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Saturday, October 23, 2010
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Garth Lakitsky breaks away from a Panther Valley tackler on his way to a touchdown.

The talk leading up to Tamaqua's backyard rivarly game with Panther Valley centered on an off the field comment. The Blue Raiders did their talking on the gridiron.

Tamaqua's power rushing game spoke volumes Friday night, piling up 397 yards as the Raiders routed the Panthers 49-6 in an Anthracite League contest on Stadium Hill.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak by Tamaqua (2-6 overall, 2-4 league), while the Panthers (1-7, 1-5) dropped their third straight.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Panther Valley School District Superintendent Rosemary Porembo has released a statement urging good sportsmanship and conduct from everyone involved with tonight's Panther Valley at Tamaqua football game.

The Anthracite League contest has come under scrutiny after Panther Valley head coach Frank Damian told THE TIMES NEWS on Tuesday that he would be withdrawing from the sidelines for the game.

The circumstances surrounding Damian's action have not been disclosed.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Marian girls volleyball team defeated rival Nativity to gain the Schuylkill League Division 4 title.

In other volleyball action, Pleasant Valley completed MVC play undefeated with a win over Stroudsburg.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Marian-Nativity

Marian clinched the Schuylkill League Division 4 championship by downing rival Nativity in five games 25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-6.

Friday, October 22, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lauren Mateyak (8) of Tamaqua moves the ball downfield past defender Danell Engle of Halifax.

HEGINS - In the first 10 minutes of their girls' soccer game with Halifax last night, Tamaqua dominated, but just couldn't score. The agressiveness and offensive control by the Lady Raiders was what many had anticipated would happen.

What wasn't expected, though, was for the Wildcats to take over the game's tempo, especially in the second half. In that second half, only about two minutes of action occurred in Halifax territory. The other 38 minutes had Tamaqua with their backs to their net, playing primarily defense.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Seven weeks down, three to go to the 2010 regular season so it would be nice to make a push towards the middle half of the standings in our Grid Picks before the playoffs start.

It was tough to make a move last week since it turned out to be a rather easy one with Jason Boris, Shawn McFarland and Mike Haines all posting 15-0 weeks. I'm not sure who was responsible for picking the games last week, but the out of area matchups didn't need much research.

Hopefully this week brings some tougher matchups so I could gamble on one or two to break further away from the basement.

Friday, October 22, 2010

This is the time of the year that every sports fan lives for.

On the local level, high school football is winding down to the point where teams are battling for playoff positions. Soccer, field hockey, girls volleyball playoffs have just about been penciled in.

Golf season is nearing its end and district cross country meets are lined up for next week.

Friday, October 22, 2010
Lady Tigers finish third

CENTER VALLEY – Despite graduating a large number of seniors, Northwestern remained one of the top girls cross country teams in the Colonial League.

A year after winning the league title, Northwestern took third place this season with just one of last year's top five runners scoring at this year's league meet.

Led by medal winners Haley Yost (fifth) and Emma Kemmerer (eighth), the Lady Tigers finished behind Saucon Valley and Notre Dame (Green Pond).

Friday, October 22, 2010
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Jordyn Homyak (8) heads up field with the ball as Stroudsburg's Taylor Secor (left) chases from behind.

EAST STROUDSBURG – Both regular season field hockey games between Stroudsburg and Lehighton were decided by a single goal.

So, it was only fitting that the Mountain Valley Conference championship game between the two teams was determined by the same margin.

Friday, October 22, 2010
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's James Patterson attemps to knock the ball past Martin Dieppa of Pocono Mountain East during Thursday's Mountain Valley Conference championship game.

EAST STROUDSBURG - It was not how they wanted their senior season to end.

Coming into this season, it had been three years since the Pleasant Valley boys' soccer team had won a Mountain Valley Conference title. That meant this year's group of seniors were the only group since 2000 to not win a conference crown.

The Bears had to be feeling good about their chances in Thursday night's MVC championship game since they were undefeated in conference play. However, with one kick of the ball, their run was cut abruptly short.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Held at Tuscarora State Park

BOYS

Team Legend and Scoring

1. Pottsville (Pot) 51, 2. Blue Mountain (BM) 59, 3. Jim Thorpe (JT) 114, 4. North Schuylkill (NS) 127, 5. Schuylkill Haven (SH) 136, 6. Mahanoy Area (MA) 196, 7. Weatherly (Wea) 207, 8. Tamaqua (Tam) 207, 9. Pine Grove (PG) 240, 10. Marian (Mar) 256, 11. Minersville (Min) 261, 12. Shenandoah Valley (SV) 273, 13. Nativity (Nat) 351, 14. Panther Valley (PV) 351.

Top 20 Finishers