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Friday, September 27, 2013

More often than not, a coach's offensive soccer strategy is to dominate field position through ball control from a short and accurate passing game.

This was not so Thursday as the Jim Thorpe boys' team used the long kick to defeat Tamaqua, 5-3 in league play.

"We definitely stressed to our defense and midfielders to kick the ball high and as far as they could," said Olympian coach Tony Dixon. "We feel that many of our boys have strong legs and with our overall speed, we can get after it, too."

Friday, September 27, 2013

By ED HEDES

It's hard to believe that after this weekend's action, half of the high school football season will be in the books.

Bob Ford and Brad Hurley stay tied at the top, but only four games separate the top eight prognosticators that give it their best to pick the winners each and every Friday.

A 10-5 week for this corner dropped us three games behind the leaders, but we're feeling pretty good that this week we'll give it another shot at those in the top spot.

Friday, September 27, 2013
bob ford/times news Marian's Grace Boyle (21) follows through after spiking the ball through the attempted block of Nativity's Rachel Wood.

Number one vs. number two.

When Marian met Nativity on Thursday night, not only was it a rivalry renewed, it was also a contest between the top two teams in the District 11 Class A volleyball rankings, both of which have been on a roll lately.

Marian entered the contest on a seven-match win streak while Nativity had won its last eight since a loss to the Fillies to begin the Schuylkill League season.

In the end, the Fillies found soft spots in Nativity's defense en route to a 25-13, 18-25, 25-13, 25-14 triumph over the Green Wave.

Friday, September 27, 2013

September 27, 1957 Bobby Earley scores a pair of touchdowns and Lansford's defense shuts down the running game in posting a 20-0 upset win over Schuylkill Haven. Earley opens the scoring when he breaks free for a 68-yard TD run. He also picks up a pair of first downs on another drive to set up Joe Krawlick's one-yard scoring plunge. The Panthers, coached by Dick Forster, limit Haven to just 28 yards on the ground. On special teams, Lansford's Bob Brennan blocks a punt out of the end zone for a safety.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

For many years, opponents of Notre Dame - Green Pond checked them off as a win on the schedule, but this season, that would be a foolish move. The Crusaders (3-1) are not only playing better, but they're playing a dominant brand of football, including a 38-2 win over Bangor last week and wins of 25-13 over Palmerton and 31-22 over Northern Lehigh earlier in the year.

Thursday, September 26, 2013
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Tiff Thompson (15) is blocked at the net by Jim Thorpe's Jocelyn DeMarco.

Lehighton doesn't officially become a member of the Schuylkill League until next season.

However, last night, the Indians had no trouble making their presence felt by giving Jim Thorpe an early preview of what lies ahead.

The introduction was cordial, yet brief, as Lehighton posted a 25-20, 25-19, 25-18 nonleague victory over the host Olympians.

The win improves the Indians to 7-2 on the season, while Jim Thorpe drops to 5-7 after pulling off a huge five-game victory over Panther Valley just 24 hours prior.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 26, 2008 Grif Griffiths runs for two touchdowns and Ryan Palsgrove throws for 181 yards and a score to help Tamaqua gain a 28-19 win over Kutztown. Griffiths busts into the end zone from a yard out and also breaks free for a 59-yard score. Palsgrove tosses a 48-yard scoring strike to Anthony Bumbulsky, who finishes with 130 receiving yards. The Raiders, coached by Sam Bonner, also receive a 40-yard TD run from Wayde Williams. Tamaqua's defense also aids the victory by coming up with five sacks and a pair of interceptions.

Thursday, September 26, 2013
bob ford/times news Chelsea Frantz (right) and Victoria LaBar led the Tamaqua girls to a sweep of the top five places against Marian.

Marian fell victim to Blue Mountain in an attempt to defend its Schuylkill League team golf title on Wednesday.

GOLF

Schuylkill League

Team Championships

Blue Mountain regained the Schuylkill League team golf championship title finishing with a four-man total of 329 at the Blue Mountain Golf Course in Fredericksburg.

Bailey Sophy led the charge with a round of 78. The Eagles string of 14 straight league crowns was snapped last year by Marian.

Mahanoy Area finished second with a 334 team total, while the Colts were third at 335.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wyomissing at Pleasant Valley

WHEN: Friday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Wyomissing (2-2); Pleasant Valley (3-1).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Wyomissing defeated Blue Mountain, 21-13; Pleasant Valley defeated Lehighton, 28-6.

Thursday, September 26, 2013
BRAD Hurley/TIMES NEWS Deonte St. Hill of Jim Thorpe rushed for 219 yardson20 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Olympians win over Panther Valley.

Good running backs have all types of attributes that make them dynamic at that respective position.

Some are fast, some are quick, and some are strong.

However, one attribute that they all have is dependability. Meaning, when the game is on the line or their team needs a big play, more times than not they come through.

The week four TIMES NEWS Player of the Week Deonte St. Hill proved against Panther Valley last Friday night that he is certainly that.