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Friday, October 15, 2010
Doubles teams fall at districts

The Pleasant Valley soccer team blanked Stroudsburg to finish Mountain Valley Conference regular season play unbeaten.

In other scholastic action, area teams had a quick exit from the District 11 Class AA Doubles Tennis Tournament on Thursday.

TENNIS

District 11 Class 2A

Doubles' Tournament

Three TIMES NEWS doubles' team dropped opening round matches to fall out of competition in the District 11 Class 2A Doubles' Tournament at West End Racquet and Fitness Club in Allentown.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Every time that the Lehighton and Pleasant Valley girls' volleyball teams get together, the level of play is heightened.

Last night proved to be no different as the two teams battled evenly throughout the course of the straight-set Lady Bear win. Even though the visitors won 25-15, 25-22, 25-23, the score fails to represent just how heated the competition was.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Jeff Miller has been named head coach of the Northern Lehigh High School boys basketball team.

For as long as he can remember, basketball has been in Jeff Miller's bloodlines.

A successful player in his era, the Lehighton native will return to the hardwood this season as head coach of the Northern Lehigh boys basketball team.

Miller, who on Monday was appointed to the position to replace Richard Oertner, said he relishes the opportunity to maintain the team's prominence.

"I'm excited about it; it's a great challenge," Miller said. "Northern Lehigh basketball has a rich tradition, and my goal is to continue that tradition."

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Ron Gower/times news Molly Balliet and Phil Marzen were Marian's top female and male runner respectively during Wednesday's three-team cross country meet.

Northern Lehigh, Northwestern and Palmerton all posted boys soccer victories on Wednesday.

BOYS SOCCER

No. Lehigh-Catasauqua

Jimmy Bilger scored a goal in overtime to lift Northern Lehigh to a 2-1 Colonial League victory over Catasauqua.

Channing Shiffert put the Bulldogs (4-11) on the board first with a first-half goal.

NDES-Northwestern

Northwestern scored three second-half goals and ran away from Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg, 4-0, in Colonial League play.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Northern Lehigh-Northwestern

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records: Northern Lehigh 6-0 overall (6-0 Colonial League); Northwestern 5-1 (5-1 CL)

Northwestern's offense needs to ... control the ball and keep Northern Lehigh's high-powered offense off the field. The Tigers are at their best when they run the football, but they might need to put it in the air this week. The Bulldogs give up less than 100 yards per game on the ground, but have allowed 144 yards per game passing.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October 14, 1961 Lansford scores a pair of second-half touchdowns to rally for a 14-6 victory over West Hazleton. Bobby Gelatko ties the game in the third quarter on a one-yard plunge and the Panthers take the lead on the conversion when Joe Dardas tosses a pass to Gene Pavlik. In the fourth frame, a Dardas fumble recovery deep in West Hazleton territory leads to another one-yard touchdown - this one from Geno Nardini.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Patrick Deutsch/special to the times news Peter Kruger of Tamaqua (9) prepares to kick the ball as Pottsville's Brady Wile closes in from behind.

The Tamaqua boys soccer team knows they'll be playing in next week's Schuylkill League playoffs.

...but that's about all they know for right now.

Last night, the Blue Raiders took care of business by finishing off their Schuylkill League schedule with a 4-0 shutout of visiting Pottsville to move to 12-5 overall and 12-2 in the League.

Now, their fate lies in the hands of their foes.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Over the last 10 years, Jim Thorpe and Mahanoy Area have met in week two of the football season and the Olympians have won every time.

This year, a schedule change has pushed the matchup between the two Anthracite Football League teams back to week seven.

According to Olympian head coach Mark Rosenberger, it's going to set-up "a different feeling" in Mahanoy City on Friday night, especially with the game being played so late in the season.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Although there are still four games left in the regular season, the Pleasant Valley football team has already accomplished some big things in 2010.

Through six games, the Bears already have as many wins (five) as they did all of last year - which was their most since 2004. Their current five-game winning streak is their longest such streak since 2000. And thanks to those two things, Pleasant Valley is currently ranked No. 3 in the District 11 standings.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Advanced tickets for Friday's Northern Lehigh at Northwestern football game will be available in the Northwestern Athletic Office on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m.-12 noon. Tickets are also available in the Northern Lehigh Main Office on Wednesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adult tickets are $5 and Students/Sr. Citizens are $3.