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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Against an undefeated team that's averaging 48.2 points per game, the margin of error is very slim.

Unfortunately for the Marian Colts, a two-minute span in the middle of their encounter on Friday night against the North Schuylkill Spartans was just enough to ruin their upset bid, as they proceeded to make just enough mistakes to hand over momentum to their guests, dropping a 39-21 game that was a lot closer than the score indicates or than what most people would have thought.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

It wasn't very pretty and the Irish didn't look very good, but as they say, a win is a win. Notre Dame managed to even its record to 2-2 by edging by a well-prepated Pitt team last week.

The Irish, and especially quarterback Tommy Rees, struggled all afternoon in Heinz Field to gain the 15-12 victory. Despite all the problems Rees had he managed to lead the Irish on an 85 yard drive late in the fourth quarter for the winning touchdown plus two point conversion. On the drive Rees was eight for eight passing including the TD throw and the conversion throw.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Coaches dread playing from behind.

Just ask Lehighton's George Ebbert.

After his team gave up a pair of scores early in Friday's Mountain Valley Conference contest with Pocono Mountain East, the Indians were forced to play catch-up.

As it turned out, they played it all night long.

The Cardinals built 14-point leads on three different occassions and eventually held on for a wild 35-28 victory.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

I have always extolled the benefits of exercise.

Exercise regularly and you improve your mood, intellectual capacity, quality of sleep, flow of nutrients, tolerance of stress, tolerance of pain, and your cholesterol and blood sugar levels; reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain cancers; and lower your heart rate, blood pressure, and degree of joint pain.

Friday, September 30, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian's Joanna Batula taps the ball over the net against Minersville in volleyball action last night. In the background is teammate Lauren Nietz.

Marian and Weatherly both picked up volleyball wins in action from Thursday.

The Fillies remained undefeated by cruising past Minersville, while the Wreckers swept Millersburg.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Minersville-Marian

Marian swept Minersville with ease, winning 25-6, 25-8, 25-6 in volleyball action.

Marykate Sherkness led the Fillies (8-0) with 17 kills. She also had seven digs and five aces.

Nicole Collevechio recorded ten digs, while Abby O'Donnell dished out 26 assists. Rebecca Hartman added ten aces and seven digs.

Friday, September 30, 2011

BY SHAWN MCFARLAND

Is everyone else as confused about what the heck is going on with all this college realignment as I am?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Can't believe we're closing in on the midway point of the high school football season as Week 5 is on the card.

It was a rough week for most of us in Week 4 with the majority finishing with 9-6 records, including myself.

As a matter of fact, the only writer to have a better week was Shawn McFarland, who was 10-5, and with the help of TJ Engle's 5-10 mark, made it out of the basement.

This week, there are quite a few tough games on the schedule so it might be a good week to try and make a move.

So no sense putting things aside, let's get to it:

Friday, September 30, 2011

September 30, 1950 Slatington scores a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter and hangs on to defeat Lehighton, 14-0, at Victory Park in both team's Lehigh Valley League opener. The Slaters get on the board early when Bruce Kemmerer returns a punt 92 yards for a score. Later in the first period, Romaine Ross breaks loose for a 35-yard TD run. Slatington's defense, which forces three turnovers, does the rest in recording the shutout.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pocono Mountain East at Lehighton

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Pocono Mt. East 2-2 (1-0 Mountain Valley Conference); Lehighton 2-2 (0-1 Mountain Valley Conference)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Pocono Mt. East def. Stroudsburg 7-3; Pleasant Valley def. Lehighton 7-6

POCONO MOUNTAIN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Charles Mann (1-2-30 TD pass), RB Devyn Papa (21-65 rush), WR Jake DeJohn (1-30 TD receiving)

LEHIGHTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Anthony Farole (10-22-102-TD pass, 16-100 rush), Jacen Nalesnik (6-10-TD rush)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Shiffert brothers combined to lead Northern Lehigh to an easy soccer victory to highlight Wednesday's rain reduced scholastic sports schedule.

BOYS SOCCER

NDES-No. Lehigh

Channing Shiffert and Zeb Shiffert both scored hat-tricks to help spark Northern Lehigh to a 9-0 Colonial League victory over visiting Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg.

Channing became the first Bulldog in the program's history to score 50 career goals .

Thatcher George just missed out on a hat-trick as he finished with two goals, while Ryan Perkowski added a single score.