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Saturday, November 2, 2013

CATASAUQUA - Josh Snyder had part of his memory erased Friday night in Catasauqua. The Northwestern coach has had bad memories of a Tigers' 3-0 loss in four overtimes to the Rough Riders in 1997 when he was a player. Now that memory is gone thanks to Northwestern's 28-27 win over Catasauqua in OT last night.

Friday, November 1, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern's girls soccer team hoists the District 11 Class 2A trophy high in the air after beating Blue Mountain on Thursday night.

ALLENTOWN During Thursday's District 11 girls' soccer championship, Blue Mountain did a solid job defensively on Northwestern forward Sarah Segan for the first half and much of the second.

But the Eagles weren't able to contain the Tigers' leading goal-scorer until the final whistle.

Friday, November 1, 2013

ALLENTOWN - Colonial League title? Check.

District title? Check.

By defeating No. 2 Blue Mountain 4-1 in the District 11 Class AA title game, the top-seeded Northwestern Lehigh girls' soccer team made amends for a successful 2012 season that was overshadowed by losses to Saucon Valley in both the Colonial League and district championship games.

The significance of claiming both titles in the same year is something that is not lost on coach Kelly Bleam.

"It's just awesome," Bleam said.

But for Bleam, the triumph was more about what it meant to her players.

Friday, November 1, 2013

A sports dynasty is defined as a team that dominates their sport or league for multiple seasons. The Marian Fillies volleyball program certainly fits that mold.

The Fillies added another trophy to their overflowing case on Thursday night, defeating Nativity in four games to earn the District 11 A Championship.

Over the years, the Fillies have had countless individuals help them win six District 11 A Championships since 2003. They've had many leaders and an abundance of outside and middle hitters that have tortured Schuylkill league and District 11 opponents in that span.

Friday, November 1, 2013

The calm and quiet that has been a rather unusual hallmark of the PIAA over the last year might be coming to an end.

And the culprit is: gender.

Two separate yet related gender issues have converged on PIAA one directly, another peripherally almost simultaneously, and both could have far-reaching implications.

The first is a suit filed on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in U.S. Middle District Court by the parents of a seventh-grade female in the Line Mountain School District claiming the student has the constitutional right to participate in wrestling.

Friday, November 1, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Jessie Olewine (37) hopes to take ball away from Southern Lehigh's Emily Marshall during District 11 field hockey game Thursday.

EMMAUS - The District 11 Class AA field hockey championship game seemed headed to overtime.

Two perennial district contenders played over 58 minutes without a goal. But with 1:28 left in the scoreless game, Southern Lehigh scored on a controversial play that gave the Spartans this year's title with a 1-0 win over Northern Lehigh, which was trying to win its first district field hockey crown in school history.

Spartan junior Elizabeth Thom scored the game-winning goal, but it wasn't confirmed as a goal until after a stoppage of play and a referees' conference.

Friday, November 1, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian Catholic seniors, from left, Sophie Myers, Madyson Dyer, Grace Boyle and Ashton Galasso hoist their District 11 trophy after beating Nativity BVM in 4 games at Minersville High School Thursday night.

MINERSVILLE - Marian head girls volleyball coach John "Doc" Fallabel wore a smile a mile long.

His team just defeated Nativity in four games by scores of 25-23, 25-14, 19-25, 25-12 to repeat as District 11 Class A Champions at Minersville High School.

"This is so much fun," he said. "I've been excited all day I've had butterflies in my stomach. The girls were cheering on the bus before we even got going."

Friday, November 1, 2013

November 1, 1983 Goals from Lisa Hager and Sharon George lift Palmerton's field hockey team to a 2-0 win over Saucon Valley in the District 11 Class AA semifinals. Hager opens the scoring at the end of the first half on a penalty stroke, which was awarded when the goalie used her hand to push a lifted ball out of the crease. George finds the back of the cage early in the second half off a corner feed. The Blue Bombers, coached by Barb Jones, also receive a solid effort from goalie Paula Hahn, who makes 13 saves.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Week 10 of the high school football season.

Three rivalry games on the schedule, a few teams battling for post-season playoff spots and position, and for some, it's the final high school game of their career.

Jim Thorpe-Lehighton, Marian-Tamaqua and Northern Lehigh-Palmerton are just a few where you throw out the records. Thre

s a big game at Pleasant Valley, where the Bears host Stroudsburg...and we could go on and on...

And without further adieu, I must give congrats to Justin Carlucci, who posted a perfect 15-0 record last week.

Friday, November 1, 2013

EMMAUS Northern Lehigh's head coach Jessica Frew has been a part of 15 Bulldog field hockey teams, 11 of which as head coach.

This year's team though, is a first for Frew.

The Northern Lehigh Family and Consumer Science teacher has turned this program around since stepping in to the role of head coach as the ladies have enjoyed seven winning seasons with her at the helm, with this season topping them all.