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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pleasant Valley picked up wins in boys soccer and girls volleyball, while Northern Lehigh grabbed a field hockey win in scholastic action on Friday.

FIELD HOCKEY

Northwestern-No. Lehigh

Northern Lehigh knocked off Northwestern in a Colonial League field hockey battle, 4-1.

The Bulldogs' four goals were scored by Alicia Bowers, Lauren Zellner, Rachel Wagner and Casey Gavalla. They improve to 1-2 (1-1) on the year.

The Tigers' lone goal came off the foot of Paige Horner.

Bangor-Palmerton

Saturday, September 11, 2010

READING – Another Friday night, another gold medal performance from the Olympians.

After opening some eyes last week with an 18-13 victory over Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe legitimized itself atop the winner's podium again last night with a convincing 34-7 nonleague victory over Reading Central Catholic.

The win moves the Olympians to 2-0 on the season and sets up a huge Anthracite Football League showdown with undefeated (and unscored upon) North Schuylkill next week in Fountain Springs.

Friday, September 10, 2010

By EMMETT MCCALL

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's new enrollment classifications will be in effect for the fall sports season. The PIAA updates its enrollment figures and classification guidelines every two years and this year six of the 47 teams that have football programs in District 11 have changed classes. Enrollment for football is based on the male students in grades 9-11

There was a definite downward trend in the district as five of the six schools that switched classes dropped down while just one moved up a class.

Friday, September 10, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Mitch Franko (8) dribbles past Blue Mountain's Caleb Berg during Thursday's Schuylkill League contest.

Marian picked up victories in volleyball and golf while Northwestern had a standout day in golf and cross country to highlight Thursday's scholastic sports card.

BOYS SOCCER

Tamaqua-No. Schuy.

Tamaqua scored twice in each half to score a 4-1 Schuylkill League victory over North Schuylkill.

Eric Bachert and Gonalo Cascante had two goals apiece for the Blue Raiders.

Justin Delp and Jeff Pearson were credited with the assists.

The Blue Raiders' keeper Caleb Leibenguth grabbed seven saves.

Blue Mt.-Jim Thorpe

Friday, September 10, 2010

Turn LEFT onto US-209

Turn LEFT over BRIDGE /US-209 Continue to follow US-209 N

Take the I-476 ramp toward PENNA TURNPIKE

Merge onto I-476 S via the ramp on the LEFT toward ALLENTOWN (Portions toll). /18.5 mile

Merge onto US-22 W via EXIT 56 toward I-78 W/HARRISBURG /3.7mile

Merge onto PA-100 S via EXIT 49A toward TREXLERTOWN /1.9mile

Merge onto US-222 S toward MACUNGIE/READING /14.5mile

Turn LEFT onto MOSELEM SPRINGS RD/PA-662. Continue to follow PA-662. /2.5mile

Turn RIGHT onto W MAIN ST/PA-662 / 0.1mile

Friday, September 10, 2010

All you have to do is look to the right of the Grid Picks above this column to see how the first week went for yours truly.

A 9-6 record wasn't the start that I actually wanted and I'll make no excuses. One of the answers just may be when I saw that the other two full-time members of the staff, Emmett McCall and Rod Heckman are right next to me with five wrong.

Friday, September 10, 2010

September 10, 1976 Frank Inama leads a potent running game to help Tamaqua gain a 31-12 victory over Minersville. Inama carries 22 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns, as the Raiders pile up 316 yards on the ground. Inama scores on runs of 25, 19 and three yards. The winners also recieve a 33-yard TD run from Wayne Schickram, who finishes the contest with 89 yards, while Ken Bower catches a two-yard scoring pass from Bob Clemson.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's only the second week of the high school football season and there is already "big game" fever at Northern Lehigh.

The Bulldogs, coming off a 42-0 win over Notre Dame in their opener, will get a real test this Saturday (1:30 p.m.) when they travel to Wilson to take on the defending Colonial League champions. Wilson opened up with a 28-6 victory over Palmerton.

Even though it's early in the season, there is no doubt that the outcome of this game could play a big part in who is in contention for the league crown eight weeks from now.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lehighton at Tamaqua

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records: Lehighton 0-1 (0-0 Mountain Valley Conference), Tamaqua 0-1 (0-0 Anthracite League)

Lehighton's offense needs to ... Continue to operate out of the spread offense that racked up 392 yards of total offense against Marian, but finish off drives with points.

Lehighton's defense needs to ... Contain Tamaqua's backfield tandem of Grif Griffiths and Jarred Muffley. Both are capable of breaking long runs, and the Indians' defense was susceptible to big plays during the opener.

Thursday, September 9, 2010
steve shinko/times news Tamaqua's Lauren Mateyak (8) takes a shot as Jim Thorpe's Jennifer Rusbarsky (9) moves in to defend during Wednesday's soccer game.

Tamaqua posted victories in girls soccer, tennis and golf to highlight Wednesday scholastic sports action.

GIRLS SOCCER

Jim Thorpe-Tamaqua

Tamaqua (4-0, 1-0) remained perfect on the young season with a 7-0 win over Schuylkill League foe Jim Thorpe.

The Raiders' Ali Updike scored two first-half goals with teammates Kayla Hope and Lauren Mateyak each adding one for a 4-0 halftime lead. Hope also had three assists.

Mateyak added another in the second half to along with goals from Kailee Rottet and Rachel Confer.