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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Dana McAllister finished second and the Bears girls were first in the MVC Cross Country championships on Tuesday in Bethehem.

The Pleasant Valley girls' unblemished record is definitely no fluke.

The Lady Bears proved that Tuesday at the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, where the Mountain Valley Conference held its annual cross country meet.

Dana McCallister's second place finish led a PV showing that had five of its girls finish in the top 10. That effort easily allowed the Bears to claim the MVC championship.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Pleasant Valley head volleyball coach John Gesiskie talks to an official during a match. The Bears, and all teams competing in districts, will face a different playoff format this year.

When the District 11 Volleyball Championships roll around in a few weeks, there will be a new playoff format being incorporated.

Gone are the days of the marathon "pool play" matches that went from early morning until late afternoon on the opening Saturday of Districts. Teams would play anywhere from three to five matches in pool play with the top teams advancing to the semifinal round a few days later.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Palmerton's soccer team and Lehighton's volleyball team both scored wins over TIMES NEWS area rivals on Monday.

BOYS SOCCER

Palmerton-Lehighton

Palmerton scored a 3-2 non-conference victory over Lehighton.

The Indians took a 2-1 halftime lead on goals from Anthony Rossino and Austin Schlosser. Dylan Furry scored the Bombers' lone first half goal.

Palmerton's Austin Shupp knotted the game at 2-2 early in the second half before Corey Leonard added the eventual game-winning goal with 25:25 left. Spencer Shigo and Furry earned assists.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
bob ford/times news Palmerton's Ben Andrews follows through with a shot.

FLEETWOOD – Coming into the last hole of the PIAA East Region golf championships Monday, Northwestern's Cole Miller knew that at 3-over par he was well inside the qualifying number to move on to states.

So with 230 yards left to a green that sat just over a pond, he decided there was no point in laying up.

Miller didn't make the green, but that shot was one of the few mistakes he made in shooting 5-over par 77 to finish tied for 12th and qualify for next week's PIAA Championships.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October 18, 1941 Vince Lisella scores a pair of touchdowns to help Summit Hill gain a 22-0 win over Mauch Chunk Catholic. Lisella opens the scoring on a one-yard plunge and extends the margin by breaking free for a 15-yard tally. The Hillers, coached by Wilbur Derby, add to the lead when Tommy Bonner reaches the end zone from three yards out. The winners seal the victory with a blocked punt that goes into the end zone for a safety.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

STROUDSBURG – East Stroudsburg North and Stroudsburg both prevailed in their respective Mountain Valley Conference semi-final field hockey games Monday night.

East Stroudsburg North upset Lehighton to make it to it's first-ever title game. Top-seeded Stroudsburg knocked off Pleasant Valley to advance to its fourth straight conference championship game. The two teams will play for the MVC trophy Wednesday at 7 p.m. at East Stroudsburg South.

ES North-Lehighton

There will be a new Mountain Valley Conference field hockey champion this year.

Monday, October 17, 2011
Vavra wins bronze

Allysa Vavra made her first ever international swimming competition a memorable one, capturing a bronze medal is the 400 individual medley on Saturday at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Monday, October 17, 2011

October 17, 1980 Steve Comisac runs for two touchdowns and throws for another to help Tamaqua gain a 27-16 victory over Panther Valley. Comisac tosses a 10-yard scoring strike to Dan Smith and then reaches the end zone on runs of two and 74 yards. He finishes with 146 yards on 16 carries. The Blue Raiders, coached by Dale Titus, also receive a solid game from Greg Hinkle, who gains 56 yards on the ground and returns a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Jim Thorpe picked up victories in both boys and girls soccer on Saturday.

BOYS SOCCER

Jim Thorpe-Weatherly

The Olympians recorded three unanswered goals in the first half against Weatherly to pull out a 3-1 Schuylkill League win.

Matt Rich scored twice for the winners, while Corey Ligenza added the other tally. Benny Manzella assisted on one of Rich's scores.

Dylan McDonald scored unassisted for the Wreckers in the second half to make things interesting.

Monday, October 17, 2011
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Travis Wolfe (left) brings down Bangor's Josh Wing after a short gain.

All of the pre-game talk before Palmerton hosted unbeaten Bangor on Saturday night was about Josh Wing, the Slaters running back who is the leading rusher in the Colonial League.

What the critics forgot to mention was the Bangor offensive line, who opens the holes to give Wing the daylight he needs to break loose.