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Thursday, October 17, 2013

October 17, 1953 A 47-yard touchdown pass with two minutes left to play breaks a tie game and lifts Summit Hill to a 13-7 victory over McAdoo. Joe Yalch delivers the game-winning toss, which is hauled in by Stan Michalik. The Hillers, coached by Eddie Sikorski, also receive a 35-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown from Paul Rusnak. Speaking of defense, Summit Hill allows just 86 yards in the contest.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Northwestern's remaining opponents Pen Argyl, Bangor and Catasauqua have a combined record of 13-8, while the teams they've already played have a combined mark of 19-30 this season, making the road ahead a tough one.

It starts this week when the Tigers host Pen Argyl, who Northwestern just passed in the District 11 rankings, to take a hold of the fourth and final district playoff spot. The change in the rankings came from Northwestern's win over rival Northern Lehigh last week, while the Green Knights fell to undefeated Catasauqua.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tamaqua-Panther Valley

WHEN: Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Tamaqua (4-3, 2-3 Anthracite); Panther Valley (2-5, 1-4 Anthracite)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Tamaqua def. Schuylkill Haven, 23-14; Panther Valley def. Shenandoah Valley, 34-21.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Haley Yost finished second in the CL girls race.

CENTER VALLEY Change may be inevitable, but not when it comes to the certain aspects of the 2013 Colonial League Cross Country Championships.

In the girls meet, Saucon Valley's Elizabeth Chikotas wrapped up an unprecedented fourth consecutive individual title while the Northwestern girls captured their third straight team title after another 26-0 regular season.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

In any playoff game scenario, the mantra, "Survive and advance" always rings true.

The Pleasant Valley girls' soccer team utilized that same attitude when it came time for their Mountain Valley Conference semifinal game against Pocono Mountain East as they defeated the Cardinals, 4-1, to move on to the league finals against Stroudsburg.

Scoring two goals in each half, the Lady Bears' offense proved to be too much for their opponent as they survived and are now advancing on to the next round.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
nancy scholz/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Brandon Ettl (9) goes over a pair of Moravian Academy players to head the ball.

When Northwestern Lehigh senior forward Leigham Breckenridge received a ball in the opposition's side of the field, his initial thought may not have been to shoot.

But he's sure glad that he did.

Pitted in a tie game in the second overtime period of Wednesday night's Colonial League boys' soccer championship game, Breckenridge made sure penalty kicks weren't in the future. With 5:49 elapsed in double overtime, Breckendridge fired a goal from roughly 20 yards out into the net's right side, earning the Tigers a 2-1 victory over Moravian Academy and a league championship.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Hope raids 'Canes to earn POW

For those of you who play fantasy football, you know that feeling you get when one of your top players doesn't play because of an injury? And not just any injury, an injury that you think that player can play through.

Well, if there was such a thing as high school fantasy football and Tyler Hope was your running back, then you certainly wouldn't have to worry about that. Hope would be considered fantasy gold and as far as playing through an injury is concerned this young man may take the cake.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
bob ford/times news Dustin Sabol of Tamaqua turned in a fifth place finish.

BARNESVILLE - Jim Thorpe cross country coach Drew Benyo has seen a lot of great athletes pass through the ranks over the years.

"I've seen some exciting events, some exciting times that we have had, some tremendous runners, state qualifiers, state medal winners and some amazing things," he said after watching his undefeated boys team win the Schuylkill League Cross Country Championship on Wednesday afternoon at Tuscarora State Park.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
bob ford/times news Northwestern Lehigh's Cole Miller on the 8th hole of the PIAA Regional Qualifier.

FLEETWOOD- Cole Miller wanted to make sure his round to earn a trip back to the PIAA Golf Championships next week would be as easy as he could make it.

That's why he spent Sunday and Monday playing practice rounds at Golden Oaks Golf Course in Fleetweed prior to yesterday's PIAA East Region Golf Championships held there.

Last year's PIAA silver medalist fired a round of 68 that turned out to be medalist honors for Class 2A at four-under par for what will be his third straight trip to the State Championship.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pleasant Valley was victorious over Lehighton both times they matched up in the regular season. The Bears actually were victorious against everyone they played during an unbeaten regular season.

But when the Bears and Indians met Tuesday in the Mountain Valley Conference playoffs, fourth-seeded Lehighton stunned top-seeded PV, 1-0.

Eighty minutes of regulation time was not enough to decide a winner. Another half hour of overtime went by and neither side was able to net the winning goal.