced to cut sports due to budget restraints.

Because of those money problems, booster clubs and sponsors have had to step up and lend a helping hand to save sports programs. That has happened at both Tamaqua and Palmerton in the past year.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
brad hurley/times news Taking part in the news conference that welcomed IndyCar racing back to Pocono Raceway are, from left, Pocono President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway owner Rose Mattioli, INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard, IndyCar legend Mario Andretti and current series driver Ed Carpenter.

LONG POND - The summer series of NASCAR racing at Pocono Raceway this season created a lot of excitement with a newly repaved track, faster speeds, and better overall racing.

Now, Pocono President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky along with INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard have given race fans even more to look forward to. IndyCar will be back at Pocono International Raceway for the first time since 1989 when some of the best drivers in the world hit the track on July 7, 2013. Open wheel cars began racing at Pocono in 1971 under the USAC label and then CART after that.