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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Jim Freed

The Tamaqua Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its 15th class on Friday, Sept. 24, prior to the kick-off of the Blue Raiders' home football game with Mahanoy Area at Tamaqua Area Sports Stadium.

This year's inductees include the late Howard Walker (a member of the THS Class of 1923); the late Sidney "Soup" McMichael (1929); Wayne Truskey (1967); Trevor Steigerwalt (1991); Joelle Evanousky LeMasters (2000); Matt Benza (2001); and two coaches, the late Jim Freed and Eric Zerbe.

Howard Walker

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Dave Magyar crossed the tape with a time of 20:15 as the top local finisher.

The Pleasant Valley girls and the Stroudsburg boys came away with Mountain Valley Conference victories.

CROSS COUNTRY

Stroudsburg

-Pleasant Valley

Seven Lady Bears finished in the "top 10" to lead Pleasant Valley to the 22-37 victory. Sam Klingel placed second (20:38) for the Bears, finishing 23 seconds behind Stroudsburg's Kiana Tucker (20:15).

In the boys race, Stroudsburg posted a 23-35 victory behind Mark Pfaeffle's winning time of 17:12. Pleasant Valley's Dan Rose finished in second place with a time of 17:30.

BOYS

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Alex Mansour of Pleasant Valley moves in front of Lehighton's Nick Kern as the two try to take possession of the ball during Monday's Mountain Valley Conference soccer match. The Bears won, 8-1. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Marian repeated as Schuylkill League Division II golf champs finishing with an unblemished 14-0 record with three wins on Monday.

GOLF

Marian-Mahanoy Area-Nativity-Williams Vy.

The Colts knocked off Mahanoy Area by 67 strokes, Nativity by 10 strokes and Williams Valley by 20 strokes to earn the accomplish for the second year in a row.

All four of the Colts scored in the 80's. Josh Green carded medalist honors with a match-low 80.

MARIAN (338)

Josh Green 80, Brandon Dopira 83, Mark Postupack 86, Chris Postupack 89

MAHANOY AREA (405)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September 21, 1951 - Francis Deem scored three touchdowns and the Tamaqua Blue Raiders ran roughshod over Blythe Township for their third straight Eastern Conference Southern Division win. Deem scored his first touchdown on a two-yard run and ran 33 yards for his second TD. Deem took a lateral on the Blythe eight from Jack Burcin, who caught a pass from Norm McLaughlin and ran in for his third touchdown. Bob Moyer scored the opening touchdown on the second play of the game and Gene Kunkle ran five yards into the end zone for the last TD.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
@Caption Stand Alone:Third annual Trout Creek Trot winners Winners for the Third Annual Trout Creek Trot held recently in Slatington are from left, Sean McMenamin (1st place, male); Kyle George (2nd place, male); Jarett White (3rd place, male); Christine Vlossak (1st place, female); Corina Heffelfinger (2nd place, female); Lisa Georgis (3rd place, female). Not pictured are age group winners: Alex Hoffner and Lizzie Berdahl (14 and under); Michael Hoffman and Rachel Cook (15-19); Jesse Weiner and Kelly Owens (20-29); John Guth and Sara Nansteel (30-39); Len Mellon and Cindy Evans (40-49); David Horvath and Felicia Moore (50-59); Gary Dobias and Marie O'Donnell (60 and over).

Winners for the Third Annual Trout Creek Trot held recently in Slatington are from left, Sean McMenamin (1st place, male); Kyle George (2nd place, male); Jarett White (3rd place, male); Christine Vlossak (1st place, female); Corina Heffelfinger (2nd place, female); Lisa Georgis (3rd place, female).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
bob ford/times news Sarah Keer of Lehighton pushes the ball up the field as Pleasant Valley's Allison Heckman defends. The Indians won the game, 1-0.

It didn't take the Lehighton field hockey team long to get the jump on Pleasant Valley.

But it took until the final seconds before that lead finally was secure.

The Indians grabbed the lead just a minute and twenty seconds into Monday afternoon's Mountain Valley Conference showdown. They then successfully defended a Pleasant Valley penalty corner as time expired to post a 1-0 victory.

Monday, September 20, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante heads the ball away from Jim Thorpe's Caleb Heller during Saturday's 5-1 Blue Raiders win.

Tamaqua and Pleasant Valley recorded boys soccer victories on Saturday.

BOYS SOCCER

Tamaqua-Jim Thorpe

Tamaqua rolled to a 5-1 Schylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.

The victors blew things open in the first half, building a 3-0 lead off two goals by Gonzalo Cascante and one by Jacob Fegley.

In the second half, Cascante added another for the hat trick, while teammate Cesar Picone scored unassisted.

Jim Thorpe avoided the shutout when James Denny found Corey Ligenza for a goal.

Monday, September 20, 2010
Mike Feifel/times news Samantha Klingel (left) and Stacy Wojy of Pleasant Valley finished 12th and 15th respectively.

One runner made a victorious Bulldog Invitational debut. Another capped three years of great performances at Northern Lehigh's annual cross country meet.

Pottsville freshman Paige Stoner won the girls varsity race in a course record time of 18 minutes and 14.4 seconds.

The boys race saw Exeter's Zach Greth win his third straight Bulldog title in 16:10 while leading the Eagles to a team title Saturday morning in Slatington.

Greth beat Easton's Bernard England (16:29.6) by a comfortable margin after taking a late lead.

Monday, September 20, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Douglas Saks (right) wraps up Angelo Perrucci of Wilson

WILSON - Stellar quarterback play has been part of Wilson's success over the past five years. Tyler Smith and DJ Lenehan guided the Warrors to three Colonial League titles and one state crown in that span, leaving big shoes to fill this season for first-year starter Chris Cooper.

The senior signal caller has stepped up to meet that challenge. He accounted for 299 of his team's 376 yards in a 25-6 win over Northwestern Saturday afternoon, running for 71 yards and throwing for 228 yards and a touchdown.

Monday, September 20, 2010

STATE COLLEGE – The way Penn State opened against Kent State at Beaver Stadium Saturday, it looked as if the Nittany Lions were in a hurry to put some distance between themselves and their loss at the hands of top-ranked Alabama the previous week.

The Lions jumped out to a quick 14-0 advantage against their Mid-American Conference foes and appeared ready to pull away.

PSU did eventually put some space between itself and the Golden Flashes, but it took a bit longer after that opening flurry.