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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

STROUDSBURG – East Stroudsburg North and Stroudsburg both prevailed in their respective Mountain Valley Conference semi-final field hockey games Monday night.

East Stroudsburg North upset Lehighton to make it to it's first-ever title game. Top-seeded Stroudsburg knocked off Pleasant Valley to advance to its fourth straight conference championship game. The two teams will play for the MVC trophy Wednesday at 7 p.m. at East Stroudsburg South.

ES North-Lehighton

There will be a new Mountain Valley Conference field hockey champion this year.

Monday, October 17, 2011
Vavra wins bronze

Allysa Vavra made her first ever international swimming competition a memorable one, capturing a bronze medal is the 400 individual medley on Saturday at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Monday, October 17, 2011

October 17, 1980 Steve Comisac runs for two touchdowns and throws for another to help Tamaqua gain a 27-16 victory over Panther Valley. Comisac tosses a 10-yard scoring strike to Dan Smith and then reaches the end zone on runs of two and 74 yards. He finishes with 146 yards on 16 carries. The Blue Raiders, coached by Dale Titus, also receive a solid game from Greg Hinkle, who gains 56 yards on the ground and returns a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Jim Thorpe picked up victories in both boys and girls soccer on Saturday.

BOYS SOCCER

Jim Thorpe-Weatherly

The Olympians recorded three unanswered goals in the first half against Weatherly to pull out a 3-1 Schuylkill League win.

Matt Rich scored twice for the winners, while Corey Ligenza added the other tally. Benny Manzella assisted on one of Rich's scores.

Dylan McDonald scored unassisted for the Wreckers in the second half to make things interesting.

Monday, October 17, 2011
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Travis Wolfe (left) brings down Bangor's Josh Wing after a short gain.

All of the pre-game talk before Palmerton hosted unbeaten Bangor on Saturday night was about Josh Wing, the Slaters running back who is the leading rusher in the Colonial League.

What the critics forgot to mention was the Bangor offensive line, who opens the holes to give Wing the daylight he needs to break loose.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Panther Valley Panthers aren't usually known for their aerial attack on offense. Friday night was a different story with Panthers' Head Coach Lon Hazlet implementing a game plan that was exciting for all in attendance at Panther Valley Stadium. That game plan was simple. When in doubt throw it deep. The Panthers big plays weren't enough however, with Shenandoah Valley squeaking out a 20-19 Anthracite Football League win.

Monday, October 17, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Mike Harleston scampers around the line en route to a gain in contest against Mahanoy Area on Saturday.

Like any other coach, Jim Thorpe's Mark Rosenberger doesn't like to lose.

So it wasn't surprsing that the Olympians head coach was a little bit upset after Saturday's 52-14 loss to Mahanoy Area.

The lopsided loss, however, wasn't the main reason for Rosenberger's distress.

"It's one thing to lose a game because the team's more talented, (and Mahanoy Area is more) talented than us," said Rosenberger. "But when the effort's not there on top of it, that's a little bit dissapointing and disheartning.

Monday, October 17, 2011
ron gower/times news Four Marian defenders combine to bring down Minersville's Bill Powanda (40). Making the play for the Colts were Anthony Pilla (55), Jordan Weber (61), Ryan Karnish (7) and Phil Schron (32).

The difference in victory and defeat in any football game eventually comes down to which team makes the plays. Unfortunately for the Marian Colts on Saturday night at the Men of Marian Stadium, they didn't make 'em, and the Battlin Miners did.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Notre Dame offense came alive last week to completely dominate Air Force and roll to a 59-33 victory, one of the highest point totals for an Irish team in many years. In fact, it was the highest point total since Lou Holtz's last game in 1993 when ND scored 62 against Rutgers.

Air Force was no match for the bigger, stronger Irish offense from the linemen to the many fine receivers the Irish have on the team.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Less serious than Chronic Wasting Disease, but nevertheless Pennsylvania Game Commission staff and board of commissioner members expressed concern at this month's final quarterly meeting of the year were the test results from a wild deer that confirmed that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease has been found in Northampton County.