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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Tamaqua Alumni Soccer game will take place on Saturday Oct 1 at 11:30 when the Blue Raiders host Upper Dauphin in a Schuylkill League boys soccer game.

At halftime of the game, the Soccer Alumni Association will be inducting its second class into the Tamaqua Area Soccer Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September 27, 1996 Karianne Kubin scores four goals to help Lehighton's field hockey team open Mountain Valley Conference play with a 5-1 victory over Nazareth. After the Blue Eagles gain a lead, Sara Schaeffer scores unassited to tie the game. Kubin breaks the deadlock with a goal in the first half, and adds three more in the second half. Alison Semanoff contributes an assist while Jocelyn Kirsch makes 10 saves for the Indians, coached by Sharon Elder.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

MAHANOY CITY - It was a night of big plays for the Tamaqua Blue Raiders Monday evening at Alumni Stadium. The Raiders gutted the middle of the Bears defense multiple times and earned a big win for Coach Sam Bonner and Co., 25-18.

The Anthracite Football League contest which was postponed from Friday to Monday night due to rain was a battle from the start.

After both teams turned the ball over on downs on their opening drives, it was Mahanoy that struck first.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Murphy Bennett and her Indiana University of Pennsylvania reguby teammates open defense of last year league championship with two convincing wins to start the 2011 season.

IUP defeated California University of Pa., 63-0 and routed Juniata College, 91-0.

A year ago, IUP finished 23rd in the nation in women's club rugby.

Bennet is the daughter of Rick and Debby Bennett and was Tamaqua's female scholar athlete her senior season. She is majoring in Deaf Education and has made the Dean's list all six semesters.

Monday, September 26, 2011
rich george/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Alex Vignone runs away from a Saucon Valley defender.

Palmerton had trouble finding it's offense.

Saucon Valley didn't have much offense either, but the Panthers found just enough to spoil the Blue Bombers' Homecoming Game by winning their first game of the season, 21-0, on Saturday afternoon.

"We didn't come out to play," said Palmerton head coach Chris Walkowiak. Give Saucon Valley credit. They took it to us from the start. We had a very slow start and from there it was all downhill."

Monday, September 26, 2011

Panther Valley School Board on Thursday set ticket prices for games and hired coaches.

The board hired baseball coaches John Cooper at $3,250; Jimmy Kravelk at $2,175; Phil Shelton Jr. at $1,700, and Jeff Szczecina, Robert Fritzinger, Matt Davis and Kyle Krajnak as volunteer coaches.

Track and filed coaches included Francis O'Gorman at $2,600; Michele Markovich at $1,500; Jason Harrison at $1,400, and Fenton Black as a volunteer.

It also hired Ryan Fritzinger as a volunteer football coach and Amber Vachon as a volunteer cheerleading coach.

Monday, September 26, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Marian's Paul Martin is wrapped up by Dashon Russell (4) of Pius X.

ROSETO – Quarterbacks often run and throw for a lot of yards in high school football games. But what AJ Long did Saturday in a 45-13 win over Marian can't even be measured by the stellar numbers the sophomore put up Saturday on his home field.

Long completed 13 of 20 passes without an interception. He racked up 251 passing yards while throwing for two touchdowns. And he ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns. A few of his incomplete passes were well-thrown balls that receivers could not come up with.

Monday, September 26, 2011
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Kyle Ferryman (24) leaves his feet to intercept a pass intended for Jim Thorpe's PJ Johnson. The Panthers' MikeWeaver (10) is also defending on the play.

Panther Valley's gameplan was a simple one.

Unfortuntaley for visiting Jim Thorpe, it wasn't simple to stop.

With a decided advantage in the trenches, the Panthers used a solid ground attack Saturday night to earn a hard-fought 21-6 Anthracite Football League victory.

"Our staff put together a great gameplan and our kids executed it," said Lon Hazlet, who earned his first win as Panther Valley head coach. "I think we won the battle up front and that's the first time this year we've been more physical with somebody in the trenches.

Monday, September 26, 2011

STATE COLLEGE - After a quarter of play against Eastern Michigan, Penn State only accounted for a mere 63 yards of total offense 27 on the ground, 36 through the air.

With his Nittany Lions holding only a three-point lead, Joe Paterno knew it was time for a change in the game plan.

"They [Eastern Michigan] took the run away from us," Paterno said. "We got back into the ball game with the idea that we were going to have to beat an eight-man front the rest of the day and we're going to have to get the ball down field."

Monday, September 26, 2011

September 26, 1981 Mark Coury carries 12 times for 72 yards and a pair of short touchdown runs to help Marian roll to a 40-7 win over Palmerton. Coury reaches the end zone on gains of one and two yards. Bruce Svetz adds an eight-yard scoring run and also tosses a 52-yard TD pass to Angelo Martin. The Colts, coached by Stan Dick, also receive scoring runs from Tony Papay and Bernie Shimkus and a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown by Don Oakes.