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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

RAVINE The atmosphere Tuesday night resembled that of a District 11 football game. The fans were routy, the players fought hard, the coaches were animated, but when the dust settled it was Pine Grove that edged Northwestern in the first round of District 11 AA soccer play 3-2.

The game featured a lot of exciting goals, pair that with a little controversy and you have all the makings for a good ole' fashioned soccer dog fight.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

GREEN POND - Even though it seemed like it was on the defensive side more than on offense, the Tamaqua soccer team was never out of contention in Tuesday's District 11 2A first round game against host Notre Dame of Green Pond.

After a scoreless first half thanks to a brilliant defense, Tamaqua saw the Crusaders come from behind for a 2-1 win, ending the Blue Raiders' season.

The Crusaders will now travel to Colonial League rival Saucon Valley, a team it lost to by a 3-1 score during the regular season, on Thursday for a quarterfinal matchup.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
bob ford/times news Zeb Shiffert of Northern Lehigh (7) and Matt Schnubel of Allentown Central Catholic (13) battle for control of the ball.

In a game that takes place on a field over 100 yards, it's hard to imagine that a team's season could possibly come down to a couple of inches.

Such was the case in Tuesday's District 11 2A soccer match-up between Northern Lehigh and Allentown Central Catholic.

With just 22 seconds left on the clock, the Vikings' Matt Wagner scored the game winner, sending the Central fans into celebration.

Cian O'Connell fed the ball just past Northern Lehigh goalie Alan Sipos, to move the Vikings ahead, 2-1.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
DON HERB/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's katie Forte takes control of the ball against Parkland.

OREFIELD - One of Pleasant Valley's achilles heels during the 2011 field hockey season was the lack of offense the team showed at times.

During Tuesday's District 11 Class 3A first round matchup against a tough opponent in No. 5 seed Parkland, the No. 12 seed Bears once again struggled to find the back of the net.

"Offensively, I think it's been our struggle all year," said Pleasant Valley head coach Angela Frantz. "It's been a struggle to get into a rhythm so I think that just stems in from just how we've been doing."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On the third day of Northern Lehigh boys' soccer team's preseason practice, Jason Reinhard was asked by Athletic Director Bryan Geist to follow him to the Principal's office.

Reinhard wasn't being disciplined for any reason. Instead, the Northern Lehigh Middle School Physical Education teacher was about to be asked to relinquish his position as a assistant coach for a whole different position within the Bulldogs' soccer program.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Stephanie Schmitt sets up teammate Breanne Jpseph during Tuesday's MVC volleyball semifina match against Stroudsburg.

Entering the 2011 volleyball season, Pleasant Valley head coach John Gesiskie was concerned about his team's youth and inexperience.

Thirteen straight Mountain Valley Conference wins later, he may not have to worry about it any longer.

Top-seeded Pleasant Valley swept No. 4 Stroudsburg in three games, 25-18, 25-21, 25-19 in the conference semi-finals Tuesday night. All three games were relatively close and made the young Lady Bears battle their way to victory. Having won in the matter that his team did, Gesiskie is hoping that it will pay dividends in the near future.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 26, 1951 Lansford scores a pair of second-half touchdowns, both on fumble recoveries, to gain a 13-13 tie against unbeaten Cass Township. The Panthers' first tally comes on a 50-yard return by Ziggy Kosciolek in the third quarter. After Cass coughed up the ball, Lou Dignazio recovers but he also fumbles. Kosciolek picks up the ball and races to the end zone. With four minutes to play, Lansford's Steve Vitek fumbles into the end zone, where George Major recovers for the score. Eddie Chuckran runs in the extra-point for the tie.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 25, 1968 Dan Truskey runs for one touchdown and throws for another to help Tamaqua earn a 28-6 victory over Shenandoah Valley. Truskey runs for an 18-yard score in the second quarter and tosses a 10-yard TD strike to Gary Williams in the fourth frame. The Blue Raider quarterback finishes 7-of-11 passing for 143 yards. Dave Lehatto adds a 60-yard scoring run while Jim Barron also reaches the end zone from four yards out. Steve Bilock contributes to the winning cause with 104 yards rushing on eight carries.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Four TIMES NEWS area boys soccer team and one girls squad have qualified for the District 11 soccer playoffs that get underway today.

Pleasant Valley finished 8-9-2 overall, but its winning record in the Mountain Valley Conference earned the Bears the No. 13 seed in the 14-team Class 3A playoffs. They will travel to Emmaus, the No. 4 seed, for a 6 o'clock game tomorrow night.

In Boys 2A, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh and Tamaqua have all earned spots and are in action in preliminary round games today.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Ron Gower/times news @Caption Stand Alone:Fillies' Sherkness tops 1,000 kills Marian's Marykate Sherkness (second from left) passed the 1,000 kill mark during a recent match against Shenandoah. Sherkness, who became the all-time kill leader in Marian volleyball history a few weeks earlier, is a junior outside hitter for the Fillies. Shown with Sherkness are, from left, Marian volleyball coach John "Doc" Fallabel, her mother Kelly Sherkness, and her father Andy Sherkness.

Marian's Marykate Sherkness (second from left) passed the 1,000 kill mark during a recent match against Shenandoah. Sherkness, who became the all-time kill leader in Marian volleyball history a few weeks earlier, is a junior outside hitter for the Fillies. Shown with Sherkness are, from left, Marian volleyball coach John "Doc" Fallabel, her mother Kelly Sherkness, and her father Andy Sherkness.