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Monday, October 29, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Sarah Keer (left) and Moravian Academy's Brittany Onesto collide while chasing down a loose ball.

Scoring wins the game, but if passing the ball toward the opponent's circle fails, then the result will most likely be no scoring at all.

This was the Lehighton Lady Indians' dilemma on Saturday afternoon when they lost a District 11 Class AA semifinal playoff game to Moravian Academy by a score of 2-0.

"We were dribbling too much instead of working down the field to get in position to score," said Lehighton coach Lamar Long. "We have had trouble scoring all year and today we just did not create enough opportunities."

Monday, October 29, 2012
Bulldogs eliminated by So. Lehigh

EMMAUS – Kristen Moisey was exactly where she was supposed to be. Because she was, Southern Lehigh is exactly where it's supposed to be as well.

After nearly 50 minutes of scoreless play, Moisey's follow up shot from in front of the net lifted the Spartans to a 1-0 victory over Northern Lehigh in the semifinal round of the District 11 Class AA field hockey playoffs on Saturday.

Monday, October 29, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Mackenzie Dorney goes down to dig the ball during Saturday's victory over Stroudsburg.

Just two days after playing a five-game thriller in the Mountain Valley Conference championship game, Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley met up again in the quarterfinals of the District 11 playoffs.

This time however, the win came a little easier for the Bears.

Pleasant Valley topped Stroudsburg for the fourth time this year, winning 25-13, 22-25, 25-15, 25-21 in the District 11 AAA volleyball playoffs. Although his team won two games rather easily, and built up a sizeable lead in the third, Pleasant Valley head coach John Gesiskie wasn't entirely pleased afterward.

Monday, October 29, 2012

STATE COLLEGE – A big question going into Penn State's match-up with Ohio State was how affective would Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller be after he suffered what seemed to be a serious head/neck injury the week before against Purdue.

Well, Miller answered that question and he did so with authority. The super sophomore racked up 134 yards on the ground and made big plays through the air when he had to, leading the Buckeyes to a 35-23 victory over the Nittany Lions on Saturday night.

Monday, October 29, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Jamey Mikovich goes up to block an Allentown Central Catholic hit.

The Panther Valley girls volleyball team came up short against Allentown Central Catholic in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA District 11 playoffs Saturday, losing in straight sets 25-10, 25-14, 25-9.

Panther Valley came in as the seventh-seed against a Central Catholic team that was seeded second in the tournament. Central lived up to that seeding, jumping out to big leads in all three games.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

CATASAUQUA - Turn the ball over against a championship-caliber team like Catasauqua and you aren't going to have much of a chance for a win.

Northern Lehigh committed four miscues in the first half and one more in the second half and the Roughies took advantage to roll to a 40-7 victory and clinched the Colonial League title with their ninth straight win of the season without a loss.

"Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers," said Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout. "What else can I say?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pleasant Valley fell 2-0 to Parkland in the second round of the District 11boys soccer playoffs.

Parkland got a goal in the first half from Eric Mikitka to take a 1-0 lead into halftime. The Trojans got an insurance goal from Logan Howell in the second half to put the game away. Parkland goalie Jacob Gottwald wasn't tested often, making two saves in the contest.

Andrew Hanson made five saves for Pleasant Valley.

Pleasant Valley coach Chris Pachuta had high praise for his team after the game.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

For the second time this season, Northwestern walked off the field with a 5-0 win over Notre Dame of Green Pond.

Friday's victory held a little bit more meaning as the Tigers advanced to the District 11 Class 2A semifinals.

Northwestern will now face Palisades, the seventh seed in the tournament.

Unlike the regular season meeting between the two Colonial League teams back into September, Northwestern coach Kelly Bleam watched her Tigers, who are the No. 3 seed, spread the wealth this time around.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pennsylvania Game Commission personnel have developed and posted an online listing of maps that depict roads opened seasonally to provide hunters and trappers greater access into interior portions of State Game Lands.

"These roads are opened to provide hunters and trappers better access to the State Game Lands system, which is a priority for the agency," PGC executive director Carl Roe said. "Statewide, we have more than 400 miles of seasonally-opened roads on State Game Lands.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

MALLORYTOWN, Ontario – For one group of local anglers, they will never forget their biggest catch from the St. Lawrence River while fishing in the 1000 Islands out of Caiger's Resort with co-owner Tom Banditelli of Tamaqua.

While fishing in New York waters west of the 1000 Islands Bridge on a warm October afternoon, the anglers heard splashing and shouts coming from around a point of land they were fishing. Pulling the electric trolling motor on the front of their boat from the water, they started the outboard and went to see what – or who – was causing the disturbance.