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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Thorpe blanks Mahanoy

It's one thing to know what to do.

It's another thing to actually do it.

Opponents of Mahanoy Area this season are fully aware that in order to beat the Golden Bears they have to stop quarterback Dylan Mahmod.

And while many have tried, none have succeeded.

That is, until Friday night.

With first place in the Anthracite League up for grabs, Jim Thorpe's defense made a statement by shutting down the talented senior and shutting out the Bears by a 26-0 score.

The victory lifts the Olympians to 6-0 in the AFL and alone on top of the league standings.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Marian's Lauren Nietz wears a helmet during volleyball matches after suffering a concussion earlier this season.

Like everyone else, Lauren Nietz knows what it feels like to have a headache.

And like everyone else, she does not know the causes of many of her headaches.

Except for this one time.

On the last play of a game, in a volleyball tournament against Merion Mercy Academy, the Marian junior dove on the floor to keep the ball in play and hit the side of her head on the hardwood.

"I kind of just laid on the floor for awhile," says Nietz. "Then when I got up there was a pounding in my head and I was shaky and dizzy. My teammates said I didn't look too good."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
BOB FORD/times news Jim Thorpe's Haley Cope moves in to return a shot to Blue Mountain's Lauren Haupt during District 11 Class AA Team Tennis play on Tuesday.

ORWIGSBURG Except for the champion, the grim reality for every other team that competes in the playoffs of its sport is the fact that their season will end in defeat.

For a favorite to lose, it might be a crushing blow.

Upon an underdog's loss, however, there still may remain a sense of satisfaction.

This was the prevailing mood of the Jim Thorpe girls' seventh-seeded tennis team despite falling 4-0 to second-seeded Blue Mountain (16-2) yesterday in the quarterfinals of the District 11 playoffs.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Highlight package - Dorney played a big role in Pleasant Valley's Mountain Valley Conference wins over Lehighton and Pocono Mountain East last week, tallying nine kills, 16 digs and eight aces in the two victories. The Lady Bears finished the regular season with a 14-2 overall record and a 10-1 mark in the MVC.

Favorite sports team - Penn State University volleyball

Favorite athlete - Abby Wambach, U.S. Women's soccer player.

Favorite subject in school - History

Favorite sports movie - "Forever Strong"

Favorite musical artist - Taylor Swift

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It's one thing to know what to do.

It's another thing to actually do it.

Opponents of Mahanoy Area this season are fully aware that in order to beat the Golden Bears they have to stop quarterback Dylan Mahmod.

And while many have tried, none have succeeded.

That is, until Friday night.

With first place in the Anthracite League up for grabs, Jim Thorpe's defense made a statement by shutting down the talented senior and shutting out the Bears by a 26-0 score.

The victory lifts the Olympians to 6-0 in the AFL and alone on top of the league standings.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Erika McKay pushes the ball upfield between a pair of Moravian Academy players.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP - Not even a month ago, the Northern Lehigh field hockey team came up a couple goals short in their 2-0 loss to Moravian Academy.

With the stakes a bit higher in a rematch of the two schools during Tuesday night's Colonial League semifinal game at Salisbury High School, things were certainly a little different.

Erika McKay tallied a goal and an assist, Jessica Olewine scored a goal, and goalkeeper Chelseas Harlan recorded 10 saves for the No. 3 seeded Bulldogs in their 2-0 victory over the No. 2 seeded Lions.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BETHLEHEM - As far as opening round draws go, Tamaqua's couldn't have been any worse.

The Raiders opened the District 11 Class AA Team Tennis Tournament against top-seeded Moravian Academy, the defending District 11 champion and state runner-up.

The outcome of Tuesday's match was no surprise as Moravian Academy cruised to a 5-0 victory in the quarterfinal round match.

But considering Tamaqua's prospects heading into the season, it was a win just getting a chance to play the perennial power from the Colonial League.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Sophie Myers (28) goes up for a block during tuesday's match with Pine Grove. The Fillies went on to win in three games and advanced to Thursday night's championship against Pottsville at Martz Hall.

MINERSVILLE – The Schuylkill League may have instituted a new format this year for its volleyball playoffs.

However, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Whether playing everything in one night or spreading out the playoffs over two separate days, the fact remains that Marian is once again competing for a Schuylkill League Championship.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Palmerton's boys soccer team and Pleasant Valley's volleyball team came up with wins on Tuesday in local scholastic sports action.

BOYS SOCCER

Notre Dame (ES)-Palmerton

Austin Shupp became Palmerton's all-time leading scorer with a pair of goals and the Blue Bombers cruised to a 6-0 Colonial League win over Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg.

Shupp upped his season total to 14 goals and now has 35 in his career.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October 16, 1943 Jack Chuckran scores three touchdowns and Lansford holds West Hazleton to just 12 yards of total offense to gain a 32-0 victory. Chuckran reaches the end zone on runs of 12, 30 and 21 yards and helps the Panthers, coached by Tony Denby, collect 313 yards in the contest. Bernie Sniscak scores on a 10-yard scamper and Andy Lukac also collects a 28-yard TD run for the winners. Lansford adds a blocked punt on special teams while defensively, Paul Ondarco intercepts a pass.