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Friday, October 22, 2010

Seven weeks down, three to go to the 2010 regular season so it would be nice to make a push towards the middle half of the standings in our Grid Picks before the playoffs start.

It was tough to make a move last week since it turned out to be a rather easy one with Jason Boris, Shawn McFarland and Mike Haines all posting 15-0 weeks. I'm not sure who was responsible for picking the games last week, but the out of area matchups didn't need much research.

Hopefully this week brings some tougher matchups so I could gamble on one or two to break further away from the basement.

Friday, October 22, 2010

This is the time of the year that every sports fan lives for.

On the local level, high school football is winding down to the point where teams are battling for playoff positions. Soccer, field hockey, girls volleyball playoffs have just about been penciled in.

Golf season is nearing its end and district cross country meets are lined up for next week.

Friday, October 22, 2010
Lady Tigers finish third

CENTER VALLEY – Despite graduating a large number of seniors, Northwestern remained one of the top girls cross country teams in the Colonial League.

A year after winning the league title, Northwestern took third place this season with just one of last year's top five runners scoring at this year's league meet.

Led by medal winners Haley Yost (fifth) and Emma Kemmerer (eighth), the Lady Tigers finished behind Saucon Valley and Notre Dame (Green Pond).

Friday, October 22, 2010
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Jordyn Homyak (8) heads up field with the ball as Stroudsburg's Taylor Secor (left) chases from behind.

EAST STROUDSBURG – Both regular season field hockey games between Stroudsburg and Lehighton were decided by a single goal.

So, it was only fitting that the Mountain Valley Conference championship game between the two teams was determined by the same margin.

Friday, October 22, 2010
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's James Patterson attemps to knock the ball past Martin Dieppa of Pocono Mountain East during Thursday's Mountain Valley Conference championship game.

EAST STROUDSBURG - It was not how they wanted their senior season to end.

Coming into this season, it had been three years since the Pleasant Valley boys' soccer team had won a Mountain Valley Conference title. That meant this year's group of seniors were the only group since 2000 to not win a conference crown.

The Bears had to be feeling good about their chances in Thursday night's MVC championship game since they were undefeated in conference play. However, with one kick of the ball, their run was cut abruptly short.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Held at Tuscarora State Park

BOYS

Team Legend and Scoring

1. Pottsville (Pot) 51, 2. Blue Mountain (BM) 59, 3. Jim Thorpe (JT) 114, 4. North Schuylkill (NS) 127, 5. Schuylkill Haven (SH) 136, 6. Mahanoy Area (MA) 196, 7. Weatherly (Wea) 207, 8. Tamaqua (Tam) 207, 9. Pine Grove (PG) 240, 10. Marian (Mar) 256, 11. Minersville (Min) 261, 12. Shenandoah Valley (SV) 273, 13. Nativity (Nat) 351, 14. Panther Valley (PV) 351.

Top 20 Finishers

Thursday, October 21, 2010

PINE GROVE – Last night's Schuylkill League boys soccer semifinal between Tamaqua and Halifax defied all odds, as the Wildcats posted a 1-0 upset victory over the Blue Raiders (13-6).

Very seldom do you see a small-school team beat a Division 1 team this time of year. In fact, it's happened only twice in 14 games since the semifinal format was introduced to the Schuylkill League playoffs in 2004. Ironically, Tamaqua suffered both of those setbacks, as last night's loss followed a 2005 defeat to Schuylkill Haven (in an overtime shootout).

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Photos by BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Amber Carroll

Tamaqua's girls learned a valuable lesson during the Schuylkill League Cross Country Championships.

It is this: when the chip is down, pick it up and keep going.

Led by Amber Carroll's second place finish, the Lady Raiders were able to edge Blue Mountain for their first Schuylkill All-League Meet title since 2004.

The Schuylkill Meet returned to Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville after a one-year absence, and race conditions were ideal Wednesday on the 3.1 mile course, with sunny skies and warm, 60 degree temperatures, not to mention the flaming fall foliage.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jim Thorpe at Schuylkill Haven

Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS ... Jim Thorpe (6-1 overall, 5-1 Anthracite Football League); Schuylkill Haven (5-2 overall, 4-2 Anthracite Football League)

JIM THORPE'S OFFENSE NEED TO ... untilize its team speed on the turf at Schuylkill Haven's Rotary Field. The Olympians have several skill people, including quarterback Terry Moll, running back Shane Edwards and wide reciever PJ Johnson, who possess excellent speed and should benefit from the artificial field.

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tamaqua harriers win Schuylkill titles

JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area High School girls cross country team won the Schuylkill League Division I and All-League Meet championships this season. Team members include, front from left, Schuyler Schmidt, Jessica Leiby, Amber Carroll, Colleen Rorke, Cecily Kohlmeier and Melody Kelly. Back row, Alesia Casler, Kayla Kerstetter, Emily Bumbulsky, Dana Ansbach, Paige Kosica and Juliana Lesniak.