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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Alex Haffner finished 23rd with a time of 19:52.4 to lead the Bulldogs across the finish line.

The Northwestern Lehigh and Northern Lehigh girls had an big day in Colonial League cross country action on Tuesday.

CROSS COUNTRY

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The Northern Lehigh girls went 3-1 in its Colonial League meet on Tuesday.

The Lady Bulldogs' Sam Corcoran led the locals with a fifth-place finish. Teammate Rachel Hendrix (10th) also finished in the top ten.

Alex Haffner was the highest Bulldogs to finish on the boys' side. He came in 23rd.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Thatcher George (1) and Cam Pierzga of Notre Dame, left, try to gain possession during Tuesday's Colonial League soccer match. Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

Heading into Tuesday night's Colonial League showdown with visiting Notre Dame of Green Pond, both squads were in desperate need of a victory. Northern Lehigh dropped a 3-2 decision to Saucon Valley and the Crusaders picked up their first loss to Bangor, 3-0. With the high amounts of concerns on both head coaches' minds, there was a ton of pressure riding on this match-up's outcome.

When the final whistle blew, it was Notre Dame notching the 3-2, come-from-behind win.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September 21, 1974 Slatington's Steve Hluschak scores on a three-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to tie rival Northwestern and his extra-point kick moments later allows the Bulldogs to pull out a 14-13 victory. The winners, coached by Rich Snell, open the game's scoring with a 26-yard TD pass from Mike Hunsicker to Robert "Yogi" Edwards. For the Tigers, Mike Weber had a pair of scoring runs.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
It's a family affair at Northwestern

Not only does the Northwestern boys' soccer team have a great feeder program, it also has a family tradition serving as a great support system as well.

Over the years, there have been a number of brothers that have played varsity ball at the same time for the Tigers' program.

This season, there is an over abundance of siblings who are under the guidance of first-year Northwestern head coach Nate Hunsicker.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Tai Dottery (left), Molly Smith (right) and Lehighton's Sarah Keer (center) race after the ball during Monday's MVC contest. Lehighton won 1-0.

The Lehighton field hockey team followed up its first win over the season with another victory on Monday afternoon.

Kaycie Andrew helped the Indians take another step in the right direction in a key showdown with Pleasant Valley.

The senior forward provided the lone spark that the defending Mountain Valley Conference champions needed to escape with a 1-0 victory.

"We're working our way up there," said Andrew, who has faith in her team to get back to its competitive self. "As we keeping going, I definitely think we can get to where we have been before.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September 20, 1997 Brent "Chuck" Andrew completes 13-of-15 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns to help Marian record a 39-0 victory over Panther Valley. Andrew's TD passes go to three different receivers - an 11-yarder to Tim Matula, a seven-yarder to Joe Ott and a six-yarder to Derek Varner. His favorite traget, though, is Scott Holloman, who catches six passes for 102 yards. The Colts, coached by Stan Dick, also receive TD runs from Rick Balliet, Dustin Varner and Jeremy Turnbach.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton;s James Farano has the ball bounce behind him as Pleasant Valley's Jack Wathen attempts to head it. The Bears won the match 4-0.

Northwestern picked up field hockey and golf wins, while Tamaqua hit the win column in girls soccer and tennis on Monday in scholastic sports action.

BOYS SOCCER

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The Bears picked up another win over Lehighton with a 4-0 shutout.

Leading 1-0 at halftime, Pleasant Valley erupted in the second half for three more scores to pull away.

Monday, September 19, 2011

September 19, 1969 Lehighton enjoys a solid rushing attack in gaining a 28-0 Lehigh Valley League win over visiting Stroudsburg. The Indians, coached by Jim Wentz, total 220 yards on the ground while allowing the Mounties just 18. Wilbur Ahner carries 19 times for 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the winners, who also receive scoring runs from Barry Reed and Glenn Serfass.

Monday, September 19, 2011
Smelas, Jim Thorpe pull away

It was just the kind of soccer game Chelsea Smelas was having on Saturday!

The Jim Thorpe senior had a late corner kick on Weatherly's side of the field late in the game. She booted the ball towards one of the forwards in the middle of the field, but it took a pronounced curve and sailed into the Weatherly net.

"Oh, my God," the surprised Smelas said to herself.

That was her fifth goal of the day as the Olympians won over the Wreckers, 9-2, in Weatherly's homecoming game.

Smelas had an additional 17 shots on goal during the game.