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Monday, September 9, 2013
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Keegan Coffield (left) gets his foot on the ball as Northern Lehigh's Dan Fine (21) and the Togers' Brandon Herb (11) move in. Northwestern went on to win the contest by a 6-0 score.

Northwestern, Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe came away with boys soccer wins against area rivals over the weekend.

BOYS SOCCER

Northwestern-No. Lehigh

The Tigers scored three goals in each half of play, as they handed Northern Lehigh a 6-0 loss in Colonial League action.

Leigham Breckenridge, Matthew Strickland, Keegan Coffield, Brandon Herb, Brandon Ettl, and Daniel Hallingstad all scored a goal for Northwestern, who outshot the Bulldogs 17-3 in the game.

Nolehi's Nate Rex had 11 saves in goal.

Tamaqua-Palmerton

Monday, September 9, 2013

STATE COLLEGE It took Penn State true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg a little time to get heated up on Saturday.

The Penn State coaching staff, fans, and players were visibly frustrated with the Nittany Lions inability to get things going offensively early on, and they had good reason to be.

Monday, September 9, 2013

On a perfect morning for a soccer match, Jim Thorpe handled business at home against Lehighton with a 4-0 shut out win.

The Lady Olympians were aggressive early as they scored three goals in the first half. Rebecca Cressman had two of them and Ilse Hassler added one of her own.

"I thought that we came out strong," said Jim Thorpe head coach Tom Condly. "We scored in the first couple of minutes of the game. That's what our mission was. Most of the goals were assisted, so I thought we moved the ball well."

Monday, September 9, 2013

September 9, 1961 Bill Lindermuth scores a pair of touchdowns and Lehighton's defense forces six turnovers in posting a 26-0 victory over Jim Thorpe. Lindermuth reaches the end zone on a one-yard run and a 31-yard pass from Larry Stout. The Indians' quarterback also tosses a 55-yard scoring strike to Mike Novatnack. The winners, coached by Tom Faulkner, add a 22-yard TD run from Paul Keiser. Walt Fisher contributes a pair of interceptions on defense to help the Tribe record the shutout.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – When assessing the Marian football team coach Stan Dakosty admits the Colts are, in his words, "a work in progress."

Unfortunately, the Colts had to go on the road Friday for their Anthracite Football League opener to take on a team that is truly a piece of work in so many ways in preseason favorite Schuylkill Haven. Adding to Marian's woes was the fact the Hurricanes came into Rotary Field feeling they had something to prove.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Veteran bowfisherman Lou Schwarz of Walnutport took an unexpected trophy on the Delaware River near the home of his grandparents in August.

He has taken catfish and carp while bowfishing, and he spotted a Northern snakehead while drifting the shoreline, taking the 24-inch fish with one shot.

Schwarz said he had Northern snakeheads in the tidal section of the Delaware and Potomac rivers and recognized the fish when he saw it swimming in shallow water less than a foot deep.

Saturday, September 7, 2013
RICH GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Tre Nelson gets set to straight arm Wilson's Rashaan Herbert as he looks for running room in last night;'s 28-7 win.

It's been a long time since the Palmerton football team was able to celebrate a victory.

A month short of two years as a matter of fact.

The Blue Bombers got to taste a win on Friday night when they jumped on Wilson for three second half touchdowns for a 28-7 decision in a Colonial League contest.

Tre Nelson was the workhorse picking up 184 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns in the second half.

The Bomber defense kept the Warriors from mustering any threat after halftime also.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

One week after relying heavily on its offense, Stroudsburg showed its defense isn't too shabby either.

The Mountaineers needed a big performance from its defense to hold off Lehighton, 13-6, in the Mountain Valley Conference opener for both teams on Friday night.

Stroudsburg, which put up 49 points in its opener against Northampton, was held in check as Lehighton turned in its second straight impressive defensive showing.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

LEESPORT - Panther Valley's practice regiment for Monday probably isn't going to change.

After last week's opening week loss to Mahanoy Area, Lon Hazlet had his Panthers working strictly on tackling.

The tackling drills will most likely continue next week as it turned out to be a bit of an issue in the Panthers' 47-6 non-conference setback to Schuylkill Valley.

Saturday, September 7, 2013
Tigers roll past Salisbury

Northwestern came out firing on all cylinders and didn't let up until the game was well in hand as they evened their record at 1-1 with a 43-8 win over Salisbury. After a disappointing outcome against Palisades in week one, the Tigers performed well offensively, defensively and on special teams.

Tigers' coach Josh Snyder stressed to his team over the past week that this was a key game even though it was so early in the season, because they needed to avoid starting with two straight losses.