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Friday, September 7, 2012

By ED HEDES

The first week of the high school football season has come and gone and it wasn't a pretty one as far as this writer saw it. When you lose more games than you win, it's not the way you want to start the Grid Picks battle here at the TN Sports Department.

I wasn't the only one, but a 7-8 record won't be acceptable this week. I took a gamble with a couple of local teams and they failed to come through for me. Then there were some others, who surprised me and came away with victories that I didn't think were possible.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Nearly every baseball pitcher who's ever had Tommy John surgery remembers the moment they started seeing signs of elbow problems. Most probably remember when they were told that surgery was their best option. Many even remember the long, hard rehab process.

Former Towamensing Township Yankees pitcher Mike Sabo has even more to tell about having the procedue and trying to get back to full strength.

Friday, September 7, 2012

September 7, 1963 A potent rushing attack helps Coaldale cruise to a 33-0 win over Jim Thorpe. The Tigers, coached by Geno Poli, collect 355 yards and all five of their touchdowns on the ground. Bob Winsko opens the scoring in the first quarter with a 34-yard run. Before halftime, the winners also receive TDs from Tom Terry (11 yards), Mike Winsko (seven yards) and John Yankovich (17 yards). Ken Hoffman accounts for the final tally with an 11-yard scoring run in the final frame. Interceptions by Terry and B. Winsko help preserve the shutout.

Friday, September 7, 2012
bob ford/times news Palmerton's Kaitlyn Bunce (29) and Wilson's Abbie Race battle for control of the ball.

Tamaqua and Northwestern picked up victories in both girls and boys soccer to highlight Thursday's scholastic sports action.

GIRLS SOCCER

So. Lehigh-Northwestern

Sarah Segan scored four goals and helped lead Northwestern to a 5-0 victory over Colonial League foe Southern Lehigh.

Segan scored two goals in each half en route to increasing her TIMES NEWS area lead. Fellow Tiger Alexis Gawelko had the team's other goal.

Laura Hill made five saves in net to preserve the shutout.

Wilson-Palmerton

Thursday, September 6, 2012

There are many terms a head coach can use to describe the leader of a football team.

He can be the "go-to-guy," a "playmaker," or a "field general" to name a few.

When it comes to Panther Valley's Rich Smith, head coach Lon Hazlet may have a name for the Panthers' star player that tops them all. Hazlet referred to Smith as the "ambassador" of the Panthers' program.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

September 6, 1986 John Searfoss throws three touchdown passes to help lead Jim Thorpe to a 26-6 victory over Bishop Hafey. Searfoss connects with Mark Hurley for two of the scores, one from eight yards out and the other on a nine-yard strike. Alan Guth hauls in the other TD pass on a 17-yard hook-up. The Olympians, coached by Art Guth, also receive a 43-yard scoring run from Al Bayard.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

William Allen at Tamaqua

WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: William Allen 0-1 (0-0 Mountain Valley Conference); Tamaqua 1-0 (1-0 Anthracite Football League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Allentown Central Catholic def. William Allen 35-7; Tamaqua def. Jim Thorpe 34-29

ALLEN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Alvin Lara (TD pass), RB/WR Jaleel Ennis (TD rec)

TAMAQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Jake Love (15-105-2TD rush), RB Dalton Nunemacher (17-100 rush, 2-37-TD rec, INT TD), QB Nate Edmonds (2-9-37-TD pass), RB Tyler Hope (2-80-TD rush)

Thursday, September 6, 2012
ron gower/times news Lehighton's James Farano (10) dribbles the ball up the field as Pocono Mountain East's Arnold Kovadio and Meleo Velasquez (right) defend.

After last year's struggles against Mountain Valley Conference champion Pocono Mountain East, Lehighton soccer head coach David Yob had mixed feelings about his team's 4-0 loss to defending Mountain Valley Conference champion Pocono Mountain East.

The third-year head coach is not happy with the loss, but he's pleased with the team's improvement against the league's top team.

Thursday, September 6, 2012
ron gower/times news Lehighton's Sarah Keer (right) and Pocono Mountain East's Jeyda Ayden race for control of the ball.

The Northwestern cross country teams flexed their muscles as both the boys and girls swept multi-team Colonial League meets on Wednesday.

CROSS COUNTRY

North Schuylkill-Tamaqua

North Schuylkill swept Tamaqua in a Schuylkill League meet.

The Spartan boys captured four of the top five places en route to a 19-38 victory. Brendan Shearn crossed the tape in 17:08, over two minutes ahead of second-place Devin Mashack.

The Lady Spartans rolled to an 18-43 victory. North Schuylkill finished 1-2-3 with Abby Warner crossing first in a time of 22:25.

BOYS

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Mike Feifel has been coaching high school football for 23 years, including the last six as the offensive coordinator at Southern Lehigh.

Feifel probably thought he had seen and done it all when it comes to game week preparations and distractions. Afterall, he had been part of the Allentown Central Catholic coaching staff in the 90s when the Vikings won a pair of PIAA State Championships.

But nothing during the near quarter of a century that Feifel has been coaching was quite like the opening week of the 2012 season.