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Friday, October 8, 2010
Lehighton's Lauren McCullion passes the ball to a teammate during Thursday's Mountain Valley Conference volleyball match against East Stroudsburg North.

Blue Mountain captured its 13th consecutive Schuylkill League golf championship at the Indian Hill Country Club Thursday afternoon.

The Blue Eagles had a team total of 340. Pottsville (365) finished in second in the four-team playoff. Panther Valley (390) was third and Marian (397) placed fourth.

After losing to the Colts twice in the regular season, the Panthers (16-2, 12-2) got the better of them yesterday.

Friday, October 8, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Freak really showed up for San Francisco on his biggest stage yet.

Tim Lincecum pitched a two-hitter and struck out 14 in a dominating postseason debut, and the Giants scored their only run after a questionable umpiring call to beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in Game 1 of their NL division series Thursday night.

"As far as shutouts go I think that was up there with my better ones," said Lincecum. "I was pretty anxious to get out there a couple days ago. You just have to deal with those extra days."

Friday, October 8, 2010

ND's Wenger out for

year with concussions

Notre Dame fifth-year senior center Dan Wenger won't play this season following two concussions in preseason camp.

Wenger, of Coral Springs, Fla., was evaluated by a specialist at the University of Michigan on Wednesday. Neither the specialist nor the school cleared Wenger to return, coach Brian Kelly said Thursday.

Wenger has appeared in 29 games during his career with 19 starts.

Friday, October 8, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Top that.

Long before Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in postseason history, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels talked about Philadelphia's three aces always trying to outdo each other.

Halladay set the bar high with a brilliant performance in the Phillies' 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NL division series on Wednesday.

Next up is Oswalt. He starts Game 2 on Friday.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Northern Lehigh cross country coach Dave Oertner says being the home team in the sport isn't an advantage.

"In our sport, being the home team can be a disadvantage," he said, noting that the coach spends time getting things ready, making sure the course is okay, and assuring the scoring and paperwork is in order.

"There's not a lot of time to spend with the kids before the meet," he said.

Oertner, who is the head coach of both the boys and girls cross country teams, saw both squads do well in a seven-team event held in Slatington.

Friday, October 8, 2010
nancy scholz/special to the times news Jim Thorpe's Ellyn Tomko returns a ball during the District 11 Class AA Singles Tournament on Thursday. Tomko dropped her opening match to Paige Gurski of Bethlehem Catholic.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP Six arae players competed in the District 11 Class AA singles tennis tournament Thursday at West End Racquet and Fitness Club.

None advanced past the first round of action.

Tamaqua's Lauren Androkitis, Vanessa Wagner and Jordan Nowacki; Jim Thorpe's Ellyn Tomko and Anna Domingo; and Palmerton's Kayla Strohl all suffered setbacks in the first round of tournament play.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shaq makes Celtics'

debut in win over 76ers

Shaquille O'Neal scored eight points in his debut with the Boston Celtics and the defending Eastern Conference champions opened their preseason with a 93-65 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Ray Allen led Boston with 14 points, including two 3-pointers, while Glen `Big Baby' Davis and Semih Erden both had 13 points.

But it was "The Diesel's Debut" that grabbed much of the attention.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

By The Associated Press

(Nine innings or more)

SEVEN

1991 (5 individual and 2 combined)

May 1 – Nolan Ryan, Texas def. Toronto, 3-0.

May 23 – Tommy Greene, Philadelphia def. Montreal, 2-0.

July 13 – Bob Milacki (6), Mike Flanagan (1), Mark Williamson (1) and Gregg Olson (1), Baltimore def. Oakland, 2-0.

July 28 – x-Dennis Martinez, Montreal def. L.A. Dodgers, 2-0.

Aug. 11 – Wilson Alvarez, Chicago White Sox def. Baltimore, 7-0.

Aug. 26 – Bret Saberhagen, Kansas City def. Chicago White Sox, 7-0.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

@Agate.Body:CIRCULAR REPORT: On the college football board, the Wake Forest - Navy circle is for Wake QB Brendan Cross (questionable), QB Ted Stachitas (out) and QB Tanner Price (probable).

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Weatherly's Andrew Vack (right) works his way uphill on Tamaqua's cross country course. PATRICK DEUTSCH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua has the luxury of two former Schuylkill League girls cross country champions on its roster with junior Amber Carroll and senior Schuyler Schmidt.

However, it is the Lady Raiders' depth that could put them over the top as they approach the league and District 11 championships later this month.

The Raiders placed eight runners in the top 12 to sweep their double dual meet with Blue Mountain (22-35) and Weatherly (15-50) Wednesday afternoon on their home 3.1 mile course on Stadium Hill.