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Monday, October 7, 2013
SCOTT PAGEL/TIMES NEWS Jonathan Condy (far right) gets set to make his move as he finishes first in the Northampton Invitational on Saturday.

Jim Thorpe went on to capture the boys' championship, while Lehighton earned itself a top-five finish with a fifth place finish. Northern Lehigh, Tamaqua and Palmerton ended up ninth, 13th and 15th respectively at the Northampton Invitational this weekend.

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Five local TIMES NEWS teams took part in the Invitational.

Monday, October 7, 2013

October 7, 2005 Nick Hosford rushes for 130 yards and three touchdowns to help Northern Lehigh pull away for a 52-27 Colonial League victory over Salisbury. Hosford opens the scoring with a one-yard plunge and then adds four and 16-yard TD runs to extend an 18-13 lead to 32-13. The Bulldogs, coached by Jim Tkach, also receive 130 yards rushing and a score from Scott Snyder, a 13-yard touchdown pass from Matt Sutjak to Andrew Geiger, and a 14-yard TD run from Matt Snyder. Hosford and S. Snyder each add interceptions on defense.

Monday, October 7, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's C.J. Young (20) looks for running room as the Pen Argyl defense closes in.

PEN ARGYL - Throughout the first five games of the 2013 season, Pen Argyl has had arguably the best defense in the Colonial League, allowing just over 200 yards per game.

On Saturday afternoon against Northern Lehigh, the Green Knights' offensive prowess was on full display.

Pen Argyl used big plays through the air and a stifling defense to defeat the Bulldogs 35-2 in critical Colonial League contest.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Marian's Lukas Damian tries to get outside while Panther Val

Three weeks ago, the Marian Colts were 0-3 and could've packed it in.

Last night, after a 28-0 triumph over arch-rival Panther Valley, they now have a three-game win streak and have climbed back to the .500 mark and are raising some eyebrows now in the Anthracite League.

"We were a little sloppy at times, but if you would have told me we were going to shut this team out who averaged 25 points a game, I wouldn't believe it," said Marian head coach Stan Dakosty. "We were a little battered there in the end and the kids that went in there filled in real nice.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Harry Hall tries to break

It was another big night for Harry Hall, who rushed for a career-high 198 yards and three touchdowns as Northwestern downed Palmerton 35-7 to move to 4-2 on the season. It was the second week in a row that Hall set a career-high for rushing yards, besting his total of 195 set last week at Notre Dame.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Jim Thorpe's Haley Cope backhands a shot during Friday's District 11 tennis acti

ALLENTOWN All season long the Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua girls' tennis players compete for the sake of school pride.

That's a sole motivator since those programs can't compete for any type of league championship. The same mentality carries over into the District 11 Class 2A postseason.

On Friday afternoon, the Olympians' Gabbie Binder, Bryanna Kehrli and Haley Cope and the Blue Raiders' Sarah Zoba, Maddie Dolinsky and Carly Fenstermacher represented their schools with smiles in the midst of the District 11 Class 2A Singles' Tournament.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's defense, led by Andrew Lowin (71) stuff Miners

In 2004, the Jim Thorpe Olympians football team went 10-0 in the regular season and did so by dominating on the defensive side of the ball. That defense was deemed the "The Red Swarm" and that nickname became the backbone for the Olympians' football program for several years.

In recent years, the Thorpe defense somehow lost that intensity and it showed as the Olympians statistically served as the worst defense in the Anthracite Football League over the last two seasons.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

October 5, 2001 Phil Gasker's all-around game helps propel Lehighton to a 21-0 Mountain Valley Conference win over Pleasant Valley. Gasker scores a touchdown on offense, reaches the end zone on special teams and also intercepts a pass on defense. The Indian senior completes a drive with a minute before the half by scoring on a 10-yard TD run. He then opens the second half by taking the kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown. The winners, coached by Bill Brong, also receive a three-yard TD run from Dedan Brozino.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Tamaqua's margin for error is razor thin.

The Raiders are without a couple of key starters and have a few more players that are limited because of injuries.

Friday night, Tamaqua showed it still has enough talent to compete with one of the top teams in the Anthracite Football League.

But the Raiders also showed how delicate their balance can be between winning and losing.

In the end, Tamaqua left too many points on the field and dropped a 21-14 decision to North Schuylkill.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

BUSHKILL Lehighton wasted no time taking control of its Mountain Valley Conference game with East Stroudsburg North.

The Indians' Tyler Crum fielded the opening kick off and took it to the house for 98 yards to open the contest.

"Tyler Crum is a game breaker. He has the potential to make these kinds of plays every single game," said Lehighton head football coach Tom McCarroll. "He's a dangerous athlete and it's nice that we have him back for another year,"

The first quarter is where much of the action took place in this one.