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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Pleasant Valley cruised to an easy volleyball victory on Friday.

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Palmerton-Wilson

Three different players scored as Palmerton blanked Wilson for a 3-0 Colonial League victory.

Kaelyn Englert, Trisha Billig and Stephanie Brinker all scored for the Bombers.

Maddy Mummy was credited with an assist on Englert's goal.

Northwestern-Salisbury

Northwestern cruised to a 5-2 Colonial League win over Salisbury.

Paige Horner led the Tigers with a goal and two assists, while Morgan Brittany added two goals.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Notre Dame managed to regroup enough in the second half last week against Purdue to give the developing Irish offense time to make some plays. The end result was that ND rallied for a 31-24 win over the Boilermakers. It wasn't pretty, but some times you've got to take what you get.

For ND, trailing most of the game to a team that was a 20-point underdog, it was not a very good performance. The Irish defense has fans and, I'm sure, head coach Brian Kelly wondering what's going on.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Richard Carlson, Ph.D., writes self-help books. When his fourth, You Can Feel Good Again, was being prepared for foreign publication, the publishing company asked Carlson to get an endorsement from Dr. Wayne Dyer, a self-help author who had written a number of bestsellers.

Carlson was hesitant because Dyer had already endorsed another book of his. He sent out the request anyway, didn't get a response, and relayed that to the publisher.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

What a difference 12 minutes makes.

It was supposed to be a close battle between Tamaqua, which had allowed just 12 points in its last two games, and Mahanoy Area which came in averaging 47 points in its first three games of the season.

The Tamaqua Blue Raiders competed for three quarters in last night's 53-28 Anthracite League loss to undefeated Mahanoy Area. In fact, the Raiders held a 7-6 lead after the first quarter on the strength of an eight-play, 63-yard drive capped by a five yard run from Tyler Skripko.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

FLW has announced the 2014 EverStart Series schedule, which now features three events in each division with significantly increased payouts plus a no-entry-fee championship.

Tournament dates and locations for 2014 in the Northern Division are May 1-3, James River; June 19-21, Potomac River; and July 24-26, Lake Champlain.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Win the battle of field position and turnovers and you'll probably win something else the game.

Friday night, Pleasant Valley spent nearly the entire evening on Lehighton's side of the field and intercepted four passes. The result, not surprisingly, was a convincing 28-6 Mountain Valley Conference victory.

"That's the game," said Bears' head coach Jim Terwilliger. "The game is played with momentum changes, field position, and time of possession.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Northern Lehigh looked to get its first win of the season against a tough opponent in Palisades Friday night.

The Bulldogs built an early lead, but couldn't hold on as Palisades rallied for a 28-13 victory.

Bulldog freshman Taz McNair immediately set the tone of the first half by taking the opening kick off 93 yards to the house.

"Our kick off team has been close to breaking off a big one the previous two weeks," said Northern Lehigh head football coach Joe Tout.

Palisades responded quickly on the next series.

Friday, September 20, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Plaques were awarded to the new inductees of the Tamaqua Sports Hall of Fame prior to the school's varsity football game on Friday. The inductees are, l-r, Casey Wagner, Travers Schmidt, Mega "Rocket" Inama, Amanda Fenkner, Tracy Smudin, Randi Wagner Brady, and Christa DeAngelo.

Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20, 1975 Lou Mele tosses a nine-yard touchdown pass to Rick McIntyre with 51 seconds remaining to break a tie and lift Panther Valley to a 13-6 victory over West Hazleton. The Panthers' winning drive is set up by a Bob Spezialetti interception with 2:30 left in the game. Mele, who finishes with 119 yards passing, throws completions to Gary Higgins and Mark Cutler to set up the final strike to McIntyre. PV, coached by Caz Kosciolek, also receive a five-yard TD catch from Mele to Cutler.

Friday, September 20, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Mackenzie Walck and Mahanoy Area's Brooke Kufrovich battle at the net during Thursday's volleyball match.

Jim Thorpe showed fight, they showed they didn't want to go quietly into the night, but in the end too many mistakes kept the Lady Olympians from victory.

Mahanoy Area took advantage of Thorpe's errors on the night to come away with 3-0 Division 1/2 victory, winning 25-21, 25-18, 25-23.

Talent wise Jim Thorpe stuck with the Bears throughout the evening, but the Olympians just couldn't get away from shooting themselves in the foot.