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Thursday, September 16, 2010

September 16, 1972 Panther Valley quarterback Gary Evans carries 15 times for 112 yards and a touchdown to help his team post a 28-14 victory over Palmerton. Evans, who scores on a seven-yard run, also tosses a two-yard TD pass to John Vignone. The Panthers, coached by Rich Davidyock, also receive a four-yard scoring run from Jack Sweeney and a one-yard TD plunge from Jan Vinsko.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 15, 2000 Matt Borger carries 22 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Pleasant Valley to a 38-13 victory over Easton. Borger, who scores on runs of six and 17 yards, also intercepts a pass on defense. Bear quarterback Brent Standorf rushes for 77 yards and a pair of TDs while Maurice Stallings adds 62 yards and a score. PV, coached by Tony Caracio, also receives a 37-yard field goal from Justin Kashner.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Kylee Turko (9) tries to steal the ball from Northwestern Lehigh's Lauren Horner (6) during Tuesday's girls field hockey game at Palmerton. ?

Lehighton, Northern Lehigh and Northwestern all notched field hockey wins on Tuesday.

FIELD HOCKEY

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Echo Bretz scored a pair of goals to lead Lehighton to a 3-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory over East Stroudsburg North.

Bretz scored a first half to give the Indians (3-1, 3-0) an early lead. Bretz and Rachel Werley added second half insurance goals. Sarah Keer had an assist on Werley's goal.

Lehighton had a 24-4 advantage in shots.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Eric Mason hits a shot out of a sand trap at Villas Crossing in Tuesday's match against Panther Valley.

Neither the Marian Catholic nor Panther Valley golfers did anything exceptional Tuesday in a key Schuylkill League matchup.

"Honestly and truthfully, everyone shot above what they normally do, but we shot just well enough to win," said Marian Coach Lenny Brylewski of his Colts.

PV coach Larry Marek didn't disagree, noting that his team had an average of 321 coming into the event.

Marian won the match, 333-345 to remain unbeaten in division play.

The contest was played at the Panther's home course, Villas Crossing in West Penn Township, which has a par 70.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It seemed for a while that Northampton's Matt Hirschman could never come up with a win at Mahoning Valley Speedway, a track that is just a 30-minite drive from his home. Despite being always fast, victory continually eluded him for a variety of reasons.

But after picking up his career first Mahoning win at the end of 2009 it now seems that he can't lose as for the fourth time in his last six starts Hirschman drove to a 100-lap, $3000 win.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Nancy Scholz/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Nick Vecellio (left) and Cole Miller, two freshmen on the Northwestern Lehigh golf team, head to the tee in a match earlier this week against Bangor.

The best thing the Northwestern golf team got out back from a winless season a year ago was every single golfer.

Things definitely got even better as two incoming freshmen - Cole Miller and Nick Vecellio - have more than played a key role in helping the returning golfers forget about a 0-13 season.

While seniors Tyler Kunsman and Michael Hontz and juniors Stephen Reitz and Michael D'Ancona dealt with last year's dilemma, freshmen Cole Miller and Nick Vecellio have helped the Tigers lick those wounds completely clean this season.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
@Caption Stand Alone:Bavarian League softball champs After winning the mid-season tournament and winning their division, McClure made it a clean sweep by becoming this year's Barvarian League softball champions. Team members front row left to right: Tony Kropp, Skye Rodgers, Kyle Faust, Jim Dodson, Julius Dudash, Kevin Kane, Benny Rabenold. Back row, Milt Drum, Chris Owens, Mark Drum, J.C. Dietz, Scott Kane, Keith James. Also on the team were Danny Reed, AL Shoemaker, T J Rohlfing, Sean Finneran, Anthony Ades.

After winning the mid-season tournament and winning their division, McClure made it a clean sweep by becoming this year's Barvarian League softball champions. Team members front row left to right: Tony Kropp, Skye Rodgers, Kyle Faust, Jim Dodson, Julius Dudash, Kevin Kane, Benny Rabenold. Back row, Milt Drum, Chris Owens, Mark Drum, J.C. Dietz, Scott Kane, Keith James. Also on the team were Danny Reed, AL Shoemaker, T J Rohlfing, Sean Finneran, Anthony Ades.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Melissa Weber (15) and Alexandria Ventrella go up to try and block a tap from Tamaqua's Paige Baddick (10) during Monday's girls volleyball game at Jim Thorpe. Looking on for the Olympians is Brittany Holland (21).

A consistent serve is always a key component in any volleyball match.

Just ask Sarah Lesisko, who currently holds the program's record for consecutive service points (17) at Tamaqua Area High School.

Her team's serving skills helped lead the Blue Raiders to victory last night, as they topped their Schuylkill League Division I opponent Jim Thorpe, 25-12, 25-13, and 25-7.

"We just try to get all of our serves in," Lesisko said. "It's really important to get them in. I don't know … just get them all in if you can. If you have a real good day then you had a good game."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES news Northwestern's Kyle Willis heads the ball as teammate Andrw Willis (5) moves in fron the right. The Tigers scored six second half goals to blank Wilson 6-0 in Colonial League action on Monday.

Northwestern came up with wins in golf and boys soccer in scholastic sports action on Monday.

In other action, Panther Valley won two on the links and Pleasant Valley picked up a golf win. Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua got wins in girls golf and Marian grabbed a girls volleyball victory.

BOYS SOCCER

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After a scoreless first half, Northwestern scored six goals in the second half and went on to shutout Wilson 6-0 in Colonial League play.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ten former athletes and two coaches will be indicted into the Marian High School Hall of Fame during a dinner program slated to be held on Sunday, Oct. 31, at The Grand Ballroom of Kelly's Irish Pub, Lansford.

The new inductees will comprise the fourth class of honorees, joining those who were inducted in the first class in 2004, whenh Marian observed its 50th year, as well as others enshrined in 2006 and 2008. The committee overseeing the Hall inducts every two years.