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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Penn State will get a dose of their own medicine this week when they take on the up tempo Indiana Hoosiers offense (Noon ET, BTN).

The Hoosiers, who are led by former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson like to run about 90-100 offensive plays per game, which is something Bill O'Brien and his staff can relate to.

O'Brien brought the NASCAR style offense to State College last season and it has transformed the PSU offense into an exciting entity.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A proposal to remove the bald eagle from the state's list of threatened species has received first approval by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners, which is seeking public comment prior to its first quarterly meeting of 2014 in January. Under the proposal the bald eagle's status will be upgraded from "threatened" to "protected" in Pennsylvania.

Friday, October 4, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Emily Thek bends down to return a shot during the District 11 Class AAA Tennis Tournament on Thursday.

ALLENTOWN - For Madison Olexson and Emily Thek, the first round of the District 11 Class AAA Singles' Tournament was a memorable experience.

For Pleasant Valley's No. 1 and No. 2 singles' players, however, the second round was a forgettable one.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Chip Santee earned a hard fought victory in Saturday's action filled Modified feature as the former two-time champ fended off no less than five different opponents during side-by-side restarts as well as putting up with a blanketed convergence of top guns who hounded him to the finish.

Starting second, Santee darted by pole sitter Terry Markovic at the drop of Bobby Stull's race commencing green. He then went against John Markovic until lap nine when Nevin George stepped in to challenge as well as Lou Strohl.

Friday, October 4, 2013

October 4, 1969 Walt Schlenner scores the only touchdown and Jim Thorpe's defense records a shutout as the Olympians register a 6-0 victory over Pocono Mountain. Schlenner breaks the scoreless tie in the third quarter when he gets loose for a 24-yard touchdown run. Thorpe, coached by Angie Konstas, receives a key fumble recovery from Joe Micko on defense.

Friday, October 4, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Rebecca Minehan tries to hit through the block attempt of Jim Thorpe's Danielle Becker (32) and Makenzie Walck (14) during their Schuylkill League volleyball match Thursday.

The Northwestern boys and girls soccer teams continued to roll, with each posting dominant victories. The Jim Thorpe and Marian volleyball teams also picked up victories as did the Olympian boys soccer team.

BOYS SOCCER

Northwestern-Palmerton

Northwestern used a strong second half to pull away from Palmerton en route to a 9-1 Colonial League victory.

Brandon Ettl had a hat trick and an assist for the Tigers (12-1-2). Jay Hereba and Kyle Willis notched two goals apiece.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Week 5 of the high school football season was anything but a happy one for this corner.

Some mis-information headed our way and the end result was a 9-6 week, while TIMES NEWS Photo Editor Bob Ford, who is responsible for the great action shots you see in the sports section during the high school season, rose to the top with a 13-2 week.

He holds a four-game lead on Brad Hurley and Jason Boris. Yours truly, who was once tied for the lead a few weeks back, is now seven games behind as we've hit the midpoint of the regular season.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Week five of the high school football season was highly offensive especially to defensive coordinators.

Friday's results kept scoreboard operators and statisticians extremely busy as teams accumulated points and yards at a frenetic pace.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October 3, 1997 Matt Hager completes 8-of-11 passes for 153 yards and also runs for a score to help Palmerton upset Southern Lehigh, 21-14, in Colonial League action. Hager gives the Bombers, coached by Manny Guedes, the lead with a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. Chris Siracuse, who adds 99 yards rushing on 23 carries, adds a pair of touchdown runs. He reaches the end zone from six yards out in the opening quarter and adds a 15-yard tally with three minutes left to play.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
ron gower/times news Melissa Russo of Pleasant Valley rushes the ball up the field. Russo had three goals in the game, including the 50th of her career.

Lehighton teams clinched postseason berths in boys soccer and girls volleyball, while Pleasant Valley picked up wins in boys soccer, girls hockey and girls volleyball.

BOYS SOCCER

Lehighton-ES South

The Indians defeated the Cavaliers 2-1 in a Mountain Valley Conference contest and qualified for the District 11 playoffs for the first time in school history.

Anthony Rossino and Chris Lawler scored the goals for Lehighton. Zach Christoff had assists on both.