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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Memo to the Mountain Valley Conference: The Lehighton and Pleasant Valley football teams aren't going to be push-overs in 2010.

In fact, they both plan to contend for the conference crown.

For the first time since 2007, both the Indians and the Bears will enter their annual match-up and first conference game with a winning record (2-1). That is not the only thing the two teams have in common either. Both teams' offenses and defenses are in the top three in the TIMES NEWS area in points for and against.

Thursday, September 23, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's Devin Haddad gets set to putt during Wednesday's Colonial League championships at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.

Palmerton's Ben Andrews finished third in the Colonial League Golf Tournament to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports action.

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Bangor's Stani Schiavone, winner of the past three Colonial League girls titles, fired a 1-over par 72 Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course for this year's overall league title.

Schiavone finished 19 shots ahead of the next-best girls player in the tournament, Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg's Megan St. Ledger at 90. In a few weeks the Slater senior will compete for her fourth straight District 11 girls title.

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Lehighton junior quarterback Josh Agosto, left, receives congratulations from head coach George Ebbert for being named the TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week. Agosto completed 9-of-12 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-12 victory over Panther Valley Thursday. Agosto, who has already thrown for 612 yards this season, also scored on a 30-yard touchdown run.

In just his third game as a starter, Lehighton quarterback Josh Agosto put on a show last Thursday in front of a TV audience.

It was his chance to tell the TIMES NEWS area that he was ready to take over the reigns of the Indians' new spread offense.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

September 23, 1994 Pleasant Valley's defense holds Tamaqua to just 89 yards of offense and also forces six turnovers to help earn a 14-8 victory. The Bears, coached by Tony Caracio, receive a three-yard touchdown run from Jack Proulx and 38-yard scoring jaunt by Frank Tatu. Mike Paduani also has a big game for PV, catching six passes for 106 yards. Ryan O'Daniel intercepts a pass and also recovers a fumble.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Panther Valley at Jim Thorpe

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records: Panther Valley 0-3 overall (0-2 Anthracite Football League); Jim Thorpe 2-1 overall (1-1 Anthracite Football League)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Pleasant Valley volleyball team had beaten Lehighton just once in its previous seven matches heading into Wednesday's contest.

The last time the Bears had won was last October, when they swept the Indians at home before falling to them in the MVC finals a few days later.

Yesterday afternoon the Pleasant Valley program showed flashes of its dominance from earlier in the decade by sweeping the Indians, 25-14, 25-11, 25-17. It is the Bears' third consecutive MVC win.

Thursday, September 23, 2010
@Caption Stand Alone:Krajcirik gets 1,000th assist Marian's Rachel Krajcirik recently recorded the 1,000th assist of her varsity volleyball career. Krajcirik, second from left, surpassed the milestone in a victory over Shenandoah. Pictured with the Fillies' senior are, from left, her mother Ellen, her father Toby, and Marian coach Doc Fallabel.

Marian's Rachel Krajcirik recently recorded the 1,000th assist of her varsity volleyball career. Krajcirik, second from left, surpassed the milestone in a victory over Shenandoah on Sept. 9. Pictured with the Fillies' senior are, from left, her mother Ellen, her father Toby, and Marian head coach Doc Fallabel.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Kelsey Burkett goes high to set up a teammate as Panther Valley's Celene Yelito waits on the defense.

It's not always how a team starts a game that may lead them to victory.

Sometimes what matters most is the way the team ends the game.

In a Schuylkill Division cross-over girls' volleyball match between Tamaqua and Panther Valley, it was the latter that helped the Tamaqua girls capture a 25-21, 25-17, 25-20 league win in straight sets.

It was an unusual turn of events for the Blue Raiders, but senior Stacey Wallace was glad to see her and her teammates put together a strong finish.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Courtesy of Jordon Flexer of Flexer Photography The Marian student body was all behind the Fillies volleyball team in its rivalry match against Pottsville Nativity.

What are the greatest rivalries in sports?

Lakers-Celtics? Yankees-Red Sox? Duke-North Carolina?

You can make an argument for any of those.

But when it comes to local high school volleyball, there is no argument.

Marian vs. Pottsville Nativity begins and ends the discussion. As a matter of fact, when you consider the competitiveness and the importance of the matches throughtout the last two decades, you can easily make a case that it's the top rivalry among area high schools in any sport.

It really is that big!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 22, 1967 Jim Thorpe receives touchdowns from seven different players and cruises to a 46-0 win over host Pleasant Valley. Steve Susko scores on a four-yard run and also tosses a 57-yard TD pass to Richie Kelowitz. Dan Skrimcovsky intercepts a pass and returns it 35 yards for another score. The Olympians, coached by Angie Konstas, also receive TD runs from Mike Slivka, Joe Lazorick, Walt Schlenner and Paul Simmons.