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Saturday, August 31, 2013

August 31, 1979 Ed Shubeck throws three touchdown passes and runs for another score to help Panther Valley open its season with a 42-12 victory over Lehighton. Shubeck hooks up with Dave Bonner on TD tosses of 16 and 30 yards and also hits Tom Lutz with a 23-yard scoring strike. Shubeck adds a 64-yard touchdown scamper while Bonner scores a third TD on a 60-yard interception return. The Panthers, coached by Trevor Lawrence, also receive 216 yards rushing from Dave Slonaker. One's of Slonaker's runs goes for a 97-yard touchdown.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The opening anecdote to last week's column expressed a trickle-down effect you probably already knew. Because it's certainly tougher to be a teenager than ever before, it's also tougher to be a parent.

Since a good start to a new school year is imperative if your child is going to have yearlong success, last week's column offered health-and-fitness advice that could help parents help their sons and daughters.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

CENTER VALLEY - Travis Edmond had a breakout season last year as a sophomore for Southern Lehigh. If Friday night's performance against Northern Lehigh is any indication, the Spartans quarterback is going to surpass the marks he has already set.

Edmonds completed 12 of 15 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns as the Spartans rolled to a 49-0 shutout of the Bulldogs in a game that ended under the Mercy Rule.

Southern Lehigh built up a 28-0 halftime advantage and coasted from there.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Over the past couple seasons the Nazareth and Pleasant Valley openers have been good ole' fashioned shootouts.

There was a combined 78 points scored between the two team's a year ago, but this time around offense was not easy to come by. Both teams didn't look comfortable early, but it was Nazareth that found some consistency on offense and also put in a solid defensive effort, taming the Bears for a 31-9 victory.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A regulation has been proposed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board of commissioners removing the regulation which restricts anglers to using three or fewer hooks on a fishing line. Within the last few years, anglers have asked the PFBC to use the "Alabama rig," an umbrella-type rig which contains five lures on short wire lines that merge to one point to attach to a fishing line.

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Linda Rothrock/special to the times news Northern Lehigh’s Nate Czarnecki (4) and Catasauqua’s Nicholas Rossnagle race to gain possession of the ball.

Lehighton and Pleasant Valley posted shutout victories in boys soccer to highlight Friday's scholastic sports action.

BOYS SOCCER

Hazleton-Lehighton

Anthony Rossino had a hat trick to spark Lehighton to a 7-0 non-conference win over visiting Hazleton.

Zach Christoff recorded a goal and an assist for the Indians. Drake Didyoung, Frank Bokan and Anthony Farano added single scores. Dan Baka and Cole Christman both notched two assists.

Nazareth-Pleasant Vy.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Was 2012 a fluke? Was Notre Dame just lucky and a team that had all the breaks fall their way en route to a regular season 12-0 record.

There is no dispute that the Irish were on the right end of many breaks during the season. Some say good teams make their own breaks. But it was a season that had just about everything go the Irish way.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Both teams had opportunities.

Palisades made the most of Northwestern's mistakes, while the Tigers squandered a first half lead in a 27-15 Pirates win Friday night in Colonial League action.

"I couldn't be prouder of the way they played," Palisades coach Kevin Ronalds said afterwards. "It's good to have to win a tough one right off the bat; I think we learned a lot about ourselves tonight."

Northwestern jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first quarter on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Frank Dangello to Cameron Richardson.

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Lehighton controls Marian

Controlling the line of scrimmage leads to long drives.

Long drives often result in scoring touchdowns.

And scoring touchdowns brings about victories.

On Friday in Hometown, that obvious formula worked to perfection for Lehighton as it opened the season with a solid 27-14 non-league win over Marian.

Friday, August 30, 2013
brad hurley/times news Panther Valley's volleyball team features three sets of sisters. They are, clockwise, from bottom left, Macey Markovich, Jamie Mikovich, Marley Mikovich, Richelle Van Horn, Kelsey Van Horn and Chloe Markovich.

The Panther Valley volleyball team had a pretty solid year in 2013. They finished the season with an 11-4 record, qualifying for the district 11 playoffs.

This season, the Lady Panthers are returning six varsity starters and are expected to make some noise in the always competitive Schuylkill League Division 1.

Returning experienced players is always nice, but this year's Panther Valley roster has an added kick.