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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Welcome to year seven of OVERTIME the high school football column that highlights the stories and statistics you might have missed during the previous week's games.

The opening week of the season wasn't a very good one for TIMES NEWS area teams as seven of nine local teams suffered setbacks, all of them by double digit margins.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Opening up the season with a win is always a goal for any football program.

Getting that win against a rival team is even better, and for second year Lehighton coach Tom McCarroll, a win against his alma mater really takes the cake.

McCarroll and the tribe were able to top his ole' ball coach and the Colts last Friday night, making this week's Mountain Valley Conference match-up between Lehighton and Stroudsburg (1-0) an interesting one at that.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

BLUE MOUNTAIN-JIM THORPE

WHEN: Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDS: Jim Thorpe (1-0 Anthracite Football League), Blue Mountain (0-1 Berks Football League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Conrad Weiser def. Blue Mountain 48-20; Jim Thorpe def. Tamaqua 34-14.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

September 5, 1981 John Bolton throws a pair of touchdown passes to Craig Scheffler and Chub Farber returns a fumble 90 yards for a score to help Northern Lehigh open its new stadium with a convincing 50-0 win over Saucon Valley. Scheffler hauls in TD tosses of 27 and 56 yards as the Bulldogs, coached by Dick Snell, build a 36-point halftime advantage. Farber also reaches the end zone on a nine-yard run while Dale Phillips contributes scoring runs of 23 and six yards.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September 4, 1992 Brian Kennedy completes 9-of-11 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns to help Marian cruise to a season-opening 41-7 win over Notre Dame. All four of Kennedy's TD passes are to different receivers: Mark Makovec, Joe Svetz, Mike Perilli and Jason Donadi. The Colts, coached by Stan Dick, also receive scoring runs from Matt Mace and Jim Dirzulaitus. Makovec and Svetz intercept passes on defense as Marian forces four turnovers in the contest.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Mark Postupack watches his drive on the No. 10 tee box in yesterday's match against Mahanoy Area.

In a crucial Schuylkill League match, Marian pulled off a huge win over previously unbeaten Mahanoy Area, 374-386.

GOLF

Mahanoy Area-Marian

The Colts were led by Mark Postupack's medalist round of 89, and Austin Paisley's 90, the Colts improve to 6-1.

Collin Casserley's 94 was the best round for the Golden Bears, who drop to 7-1 on the season.

MAHANOY AREA (386)

Collin Casserley 94, Nick Schiccitano 94, Josh Schaup 98, Tyler Davies 100.

MARIAN (374)

Mark Postupack 89, Austin Paisley 90, Albert McFadden 94, Jared Paisley 101.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Emily Bevans keeps the ball away from Salisbury's Katie Bucchin during Colonial League girls soccer action on Tuesday. Salisbury won, 4-0.

Northern Lehigh's girls soccer team knew that undefeated Salisbury would be a challenge.

From the opening kick, Salisbury applied immediate pressure onto the Northern Lehigh half of the field and came away with a 4-0 Colonial League win.

The Lady Falcons had a few shots on goal within the first 10 minutes of the game, and six minutes in, had their first corner kick. Salisbury ended up totaling six corner kicks throughout the game.

Salisbury head coach Rick Babyak preached using the entire width of the field.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September 3, 2004 Craig Zurn returns the opening kickoff of the season 92 yards for a touchdown and Jim Thorpe's offense continues to pile up points in posting a 54-14 Anthracite 8 football win over Tamaqua. Dan Flizack completes 7-of-8 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns for the Olympians, coached by Mark Rosenberger. Aaron Smith hauls in four catches for 86 yards and a score while Jason Figura carries 11 times for 100 yards and a TD. Other touchdowns come from Justin Young, Tyler O'Shura and Philip Redline.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Jacob Traca (dark uniform) and Palmerton's Devon Santos pursue ball during soccer game Saturday morning in Palmerton. In the background are the Bulldogs' Zeb Shiffert, left, and the Bombers' Gabe Scott (1).

All four local boys soccer teams recorded victory over the Labor Day Weekend.

BOYS SOCCER

Lehighton-Dieruff

The Indians' Joe Marks started the scoring in the first half for the early lead and was followed by Anthony Farano added insurance later in the first half to produce a 2-0 win over Dieruff in non-league action.

Josh Knappenberger and Anthony Rossino added assists for the Indians (2-0), while teammate Nick Hill stopped one shot in the Tribe's goal.

Dieruff drops to 0-2 on the year.

No. Lehigh-Palmerton

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Four months prior to Saturday's Battle in the Apple against Syracuse, Christian Hackenberg was at his senior prom and anticipating his high school graduation.

Saturday, the true freshman signalcaller stepped on to the field as Penn State's starting quarterback before 61,202 in the same stadium that will host the Super Bowl later this season.