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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh’s Trevor Yashur holds on to the ball while running in for a touchdown against Palisades Friday.

Although neither coach wanted to use the conditions as an excuse in last night's Colonial league battle between Palisades and Northern Lehigh, the downpour reeked havoc on both team's possession ability.

Despite the weather factors, Northern Lehigh cruised to a 36-6 triumph over the winless Pirates and remained undefeated, approaching the midpoint of the season, at 4-0.

In the game, there were 14 total fumbles and barely any pass attempts, but thanks to Trevor Yashur's ground attack, the visitors proved to be no match for the 'navy-n-white.'

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Although turnovers still plague the Notre Dame football team, the Irish were able to get by them, with the help of some Michigan State miscues, to finish the job last Saturday and gain their first win of the season. It was an impressive win with the final tally being 31-13 over the previously No. 15 ranked, and unbeaten, Spartans.

Friday, September 23, 2011

There usually is never a football season that goes by where one football team will give me fits through its entire schedule.

Sometimes it's Lehighton, sometimes it's Tamaqua and once in a while Northwestern Lehigh will be the team that I am snake bit by.

Through the first three weeks of the 2011 season, there's a new team on the block. I haven't picked the results of a Marian game right yet this season.

Friday, September 23, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Breanna Joseph, left, hits ball over the head of Lehighton's Tiffany Thompson in a Mountain Valley Conference volleyball match Thursday night.

When it comes to the game of volleyball, most of the time it is the team that makes the least amount of mistakes that ends up winning the match.

Thursday night, Pleasant Valley made the fewest errors and came out on top.

Pleasant Valley outlasted Lehighton in a battle of young, inexperienced squads and swept the Indians, 27-25, 25-13, 26-24 in Mountain Valley Conference play.

Friday, September 23, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Matt Harshey (12) of Northwestern battles a Salisbury player for control of the ball.

Northern Lehigh, Tamaqua and Lehighton all posted boys soccer victories to highlight Thursday's scholastic sports card.


No. Lehigh-Palisades

Northern Lehigh knocked Palisades from the unbeaten ranks in the Colonial League with a 1-0 victory.

The Bulldogs' Jimmy Bilger accounted for the game's lone goal 10 minutes into the second half.

The Bulldogs outshot the Pirates 12-3 on the day. NL's goalkeeper Allan Sipos recorded the shutout by grabbing all three shots he faced.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Palmerton Flag Football Coach Todd Frank has a "golden" little secret.

In July, during the annual Palmerton Booster Club Football Camp, Frank let me in on his idea of how to keep his players, who range from 4 to 6 years old, interested in the game of football. That idea was the golden football, a small gold football which players earned through various activities and achievements.

At first, I was unsure how a small football would achieve Frank's goals; but after practices officially started, I quickly learned that the idea was the "golden" ticket for the team.

Friday, September 23, 2011

September 23, 1983 Pleasant Valley's defense limits Notre Dame to just 10 yards rushing and also intercepts five passes in earning a 26-12 Centennial League win. Picks by Dean Shafer and Larry Carper lead to touchdowns for the Bears, coached by Mike Falcone. Rob Anthony scores on a pair of TD runs (two and 12 yards) while Scott Lutz reaches the end zone on a four-yard scamper and a 55-yard punt return.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Rachel Wagner (right) stretches to get control of the ball as Saucon Valley's Bridget Gilmore (34) moves in defend.

Northwestern's Cole Miller captured the Colonial League golf championship to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports action.


CL Championship

Miller won the Colonial League championships at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.

The sophomore shot a 3-over par 74 to beat Southern Lehigh's James Shaheen by one stroke.

Miller, who placed fourth last year at his first league tournament, shot even par on the back nine Wednesday to earn the title.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

If Pleasant Valley wants to repeat as the Mountain Valley Conference champions, its quest to do so will begin this Friday night.

The MVC schedule gets under way this weekend, as Pleasant Valley travels to Lehighton in the TIMES NEWS Game of the Week. The Indians should enter the matchup as the slight favorite having won its last two games after opening the season with a close loss to Marian. Meanwhile, the Bears are coming off a tough loss to Wyoming Valley West and will be looking to get back on track this week.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September 22, 1956 Wilbur Derby scores a pair of touchdowns to help lead Summit Hill to a 12-7 upset win over Lehighton. Derby, who opens the scoring with a 10-yard TD run, reaches the end zone from 17 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter for the evntual game-winning tally. Frank Santo preserves the victory, the first for new head coach Mike McCullion, with an interception late in the final frame. The Indians' lone score comes on a four-yard run by Bob Hofford.