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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Touchdown.

After touchdown.

After touchdown.

Pleasant Valley's Brandon Leap made sure his playmakers got familiar with end zone in last Friday's shootout with Dieruff.

Leap threw six touchdown passes to six different players while racking up 288 yards through the air to lead the Bears to their first win of the season in dramatic fashion.

The stunning performance also helped Leap earn TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Jessica Debski (7) moves in front of Northwestern's Kylee Bennett during Colonial League play on Wednesday.

The Jim Thorpe boys cross country team remained undefeated (4-0) on the season with a 17-44 victory over Tamaqua and a 21-40 victory over Pottsville.

CROSS COUNTRY

Tamaqua-Pottsville

-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe's Christian Fields finished in first place with a time of 18.29, while teammate Jonathan Condly placed second (18.34). Austin Sabol paced Tamaqua, who lost to Pottsville 21-35, with a seventh-place time of 19.52.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 12, 2006 Tyler Wisniewski scores a hat trick and adds an assist to help Tamaqua roll to an 8-1 Schuylkill League soccer win over North Schuylkill. Wisniewski's first tally ties the contest after the Spartans had opened the scoring. The Blue Raiders, coached by Joe Holmberg, also receive two goals from Matt Stewart. Jay Pilla and Chris Hummel each contribute a goal and an assist while Chris Pilla adds a pair of helpers.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Samantha Young picked up the win in her first meet of the year, finishing with a time of 20:52.

The Pleasant Valley boys and girls cross country teams went a perfect 3-0 in a five-team Mountain Valley Conference meet while Lehighton went 0-2 on the day.

Pleasant Valley's Samantha Young picked up a win in her first meet of the year, finishing with a time of 20:52 on what proved to be a difficult day for many of the runners.

"Coming into it, I knew it was going to be really hot," said Young. "So I knew it wasn't going to be 'PR' racing, absolutely not, especially midseason. But I guess I felt pretty good."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11, 1998 Chris Siracuse and Tony Jordan both rush for over 100 yards and Palmerton's defense forces five turnovers in posting a 33-20 Colonial League win over Saucon Valley. Siracuse finishes the contest with 190 yards on 15 carries, including touchdown runs of 85 and 45 yards. Jordan gains 105 yards on just seven attempts - one of them a 43-yard TD scamper. The Blue Bombers, coached by Manny Guedes, also receive two scoring runs from Kyle Versuk. On defense, Jordan, Craig Steigerwalt and Jason Northington each record an interception.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Northern Lehigh School Board, on a 7-0 vote on Monday, with directors Mathias Green and Lauren Ganser absent, approved the following cocurricular appointments for the 2013-14 school year:

- Mark Hoffman, assistant softball coach, $2,990

- Katrina Wehr, assistant track coach, $2,990

The board, by the same margin, also approved the following cocurricular volunteers for the 2013-14 school year:

- Alex Haberern, assistant boy's soccer

- Aaron Harding, assistant boy's soccer

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Northwestern picked up wins in girls soccer and golf, while Jim Thorpe tennis, Palmerton field hockey and Tamaqua volleyball also earned wins in local scholastic action last night.

BOYS SOCCER

Northern Lehigh-Southern Lehigh

Southern Lehigh blanked Northern Lehigh for a 4-0 Colonial League win.

Will Demmel led the Spartans with two goals, while Nick Loew and Alex Sabram added single scores.

Matt Dicker finished with two assists for SL, while Logan Koch and Dan Fulmer were credited with one a piece.

The Bulldogs' Nate Rex finished with 19 saves.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Abigail Monks (34) passes the ball as teammate Nicole Generose looks on.

The Northwestern girls' volleyball program may still be in the infancy stage as it is entering only its second season of existence this fall.

On Monday night, they performed like a team that had been playing for decades.

The Lady Tigers welcomed Jim Thorpe for a non-league match-up where Northwestern came out on top 3-2 in a competitive, back-and-forth battle.

"We played really well and I feel that this was an important win for us to get," said Northwestern head coach Amilee Schillinger.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Cat Condly (17) prepares to take a shot on goal as Tamaqua's Lynn Kistler defends.

Write this one down in the record books for Jim Thorpe as its girls' soccer team defeated Tamaqua, 4-0, on Monday for its first win ever over the Lady Raiders.

"Motivation was not a problem for this game," said Jim Thorpe coach Tom Condly. "We have a lot of respect for the Tamaqua program. They have gotten the best of us for the past six years, but our girls really felt that they could finally get one from them and they gave an outstanding effort."

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September 10, 1971 Gary Grant scores a pair of touchdowns, one on the ground and the other through the air, to help Marian pull away for a 34-14 victory over West Hazleton. Grant reaches the end zone on a 31-yard scamper and hauls in a 24-yard scoring pass from Thad Kosciolek. The Colts, coached by Joe Leonzi, also receive a 41-yard TD toss from Terry McElmoyle to Jack Bargilione and a seven-yard scoring run from Kosciolek. Marian's special teams also contribute as Rick Colancecco blocks a punt and Tom Bydlon recovers it in the end zone for a TD.