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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Allison Heckman moves in to try and take the ball away from Northampton's Jordan Martin during District 11 3A playoff action on Tuesday.

NORTHAMPTON – Pleasant Valley didn't play like a team with a losing record, it didn't look like a team that was decisively beaten by Northampton earlier this season, and it didn't act like a prohibitive underdog.

Despite all those positives, the Bears didn't win either. But they sure made it interesting.

Northampton's Jackie O'Connell denied the Pleasant Valley's upset bid when she scored off a corner with just under 11 minutes remaining to give her team a 1-0 victory in the opening round of the District 11 Class AAA field hockey playoffs.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 27, 1980 Dennis Hartranft scores three touchdowns to help Lehighton earn a 48-6 Centennial League win over Northwestern. Hartranft carries 15 times for 127 yards and reaches the end zone on runs of two and five yards. He also catches an 18-yard TD pass from Kevin Hunsicker. The Indians, coached by Jim Wentz, also receive 71 yards rushing and a four-yard scoring run from Glenn Whiteman. Other Lehighton players to score touchdowns include Lance Dietz (39-yard run), Mark Michalik (three-yard run) and Scott Andreas (three-yard run).

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
PATRICK DEUTSCH/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Crystal Cambria (17) hits the ball back over the net as Lehighton's Laureen DiMattia goes up to try and block it.

The Pleasant Valley volleyball team knew what was on the line Tuesday night.

Last season the Lady Bears fell to the Lehighton Indians in the Mountain Valley Conference championship game. This year, if they wanted to get back to the championship and win their first title since 2006, the Bears would have to go through the Indians once again.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua junior Amber Carroll finished sixth in last year's District AA race after coming in as runner-up as a freshman.

There has been some shuffling among the District 11 girls cross country ranks this season, and Tamaqua is hoping it works to its advantage.

Northwestern and Saucon Valley have topped the District Girls Class AA standings in recent seasons, but for this year's championships, to be held Thursday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, both Colonial League teams have been shifted up to Class AAA.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Three local boys teams and two girls teams have qualified for this year's District 11 tournament.

After running through the regular season with an 18-2 record, the Pleasant Valley boys' soccer team was given the No. 3 seed in the District 11 AAA soccer tournament.

The Bears lost the MVC championship to Pocono Mountain East in penalty kicks last Thursday. Furthermore, they have not won a district playoff game since 2005. The Bears will play their first-round game against No. 14 seed Pocono Mountain West at home on Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
nancy scholz/times news Palmerton's Ben Andrews follows through with his swing during the PIAA State Tournament on Monday in Hershey.

Palmerton golfer Ben Andrews made it apparent that he was a bit disappointed in his performance on the first day of the 2010 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Golf Championships.

After watching Andrews walk off the course of the par-71 Heritage Hills Golf Course in York on Monday afternoon, Bomber head coach Dave Lavin, like any other coach would, chose to remain optimistic about the whole matter heading into tomorrow's final round of championship golf.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October 26, 1963 Coaldale rallies from an early deficit to gain a 39-19 win over Kulpmont. George Hoffman scores two touchdowns, one on a 34-yard run and the other from 12 yards out, to help the Tigers rebound after falling behind 12-0. Jeb Hart returns an interception 35 yards for a score while Bobby Winsko (two-yard run), Ken Hoffman (one-yard run) and Nick Trubilla (fumble recovery in end zone) also register touchdowns. Coaldale's defense also plays well, intercepting six passes.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Weatherly posted another volleyball victory on Monday.

VOLLEYBALL

Weatherly-Millersburg

Weatherly picked up a Schuylkill League volleyball win over Millersburg on Monday night by scores of 25-7, 25-12, 25-7.

Sarah Dolinsky had five kills, seven digs and four assists for the Wreckers (15-5, 7-5), while Rachel Heister had two digs, 26 assists and three aces.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

@Breif.Head:Homyak named MVC

field hockey MVP

The Mountain Valley Conference recently named its list of members for the 2010 Field Hockey All-Star team.

Lehighton senior Jordyn Homyak led a dozen of TIMES NEWS area stickers by being named the MVC's Most Valuable Player for this season.

Homyak, as well as Indian teammates Echo Bretz and Kacy Beck, received First Team selections, while Pleasant Valley's Felicia Domenici, Allison Heckman and goalkeeper Hannah Bard were received the highest recognition for their actions on the field this season.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The defending District 11 and 2A state champion Lehighton Indians received a first-round bye into this year's tournament which opens up this week.

The Indians, No. 6 seed Northwestern Lehigh and No. 7 seed Northern Lehigh are the local teams in the AA bracket.

The only local team in the AAA field hockey bracket is Pleasant Valley.

The Lady Bears , the No. 11 seed will play at No. 6 seed Northampton today at 3:45 p.m. Northampton defeated Pleasant Valley 4-0 at home back on Sept. 4.