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Saturday, October 15, 2011

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – Rotary Field is the home of "smashmouth football."

But last night, Tamaqua took a page out of the Schuylkill Haven playbook and Jarred Muffley gave the Hurricanes a taste of their own medicine.

The 5-10, 159-pound senior did his best Zach Barket impression and carried the Raiders to a 26-14 Anthracite Football League victory over the host Hurricanes.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Because my mother was working, it became a type of twisted tradition. For supper before my high school basketball games, I would pick up a double-cheese pizza and split it with my brother. In college, when I was first following a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet but not too intelligently I was eating double-cheese pizza at least twice a week.

In fact, I can remember many occasions when I sat in my in last afternoon class, not concentrating on the lecture but craving double-cheese pizza sprinkled with garlic salt.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The curse of the Hawkeye has finally been broken and Penn State got their first big win of the 2011 season. The Iowa win is a definite step in the right direction for the Nittany Lions and gives them a big confidence boost moving forward as they get deeper into the Big Ten schedule.

The Penn State defense once again showed they have come to play in 2011, holding Iowa to just three points after the Hawkeyes came into last Saturday's match-up averaging 38.5 per contest. The defense wasn't an issue, but the offense still has a lot of work to do.

Friday, October 14, 2011

October 14, 2002 Josh Strawser kicks a 20-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to help give Lehighton a 16-13 Mountain Valley Conference win over East Stroudsburg South. The Indians seal the win in the final minute thanks to a sack by Ian Hey and an interception by Jared Schnell. Strawser also adds a two-yard touchdown run while Vinnie Andrews reaches the end zone from a yard out. Lehighton quarterback Dave Frehulfer completes 6-of-9 passes for 120 yards.

Friday, October 14, 2011

By PETE CAR

pcar@tnonline.com

There was a time when I was a younger man and lived in Alameda, California.

My purpose was to work in the Oakland Raiders public relations department. My other purpose was to learn and soak up a wonderful life experience that still carries with me in everything I've become today.

As a senior at Kutztown University, I was chosen to work with the team for the season as an intern. As a life long Raiders fan, it was a dream come true.

Friday, October 14, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's top doubles team of Lauren Heckelman (right) and Sara Elmontacir (left) shake hands after falling out of the District 11 3A Doubles tournament at West End Racquet Club in Allentown on Thursday.

ALLENTOWN – Pleasant Valley's valiant comeback bid met a cruel fate in the opening round of the District 11 Class AAA Doubles Tennis Tournament on Thursday.

The Bears' top doubles team of Lauren Heckelman and Sara Elmontacir were routed 6-1 by Nazareth's Cayleah Markulics and Sinmi Opeyemi in the opening set.

But Pleasant Valley bounced back to win the second set, 6-4.

That's where a combination of bad luck and what Pleasant Valley coach Mark Allison called a "questionable decision" came into play.

Friday, October 14, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Clay Collins hits ball with his head during soccer action last night at Northern Lehigh, while looking on are, l-r, Ryan Perkowski and Channing Shiffert of the Bulldogs and Isaiah Danner of Northwestern.

Northwestern had a big day picking up wins in boys soccer and field hockey on Thursday afternoon.

BOYS SOCCER

Northwestern-No. Lehigh

Northwestern edged Northern Lehigh 3-2 in Colonial League action.

Kyle Willis, Jeremy Ettl and Chad Horn all had goals for the Tigers, with Willis accounting for two assists.

For Northern Lehigh (10-8 overall, 6-7 league), Ryan Perkowski and Thatcher George scored goals, which were both assisted by Tyler Hoppes.

Friday, October 14, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Greta Hartsell, left, and Northern Lehigh's Kelsey Follweiler battle for ball in field hockey action at Northern Lehigh. In the background is NL's Casey Gavalla (16).

Palmerton and Northern Lehigh battled it out in field hockey on Thursday and it was a heated match.

In one of both teams' last field hockey games of the regular season, the motivation was there for both to pull out a win.

When the dust cleared, it was the Bulldogs who pulled out a 2-1 victory to clinch the fourth seed for the Colonial League tournament.

That alone served up enough emotion for both sides and Palmerton wanted to play spoiler.

Friday, October 14, 2011

It's getting near "Crunch time"!

Heading into Week No. 7 of the high school football season it's that time of the year when teams who still have a shot at the post-season playoffs give it their best shot week in and week out as we head down the homestretch.

The middle of the pack in our Grid Picks race is getting pretty crowded so it's definitely time to make a move.

Most of the games on our list have playoffs implications in some way so lets not waste any time and get to it:

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tamaqua runners, from left, Kelsey Patrick, Amber Carroll and Cecily Kohlmeir lead a pack of runners up a hill during the early stages of Wednesday's cross country meet against Blue Mountain.

Prior to the Senior Night festivities, the Tamaqua girls' cross country team wanted to make its seniors' last home meet a memorable one.

At the same time, the Lady Raiders were focused on gaining momentum with a victory over a Division I foe heading into next week's Schuylkill League Team Championship Meet.

The Lady Raiders got everything they wanted with a 23-32 win over Blue Mountain Wednesday in Tamaqua.