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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tamaqua coach Sam Bonner (left) congratulates Blue Raiders senior running back Grif Griffiths for receiving THE TIMES NEWS Player of the Week award. Griffiths rushed 19 times for 161 yards and 3 TDs in the Raiders' 29-7 win over Minersville. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

After Tamaqua qualified for the postseason the past two years, expectations were high on Stadium Hill entering this season.

Tamaqua was returning its entire backfield, including leading rusher Grif Griffiths, who gained 1,333 yards on the ground and scored 14 touchdowns last year.

However, the Blue Raiders got off to an 0-3 start and dropped six of their first seven games. Four of those losses came by a TD or less.

The Raiders could haved packed it in and looked towards next season, but Griffiths and company weren't going to give up on this year.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November 3, 1995 Northern Lehigh gains an early lead and then holds off rival Palmerton to gain a 12-7 victory. The Bulldogs, coached by Jim Tkach, get on the board early when Pete Snyder's fumble recovery results in a Darin Van Norman four-yard touchdown run. Nolehi extends the lead later as a Mike Lilly 41-yard run sets up Tim Gallagher's four-yard sprint to the end zone. Lilly finishes with 84 yards rushing while the Bulldog defense forces five turnovers, including an interception by Snyder.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS It's celebration time as the Lehighton field hockey team wins the District 11 Class 2A title on a goal in overtime by Echo Bretz.

EMMAUS - Echo Bretz and Jordyn Homyak have been down this road before. So has the rest of the Lehighton girls field hockey team.

It was Homyak who passed to Bretz on a penalty corner with the latter crossing away from the goal before firing a shot past Southern Lehigh goalie Katelyn Arnold for the game-winner with 9:50 left in overtime giving the Indians a 2-1 victory and the District 11 Class AA Championship again.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Fillies beat Wreckers in semifinals

POTTSVILLE – This year has been a season of firsts for the Weatherly girls volleyball program.

Not only did the Lady Wreckers post their first winning season in school history, they also made their debut in the District 11 Class A Tournament with their first playoff appearance since the program's inception in 2003.

However, if the Wreckers came into Martz Hall last night with the intention of getting their first win against Marian, the Fillies quickly proved them wrong.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
OLOAA captures volleyball crown

Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently won its third consecutive Carbon-East Schuylkill CYO District championship, going 9-0 in the regular season and advancing to the Allentown Diocese Championships to be played on Nov. 7 at Marian High School, Hometown.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November 2, 1973 Billy Graver carries 22 times for 138 yards and all four Palmerton touchdowns to help the Blue Bombers gain a 26-0 win over Bangor. Graver scores on runs of 1, 2, 8 and 47 yards. Palmerton's defense, led by the front line of Larry Wing, Mike Dakan, Pete Turko and John Kleintop, limits the Slaters to just 57 yards of offense. The winners, coached by Tom Wargo, also receive an interception from Tom Fabian that sets up one of Graver's TD runs.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Zwolenik unbeaten at PSU-Hazleton

Tamaqua High School graduate Kristina Zwolenik had anoutstanding freshman tennis season at at Penn State Hazleton.

Zwolenik, the 2010, TIMES NEWS Tennis Player of the Years, competed at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for PSU-Hazleton and went undefeated during the regular season. Zwolenik had an 11-0 record in singles and 10-0 mark in doubles.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

North Schuylkill Athletic Director Jim Gross received word late Monday afternoon that Freedom Village, of Lakemont, N.Y., was forfeiting the game scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at North Schuylkill after numerous injuries left the Eagles without enough players to compete.

Gross told the Pottsville Republican Herald he received word around 4 p.m.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
bob ford/times news Lehighton field hockey coach Shawn Hindy talks to his players before Saturday's District 11 Class AA playoff game. Hindy has enjoyed outstanding success as both a player and a coach during the past 12 months.

Before leading the defending PIAA State Class 2A champions this season, Lehighton field hockey head coach Shawn Hindy decided to step back onto the field himself.

A simple request soon turned into a golden opportunity for the Indians' fifth-year mentor.

Over the summer, Hindy was asked by United States National Indoor Team head coach Peter Jones to give the game another shot as a player. Jones asked Hindy to come to tryouts for the Pan American Games, which took place in Venezuela in August, and told him he had a good chance to make the team.

Monday, November 1, 2010

STATE COLLEGE - Matt McGloin was presented with an opportunity and he made the most of it.

With Nittany Lion Freshman quarterback Rob Bolden sidelined with a head injury, the sophomore McGloin stepped in and led Penn State to a 41-31 win over the Michigan Wolverines.