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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.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Notre Dame starting quarterback, Kordell Theadford, has the speed and agility to do great things in the backfield for the Crusaders. Despite the fact that one player cannot determine the outcome of a game, he can definitely determine the outcome of a few big plays in order to assist his team in the winning direction.

Theadford did just that and proved to be too shifty to stop and too accurate with passes to maintain the lead long enough to prevail over the Blue Bombers, 25-13 in both teams' opening games of the season.

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Jim Thorpe pounds Tamaqua

If you were told the winner of last night's game between Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe ran the ball 58 times for 351 yards, you would think the Blue Raiders picked right up where they left off last season, right?

If you were told the winner of last night's Anthracite Football League opener between the Blue Raiders and Olympians would hold their opponent to only eight points over the first 47:47 of the game and limit their opposition to just 75 yards on 20 carries, you would think Tamqua wins in a landslide, right?

WRONG!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

By BRAD HURLEY

bhurley@tnonline.com

Can you remember the last time Penn State had a proven quarterback starting the first game of the season?

Can't remember can you?

That's because the Nittany Lions have not had a proven starter at the quarterback position lead the blue and white onto the field since 2009. That quarterback's name was Daryl Clark and by the time he finished his senior season he held five Penn State passing records.