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Friday, September 3, 2010
bob ford/times news Kyle Aramonis of Pleasant Valley follows through with a drive during Thursday's match against Lehighton.

After the top two pairs of golfers arrived at the Mahoning Valley Country Club clubhouse on Thursday, Lehighton held a comfortable lead against Pleasant Valley.

Things got uncomfortable very quickly for the Indians from that point, however.

The Bears' depth took over as they rallied for a 13-5 Mountain Valley Conference victory.

Pleasant Valley coach Steve Krechel was glad to see the back of his line-up come through, especially a couple of underclassmen in the fifth and sixth slots. On top of it, their accomplishment helped the Bears remain unbeaten at 4-0 in MVC play.

Friday, September 3, 2010

LEHIGHTON

Head coach – Shawn Hindy (5th Year)

Assistant coaches - Courtney Schleicher, Ashley Frey

Last year's record - 26-0 (MVC, District, State Champions)

League – Mountain Valley

Classification - AA

Key losses – Abby Frey, Cori McConville, Sarah Snyder, Vanessa Rimbey

Key returnees - Echo Bretz, Jordyn Homyak, Courtney Berger, Kacey Beck.

Others to watch - Steph Slaw, Rachel Werley, Emily Kollar, Sarah Keer.

Friday, September 3, 2010

BY ED HEDES

Labor day weekend..... for some it marks the end of summer.... for others it means football is back on the local high school scene and the buzz has been hitting a high pitch around THE TIMES NEWS Sports Department.

Seven games kick off the local season tonight to carry us into November and into the post-season playoffs. How more exciting can it get. Plus maybe we won't have to listen to Shawn McFarland, last year's Grid Picks champ, remind us who finished first last year.

Would you expect any more from a Dallas Cowboys fan though?

Friday, September 3, 2010
Business as usual for Indians

Travelling to Wyoming Seminary for a recent scrimmage, the Lehighton field hockey team found the home crowd staring at them as they were warming up.

One of the girls asked coach Shawn Hindy why they were staring, he replied, "Your state champs. Everyone wants to see what you do."

Such is the life of the now-defending Mountain Valley Conference, District 11 Class AA, and PIAA Class AA State Champion Lehighton Indians.

Friday, September 3, 2010

BY SHAWN MCFARLAND

It's that time of the year again.

Fantasy Football Draft Weekend. Chances are that if you are in a league this fall, you will be drafting your team this weekend if you haven't already.

Thursday, September 2, 2010
Remaley continues to be Nolehi's workhorse

He lines up in the backfield, looking straight ahead at his offensive line.

Across that line are defenders staring and pointing, shifting and inching forward in anticipation.

It doesn't matter that you can't recognize the No. 2 on his jersey anymore, having been covered by mud and grass stains. It also doesn't matter that he's already carried the ball 30 times and he's been knocked around for three-plus quarters.

It doesn't matter, because everybody on the field knows what's going to happen next.

Cody Remaley is going to get the ball.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

BOYS SOCCER

JIM THORPE

Head coach Anthony Dixon (First season)

Assistant coaches none

Last year's record 2-15 overall

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Key losses Zach Ligenza, Dillon Smith, Kyle Bradley, John Mazella, Matt McCauley

Key returnees Mitch Franko (Sr/Mid), Corey Ligenza (So/For), Benny Mazella (So/Mid), Kyle Lawrence (So/For), Dalton Becker (So/Def), Shane Breicheotto (So/Def), Justin Kaminski (So/GK);

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A year ago at this time, the Pleasant Valley football program was coming off of a 1-9 season and looking for a fresh start with new head coach Jim Terwilliger.

Twelve months later the Bears aren't looking for another fresh start. They are looking to keep the momentum going.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It has been more than a half century since Tamaqua achieved what it has done on the gridiron the past two seasons.

The Blue Raiders followed up 2008's 8-4 record and Eastern Conference Class AA title game berth with the school's first-ever District 11 football playoff berth last year, finishing with an 8-3 mark.

The last time Tamaqua put together back-to-back eight win seasons was in 1956-57.

Admittedly, that is a tough act to follow, but the return of their entire backfield gives the Raiders reason for optimism this season.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Last season, a very talented senior class left an exclamation point on the Panther Valley football program!

Led by the three-headed monster of quarterback Casey Lawrence, running back Kyle McAvoy and wide receiver Jake Dunn, the Panthers averaged nearly 30 points per game (29.1) and finished the year with a 9-3 overall record (their best season since 1992 when they finished 10-3).