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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Well Week 2 is in the books and I'm still in the basement. Thanks to Thursday night's Panther Valley at Lehighton matchup, I've had one less day to prepare for this week and hopefully it will be a good thing.

Every year it seems that there is a team or two who gives me some trouble and this year, Tamaqua, Lehighton and Palmerton have all given me nightmares thus far. Hopefully this week things will change for the better.

So here goes:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Through the first two weeks of the season, the Jim Thorpe football team has relied heavily on its running game.

The Olympians have run the ball a total of 87 times for 427 yards in their victories over Tamaqua and Reading Central Catholic while attempting to pass on just 15 occasions.

It is easy to see from the numbers that Mark Rosenberger's first priority is to establish a running attack. The Jim Thorpe head coach will attempt to do the same this week. Except this time around it will be much, much tougher.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Panther Valley at Lehighton

Thursday, 7 p.m.

Records: Panther Valley 0-2 (0-1 Anthracite Football League), Lehighton 1-1 (0-0 Mountain Valley Conference)

Panther Valley's offense needs to ... Protect the football and sustain drives. The Panthers need to be able to run the ball against Lehighton's 3-5-3 base defense. The Panthers offense also needs to get reacquainted with having Joe Revell under center, as last week's starting quarterback, Lukas Damian, suffered a leg injury and is out for the season.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

September 16, 1972 Panther Valley quarterback Gary Evans carries 15 times for 112 yards and a touchdown to help his team post a 28-14 victory over Palmerton. Evans, who scores on a seven-yard run, also tosses a two-yard TD pass to John Vignone. The Panthers, coached by Rich Davidyock, also receive a four-yard scoring run from Jack Sweeney and a one-yard TD plunge from Jan Vinsko.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 15, 2000 Matt Borger carries 22 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Pleasant Valley to a 38-13 victory over Easton. Borger, who scores on runs of six and 17 yards, also intercepts a pass on defense. Bear quarterback Brent Standorf rushes for 77 yards and a pair of TDs while Maurice Stallings adds 62 yards and a score. PV, coached by Tony Caracio, also receives a 37-yard field goal from Justin Kashner.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Kylee Turko (9) tries to steal the ball from Northwestern Lehigh's Lauren Horner (6) during Tuesday's girls field hockey game at Palmerton. ?

Lehighton, Northern Lehigh and Northwestern all notched field hockey wins on Tuesday.

FIELD HOCKEY

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Echo Bretz scored a pair of goals to lead Lehighton to a 3-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory over East Stroudsburg North.

Bretz scored a first half to give the Indians (3-1, 3-0) an early lead. Bretz and Rachel Werley added second half insurance goals. Sarah Keer had an assist on Werley's goal.

Lehighton had a 24-4 advantage in shots.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Eric Mason hits a shot out of a sand trap at Villas Crossing in Tuesday's match against Panther Valley.

Neither the Marian Catholic nor Panther Valley golfers did anything exceptional Tuesday in a key Schuylkill League matchup.

"Honestly and truthfully, everyone shot above what they normally do, but we shot just well enough to win," said Marian Coach Lenny Brylewski of his Colts.

PV coach Larry Marek didn't disagree, noting that his team had an average of 321 coming into the event.

Marian won the match, 333-345 to remain unbeaten in division play.

The contest was played at the Panther's home course, Villas Crossing in West Penn Township, which has a par 70.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It seemed for a while that Northampton's Matt Hirschman could never come up with a win at Mahoning Valley Speedway, a track that is just a 30-minite drive from his home. Despite being always fast, victory continually eluded him for a variety of reasons.

But after picking up his career first Mahoning win at the end of 2009 it now seems that he can't lose as for the fourth time in his last six starts Hirschman drove to a 100-lap, $3000 win.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Nancy Scholz/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Nick Vecellio (left) and Cole Miller, two freshmen on the Northwestern Lehigh golf team, head to the tee in a match earlier this week against Bangor.

The best thing the Northwestern golf team got out back from a winless season a year ago was every single golfer.

Things definitely got even better as two incoming freshmen - Cole Miller and Nick Vecellio - have more than played a key role in helping the returning golfers forget about a 0-13 season.

While seniors Tyler Kunsman and Michael Hontz and juniors Stephen Reitz and Michael D'Ancona dealt with last year's dilemma, freshmen Cole Miller and Nick Vecellio have helped the Tigers lick those wounds completely clean this season.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
@Caption Stand Alone:Bavarian League softball champs After winning the mid-season tournament and winning their division, McClure made it a clean sweep by becoming this year's Barvarian League softball champions. Team members front row left to right: Tony Kropp, Skye Rodgers, Kyle Faust, Jim Dodson, Julius Dudash, Kevin Kane, Benny Rabenold. Back row, Milt Drum, Chris Owens, Mark Drum, J.C. Dietz, Scott Kane, Keith James. Also on the team were Danny Reed, AL Shoemaker, T J Rohlfing, Sean Finneran, Anthony Ades.

After winning the mid-season tournament and winning their division, McClure made it a clean sweep by becoming this year's Barvarian League softball champions. Team members front row left to right: Tony Kropp, Skye Rodgers, Kyle Faust, Jim Dodson, Julius Dudash, Kevin Kane, Benny Rabenold. Back row, Milt Drum, Chris Owens, Mark Drum, J.C. Dietz, Scott Kane, Keith James. Also on the team were Danny Reed, AL Shoemaker, T J Rohlfing, Sean Finneran, Anthony Ades.