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Friday, September 23, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Breanna Joseph, left, hits ball over the head of Lehighton's Tiffany Thompson in a Mountain Valley Conference volleyball match Thursday night.

When it comes to the game of volleyball, most of the time it is the team that makes the least amount of mistakes that ends up winning the match.

Thursday night, Pleasant Valley made the fewest errors and came out on top.

Pleasant Valley outlasted Lehighton in a battle of young, inexperienced squads and swept the Indians, 27-25, 25-13, 26-24 in Mountain Valley Conference play.

Friday, September 23, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Matt Harshey (12) of Northwestern battles a Salisbury player for control of the ball.

Northern Lehigh, Tamaqua and Lehighton all posted boys soccer victories to highlight Thursday's scholastic sports card.

BOYS SOCCER

No. Lehigh-Palisades

Northern Lehigh knocked Palisades from the unbeaten ranks in the Colonial League with a 1-0 victory.

The Bulldogs' Jimmy Bilger accounted for the game's lone goal 10 minutes into the second half.

The Bulldogs outshot the Pirates 12-3 on the day. NL's goalkeeper Allan Sipos recorded the shutout by grabbing all three shots he faced.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Palmerton Flag Football Coach Todd Frank has a "golden" little secret.

In July, during the annual Palmerton Booster Club Football Camp, Frank let me in on his idea of how to keep his players, who range from 4 to 6 years old, interested in the game of football. That idea was the golden football, a small gold football which players earned through various activities and achievements.

At first, I was unsure how a small football would achieve Frank's goals; but after practices officially started, I quickly learned that the idea was the "golden" ticket for the team.

Friday, September 23, 2011

September 23, 1983 Pleasant Valley's defense limits Notre Dame to just 10 yards rushing and also intercepts five passes in earning a 26-12 Centennial League win. Picks by Dean Shafer and Larry Carper lead to touchdowns for the Bears, coached by Mike Falcone. Rob Anthony scores on a pair of TD runs (two and 12 yards) while Scott Lutz reaches the end zone on a four-yard scamper and a 55-yard punt return.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Rachel Wagner (right) stretches to get control of the ball as Saucon Valley's Bridget Gilmore (34) moves in defend.

Northwestern's Cole Miller captured the Colonial League golf championship to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports action.

GOLF

CL Championship

Miller won the Colonial League championships at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.

The sophomore shot a 3-over par 74 to beat Southern Lehigh's James Shaheen by one stroke.

Miller, who placed fourth last year at his first league tournament, shot even par on the back nine Wednesday to earn the title.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

If Pleasant Valley wants to repeat as the Mountain Valley Conference champions, its quest to do so will begin this Friday night.

The MVC schedule gets under way this weekend, as Pleasant Valley travels to Lehighton in the TIMES NEWS Game of the Week. The Indians should enter the matchup as the slight favorite having won its last two games after opening the season with a close loss to Marian. Meanwhile, the Bears are coming off a tough loss to Wyoming Valley West and will be looking to get back on track this week.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September 22, 1956 Wilbur Derby scores a pair of touchdowns to help lead Summit Hill to a 12-7 upset win over Lehighton. Derby, who opens the scoring with a 10-yard TD run, reaches the end zone from 17 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter for the evntual game-winning tally. Frank Santo preserves the victory, the first for new head coach Mike McCullion, with an interception late in the final frame. The Indians' lone score comes on a four-yard run by Bob Hofford.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
ron gower/times news Avery Banavage (14) of Tamaqua moves in to defend Pine Grove's Emma Koontz.

Kayla Hope and Kailee Rottet have been Tamaqua's top scoring threats on the soccer field this season.

Wednesday night, a new weapon emerged for the Raiders as Cady O'Malley came up big in a 5-1 Schuylkill League Division I victory over visiting Pine Grove.

The win keeps Tamaqua unbeaten on the season at 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the Schuylkill League.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

At the high school football level a team's most talented athlete is used at multiple positions on the field. This is because playmakers are hard to come by in the high school ranks. Northwestern's Ty Cunningham certainly fits the mold of a playmaker.

Cunningham serves as a "jack of all trades" for the Tigers who are off to a 3-0 start this season. The Northwestern senior rushed 17 times for 233 yards and three scores against Wilson last Friday night to earn this week's Player of the Week honors.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Marian at Pius X

WHEN: Saturday, 1 p.m.

RECORDS: Marian 2-1 (2-1 AFL); Pius X 3-0

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Mahanoy def. Marian 26-6; Pius X def. Schuylkill Valley 56-28

MARIAN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Paul Martin (19-96 rush), OL/DL Brendan McGowan

PIUS X'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB A.J. Long (13-18-278-3TD pass, 10-71 rush), RB/WR DuBois Ross (4-25 rush, 6-99 receiving)