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Friday, September 14, 2012


What a difference a week makes.

After a rough first week, things turned a round quite a bit last weekend, not just for us, but for a few of my colleagues also.

I managed a 13-2 week, while Bob Ford and Mike Haines had a perfect week ruined by East Stroudsburg North's late comeback win over Pocono Mountain East. That gave Haines a first place tie with Jason Boris, who wasn't as lucky as the rest of us.

So as anxious as I am, let's head for Week No. 3 and see what my Crystal Ball predicts:

Friday, September 14, 2012
Bears beat up on Panthers

The fans that were at Pocono Mountain West and Pleasant Valley's field hockey game Thursday afternoon probably heard the sound of plastic balls hitting a wooden plank in their sleep last night.

Pleasant Valley opened up a 9-0 lead at halftime before going on to win by a final score of 15-0 over its Mountain Valley Conference opponent. The Bears are hoping to carry the momentum they gained from this game over into next week's matchups with Lehighton, Pocono Mountain East and Stroudsburg.

Friday, September 14, 2012


Before we get going, I thought this would be a nice time for a little pop-quiz. I know no body wants to read the sports section of a newspaper and have to take a quiz, but this one will be a little fun. Well, at least it was fun for me to come up with the questions. Plus it shouldn't be too hard to figure out the correct answers. The answers will be displayed at the bottom of the column. Don't cheat!

1. True or False: The defending Super Bowl champs are 13-0 in season-openers over the last 13 years.

Friday, September 14, 2012
Bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Connor Phillips battles for possession of the ball with Pocono Mtn. West's Mike Gaudette in a Mountain Valley Conference soccer match-up yesterday. The Bears won the contest 7-0.

Pleasant Valley and Jim Thorpe both gained soccer wins yesterday keeping each squad undefeated on the season.


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Pleasant Valley remained undefeated on the seasonwith a 7-0 Mountain Valley Conference shutout of Pocono Mountain West.

Harris Sabovic had a hat trick for Pleasant Valley with three goals. Noah Fulcomer, Cole Bernier, Chris Symes and Chris Neff added a goal apiece for the Bears. Jack Wathen dished off two assists.

Pleasant Valley (6-0) outshot the Panthers 14-3 and held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Benny Mazzella (3) jumps high in the air to kick the ball away from Tamaqua's Michael Stisowain during their Schuylkill League match on Tuesday. The Olympians pulled away in the second half for a 6-1 win.

Within the course of a game one play can sometimes determine the course of a match.

That's exactly what happened last night at Jim Thorpe in a Schuylkill League Division 1 clash between the Olympians and Raiders.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Northwestern's Cole Miller set a course record at Olde Homestead in New Tripoli during a match earlier this season.

Most golfers have gotten that unforgettable feeling for a shot or two. Some have even played stretches of a few holes or more where the ball just seemed to go where they wanted it to on nearly every shot.

But very, very few golfers can sustain that for an entire round.

One of those few is Northwestern junior Cole Miller. In a match against Pen Argyl on August 27 Miller shot a career low 63. He made nine birdies and no bogeys, shooting 3-under par on the front nine and a 6-under 30 on the back side.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 12, 1969 Panther Valley's defense comes up big in posting a 7-0 victory over Palmerton. In the second quarter, Mike Flyzik intercepts a pass and returns it 66 yards for the only score of the game. The Bombers put together a late drive and move to PV's four-yard line, but a sack and forced fumble by Andy Pero with 12 seconds to play seals the win for the Panthers (coached by Jim Steber). Palmerton's Bill Konek is the top offensive player of the contest, rushing for 87 yards.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Devan Sweeney (11) jumps high to block a shot by Jim Thorpe's Shanon C. Green in volleyball action at Tamaqua last night. Looking on are Raiders Rebecca Minehan (1) and April Donnon.

Jim Thorpe and Pleasant Valley came out on top of girls volleyball matches on Tuesday.

In other local action, Lehighton won its boys soccer and golf matches, Pleasant Valley had a successful cross country meet and also won in girls tennis and Palmerton and Northern Lehigh were field hockey winners.


Jim Thorpe-Tamaqua

Jim Thorpe hosted the Blue Raiders in a tight volleyball match-up and after five grueling sets, it was Jim Thorpe that prevailed in the fifth for the closely-contested win, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 17-25, 15-8.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Tamaqua's Kailee Rottet races to the ball as Jim Thorpe's Catherine Condly (17) and Amber Castillo (2) chase after it with her. Rottet scored a goal and an assist in the contest as the Lady Raiders picked up a 3-1 win. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua and Northwestern picked up girls soccer wins, while the Tigers and Lehighton came out with vicgtories in boys soccer on Monday.

In other local action, Northwestern's golf and girls volleyball team also won, as did Jim Thorpe's girls tennis team.


Jim Thorpe-Tamaqua

Tamaqua jumped out early on Jim Thorpe and never looked back to score a 3-1 win.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11, 1976 Dan Blose catches a pair of touchdown passes and Northwestern registers a 14-6 victory over Kutztown in a game of firsts. The contest was the first-ever for the Cougars' program and the win was the first (and only) for Frank Wirth as Tigers' head coach. Blose gets Northwestern on the board with a 13-yard TD catch from Todd Shellhamer and later hauls in an 18-yard scoring toss from Barry Sottolano.