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Friday, September 13, 2013

September 13, 1985 Northwestern's Scott Ziegler carries 20 times for 98 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 19-6 Centennial League win over rival Northern Lehigh. After the Bulldogs open the scoring with an eight-yard TD pass from Dennis Long to Barry Parham, Ziegler erases the deficit with an eight-yard scamper to the end zone. The senior fullback adds a seven-yard tally in the second quarter and a two-yatder in the third. Northwestern, coached by Bob Mitchell, plays well defensively, allowing just 74 total yards.

Friday, September 13, 2013
special to the times news Palmerton High School graduate Matt Falcone (center of photo) watches Temple's pregame warmup during the season-opener at Notre Dame. Falcone is a student assistant coach with the Owls.

This fall, Matt Falcone is being exposed to a different side of football. Since his earliest playing days in Palmerton, Falcone has played and experience football as a player.

In high school, Falcone compiled a nearly perfect resume as a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain who became the first Blue Bomber to throw and rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season in his role as a quarterback. He also averaged more than 37 yards as a punter, a position in which he garnered first team All-State honors. Defensively, Falcone recorded 111 tackles at linebacker.

Friday, September 13, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Liz Asher, left, of East Stroudsburg South, and Kamara Litchauer of Lehighton battle for the ball during field hockey action Thursday. Lehighton won the game, 3-1, in a contest cut short by lightning.

Lehighton and Pleasant Valley both posted wins in three different sports Thursday.

Both schools gained victories in field hockey and girls soccer with the Indians earning a volleyball win and the Bears coming out on top in boys soccer action.

FIELD HOCKEY

Pleasant Valley-PM West

Melissa Russo's hat trick sparked Pleasant Valley to a 7-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Pocono Mountain West.

The Bears' Johnny Schmidt added two goals, while Abby Roselli and Brianna Frable had one each.

Palmerton-Pen Argyl

Friday, September 13, 2013

By ED HEDES

Two weeks in the books and there is a logjam at the top of our Grid Picks board as you can see above. And needless to say, this corner is lucky enough to be one of those guys tied for first.

Picking 11 out of 15 right, propelled myself into a tie with Rod Heckman and Brad Hurley so there is a good feeling in the air as I get the ol' crystal ball all set for another big week. This looks like it could be one of the most competitive races in years.

So here goes:

Friday, September 13, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS James Farano of Lehighton controls the ball while trying to defend is East Stroudsburg South's Joey Jacona.

What ended as a rain-suspended game, started as a fast paced physical boys soccer match between East Stroudsburg South and Lehighton.

Mother nature did not cooperate, however, as the Mountain Valley Conference showdown was called with the score tied at 1-1 and 29:22 left in the second half. The game will be completed from the point of interuption at a date and time to be announced

While the ending might not have been what either team hoped for, the first fifty minutes of the contest was full of action.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Welcome to week two of OVERTIME. This week we will lead off with a "streak stopper" and also talk about a Pleasant Valley quarterback, a Palmerton running back, a Northern Lehigh receiver, and a few other noteworthy numbers from last week that you might not have noticed.

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Not all wins are created equal.

Sometimes, a win can can hold a little more significance for a program.

Often times, those type of wins occur because of who they beat. Maybe it was a rival or maybe it was in a game when they were a huge underdog.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Northwestern's Matthew Strickland (4) heads the ball in front of teammate Brandon Herb (11) and Moravian Academy's Ryan Brown.

By TJ ENGLE

tengle@tnonline.com

It's a matter of quality over quantity.

Monday afternoon, Moravian Academy outshot Northwestern for the majority of the game.

While Nate Hunsicker has seen his Tiger boys soccer team on the better end of stat sheet most games, the Lions held a 12-9 advantage in shots on goal through 40 minutes of regulation.

But the host Tigers (4-1-2 overall, 3-1-1 Colonial League) made the most of their opportunites to pull out a 2-0 Colonial League win, handing Moravian (4-2, 3-1) its first league loss of the season.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The week three TIMES NEWS Game of the Week features two Colonial League programs that look to be on the up and up.

The Palmerton Blue Bombers and the Salisbury Falcons will square off in week three to see which team can continue their stride towards relevancy.

Since 2009, Palmerton is 8-32 and for Salisbury it's been even worse. The Falcons haven't had a winning campaign since 2006, going 11-51 in that stretch.

Meaning, the winner of this week's contest will be sitting at 2-1 heading into week four, which is a position both of these teams would like to be in.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

NORTH SCHUYLKILL-

JIM THORPE

WHEN: Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: North Schuylkill (2-0, 2-0 Anthracite); Jim Thorpe (1-1).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: North Schuylkill def. Minersville 48-0; Blue Mountain def. Jim Thorpe 49-19.

NORTH SCHUYLKILL'S IMPACT PLAYERS: The Spartans did damage through the air last week. Quarterback Matt Smarkanik went 6 for 9 for 161 yards and three touchdowns. Smarkanik's main target on the night was John Rupinski, who caught three balls for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
2013 class will have seven inductees

The Tamaqua Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee will induct its 18th class into the Hall of Fame which will include seven new individuals.

The event will take place Friday, Sept. 13 before the Blue Raiders' football team hosts Shenandoah Valley.

The following is biographical information regarding the newest class into the Tamaqua Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

CHRISTA DeANGELO

MEMBER OF THE CLASS OF 1995

*Member of the class of 1995 where she was a standout on the basketball court earning four varsity letters.