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Monday, November 1, 2010

Advanced ticket sales for the Palmerton at Northern Lehigh varsity football game on Friday, November 5th at 7:10pm in Bulldog Stadium can be purchased in the Northern Lehigh Main Office.

Tickets can be purchased Tuesday through Thursday from 7:00am to 3:00pm and Friday from 7:00am to 1:00pm. Ticket prices are $5/adult and $3/students & sr. citizens.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1, 2002 Walter Johnson catches seven passes for 103 yards and a touchdown to help Jim Thorpe gain an 18-7 victory over Lehighton. Johnson opens the scoring with an eight-yard scoring toss from Dan Flizack. Justin Young reaches the end zone on a four-yard TD run while Carl Storms also tallies by recovering a blocked punt by William Kunkel in the end zone. The winners, coached by Mark Rosenberger, also receive 125 yards rushing from Jason Figura.

Monday, November 1, 2010
Tamaqua, Panther Vy. eliminated

CATASAUQUA – It was a bad day for Schuylkill League teams in the pool play portion of the District 11 Class AA volleyball playoffs on Saturday.

All four teams from the league – including TIMES NEWS area representatives Tamaqua and Panther Valley – were eliminated as the eight-team field was cut in half.

Colonial League members Saucon Valley, Southern Lehigh and Notre Dame of Green Pond joined Lehigh Valley Conference representative Bethlehem Catholic in advancing to Tuesday's semifinal round.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

SWIFTWATER – Not only was the Old Oaken Bucket on the line Friday night, but it was also the 50th career meeting between Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain East.

The Bears retained the Bucket for the second straight year under head coach Jim Terwilliger by beating the Cardinals, 35-13 in Mountain Valley Conference play. Known as a passing team throughout this year, Pleasant Valley did it on the ground this weekend and ran for 253 yards and three touchdowns on its way to victory. It is the Bears 27th win over the Cardinals.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Spartans rip PV

The last thing the rest of the District 11 Class AA football field wants to see is North Schuylkill developing a new weapon.

The Spartans already possess an air-tight defense, a powerful inside running game, and several backs with breakaway speed.

North Schuylkill flexed all of those muscles in a 54-0 mercy-rule victory over Panther Valley on Friday night.

The Spartans also gave their passing attack a few reps and while it might not have looked ripped it certainly had some definition.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Alex Vignone breaks loose on one of his two touchdown runs as Pen Argyl's Mike Racciato gives chase.

If the game of football only consisted of two quarters, the Palmerton Blue Bombers would have a winning season right now.

Just as they have the past four weeks, the Bombers played their opponent (Pen Argyl) tough in the first half and actually had a 12-7 lead at intermission.

The Green Knights, however, one of the top four Class 2A teams in District 11, turned the game around with three third quarter TDs and Palmerton found itself on the short end of a 33-12 final score.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The G&G Express has picked up momentum for Tamaqua.

The tandem of senior running backs Grif Griffiths and Garth Lakitsky is plowing its way through opposing defenses, and it has turned the Blue Raiders' fortunes around.

Griffiths carried 19 times for 161 yards and three TDs, and fullback Lakitsky added 13 carries for 84 yards and a TD as Tamaqua pulled away from Minersville for a 29-7 Anthracite League triumph Friday night on Stadium Hill.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October 30, 1953 Duane Whetstone carries 10 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Tamaqua to a 33-7 win over Shenandoah. Whetstone scores on runs of seven and one yard. The Blue Raiders, who total 267 yards on the ground, also receive rushing TDs from Luther Miller (five yards), Andy Felsoci (one yard) and Percy Satoris (three yards). Satoris finishes with 59 yards rushing while Hood adds 52.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Penn State picked up a much-needed victory last week with its 33-21 win at Minnesota.

Granted, it was against the last place team in the Big Ten, but it provided a boost for the Nittany Lions, who improved to 4-3.

The question for the Lions this week is whether they can continue to build on that win with Michigan in Happy Valley tonight. Kickoff is at 8 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Notre Dame played its worst game in the short tenure of Brian Kelly being head coach and one of its worst games in many years last Saturday at the new Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Irish were so dominated by Navy that it was embarrassing to watch. ND was not prepared, did not play with any enthusiasm, were not tough and appeared indifferent to the game itself. That all falls on Kelly and his staff.