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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Sophie Myers (28) and Marykate Sherkness (7) get ready to block a spike by Williamson's Lori Horton during Tuesday's PIAA Class A semfinal at Shamokin.

COAL TOWNSHIP - The Marian Fillies volleyball squad is used to being the dominating team when it comes to front line play.

Unfortunately, for them they ran into a squad last night that has been thwarting the opposition with power up front as well.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November 13, 1976 Joe Agosti carries 34 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns to help Marian roll to a 34-0 win over Jim Thorpe. Agosti reaches the end zone on runs of 12 and eight yards. Joe's younger brother, Jim, opens the game's scoring with TD runs of eight and 15 yards and finishes the contest with 46 rushing yards. He also tosses a 30-yard scoring pass to Mike Janowiak. The Colts, coached by Chuck Rocconi, intercept three passes in the contest to help post the shutout.

Monday, November 12, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Pleasant Valley's Austyn Borre breaks loose for a nice gain against Stroudsburg.

STROUDSBURG – Most, if not all, of the players on the Pleasant Valley football team weren't even born the last time the program won a District 11 playoff game.

The Bears' head coach, Jim Terwilliger, was just in grade school at the time.

However, Saturday night in Stroudsburg, Terwilliger and his team got to experience the feeling first-hand.

Monday, November 12, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Marian's Grace Boyle powers the ball over the net during Saturday's PIAA quarterfinal match against Country Day Sacred Heart.

READING It's obvious that the Marian volleyball team 'digs' winning.

What might not be so obvious is that the Fillies are winning because they dig.

While Marykate Sherkness and the Marian offense get most of the attention, the defense continues to be the unsung hero of the Fillies' postseason run.

Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class A state tournament, Marian got another outstanding performance from its backline players and cruised to a 25-17, 25-14, 25-19 victory over Country Day Sacred Heart.

Monday, November 12, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Nick Hollenbach (63) grabs on to the helmet of Ryan Hunt in an effort to sack the Pen Argyl quarterback.

After a perfect 10-game run through the regular season, the Tamaqua Blue Raiders were hoping to start a new run when they hosted Pen Argyl on Saturday night in the District 11 2A semfinals.

For most of the first half, the Raiders looked like the team that hadn't suffered defeat. As a matter of fact, they held the Green Knights scoreless through the first two quarters and had built up a two-touchdown advantage by intermission.

Monday, November 12, 2012
ron gower/times news Marian's John Julian gets past a Tri-Valley defender and heads up the field.

HEGINS Tri-Valley is moving on exactly where it hoped to go. And in some ways, so is Marian Catholic.

The Bulldogs won Saturday's District 11 Class A semifinal, 28-13, and advance to next week's title game.

The Colts, which made their first playoff appearance since 2008, head into the offseason with their program moving in the right direction.

"We just didn't make plays and they did," said Marian head coach Stan Dakosty. "They have a great team. They've won 10 games for a reason. You don't play any bad teams in the playoffs"

Monday, November 12, 2012

November 12, 1983 Tamaqua uses a pair of special teams touchdowns to help gain an 18-6 win over rival Marian. Tom Tracy provides one of the scores with an 82-yard kickoff return. The other comes when John Kabana and Dave Myers combine to block a punt and Frank McCarroll picks up the loose ball and returns it 22 yards to the end zone. The Blue Raiders, coached by Tom Bonner, also receive a one-yard TD plunge from Howie Miller.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

November 10, 1978 Kevin Snyder carries 16 times for 100 yards and three touchdowns to help Lehighton rebound from a scoreless first half and gain a 26-12 Centennial League win over East Stroudsburg. Snyder, who passes 1,000 yards rushing for the season, reaches the end zone on runs of one, six and 28 yards. The Indians, coached by Jim Wentz, also receive an 11-yard TD pass from Steve Bottcher to Dave Silvonek. On defense, George Ebbert comes up with an interception and recovers two fumbles.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Bill O'Brien and the Nittany Lions showed last week that they go on the road and get the job done after an emotional loss. PSU dominated Purdue, beating the Boilermakers 34-9 at Ross Ade Stadium.

This week Penn State may face their toughest test of the season, maybe even tougher than Ohio State when they face Nebraska in Lincoln later today (3:30 ET ABC/ESPN).

Nebraska's offensive scheme resembles that of Ohio State and Ohio, the two squads that were able to generate some nice offensive numbers against the Nittany Lions.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

At this year's quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission to set seasons and bag limits, the board of game commissioners – realizing that Veterans Day will be observed Monday, Nov. 12 – created a unique way for hunters to show their appreciation to active and retired military personnel by designating it as "Hunt With A Veteran Day."