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Saturday, October 23, 2010
LORA GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Christian Marcin looks to get outside as Catasauqua's Nathan Falko (40) tries to catch him.

Palmerton head coach Paul McArdle liked what he saw on the opening series of Friday night's Colonial League contest with Catasauqua.

There wasn't much to smile about after that, however, as the Rough Riders unleashed a ground game behind senior Alex Brown (and took control for a 31-8 victory sending the Bombers to their third straight loss.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN The first seven weeks of the season, the Jim Thorpe defense was able to keep its opponents bigs plays to a minimum.

It only took Schuylkill Haven a single snap to set up an evening full of offensive fireworks on the turf of Rotary Field.

The Hurricanes' Brian Murphy and Tyler Naus combined to light up the Olympians' defense for a number of big plays that either went for quick scores or set the table for touchdowns.

In the end, the hosts were able to run away with a 42-27 Anthracite Football League victory.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

To give waterfowl hunters another tool to assist with efforts to address overabundant snow goose populations, the Pennsylvania Game Commissioners board of game commissioners gave preliminary approval by an 8-0 vote at its quarterly meeting earlier this month to a regulatory change to allow the use of electronic decoys during the Snow Goose Conservation Hunt.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lehighton's passing combination of Josh Agosto and Anthony Farole worked wonders Friday night to lead the Indians past Pocono Mountain West, 30-21, for their first Mountain Valley Conference win this season.

"It's an entire team effort," Agosto reiterated. "I was pretty happy with our team's game plan. The passing and running game were working well and Anthony (Farole) just seemed to find the open spots."

Farole caught three TD passes in the first half to help his team build a 21-7 lead, which they held on to the rest of the night.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's quite possible that nothing helps you more than something you probably do your darndest to live without.

The feeling of doubt.

Without doubt, there is no questioning. Without questioning, there is no considering. Without considering, there is no real thinking.

Without real thinking, there is no mental or emotional growth.

But that doesn't mean you have to question everything. Some things have withstood the test of time.

Like the phrase "withstood the test of time." It's a cliché, a phrase that's become trite from overuse.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Penn State returns to the gridiron today after a bye week looking for ways to turn things around in the second half of the season.

The Nittany Lions are 3-3 and coming off two double digit losses in the Big Ten, 24-3 to Iowa and 33-13 to Illinois. The loss to the Fighting Illini should still be fresh in their minds, as it occured in front of a Beaver Stadium Homecoming crowd.

Coach Joe Paterno blamed himself for some of the problems against Illinois, but he has made it clear that the team is not progressing the way he felt it could.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Garth Lakitsky breaks away from a Panther Valley tackler on his way to a touchdown.

The talk leading up to Tamaqua's backyard rivarly game with Panther Valley centered on an off the field comment. The Blue Raiders did their talking on the gridiron.

Tamaqua's power rushing game spoke volumes Friday night, piling up 397 yards as the Raiders routed the Panthers 49-6 in an Anthracite League contest on Stadium Hill.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak by Tamaqua (2-6 overall, 2-4 league), while the Panthers (1-7, 1-5) dropped their third straight.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Panther Valley School District Superintendent Rosemary Porembo has released a statement urging good sportsmanship and conduct from everyone involved with tonight's Panther Valley at Tamaqua football game.

The Anthracite League contest has come under scrutiny after Panther Valley head coach Frank Damian told THE TIMES NEWS on Tuesday that he would be withdrawing from the sidelines for the game.

The circumstances surrounding Damian's action have not been disclosed.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Marian girls volleyball team defeated rival Nativity to gain the Schuylkill League Division 4 title.

In other volleyball action, Pleasant Valley completed MVC play undefeated with a win over Stroudsburg.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Marian-Nativity

Marian clinched the Schuylkill League Division 4 championship by downing rival Nativity in five games 25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-6.

Friday, October 22, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lauren Mateyak (8) of Tamaqua moves the ball downfield past defender Danell Engle of Halifax.

HEGINS - In the first 10 minutes of their girls' soccer game with Halifax last night, Tamaqua dominated, but just couldn't score. The agressiveness and offensive control by the Lady Raiders was what many had anticipated would happen.

What wasn't expected, though, was for the Wildcats to take over the game's tempo, especially in the second half. In that second half, only about two minutes of action occurred in Halifax territory. The other 38 minutes had Tamaqua with their backs to their net, playing primarily defense.