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Friday, September 28, 2012

BY MIKE FEIFEL

The end of the baseball and beginning of NFL seasons have been remarkable, and sometimes, not for the best reasons.

Rather than beating the negatives like the 'replacement referee' debacle to do death, I would like to focus on a couple of people – a pair of innovators – that really are the ones responsible for this excitement.

The two are Steve Sabol and, yes – dare I say Bud Selig.

Friday, September 28, 2012
Anthracite Little League Awards

The Anthracite Little League awarded trophies to 9/10 year old baseball players for various batting and pitching categories as well as sportsmanship and most improved. The award winners were, from left, Jacob Taras, Aaron Miller, Derek Pavlik, Colin Rehnert, Josh Robin, and Blake Morgans.

Friday, September 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Seven Tamaqua alumni were inducted into the Tamaqua Area High School's 17th Hall of Fame class prior to Friday's football game held at the Sport's Complex.

Inducted, from left, were Larry Lech, class of 1978; Joseph J. Urenovitch, class of 1982; Tara Rottet-Blackburn, class of 1988; Erika Barron, class of 2007; Isaac Dunkelberger, class of 2007; Alex Griffiths, class of 2007; and Amanda Sandlin, class of 2007.

To view the full story and all of their accomplishments, view the full story that appeared in Friday's TIMES NEWS.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Week Five is upon us and believe it or not, the TIMES NEWS Grid Picks Standings get tighter and tighter.

Eight out of the 10 prognosticators are pretty bunched up to say the least.

In case you haven't heard, there is a new leader and it's none other that Brad Hurley, our Penn State guru. He had a big week and moved one game ahead of the other four guys who were all knotted together. Rod Heckman also had a good week and moved out of the bottom tier a bit.

Friday, September 28, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Jessica Wiese (23) spikes the ball at the net as Tamaqua's Devan Sweeney (11) sets up the block.

It was a good night for area volleyball teams as Panther Valley, Pleasant Valley, Lehighton, Marian and Northwestern all posted victories on Thursday.

VOLLEYBALL

Panther Valley-Tamaqua

Panther Valley got the best of Tamaqua for a 25-8, 25-11, 25-18 Schuylkill League victory.

Jocelyn Stefanick had a dominating performance at the service line for Panther Valley with nine aces and 17 points. Macey Markovich added 14 service points, including three aces. Leading the way at the net were Marley Mikovich and Jessica Wiese with five kills each.

Friday, September 28, 2012
Tamaqua's Steven Billet (10) and Jim Thorpe's Caleb Heller (13) battle for possession of the ball. The Olympians won the Schuylkill League soccer showdown, 2-0, on Thursday night.

Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe and Blue Mountain all want to be playing at Tri-Valley on October 16 in the Schuylkill League semifinals.

However, in the three-team race for Division 1 supremacy, only two of those teams will ultimately reach their final destination.

Last night in Tamaqua, the road map became a little bit clearer, as Jim Thorpe posted a 2-0 victory over the Blue Raiders, it's second straight victory over Tamaqua this season.

Friday, September 28, 2012

DELAWARE WATER GAP – Staring down his second shot on the second playoff hole in Thursday's Mountain Valley Conference golf championships, Stroudsburg's Evan Choy was faced with an uphill approach that had to either go over or under a tree roughly 15 yards in front of him.

After some internal deliberation, and watching his opponent and teammate Cormac Salmon leave his second shot short and in a tough location, Choy decided to grab his gap wedge and fly it over the bare tree.

"It was a gamble," Choy admitted afterward. "After seeing (Salmon's) shot, I had to take the risk."

Thursday, September 27, 2012

September 27, 1940 Alex Feretti scores two touchdowns, including his second one in the final minute of play, to help lift Lansford to a 12-7 win over host Pottsville in front of a crowd of 8,000. Trailing by a point, Feretti leads the Panthers on a 55-yard scoring drive. He completes three passes, all of them to Tony Jaso, for 34 yards and completes the march with a six-yard scoring run. Feretti also accounts for his team's other TD, also coming on a six-yard run.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Friday, September 22, 2006: That was the last time Marian started out a season with a 4-0 record.

Another date of significance for the Colts is Friday, September 26, 2008. That was the last time Marian defeated North Schuylkill.

Fast forward to the present where the Colts are 4-0 once again and heading into Frackville this Friday night to take on the Spartans.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Marian captured the Schuylkill League golf championship to highlight Wednesday scholastic sports action.

GOLF

Marian-Pottsville-Blue Mountain-Mahanoy Area

Marian, the Schuylkill League Division 2 champion, knocked off Pottsville, Blue Mountain and Mahanoy Area to claim the 2012 Schuylkill League Team Championship at Blue Mountain Golf Course in Pine Grove.