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Thursday, September 20, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Courtney Miller (23) hammers the ball through Lehighton blockers Jackie Jordan (16) and Tiffany Thompson (15)

The Pleasant Valley girls' volleyball team entered Mountain Valley Conference play without Breanna Joseph, last year's Most Valuable Player.

When Joseph suffered an injury during an early season tournament, Bears' head coach John Gesiskie knew he had to take the steps to eliminate any worries on the front line.

"Once Joseph got hurt, we knew we needed a stronger blocker up there," Gesiskie said. "We spent a lot of time with our big girls in the last four or five practices where it was strictly about them. They knew they had to step up their game."

Thursday, September 20, 2012

September 20, 1975 Barre Meixsell's 40-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Kuhn with 32 seconds left to play allows Jim Thorpe to rally for a 20-18 win over Northwestern. Kuhn scores all three touchdowns for the Olympians, coached by Barry Hackenberg, also reaching the end zone on runs of 24 and 48 yards. For the Tigers, Mike Heintzelman throws for 264 yards and three touchdowns.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Panther Valley School Board has set winter sport ticket prices.

A season ticket (girls basketball/boys basketball/wrestling) for a family of four will be $100; an extra person will cost $25 more. Students/senior citizens season tickets are $30 and $40 for a single person.

Tickets for girls and boys basketball games and wrestling meets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Tickets for junior high and freshman games will be $3 for adults and $2 for students.

Senior citizen passes are no longer sold; however, existing senior citizen passes will be honored.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Just three games into the season, Panther Valley has already matched its combined victory total of the past two years.

After back-to-back 1-9 campaigns, The Panthers are off to a 2-1 start.

In its second year under head coach Lon Hazlet, Panther Valley has shown a dramatic improvement in all areas of the game. But nowhere is that improvement more obvious than on the offensive side of the ball.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tomorrow night's contest between Jim Thorpe and Panther Valley has all the makings of an old fashioned dog fight.

Panther Valley is coming into Olympian territory with a 2-1 record, their best record coming into that game since 2008 when they were 3-0. They are also coming into the game with TIMES NEWS area leading rusher Rich Smith (44-483-9TD), who will surely be looking to put up some significant rushing numbers on the Olympians.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
PV's Leap leads 'Bearial' attack

Two weeks ago in Pleasant Valley's blowout victory over Dieruff, quarterback Brandon Leap got to attempt just one pass before being pulled midway through the second quarter.

Last Friday night against Pocono Mountain West, he made up for that lost time in a major way.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Amanda Acabou (16) and Pocono Mountain West's Sabrina Beoasco battle for the ball.

Tamaqua picked up victories in boys soccer, girls soccer, volleyball, tennis and cross country during a busy Wednesday of scholastic sports action.

GIRLS SOCCERTamaqua-Blue Mountain

Tamaqua used and a solid defensive effort in the second half to pull away with a 4-2 Schuylkill League Division I win over Blue Mountain.

Kailee Rottet provided the spark in the first half with two goals. Lynn Kistler and Brynn Lehatto added the push in the second half with single scores that helped the Raiders snap a 2-2 halftime tie.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Cole Miller rolls in a putt during the Colonial League golf championships. Miller finished first with a score of 68.

BEHTLEHEM – After one of the best regular seasons by any local high school golfer in recent years, Cole Miller headed to the Colonial League Championship Tournament with a scoring average seven strokes lower than anyone else in the event.

The Northwestern junior was the only member of the field to break 70 Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course. He carded a 3-under par 68 to win this year's title by five strokes over Bangor's Alex Colton.

"I played pretty solid in the beginning," Miller said. "I lost it a little bit at the end, but overall it was a pretty good day."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Marian and Panther Valley picked up volleyball victories on Tuesday.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Marian-Shenandoah

Marian stayed undefeated on the season, beating Shenandoah Valley, 25-10, 25-9, and 25-16, in Schuylkill League action.

Mary Kate Sherkness continues to impress in her senior season, leading the Fillies with 15 kills.

Grace Boyle had four kills, along with three aces and Abby O'Donnell chipped in with 24 assists.

With the win Marian improves to 4-0 in league play.

Panther Vy.-Lourdes

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September 19, 1964 Panther Valley's defense gives up only 36 yards and Charlie Williams scores a pair of touchdowns in posting a 27-0 win over Frackville. Williams completes a 53-yard first quarter drive with a one-yard scoring plunge. He later reaches the end zone from 19 yards out. The Panthers, coached by Rich Davidyock, also receive three-yard TD runs from John Yankovich and Paul Skodacek. PV's defense, besides posting the shutouts, also intercepts three passes by Gary Druss, John Mikulsky and Tim Mongi.