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Saturday, September 10, 2011

ALLENTOWN - For Brandon Moss, it was a night to send a message to and old friend. And Moss's timing couldn't have been more perfect.

Moss, who was a member of the PawSox and the Red Sox during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, stroked a game-winning, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning that lifted the host IronPigs to a 3-2 victory and gave them a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series.

The Ironpigs headed north up Interstate 95 to Pawtucket, where they can capture their first-ever playoff series when they two teams meet again tonight at 7.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said at the start of the 2011 season that the Irish goal was to get to a BCS bowl game. That goal fell as hard as the rain did last Saturday in ND stadium.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

In last week's season opener against Notre Dame, the Palmerton Blue Bombers scored three touchdowns in the final quarter to earn the win.

Last night, it was the complete opposite as Southern Lehigh scored three times in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 42-24 win in a see-saw Colonial League battle that went back and forth for quite a while.

Friday, September 9, 2011

ALLENTOWN - Probably the last thing the IronPigs expected in their inaugural playoff game at Coca-Cola Park was hitting a home run.

That's because their long ball expertise had been missing over the previous 10 games a span of 88 innings.

On a night where the ballpark was just half filled mainly due to the weather, the Pigs surprised their fans with three homers in a 4-1 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox in the opening game of International League Interdivisional series.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lehighton's defense holds Emmaus to minus-12 yards on eight plays in the fourth quarter to hang on for a 14-13 victory. The Indians, coached by Dave Parsons, register four sacks in the final frame including Jason Smith's on the last play of the game. David Scott records two sacks and forces a fumble while Traig Reppert ends with 1 1/2 sacks and a blocked punt. Jason Long carries 26 times for 157 yards and a touchdown while Jesse Brown also scores on an 11-yard run.

Friday, September 9, 2011
nancy Scholz/TIMES NEWS John Achtermann was the top Palmerton finisher in Thursday's meet. Achtermann placed 16th.

The Northwestern girls posted a sweep in a multi-team cross country meet to highlight Thursday's scholastic sports results.

CROSS COUNTRY

Northern Lehigh-Northwestern-Catasauqua-Saucon Valley-Southern Lehigh-Palisades

The Northwestern girls' cross country team went a perfect 5-0 against their Colonial League competition.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The wet weather that's blanketed the area for the past week has affected nearly everyone in some way or another.

One group of people most affected by inclement weather are high school athletic directors.

Rain can cause havoc to an athletic director's schedule. Rescheduling one game means contacting players, coaches, officials, bus drivers, game managers, score keepers and list of others.

So when I emailed several of our local ADs yesterday I wasn't sure if any would have time to respond.

Friday, September 9, 2011
Brad Hurley/times news Jim Tkach (center), spokesman for the Bo Tkach Foundation, is flanked by Panther Valley football coach Lon Hazlet (left) and Lehighton coach George Ebbert during a press conference on Thursday in Lansford. The three were part of a group of coaches and educators who announced that the football series between the two schools will now be called the Bo Tkach Classic.

It was a humbling site Thursday afternoon at Kelly's Pub in Lansford, as coaches, administrators, and Bo Tkach Foundation members gathered to talk about this year's inaugural Bo Tkach Under the Helmet and Hat Classic that will be played between Panther Valley and Lehighton. The annual event will be held on the usual Thursday night meeting date between PV and Lehighton on September 15th at 7 p.m. The winner of the game will receive a trophy and a M.V.P. from each squad will also be recognized.

Friday, September 9, 2011

For a while I was feeling real good last week as the scores started to filter into THE TIMES NEWS Sports desk. Up until the Lehighton-Marian score was final, I was sitting with a perfect score.

When the dust cleared after the entire slate of Week One contests were in the books, I had record of 11-4, quite a bit better than I opened up last season.

The jury is still out on who Andy Steinmetz has picking his games for him this year and Jason Boris sits between myself and Steinmetz in second place.

Friday, September 9, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Wrap up the tailback on the tackle. Knock blockers to the ground. Fly to the ball.

They seem like simple directives for a defense. Yet missed tackles plagued Penn State all last season, starting with the 21-point thumping in Tuscaloosa to Alabama in September.

A year later, with the No. 3 Crimson Tide rolling into town this weekend, the 23rd-ranked Nittany Lions vow they have learned from their mistakes.