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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Player - Emily Thek

School - Pleasant Valley

Sports - Girls' Tennis

Highlight package - Thek has played varsity tennis for the last two years. Last season, she played No. 3 singles. And, this season, Thek broke the school record for singles' play victories with 14 at No. 2 singles.

Favorite sports team - Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins

Favorite athlete - Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Favorite subject in school - Math

Favorite sports movie - "She's the Man"

Favorite musical artist - Pink

Favorite food - Macaroni and Cheese

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley Alex DiMarco (right) and Lehighton's Carissa Servin chase after a loose ball.

STROUDSBURG The match up between Lehighton and Pleasant Valley in the Mountain Valley Conference field hockey semifinals was much different than their meeting a month ago.

The contest between the two teams a month ago was a 1-0 victory in favor of Pleasant Valley. That contest was slow paced and full of a lot of passing.

The contest last night was everything you would expect out of a Mountain Valley Conference semifinal match up.

The field seemed to be much more wide open and there was a ton of room for each team to run up and down the field.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 15, 1999 Matt Long completes 11-of-16 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns to lead Jim Thorpe to a 42-0 rout of Shamokin Lourdes. Long connects with Gabe Robinson for two scoring tosses and also hits Michael Cody with a pair of TD throws. Robinson, who runs for 119 yards and finishes with 97 yards receiving, also reaches the end zone on a 45-yard scamper. The Olympians, coached by Mark Rosenberger, also receive a 34-yard touchdown run from Dave Melicharak and an interception and fumble recovery from Mark Klotz.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Lehighton girls volleyball and boys soccer teams wrapped up successful regular seasons by picking up non league wins on Monday.

The Palmerton girls soccer team defeated Lehighton to conclude its season on a winning note.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Sch. Haven-Lehighton

Lehighton breezed to a 25-11, 25-10, 25-14 win over Schuylkill Haven in non league play.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Brandon Herb heads the ball toward the Southern Lehigh goal.

The last three years Kyle Willis has been playing his heart out for the sake of the upperclassmen on his Northwestern boys' soccer team.

With this being his senior season, the Tiger star was finally able to fulfill a career-long goal Monday night in Slatington.

After being part of two Northwestern teams that lost in the Colonial League semifinals (2010 and 2012), and playing for one Tiger team that missed the league playoffs entirely (2011), Willis finally finds himself and the rest of his teammates playing for a league championship.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday unanimously approved the following cocurricular volunteers for the 2013-14 school year:

- Niccole Chirico, assistant softball coach

- Melissa DeFrain, assistant softball coach

- Kaitlyn Hoch, assistant cheering coach, pending verification of missing personnel file items

- Brian Schell, assistant softball coach

- Gary Warmkessel, assistant softball coach

The board also approved the following cocurricular appointment for the 2013-14 school year:

- Ashlie Eckert, SADD Advisor, $569

Monday, October 14, 2013

It's no secret that the last couple of years have been tough on the Penn State football faithful.

The dismissal and ultimate passing of legendary coach Joe Paterno, the sordid Jerry Sandusky scandal, and the incredibly harsh NCAA sanctions against the school, had combined to greatly diminish the joy coming from Happy Valley

But the clouds are slowly lifting. Coach Bill O'Brien's handling of a difficult situation has been remarkable and the NCAA's recent decision to lessen some of the penalties on the program has allowed in some light.

Monday, October 14, 2013
 RON GOWER /TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Kimmie Conway and Weatherly's Carol Mader-Seltner battle for control of ball during soccer action Saturday. Other Jim Thorpe players are Maggie Holloway (8) and Anna Beard (5),

Jim Thorpe rolled to a big girls soccer win, while Marian had a big day at the Crimson Tide Volleyball Classic.

In other action, Lehighton's girls volleyball team picked up a win.

GIRLS SOCCER

Parkland-Pleasant Valley

A Morgan Warminsky second half goal was all Parkland needed to escape with a 1-0 non-conference victory over Pleasant Valley.

The Trojans' Jenn Guetzlaff was credited with the assist on what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

The Bears' keeper Hailey Parks finished with five saves on the day.

Monday, October 14, 2013

October 14, 1978 Ed Shubeck throws for 131 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Panther Valley to a 30-7 victory over rival Marian. Shubeck hits Chris Zuber with a 47-yard scoring strike, connects with John Mikovich on a 12-yard TD toss, and finds Dave Slonaker for a 63-yard hook-up. The Panthers, who total 430 yards of offense, also receive 148 yards on the ground from Slonaker. Mikovich adds a pair of field goals in the win.

Monday, October 14, 2013
Panthers turnover Devils

Different styles make an interesting football game and although that's what the fans got last night in Panther Valley's 34-21 win over Shenandoah Valley, Blue Devil turnovers really caused the outcome to be in the Panthers' favor.