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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Micheal Principe (5) moves in to keep the ball away from Pottsville's Adam Campbell as teammate Anthony Pavia looks on.

Heading into Tuesday's soccer game with Pottsville, Jim Thorpe didn't care what its record was.

The Olympians didn't mind that they had come up short in all of their previous soccer games. No, they were going to put all of their heart into this one game on this one day - Senior Day.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Brett Favre pushed all the distractions aside, added to his lengthy list of career milestones and got the Minnesota Vikings back in the game.

The record-breaking quarterback just couldn't pull off another classic comeback.

Favre had an interception returned 26 yards for a touchdown by Dwight Lowery with 1:30 left, and the New York Jets overcame a milestone night by their former quarterback for a 29-20 victory on a rain-soaked Monday night.

"I thought we were going to win this football game," Favre said.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) – The San Francisco Giants celebrated their first playoff win in eight years, then paused to honor the man whose career they had just ended.

As Bobby Cox came out of the Braves dugout to tip his cap to the chanting crowd one last time Monday night, the Giants stopped what they were doing on the other side of the field.

They began clapping, too, and tipped their caps in Cox's direction. The Atlanta manager waved back.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Flyers gave their fans a reason to go wild at the start and finish of their home opener.

Jeff Carter scored his second goal of the game with 2:38 left in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.

Carter snapped a tie when his shot bounced through the legs of goalie Craig Anderson. Darroll Powe added an empty-netter only moments later for some insurance on the night the Flyers raised their Eastern Conference champions banner.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

@Breif.Head:Eagles' Bunkleyneeds elbow surgery

Eagles coach Andy Reid says defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley needs elbow surgery and will likely miss the rest of the season.

Bunkley was injured in Philadelphia's 27-24 win at San Francisco on Sunday night. Reid revealed the extent of Bunkley's injury on his radio show Monday night on WIP-AM.

Bunkley was the 14th overall pick in the first round of the 2006 draft. He had nine tackles this season.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A volunteer who worked on the staff of a recently fired head coach has been appointed to the helm of the Northern Lehigh High School boys' basketball team.

The school board on a 7-0 vote Monday agreed to appoint Jeffrey Miller to the position at a salary of $6,775. Directors Mathias Green and Natalie Green were absent.

Miller, who did not attend the meeting, replaces former head coach Richard Oertner, who was fired last month on a 6-3 vote as head boys' basketball coach.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Cat Condly (17) crosses over with the ball as Weatherly defenders Sara Heiser (20), Jaime Dougherty (7) and Devon Bizarre all run past her.

It was the one game on the regular season schedule that the Jim Thorpe girls' soccer team wanted to win in the worst way.

On Senior Night, the Olympians showed Weatherly that it was their game to win right from the start. Jim Thorpe controlled action on both sides of the ball throughout thecontest and ran away with a 6-0 victory.

"The kids were ready for this one," Jim Thorpe head coach Rich Emmert said. "This is the one they wanted. We always look forward to playing Weatherly because we're both basically the same skill level. This was a good chance for them to shine.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Rob Merchant/Special to the TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Kayla Dorney hits the ball during action Monday against Liberty.

Weatherly and Tamaqua posted key volleyball victories to highlight Monday's scholastic sports action.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Pleasant Vy.-Liberty

Pleasant Valley dropped a non-league match to Liberty, 22-25, 25-21, 11-25, 21-25

Kayla Dorney played well at the net for the Bears (14-6) with 12 kills and two blocks. She also added five digs on the back line.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
nancy scholz/times news Palmerton's Ben Andrews tees off during Monday's District 11 championships.

HELLERTOWN - Ben Andrews would have loved the district title. And he gave it his best shot. But by finishing second Monday at the the District 11 Golf Championship Tournament, the Palmerton junior came one step closer to his primary goal.

"My No. 1 goal is get to states," he said. "If you can win districts or regionals along the way that's fine. I'd like to win but my ultimate goal is states. That's where the best players in the state are. That's where you want to go."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October 12, 1974 A pair of short touchdown runs by Terry Bonner provide the only scoring as Panther Valley gains a 14-0 victory over Allentown Central Catholic. Bonner reaches the end zone from a yard out and from four yards out. Dave Evans carries 23 times for 115 yards while the Panther defense posts the shutout, allowing just seven rushing yards. J.P. McGeehan intercepts a pair of passes for PV, coached by Cas Kosciolek.