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Friday, November 11, 2011

Playoff time.

This has usually been a busy time for THE TIMES NEWS Sports Staff. Not this year, however.

Only Northern Lehigh, with its 9-1 record, has earned a District 11 berth. And Tamaqua, continues its season in the Eastern Conference playoffs tonight.

So without being able to pick up any ground towards the top half of the standings last week, I'll take another crack at what will be on of our last three weeks during the post-season playoffs and where things will get interesting.

Let's not waste any time:

Friday, November 11, 2011

Many emotions are floating around Happy Valley right now and obviously "happy" isn't one of them. Mad, sad, disgusted, and hurt are more appropriate feelings for the black cloud that is currently hovering over State College. In the midst of that black cloud are a bevy of terrible scenarios that ultimately resulted in the dismissal of Head Football Coach Joe Paterno.

Friday, November 11, 2011
Northwestern's Madison Burns signs a Letter of Intent to attend the University of North Carolina on a swimming scholarship. Seated next to her for the signing were her parents Ramzy and Ken Burns. Standing behind Madison are her grandparents Catherine and Frank Burns.

What would you place the odds at for a high school student whose high school doesn't have a swimming team to get a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina as a swimmer? You might not figure they would be too great, but Madison Burns made it happen. The Northwestern senior signed a letter of intent to attend the University of North Carolina recently and is thrilled with the opportunity.

"I really liked their team and training wise, I could see myself training there," said Burns of her decision. "I also really liked the coaches and the campus is beautiful."

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Saturday's District 11 semifinal match-up is starting to become a yearly rivalry game between Northern Lehigh (9-1) and North Schuylkill (10-0). This marks the third straight season where the Bulldogs and Spartans are meeting up in District play. Once again the teams are very competitively matched and once again fans, coaches, and players from both sides are in for one heck of a football game.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Welcome to the postseason edition of OVERTIME.

It wasn't an extremely successful season for area teams as only Northern Lehigh qualified for the District 11 playoffs and only Tamaqua made the Eastern Conference playoffs.

This is just the second time in the last 16 years that only one area team has reached Districts. The other time during that span when it happened was 2005. This year's district representation is a far cry from 2006 and 2007 when six area teams reached the district playoffs the highest amount of local teams ever.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

November 10, 1962 A first-quarter touchdown by Joe Visnosky ends up being the game's only scoring as Palmerton downs rival Lehighton, 6-0, in a Lehigh Valley League contest. Visnosky reaches the end zone on a three-yard run to complete a 51-yard drive. The Blue Bombers, coached by Bill Ruddy, also receive 74 yards rushing in the game from Bill Heydt while the defense limits the Indians to only four first downs and 106 total yards.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

EASTERN CONFERENCE AA PLAYOFFS

No. 4 Tamaqua at No. 1 Catasauqua

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Tamaqua 5-5; Catasauqua 7-3

TAMAQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Jarred Muffley (200-1,132-15 TDs rush, 12-165-TD rec), RB Dalton Nunemacher (37-345-3 TDs rush, 16-193 rec), RB Tyler Hope (58-143-4 TDs rush, 6-127-2 TDs rec), RB Nolan Zeigler (59-259-5 TDs rush), QB Brett Kosciolek (12-21-171-2 TDs pass)

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Nalesnik closes out season with POW night

Multi-purpose might be a bit of an understatement when describing Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik. The junior lines up at tight end, wide receiver, tailback, quarterback and even punts for the Indians. Needless to say Nalesnik does a lot for the Indians offensive attack.

Nalesnik followed through on his ability to play multiple positions last week against Jim Thorpe rushing for a healthy 254 yards on just 14 carries, while scoring three touchdowns. He also reeked havoc in the Olympians secondary catching three balls for 50 yards and three touchdowns.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tamaqua High School has released the following directions to Catasauqua for the Friday's Eastern Conference football playoff game.

Exit route 22 at the Airport Road Exit and go north past the Lehigh Valley Airport. At the north end of the airport, make the first left onto Race Street. Follow Race Street to 14th street and turn right onto 14th Street. Continue past Sheckler Elementary School and down the hill. Go to the next stop sign at the top of the hill and make a left turn on Walnut Street. The field is on the left side. The field is located at 850 Pine Street, Catasauqua.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Tamaqua Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest for boys and girls ages 8-13 will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Tamaqua Elementary School gym.

Children 8-9 years old will compete at 10 a.m.; 10-11 year olds will compete at 11 a.m.; and 12-13 year olds will compete at 12 noon. Contestant age group will be determined by their age as of April 1, 2012.

Trophies for the first and second place finishers will be awarded.

For more information contact Vaal Kester, Hoop Shoot Director at 570-386-3613.