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Friday, November 5, 2010


The last week of the regular season.

What does it mean?

There's some rivalry games this weekend and these are the type that you can throw out the records. It's anyone's game in other words.

A win for a team with a losing record could make its season. In some cases, it could mean a playoff berth or even an undefeated regular season as is the case at Northern Lehigh tonight when the Bulldogs host Palmerton.

It's also time for some of us that sit on the bottom half of the standings to gamble on our picks a little bit.

Friday, November 5, 2010
Tamaqua Soccer Hall of Fame

The Tamaqua soccer Hall of Fame recently inducted its inugural class. Blue Raider alumni who were honoired, include, from left, John Henne (class of 2001), Rachel Holmberg (class of 2003), Amanda Breiner Peters (class of 2004), Jason Yarish (class of 1997) and Matthew Bobick (class of 1997). In addition to those pictured, Erika Loving (class of 2004) was also honored. Inductees received an individual plaque and their names will be displayed on a Soccer Hall of Fame plaque in the high school.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

TIMES NEWS area runners selected to the 2010 Schuylkill League Girls Cross Country All-Star Team included, front row from left, Schuyler Schmidt, Amber Carroll, Jessica Leiby and Colleen Rorke, all of Tamaqua, Division I. Back row, Kayla Susko, Jim Thorpe, Division I; Samantha O'Donnell and Molly Balliet, Marian, Division II; and Devon Bizarre, Weatherly, Division II.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

There will be much more on the line than just the '209 Trophy' when Lehighton and Jim Thorpe hook up for their regular season finales Friday night.

While it is the two teams' rivalry game and they will be playing for the right to hoist the 209 Trophy, the Indians and the Olympians will also be fighting for a respective playoff bid. That means the game is no longer about bragging rights. It's about keeping their seasons going.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

TIMES NEWS area runners named to the 2010 Schuylkill League Cross Country Boys All-Star team were, from left, Josh Williams, Jim Thorpe, Division I; Phil Marzen, Jim Thorpe and Andrew Vack, Weatherly, Division II.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Palmerton at Northern Lehigh

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records ... Palmerton 3-6 (3-6 Colonial League), Northern Lehigh 9-0 (9-0 Colonial League)

Northern Lehigh's offense has to ... expect the unexpected. The Bombers have played multiple fronts and might dare the Bulldogs to throw the ball and use plenty of blitzing. They also must make sure the linemen are on their blocks every play.

Thursday, November 4, 2010
ron gower/times news Caitlin Trainer (10) of Tamaqua kicks ball past a Blue Mountain defender in the District 11 Class AA soccer championship game Wednesday night in Pine Grove. Behind Trainer is teammate Kailee Rottet.

PINE GROVE - Tamaqua finally broke its scoring drought against Blue Mountain, and the Lady Raiders were looking for smooth sailing ahead.

Instead, it opened the floodgates in the Lady Eagles' favor.

Blue Mountain exploded for three goals in a three and a half minute span to rally for a 3-1 victory Wednesday night for the District 11 Girls Class AA soccer championship at Pine Grove's Cardinal Stadium.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November 4, 1944 Andy Lukac and "Dubby" Derby both score a pair of touchdowns to lead Lansford to a 26-6 victory over Tamaqua. The win, which comes before a crowd of 6,000, is the Panthers' 21st in a row. Lukac opens the scoring by capping a 74-yard drive with a three-yard TD run. A 25-yard pass from Derby to Bill Perbetsky sets up Derby's one-yard scoring plunge. Lukac adds another three-yard TD run while Derby breaks free for a 39-yard tally.

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tamaqua coach Sam Bonner (left) congratulates Blue Raiders senior running back Grif Griffiths for receiving THE TIMES NEWS Player of the Week award. Griffiths rushed 19 times for 161 yards and 3 TDs in the Raiders' 29-7 win over Minersville. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

After Tamaqua qualified for the postseason the past two years, expectations were high on Stadium Hill entering this season.

Tamaqua was returning its entire backfield, including leading rusher Grif Griffiths, who gained 1,333 yards on the ground and scored 14 touchdowns last year.

However, the Blue Raiders got off to an 0-3 start and dropped six of their first seven games. Four of those losses came by a TD or less.

The Raiders could haved packed it in and looked towards next season, but Griffiths and company weren't going to give up on this year.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November 3, 1995 Northern Lehigh gains an early lead and then holds off rival Palmerton to gain a 12-7 victory. The Bulldogs, coached by Jim Tkach, get on the board early when Pete Snyder's fumble recovery results in a Darin Van Norman four-yard touchdown run. Nolehi extends the lead later as a Mike Lilly 41-yard run sets up Tim Gallagher's four-yard sprint to the end zone. Lilly finishes with 84 yards rushing while the Bulldog defense forces five turnovers, including an interception by Snyder.