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Friday, October 4, 2013

October 4, 1969 Walt Schlenner scores the only touchdown and Jim Thorpe's defense records a shutout as the Olympians register a 6-0 victory over Pocono Mountain. Schlenner breaks the scoreless tie in the third quarter when he gets loose for a 24-yard touchdown run. Thorpe, coached by Angie Konstas, receives a key fumble recovery from Joe Micko on defense.

Friday, October 4, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Rebecca Minehan tries to hit through the block attempt of Jim Thorpe's Danielle Becker (32) and Makenzie Walck (14) during their Schuylkill League volleyball match Thursday.

The Northwestern boys and girls soccer teams continued to roll, with each posting dominant victories. The Jim Thorpe and Marian volleyball teams also picked up victories as did the Olympian boys soccer team.

BOYS SOCCER

Northwestern-Palmerton

Northwestern used a strong second half to pull away from Palmerton en route to a 9-1 Colonial League victory.

Brandon Ettl had a hat trick and an assist for the Tigers (12-1-2). Jay Hereba and Kyle Willis notched two goals apiece.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Week 5 of the high school football season was anything but a happy one for this corner.

Some mis-information headed our way and the end result was a 9-6 week, while TIMES NEWS Photo Editor Bob Ford, who is responsible for the great action shots you see in the sports section during the high school season, rose to the top with a 13-2 week.

He holds a four-game lead on Brad Hurley and Jason Boris. Yours truly, who was once tied for the lead a few weeks back, is now seven games behind as we've hit the midpoint of the regular season.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Week five of the high school football season was highly offensive especially to defensive coordinators.

Friday's results kept scoreboard operators and statisticians extremely busy as teams accumulated points and yards at a frenetic pace.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October 3, 1997 Matt Hager completes 8-of-11 passes for 153 yards and also runs for a score to help Palmerton upset Southern Lehigh, 21-14, in Colonial League action. Hager gives the Bombers, coached by Manny Guedes, the lead with a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. Chris Siracuse, who adds 99 yards rushing on 23 carries, adds a pair of touchdown runs. He reaches the end zone from six yards out in the opening quarter and adds a 15-yard tally with three minutes left to play.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
ron gower/times news Melissa Russo of Pleasant Valley rushes the ball up the field. Russo had three goals in the game, including the 50th of her career.

Lehighton teams clinched postseason berths in boys soccer and girls volleyball, while Pleasant Valley picked up wins in boys soccer, girls hockey and girls volleyball.

BOYS SOCCER

Lehighton-ES South

The Indians defeated the Cavaliers 2-1 in a Mountain Valley Conference contest and qualified for the District 11 playoffs for the first time in school history.

Anthony Rossino and Chris Lawler scored the goals for Lehighton. Zach Christoff had assists on both.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference officially has some new friends.

LVIAC president Chris Schiffert and Mountain Valley Conference president Jeff Sodl held a conference call Wednesday morning to announce that the six current members of the MVC are set to join the LVC, beginning the 2014-2015 calendar year.

The six schools that will join the already 12-team LVC include Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg South, East Stroudsburg North, Pocono Mountain East, Pocono Mountain West and Pleasant Valley.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Even when a football team isn't having a great season, the approach of a rivalry game can certainly boost morale.

That is exactly the case for the Marian and Panther Valley gridiron squads so far this season. The Colts are sitting at 2-3 and the Panthers 1-4, which is not exactly the position you want to be in halfway through the regular season.

However, a backyard brawl is precisely what both of these teams may need to help ease their current struggles. Even more importantly, a win against an arch rival is always a good foundation to build on.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Kuehner backs up Bears in week five

A Pleasant Valley football team scoring 49 points is nothing out of the ordinary, especially since the Bears have averaged just over 34 points per game this season.

But the way the Bears got to that total in last Friday's win over Wyomissing was truly extraordinary.

Backup quarterback Brandon Kuehner came on in relief of injured starter Brandon Leap, throwing for over 200 yards and tossing three touchdowns, to give Pleasant Valley a come-from-behind victory over the defending PIAA Class AA champion Spartans.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Palmerton at Northwestern

WHEN: Friday 7 p.m. at Northwestern

RECORDS: Palmerton (2-3, 2-3 Colonial); Northwestern (3-2, 3-2 Colonial)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Palisades def. Palmerton 39-22; Northwestern def. Notre Dame 33-27.