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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Stelmack leads Northwestern

BETHLEHEM - Chris Stitzel knew his boys team had a shot. The Tigers had only been beaten twice this season, both losses came against Class AAA Bangor.

Heading into Wednesday's District 11 Championship Meet at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, the 14th year Northwestern mentor had the highest of hopes and his team didn't disappoint.

Led by senior Tyler Stelmack in fourth place and followed by a solid pack of runners in 16th through 20th place, the Tigers earned their first district title in the history of the program.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

EASTON - Tony Billone knew very little about the Tamaqua girls' soccer team.

But it didn't take the Notre Dame of Green Pond coach and his players long to figure the Blue Raiders out once their District 11 Class AA opening round game started.

The Crusader rolled to a commanding 9-0 victory over the visiting Blue Raiders.

"Right away, I could tell No. 5 (Kailee Rottet) was a player," Billone said. "When she had the ball at her feet, she was really showing some quality soccer skills.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Northern Lehigh at Catasaqua

WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Northern Lehigh 6-2 (6-2 Colonial); Catasaqua 8-0 (8-0 Colonial).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Northern Lehigh def. Bangor 34-27; Catasaqua def. Palmerton 48-7.

NORTHERN LEHIGH'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB/TE Caleb Johnson (107-770-11TD rush**), QB Dan Marsh (30-60-610-9TD pass**, 86-510-8TD rush**), WR Darien Middaugh (11-233-3TD rec**, 11-115-TD rush**).

CATASAQUA'S IMPACT PLAYERS: RB Ra'Von Burton (19-56 rush*), RB Eric Matz (5-156-3TD rush*), QB Zack Bradley (8-13-214-3TD pass*).

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Corner kicks have been a big part of the Pleasant Valley boys soccer team's offensive ammunition this year, according to head coach Chris Pachuta.

So it was no surprise to him when it was two goals off corners in the second half that lifted the Bears to a thrilling 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Easton in the District 11 Class 3A first round contest on Wednesday on the PV turf.

With 48 seconds remaining in regulation, the Bears' Connor Phillips took a corner kick that looked like it deflected off an Easton player for the winning goal.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Corey Quick is heating up and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Marian football team.

The Colts signal caller looks to be dialed in and that's a good thing with only two games left in the regular season. A perfect time to have the leader of your offense priming for a late season run at the Anthracite League title.

Quick's performance last week against AFL foe Shenandoah Valley, which was a very important match-up in the District 11 single A playoff race has earned him TIMES NEWS Player of the Week.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Yost and Cerrone lead Lady Tigers

BETHLEHEM - With the District 11 cross country meet split up into three classes for the first time, it was anyone's guess how teams would stack up in Class AA, where schools from all four of the district's leagues crossed paths, most of them for the first time this season.

When everyone's best seven runners had crossed the line, Northwestern's girls were on top for the team's second district title in four years.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ending the 2012 regular season as the outright Mountain Valley Conference champions has become a two step process for the Pleasant Valley Bears.

Step one will begin around 7 p.m. this Friday night in Dingmans Ferry.

Pleasant Valley, one of two unbeatens still standing the MVC, will travel to East Stroudsburg North this weekend to partake in the TIMES NEWS Game of the Week.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

It was just one of those days for the Pleasant Valley field hockey team.

The Bears' entire team seemed to be a off Wednesday afternoon, as they failed to muster any offense against Nazareth in their District 11 AAA pig-tail game. Pleasant Valley had trouble getting off flush shots, controlling possession, and even making passes on its corner plays. All of those things added up to a 1-0 loss to the Eagles.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

October 25, 2003 Joel Porambo scores three touchdowns, one on an interception return, and also tosses a scoring pass to help Panther Valley roll to a 48-12 win over Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech. Porambo throws an 18-yard TD pass to Nate Shook and returns a pick 32 yards for a score to give the Panthers an early lead. Porambo, who finishes the contest with 102 runsing yards, later reaches the end zone on runs of 42 and five yards. PV, coached by Anthony Russo, also receives TD runs from Jon Stefanick and Andrew Boyle.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
MIKE HAINES/TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's Cole Miller is congratulated by his head coach Tim Miller after finishing second in the PIAA 2A Golf Championships on Tuesday at York.

YORK – Early in his second and final round at states Cole Miller was on a pace that might have won him a state golf title.

Double-bogeys on holes nine and 12, and bogeys on 10, 13 and 14 put him at six-over par for the day and seven-over for the tournament. But the Northwestern junior didn't give up on the round. He finished with a pair of birdies to card a four-over par 75, giving him a 147 (72-75) over two days at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York and a second-place PIAA medal.