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Monday, September 26, 2011
rich george/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Alex Vignone runs away from a Saucon Valley defender.

Palmerton had trouble finding it's offense.

Saucon Valley didn't have much offense either, but the Panthers found just enough to spoil the Blue Bombers' Homecoming Game by winning their first game of the season, 21-0, on Saturday afternoon.

"We didn't come out to play," said Palmerton head coach Chris Walkowiak. Give Saucon Valley credit. They took it to us from the start. We had a very slow start and from there it was all downhill."

Monday, September 26, 2011

Panther Valley School Board on Thursday set ticket prices for games and hired coaches.

The board hired baseball coaches John Cooper at $3,250; Jimmy Kravelk at $2,175; Phil Shelton Jr. at $1,700, and Jeff Szczecina, Robert Fritzinger, Matt Davis and Kyle Krajnak as volunteer coaches.

Track and filed coaches included Francis O'Gorman at $2,600; Michele Markovich at $1,500; Jason Harrison at $1,400, and Fenton Black as a volunteer.

It also hired Ryan Fritzinger as a volunteer football coach and Amber Vachon as a volunteer cheerleading coach.

Monday, September 26, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Marian's Paul Martin is wrapped up by Dashon Russell (4) of Pius X.

ROSETO – Quarterbacks often run and throw for a lot of yards in high school football games. But what AJ Long did Saturday in a 45-13 win over Marian can't even be measured by the stellar numbers the sophomore put up Saturday on his home field.

Long completed 13 of 20 passes without an interception. He racked up 251 passing yards while throwing for two touchdowns. And he ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns. A few of his incomplete passes were well-thrown balls that receivers could not come up with.

Monday, September 26, 2011
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Kyle Ferryman (24) leaves his feet to intercept a pass intended for Jim Thorpe's PJ Johnson. The Panthers' MikeWeaver (10) is also defending on the play.

Panther Valley's gameplan was a simple one.

Unfortuntaley for visiting Jim Thorpe, it wasn't simple to stop.

With a decided advantage in the trenches, the Panthers used a solid ground attack Saturday night to earn a hard-fought 21-6 Anthracite Football League victory.

"Our staff put together a great gameplan and our kids executed it," said Lon Hazlet, who earned his first win as Panther Valley head coach. "I think we won the battle up front and that's the first time this year we've been more physical with somebody in the trenches.

Monday, September 26, 2011

STATE COLLEGE - After a quarter of play against Eastern Michigan, Penn State only accounted for a mere 63 yards of total offense 27 on the ground, 36 through the air.

With his Nittany Lions holding only a three-point lead, Joe Paterno knew it was time for a change in the game plan.

"They [Eastern Michigan] took the run away from us," Paterno said. "We got back into the ball game with the idea that we were going to have to beat an eight-man front the rest of the day and we're going to have to get the ball down field."

Monday, September 26, 2011

September 26, 1981 Mark Coury carries 12 times for 72 yards and a pair of short touchdown runs to help Marian roll to a 40-7 win over Palmerton. Coury reaches the end zone on gains of one and two yards. Bruce Svetz adds an eight-yard scoring run and also tosses a 52-yard TD pass to Angelo Martin. The Colts, coached by Stan Dick, also receive scoring runs from Tony Papay and Bernie Shimkus and a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown by Don Oakes.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Palmerton Area School Board on Tuesday approved the following extra-curricular matters:

- Accepted the resignation of Ralph Andrews as Assistant Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Coach, effective immediately.

- Approved, on an 8-1 vote, Steve Hicks as Assistant Girls' Basketball Coach for the 2011-2012 school year at the negotiated contracted pay rate of $3,863. Director Stuart Henrtizy was opposed.

Saturday, September 24, 2011
PV defense makes stand

Pleasant Valley's defense picked the perfect time to make a stand.

After three weeks of struggles, the Bears' "D" rose to the occasion on Friday night against Lehighton.

With its high-powered offense unable to to generate any points, Pleasant Valley needed that kind of defensive effort to escape with a 7-6 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton.

The Bears entered the game having allowed an average of over 48 points a game this season. Obviously, any help they could get on the defensive side of the ball would be appreciated.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

When Pennsylvania's statewide archery deer season opens Saturday, Oct. 1, a lot of hunters will find themselves up a tree.

Outdoors television programs, newspaper features and magazine articles have created a subculture of bowhunters who would no sooner think of hunting whitetail deer from anything other than a treestand than they would of hunting in anything other than the latest in camouflage clothing.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

September 24, 2004 Josh Zukus scores three touchdowns to help Tamaqua gain a 24-19 victory over Mahanoy Area. Zukus, who carries 18 times for 94 yards, reaches the end zone on short runs of one and two yards and also returns a punt 80 yards for a score. Bruce Krell adds a 33-yard field goal while Ryan Stahler records 13 tackles on defense. The win is head coach Rick Bennett's first as a Blue Raider.