Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Monday, September 11, 2017
Marian’s Tina Capparell took first place at the DeSales Centaur Invitational on Saturday. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

CENTER VALLEY — With a first-place finish in Saturday’s 39th DeSales Centaur Invitational, you’d expect little disappointment from Marian’s Tina Capparell. Especially since the Marian senior blew away the rest of the competition by over a minute.

But for Capparell, who finished in 19:20.93 in her second trip to DeSales, she is always looking for ways to improve in her final season. Despite hoping for a faster time, Capparell wasn’t threatened as she breezed to a victory.

Monday, September 11, 2017
Penn State’s Saquon Barkley (26) looks to stiff arm Pittsburgh’s Avonte Maddox. AP PHOTO

Penn State’s 33-14 win over in-state rival Pitt was a big win for the Nittany Lions in many ways, but it was Lions head coach James Franklin that made headlines with this quote in his post game press conference.

“There are a lot of individual things I could talk about, but most important is that were 1-0 this week and we were able to get a win. That’s what that was for us.

“I know last year for their win it was like the Super Bowl, but for us this was just like beating Akron.”

Saturday, September 9, 2017

September 9, 1955 — A balanced rushing attack and two touchdowns from Jack Zeigler help Tamaqua roll to a 35-7 victory over Summit Hill. Zeigler, who reaches the end zone on runs of one and eight yards, carries nine times in the contest for a team-high 67 yards. Ralph Miller adds 64 yards rushing, including a 5-yard tally, as the Blue Raider backs combine for 302 yards on the ground. Bob Barnisky adds a 6-yard TD run, while John Angelo tosses a 7-yard scoring strike to Bob Gerber. For the Hillers, George Lill catches a 34-yard touchdown pass from Wilbur Derby.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Before Palmerton’s home opener Friday night, the buzz was all about the school’s new turf field.

After the contest, though, the talk centered more around the players that performed on that field.

Rallying from a halftime deficit, the Blue Bombers christened their new facility in grand style by pulling out an exciting 29-28 Colonial League victory over Saucon Valley.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Lions look to build on impressive opener

Coaches often downplay big games. In my experience, the more you hear a coach utter the words “it’s just another week” then that’s how you know that the game means just a bit more than usual.

Penn State head coach James Franklin has been saying something close to that phrase a lot lately about the Nittany Lions match-up later today (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC) with in-state rival Pitt. But trust me, internally the Nittany Lions are most likely chomping at the bit to get after the Panthers.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Jim Thorpe’s Shawn O’Toole (28) finds running room as Panther Valley’s Noah Berk tries to close in from behind. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS


That’s the word that best describes Jim Thorpe’s performance against rival Panther Valley on Friday. The Olympians versatile offensive attack was too much to handle for the Panthers, as five different Thorpe players scored on the night, en route to a 57-0 non-league victory.

Panther Valley (2-1) brought some momentum into its matchup with Thorpe, having won its first two games of the season and it showed early on.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Northwestern had its biggest test of the season Friday night when it traveled to Palisades to take on the undefeated Pirates.

The Tigers once again struggled to find their footing and were run over by Palisades’ powerful ground game in a 46-0 loss — the third straight to start the season for Northwestern.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
A “normal” size ATV motors along on the Bloody Skillet trail. Despite its name, the trail is very scenic and easily traveled. DCNR has decided to include it in a pilot program that will allow the wider, larger ATVS on the trail. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

We all know that saying about “men and boys and the price of their toys.”

Well, men, women and children are fans of the large ATVs, the ones that are designed to carry more than one passenger. But, the machines are wider and often don’t fit on existing ATV trails.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry is offering an attractive solution to that problem.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Marian quarterback Keith McCall looks for a receiver while North Schuylkill defenders close in on him. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The beat goes on and on at North Schuylkill.

The Spartans’ football team doesn’t lack for talent and depth and proved that again on Friday with a 35-0 rout of Marian to improve to 3-0 on the season.

The only thing that slowed North Schuylkill was a power outage that forced the Marian officials to turn off the lights and reboot near the end of the first quarter. However by that time, the Spartans had already roared out to an impressive 19-0 lead.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Indians trounce Schuylkill Vy.

Lehighton coach Tom McCarrol said his team was “hitting on all cylinders” in its 53-21 domination of Schuylkill Valley on Friday night.

After two road victories, the Tribe (3-0) opened the home part of the schedule with am unstoppable offensive display and a lock down defense that allowed just 33 rushing yards for the entire game.

Senior quarterback Cody Scherer was spectacular as he led an offense that put up 386 total yards. Scherer completed only four passes in the game, but all were for touchdowns.