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Friday, October 5, 2012

We're at the midway point of the football season. Rivalry week is upon us and there are quite a few questions that will be answered when the final whistle sounds tonight.

Brad Hurley and Jason Boris are tied for first but there are a pile of guys breathing down their neck.

Marian visits Panther Valley and Northwestern travels to Palmerton for two games between rivals. Let's not forget the Pocono Mountain East-Pleasant Valley showdown for "The Bucket."

Friday, October 5, 2012

October 5, 1991 Aaron Sebelin rushes for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns on offense and also intercepts a pass on defense to help Jim Thorpe roll to a 35-0 win over Northwest Area. Sebelin opens the scoring with a one-yard TD run and later reaches the end zone from four yards out. The Olympians, coached by George Yaniger, also receive 80 yards rushing from Scott Ladd and short touchdown runs from Paul Henning, Brian Rehrig and Brad Sibbach.

Friday, October 5, 2012
nancy scholz/special to the times news Tamaqua's Nikki Mateyak hits a return shot during Thursday's District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament

It might not have been the best of days for some of the local girls' tennis players at the District 11 Class AA Singles Tournament.

However, for Tamaqua's Nicki Mateyak, it was everything she could have asked for.

"It was just a great day overall," Mateyak said. "I'm happy to have been able to be here."

While the other TIMES NEWS area players failed to advance out of the opening round of play, the Raider senior was able to better her performance from a year ago.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Tonight's Colonial League matchup between Northwestern Lehigh and Palmerton will be blogged live on our website (www.tnonline.com) beginning at 7 p.m from the Bombers Stadium. Follow the action under blogs in the Sports section of the website.

Friday, October 5, 2012
Marian beats Nativity to stay perfect

Marian defeated rival Nativity in volleyball action on Thursday.

Lehighton and Panther Valley also picked up volleyball wins while Northwestern rolled to a girls soccer victory.

VOLLEYBALL

Marian-Nativity

Marian improved to 10-0 after earning a 27-25, 25-8, 23-25, 25-22 Schuylkill League win over rival Nativity.

Marykate Sherkness led the Fillies to victory with 18 kills and 13 digs. The winners also received 42 assists from Abby O'Donnell and 10 kills from Grace Boyle.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Last year, Caleb Johnson was just one of a handful of talented Northern Lehigh football players that helped the team reach the District 11 AA championship game for the third consecutive season.

Whereas Johnson was sometimes the third or fourth option in the Bulldogs' offensive attack in 2011, this year the senior has become the team's focal-point.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October 4, 2002 Alex Zukus carries 26 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tamaqua to a 34-7 win over North Schuylkill. Zukus scores on runs of 25, 11 and 56 yards. Shane Kaufman adds 78 yards on eight attemps, one of them going for a six-yard TD run. The Raiders, coached by Tom Bonner, also receive 116 yards passing from Kyle Spotts. Tamaqua's defense registers five sacks and three interceptions, with one of them returned 35 yards for a touchdown by Ryan Stahler.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pen Argyl at Northern Lehigh

WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Pen Argyl 4-1 (4-1 Colonial League); Northern Lehigh 4-1 (4-1 Colonial League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Southern Lehigh def. Pen Argyl 28-20; Northern Lehigh def. Salisbury 38-6

PEN ARGYL'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Mike Racciato (17-129-2TD rush, 3-48 rec**), RB Mike DePaolo (11-57-TD rush, 4-82 rec**), QB Ryan Hunt (10-31-179 pass, 12-18 rush**)

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Marian's Josh Green blasts out of a sandtrap during the District 11 Class AA team championships on Wednesday at the Willowbrook Golf Course.

CATASAUQUA - Marian's golf team knew it wasn't going to be easy in its first trip ever to the District 11 Team Golf Championships.

Adverse morning weather didn't dampen their spirits however as they set out to play the par-70 Willowbrook Golf Course with Notre Dame of Green Pond, Central Catholic and Moravian Academy with sight on the Class 2A title.

Notre Dame wound up the eventual champion shooting a four-player score of 307, but the Colts weren't too disappointed to finish second with a 326 score since they never played the course before.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Envision two rams lining up a yard apart from each other and locking horns for 48 minutes.

That is what the Anthracite Football League clash between Tamaqua and North Schuylkill could resemble come Friday night.

Both schools have been playing well this season, with Tamaqua (5-0, 3-0 AFL) atop the AFL conference standings.

The Spartans are coming into their match-up against Tamaqua with a 4-1 record, which is their league mark as well. That means the match-up between the Raiders and the Spartans have some pretty big AFL implications.