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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's getting a little interesting as THE TIMES NEWS Pigskin Prognosticators get set to make their final Grid Picks of the 2011 football season.

I lost by going with two locals last weekend, but Northern Lehigh and Tamaqua both deserved that vote of confidence with the season that they both put together.

I also pulled within a game of the top half of the bracket and fifth place held by Brad Hurley and Mike Haines, another on in the top half, has now dropped down and sits tied with me in sixth place.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November 23, 1967 Walt Konek carries 37 times for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help lead Palmerton to a 13-7 win over Slatington. The Blue Bombers, coached by Jim Nonnemacher, limit their rivals to just 64 yards rushing. After a fumble recovery by Palmerton's Sherwood Green ends a Slater threat, Konek leads a long drive which results in a one-yard TD run. Konek also carries 10 times during another march that ends with a one-yard scoring run. Slatington's lone tally comes on Larry Horner's fumble recovery in the end zone.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2010 Tamaqua graduate Amy Zehner made history this past week for the Bucknell Girl's Basketball team.

Zehner became the first player ever to earn Patriot League Rookie and Player of the Week in the same season.

The honors came on the heels of back-to-back 20-point performances by Zehner. The Freshman scored 25 points against Youngstown State and tallied 20 points against Buffalo. Zehner shot an impressive .477 (21-for-44) from the field during the two games.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Schuylkill County Football Association has chosen their All Stars for the 2011 season. Various players from the TIMES NEWS area were chosen to represent their respective teams for this year's showacse.

The Following players were chosen by the coaches to represent the North All Stars;

Jim Thorpe - P.J. Johson (WR/DB), Ryan Gregoire (OL/DL), Ben Moore (FB/DE), Alex Pope (RB/LB).

Panther Valley - John Horvath (OL/DL), Jake Knepper (OL/DL), Nick McArdle (WR/DB), Tyler Smith (WR/DB), Mike Weaver (WR/DB), Mike Snyder (WR/LB), Anthony Staivecki (OL/DE).

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November 22, 1956 Johnny Horoschak scores three touchdowns to help Coaldale claim a convincing 39-7 Thanksgiving Day win over Lansford. Horoschak reaches the end zone on runs of five and seven yards and also returns an interception 68 yards for a touchdown. The Tigers, coached by Bob Wear, receive an 11-yard scoring pass from Bob Parfitt to Lou Gregus and TD runs from Jack Flyzik and Joe DeMatto.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2007 Lehighton graduate and former UCONN running back Robbie Frey continued his successful stint at Kutztown University this past weekend rushing for 157 yards and a touchdown.

Frey's big day came against Concord University in the NCAA first round Super Region I Division II playoffs. The Golden Bears pulled out a 17-14 victory and will play New Haven next week

Frey has done a great job running the football for KU this season and with a 1-yard run to end the first quarter, surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

Monday, November 21, 2011
bob ford/times news Dylan Hoffman of Northern Lehigh turns up field against Pen Argyl

PEN ARGYL - Prior to the start of the 2011 football season, all eyes pointed to Pen Argyl's Green Knights as the odds on favorite to be the Class 2A team to beat in District 11.

Not too many people expected Northern Lehigh to find its way back to the championship game considering all of the skilled players that graduated this past June.

Someone forgot to tell a group of Bulldog seniors who were set to don the Blue-and-White uniforms for one final season that they didn't belong in the district championship game for the third straight year.

Monday, November 21, 2011
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Trevor Yashur (20) dives inside the pylon for the Bulldogs' only touchdown in Saturday's 26-7 loss to Pen Argyl in the District 11 Class AA championship game. Conor Gum is the Green Knight defender.

PEN ARGYL – Pen Argyl's defense may bend from time to time, but it will almost assuredly never break.

So was the case midway through the third quarter of Saturday's District 11 AA Championship game with Northern Lehigh. Behind 19-7, the Bulldogs had just driven 51 yards to the Pen Argyl four-yard-line and were set up with a first-and-goal. The 'Dawgs needed just four yards to make it a one possession game. They only got three.

Monday, November 21, 2011

November 21, 1975 Dale Heller's three-yard touchdown run proves to be the game's only score and Pleasant Valley claims the Old Oaken Bucket with a 7-0 win over Pocono Mountain. The winning score, which comes in the first quarter, is set up by a 51-yard pass from Donn Nicholas to Gary Warner. The Bears, coached by Tony Caracio, allow the Cardinals to reach PV territory on only two occasions and limit them to just five first downs.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Big Ten Leaders Division is up for grabs and it's right there for the taking. In the wake of the sex scandal at Penn State it remains to be seen if the Nittany Lions can "man up" and win their next two games that have huge Big Ten Championship implications.