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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
bob ford/times news filephoto Northwestern's Cole Miller follows through with a drive during this year's District 11 championships. Miller shot a one-over-par 72 on Monday during the opening day of the PIAA State Championships to tie for the lead.

Northwestern's Cole Miller has been on an upward swing over the last few weeks. After winning the Colonial League Golf Tournament at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, Miller went down to the wire with Wilson's Collin Hagenbuch for the District 11 Class Championship at Shawnee Golf Resort, losing on the fourth hole of a playoff.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

MINERSVILLE - Prior to the start of the season, Nancy Filer thought she could be in for a rebuilding season.

It would be easy for the veteran Panther Valley volleyball coach to think that since she lost six starters from last year's Schuylkill League Division II championship team to graduation.

Despite having just one experienced varsity player on the roster, Filer and Panthers still found themselves one victory away from defending their Division II title.

Monday, October 22, 2012
Pleasant Valley's Gabby Lucchese (23) gets around Stroudsburg's Bria Bittiger during Saturday's conference title game. @$: ron gower/times news

All day, until the second overtime period, Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg had a stalemate in the Mountain Valley Conference Championship game Saturday in East Stroudsburg.

Eighteen seconds into the second overtime senior Jess Hagy accepted a pass and then whacked the ball at a high speed over the head of Pleasant Valley goalie Janelle Pastrana to give the Mounties a 2-1 win.

The Mounties were first to score. Midway in the first half, Eva Swartout passed the ball from the left side to Bria Bittinger who smacked the ball in the right center of the net.

Monday, October 22, 2012

PEN ARGYL – Northwestern is a young team with many players fighting through their first varsity seasons. Pen Argyl is a more experienced team with at least a few players who were part of last year's Colonial League champs.

Each team looked the part Saturday as the Tigers (3-5) made youthful mistakes and the Knights (6-2) capitalized on nearly all of them for a 35-7 win.

Monday, October 22, 2012

October 22, 1993 Phil Dorn throws a three-yard touchdown pass to Robert Irving with five seconds left in the fourth quarter to rally Pleasant Valley to a 28-25 Centennial League win over Palmerton. Dorn finishes 11-of-18 for 169 yards and also runs for a pair of touchdowns. He completes six of those passes during the game-winning 62-yard drive, which starts with 1:29 remaining. The Bears, coached by Tony Caracio, receive 84 yards rushing from Chris Iandoli while Matt Lunn adds 64 yards and a TD.

Monday, October 22, 2012

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN It's been a common problem for Jim Thorpe this year.

And on Saturday, despite a 17-hour break, it happened again.

During the 2012 season, the Olympians have excelled throughout the first half only to watch things slip away over the final 24 minutes.

Unfortunatly for Mark Rosenberger and his squad, the pattern held true at Schuylkill Haven as the Hurricanes used a big third quarter to take the lead and then held on for a 50-42 Anthracite Football League win.

Monday, October 22, 2012
bob ford/times news Marian's Anthony Agosti (42) wraps up Shenandoah quarterback Chris Palubinsky

What a difference a day can make.

On Friday night in Hometown the Shenandoah Valley football team looked to be on their way to a big Anthracite League victory. They had the Marian Colts on their heels and reeling with their potent offensive attack.

However, Mother Nature seems to be Colts fan.

Due to lightning and heavy rain in the area on Friday night the game was postponed till Saturday at one and the Devils held the lead at that point 14-7.

Monday, October 22, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Dalton Nunemacher (left) catches a pass and turns up the field as Panther Valley's Kyle Ferryman (24) moves in to make the tackle.

By nature, football coaches find things to worry about, no matter how well their team is playing.

Suffice to say, the Tamaqua High football is playing very well this season, but coach Sam Bonner was still worried how the Blue Raiders would react against arch-rival Panther Valley when they learned they had to resume their Homecoming game Saturday that they thought they had won Friday. Well, not to worry.

Friday, October 19, 2012

October 19, 1990 Palmerton registers a first-quarter touchdown and its defense makes it stand up as the Blue Bombers hold off Pleasant Valley for a 7-0 win. Chris Lucykanish tosses a 15-yard scoring pass to Chad Everett on the game's opening drive a 76-yard, 16-play march. The Bomber defense then records 10 sacks, three by Mark Pollard and two each by Chip Snyder, Lyman Gruber and Brian Recker, to preserve the win. Palmerton, coached by Manny Guedes, also receives 85 yards rushing from Matt Miller.

Friday, October 19, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Sarah Jones (15) controls the ball in heavy traffic as she finds herself surrounded by Saucon Valley players.

ALLENTOWN Helen Ross knew what she was getting herself into in Thursday night's Colonial League Girls' Soccer Championship.

The Saucon Valley goalkeeper had already faced the brunt of the Northwestern Tigers' offensive attack once before this season. At that time, Ross and her Panthers had to walk away with what turned out to be their lone league loss.