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Friday, November 9, 2012

By ED HEDES

ehedes@tnonline.com

With the regular season put to bed, things get a little tougher here as we set sight on the post-season.

By the looks of the standings, the real battle is for second place where as many as seven or eight of our prognosticators have a shot at those honors.

Right now myself, Bob Ford and Mike Haines are all tied for that spot but it's anybody's guess who will sit there when the Grid Picks season winds down.

So with some interesting matchups upon us, let's roll the dice and see what comes up:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Jim Thorpe's outstanding season was rewarded with six First Team selections on the Schuylkill League Boys Division I Soccer All-Star team. The Olympians were represented with the league's highest honors by Corey Ligenza, Matt Rich, Mike Principe, Steve Principe, Shane Bliecher-Otto and Justin Kaminski.

The Olympians' mentor Tony Division followed suite by being named the league's Double A Coach of the Year.

A trio of Tamaqua players Anatoly Dermo, Justin Delp and Eric Hertzog also landed themselves positions on Division I's First Team.

Friday, November 9, 2012

John Hackash of Lansford was inducted into the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Athletic Hall of Fame on September 28 for his outstanding contributions on the athletic fields. Hackash is a 1963 graduate of the Print Shop/Graphic Arts program at Thaddeus Stevens.

His athletic accomplishments include being a three-year starter for the Stevens basketball team, during which he averaged 15 points per game and was the team's leading rebounder, serving also as a co-captain in '63. He also participated in the Track and Field team as a high hurdler and a 440-yard runner.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It seems like just yesterday area high school teams were sweating it out in the August heat, hitting the sled, and running 100-yard sprints to prepare themselves for the upcoming football season.

Well, in a blink of an eye the season has passed and now it's do or die time, it's time for the District 11 playoffs.

Thursday, November 8, 2012
brad hurley/times news Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik is congratulated by head coach Tom McCarroll for winning the TIMES NEWS Player of the Week award. Nalesnik carried 21 times for 156 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday in a 27-6 win over Jim Thorpe.

First year head coach Tom McCarroll and the Lehighton football team did not get off to the start they wanted.

The Indians lost their first four games of the year, but as they say in the sports world it's not how you start it's how you finish. The young Indians bunch finished well, winning two out of three to end the season. They upset District 11 AAAA qualifier East Stroudsburg South, lost a two-point heartbreaker to Pocono Mountain West, and then shut down Jim Thorpe's powerful offense to defeat the Olympians last week by 21 points.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

November 8, 2002 Chris Haffner carries 15 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns to help Pleasant Valley roll to a 31-13 Mountain Valley Conference win over East Stroudsburg North. The victory allows the Bears, coached by Neal Dangello, to gain a share of the MVC title. Haffner reaches the end zone on runs of 4 and 19 yards as the PV rushing attack gains 366 yards. Marlon Pitts picks up 137 yards on 16 attempts, one of them a 74-yard scoring run. Mike Economy adds 77 yards on the ground, including a five-yard TD run.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's not too often that a high school football team gets a second chance at something.

Considering the high school schedule is just ten games long, and three of the four District 11 classes only select four schools for the playoffs, there is a high probability that two teams will not get to play each other a second time – let alone in consecutive weeks.

However, whether it be destiny or coincidence, that is exactly what the Pleasant Valley Bears will get this weekend.

A second chance.

Thursday, November 8, 2012
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One senior Lady Panther was recently honored during the Panther Valley High School girls' volleyball team senior banquet, held at Macaluso's in Nesquehoning. The senior, Kristyn Gates, second from left; is pictured with head coach Nancy Filer, left; and her parents Cori and John Gates.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

When a team or player plays a bad game against a team, they usually have to wait a whole year to make amends.

Two weeks ago, Northern Lehigh turned the ball over five times in a 40-7 loss to Catasauqua. If the loss wasn't bad enough, the win by the Rough Riders clinched the 2012 Colonial League championship.

This Friday night, the Bulldogs return to the scene of the crime and take on the Rough Riders in a District 11 Class 2A semifinal.

And they can't wait.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November 7, 1987 Joe Fatzinger and Jason Hlavac both rush for over 100 yards to help lead Northwestern to a 28-0 Centennial League win over Palmerton. Fatzinger carries 26 times for 166 yards and a touchdown while Hlavac gains 104 yards and two scores on 12 attempts. The Tigers, coached by Bob Mitchell, also receive a five-yard TD pass from Lance Miller to Steve Loch. Hlavac, who reaches the end zone on runs of 55 and six yards, also intercepts a pass on defense.