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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Northern Lehigh-Northwestern

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records: Northern Lehigh 6-0 overall (6-0 Colonial League); Northwestern 5-1 (5-1 CL)

Northwestern's offense needs to ... control the ball and keep Northern Lehigh's high-powered offense off the field. The Tigers are at their best when they run the football, but they might need to put it in the air this week. The Bulldogs give up less than 100 yards per game on the ground, but have allowed 144 yards per game passing.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October 14, 1961 Lansford scores a pair of second-half touchdowns to rally for a 14-6 victory over West Hazleton. Bobby Gelatko ties the game in the third quarter on a one-yard plunge and the Panthers take the lead on the conversion when Joe Dardas tosses a pass to Gene Pavlik. In the fourth frame, a Dardas fumble recovery deep in West Hazleton territory leads to another one-yard touchdown - this one from Geno Nardini.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Patrick Deutsch/special to the times news Peter Kruger of Tamaqua (9) prepares to kick the ball as Pottsville's Brady Wile closes in from behind.

The Tamaqua boys soccer team knows they'll be playing in next week's Schuylkill League playoffs.

...but that's about all they know for right now.

Last night, the Blue Raiders took care of business by finishing off their Schuylkill League schedule with a 4-0 shutout of visiting Pottsville to move to 12-5 overall and 12-2 in the League.

Now, their fate lies in the hands of their foes.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Over the last 10 years, Jim Thorpe and Mahanoy Area have met in week two of the football season and the Olympians have won every time.

This year, a schedule change has pushed the matchup between the two Anthracite Football League teams back to week seven.

According to Olympian head coach Mark Rosenberger, it's going to set-up "a different feeling" in Mahanoy City on Friday night, especially with the game being played so late in the season.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Although there are still four games left in the regular season, the Pleasant Valley football team has already accomplished some big things in 2010.

Through six games, the Bears already have as many wins (five) as they did all of last year - which was their most since 2004. Their current five-game winning streak is their longest such streak since 2000. And thanks to those two things, Pleasant Valley is currently ranked No. 3 in the District 11 standings.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Advanced tickets for Friday's Northern Lehigh at Northwestern football game will be available in the Northwestern Athletic Office on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m.-12 noon. Tickets are also available in the Northern Lehigh Main Office on Wednesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adult tickets are $5 and Students/Sr. Citizens are $3.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
PATRICK DEUTSCH/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Kenzie Teno moves in to make a past in Tuesday's win over Pocono Mountain West.

Lehighton and Northern Lehigh picked up field hockey victories to continue their league winning ways in local scholastic action on Tuesday.

In other action,

FIELD HOCKEY

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The Lady Indians continued to dominate their opponents in the MVC, as they defeated Pocono West, 5-0.

Echo Bretz led the way individually for Lehighton (13-3, 11-0) with two goals and an assist. Teammate Kaycie Andrew had a goal and assist in the win.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
ROB MERCHANT/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley girls volleyball is still thriving under John Gesiskie, its only head coach.

John Gesiskie never expected to be coaching volleyball this long.

Pleasant Valley probably didn't anticipate the level of success the program has attained.

But 17 years after Gesiskie was entrusted to form the first volleyball team at Pleasant Valley, he is still the only coach the program has ever known and the Bears are still winning.

Gesiskie recently passed the 300th win mark in his career and now owns a 304-179 record. That mark includes five Mountain Valley Conference championships and a 50-match MVC win streak.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 13, 1989 Dwayne Fisher catches four passes for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help Lehighton register a 27-6 Centennial League win over Northwestern. Fisher reaches the end zone in the first half on a 54-yard catch-and-run from Shawn Ketchledge. The two also hook up for a 69-yard scoring strike in the second half. The Indians, coached by Dave Parsons, receive a 40-yard interception return for a TD from Chris Green while Fisher adds a four-yard touchdown run. Randy Hill leads the Lehighton rushing attack with 102 yards on 13 carries.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Micheal Principe (5) moves in to keep the ball away from Pottsville's Adam Campbell as teammate Anthony Pavia looks on.

Heading into Tuesday's soccer game with Pottsville, Jim Thorpe didn't care what its record was.

The Olympians didn't mind that they had come up short in all of their previous soccer games. No, they were going to put all of their heart into this one game on this one day - Senior Day.