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Saturday, October 26, 2013

It's safe to say that Penn State's match-up with Ohio State (8 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN) tonight is the biggest game yet in the Bill O'Brien era.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Sarah Segan (right) dribbles past Notre Dame's Emma Krentler.

In the scholastic sports postseason, there is a potentially-stifling phenomena for quality teams.

The problem arises when a higher-seeded team is scheduled for a longer layoff because it receives a bye in the opening round or rounds of the playoffs.

The Northwestern girls soccer team faced this problem as they had a long week of practices before their initial contest in the Disitrict 11 Class AA tournament.

Consider the threat dismissed!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

With the defense finally playing up to preseason expectations, Notre Dame hung on last Saturday to beat arch-rival Southern California, 14-10, for the third win in four years over the Trojans but only the first at ND stadium since 2001.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pleasant Valley used the "big play" on Friday night to hand East Stroudsburg North a 43-14 Mountain Valley Conference loss, setting up a big matchup with Stroudsburg next week.

The Bears and Mountaineers are both one game behind East Stroudsburg South in the MVC Standings, but the game has major District 11 implications with both teams battling to grab one of six Class AAAA berths.

One of the major reasons for the "big plays" was Brandon Leap, the Bears' quarterback, who completed 16-of-18 pass attempts for 281 yards and three touchdowns in the rout.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

MINERSVILLE - Tamaqua entered its match up with Minersville at 5-3, knowing the final two games of the season would be crucial as far as post-season playoffs were concerned.

With the Blue Raiders starting out trying to establish their running game, they went on to rout the Miners, 50-19.

Tyler Hope took control on the first offensive series with Tyler Skripko eventually punching it in for the Blue Raiders first score.

Tamaqua added another touchdown in the first quarter, as Hope reeled in a 49-yard pass from Nate Edmonds.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - In the first movie of the series, challenger, Rocky Balboa gets knocked down several times, but although he loses the fight to the champion, the audience stands and applauds the tenacity of the underdog.

Rocky's determination and perseverance can symbolize the Panther Valley football season and last night brought more evidence to support this idea in the Panthers' 48-21 loss to the North Schuylkill Spartans.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

At the recent quarterly business meeting of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission held at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Erie, the agency unveiled plans to expand its popular Mentored Youth Fishing Day program across the state in 2014. Launched this past spring as a pilot program the Saturday prior to the regional opening day of trout season, Mentored Youth Fishing Day was an immediate hit with adult anglers and the kids in their lives as more than 3,700 adult anglers registered 5,110 kids for the fishing opportunity.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

October 26, 2007 Tim Sulzer scores the only touchdown in the second half and it proves to be the game-winner as Lehighton registers a 21-18 Mountain Valley Conference win over East Stroudsburg North. Sulzer reaches the end zone on a five-yard run in the third quarter moments after a muffed punt gives the Indians good field position. Dan Farole carries 24 times for 126 yards and a TD for the winners, coached by Bill Brong. Lehighton also gets on the scoreboard on a blocked punt recovered in the end zone by Justin Plocinik.

Friday, October 25, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Alyssa Jordan and Jackie Jordan try to block the attempted hit of Taylor Bennett of Bethlehem Catholic.

BETHLEHEM In the opening game of Thursday's volleyball match between Lehighton and Bethlehem Catholic, the Indians looked unstoppable. They controlled the net, they forced their opponent into numerous costly mistakes, and they erupted into a 13-3 lead.

By the end of the night, though, that fury was brought under control by a bigger, more powerful opponent.

Bethlehem Catholic rallied for a 23-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-9 victory in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AA tournament.

Friday, October 25, 2013

PEN ARGYL In the opening round of the District 11 Class AA playoffs Thursday night, the Lehighton field hockey team created plenty of opportunities inside the box.

Those opportunities never turned into goals as No. 4 seed Pen Argyl came away with a 3-0 victory against the No. 5 Inidians.

Lehighton played well in just about every aspect of the game, but it couldn't put the ball in the goal.