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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Kelsey Burkett goes high to set up a teammate as Panther Valley's Celene Yelito waits on the defense.

It's not always how a team starts a game that may lead them to victory.

Sometimes what matters most is the way the team ends the game.

In a Schuylkill Division cross-over girls' volleyball match between Tamaqua and Panther Valley, it was the latter that helped the Tamaqua girls capture a 25-21, 25-17, 25-20 league win in straight sets.

It was an unusual turn of events for the Blue Raiders, but senior Stacey Wallace was glad to see her and her teammates put together a strong finish.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Courtesy of Jordon Flexer of Flexer Photography The Marian student body was all behind the Fillies volleyball team in its rivalry match against Pottsville Nativity.

What are the greatest rivalries in sports?

Lakers-Celtics? Yankees-Red Sox? Duke-North Carolina?

You can make an argument for any of those.

But when it comes to local high school volleyball, there is no argument.

Marian vs. Pottsville Nativity begins and ends the discussion. As a matter of fact, when you consider the competitiveness and the importance of the matches throughtout the last two decades, you can easily make a case that it's the top rivalry among area high schools in any sport.

It really is that big!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 22, 1967 Jim Thorpe receives touchdowns from seven different players and cruises to a 46-0 win over host Pleasant Valley. Steve Susko scores on a four-yard run and also tosses a 57-yard TD pass to Richie Kelowitz. Dan Skrimcovsky intercepts a pass and returns it 35 yards for another score. The Olympians, coached by Angie Konstas, also receive TD runs from Mike Slivka, Joe Lazorick, Walt Schlenner and Paul Simmons.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Jim Freed

The Tamaqua Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its 15th class on Friday, Sept. 24, prior to the kick-off of the Blue Raiders' home football game with Mahanoy Area at Tamaqua Area Sports Stadium.

This year's inductees include the late Howard Walker (a member of the THS Class of 1923); the late Sidney "Soup" McMichael (1929); Wayne Truskey (1967); Trevor Steigerwalt (1991); Joelle Evanousky LeMasters (2000); Matt Benza (2001); and two coaches, the late Jim Freed and Eric Zerbe.

Howard Walker

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Dave Magyar crossed the tape with a time of 20:15 as the top local finisher.

The Pleasant Valley girls and the Stroudsburg boys came away with Mountain Valley Conference victories.



-Pleasant Valley

Seven Lady Bears finished in the "top 10" to lead Pleasant Valley to the 22-37 victory. Sam Klingel placed second (20:38) for the Bears, finishing 23 seconds behind Stroudsburg's Kiana Tucker (20:15).

In the boys race, Stroudsburg posted a 23-35 victory behind Mark Pfaeffle's winning time of 17:12. Pleasant Valley's Dan Rose finished in second place with a time of 17:30.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Alex Mansour of Pleasant Valley moves in front of Lehighton's Nick Kern as the two try to take possession of the ball during Monday's Mountain Valley Conference soccer match. The Bears won, 8-1. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Marian repeated as Schuylkill League Division II golf champs finishing with an unblemished 14-0 record with three wins on Monday.


Marian-Mahanoy Area-Nativity-Williams Vy.

The Colts knocked off Mahanoy Area by 67 strokes, Nativity by 10 strokes and Williams Valley by 20 strokes to earn the accomplish for the second year in a row.

All four of the Colts scored in the 80's. Josh Green carded medalist honors with a match-low 80.

MARIAN (338)

Josh Green 80, Brandon Dopira 83, Mark Postupack 86, Chris Postupack 89


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September 21, 1951 - Francis Deem scored three touchdowns and the Tamaqua Blue Raiders ran roughshod over Blythe Township for their third straight Eastern Conference Southern Division win. Deem scored his first touchdown on a two-yard run and ran 33 yards for his second TD. Deem took a lateral on the Blythe eight from Jack Burcin, who caught a pass from Norm McLaughlin and ran in for his third touchdown. Bob Moyer scored the opening touchdown on the second play of the game and Gene Kunkle ran five yards into the end zone for the last TD.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
@Caption Stand Alone:Third annual Trout Creek Trot winners Winners for the Third Annual Trout Creek Trot held recently in Slatington are from left, Sean McMenamin (1st place, male); Kyle George (2nd place, male); Jarett White (3rd place, male); Christine Vlossak (1st place, female); Corina Heffelfinger (2nd place, female); Lisa Georgis (3rd place, female). Not pictured are age group winners: Alex Hoffner and Lizzie Berdahl (14 and under); Michael Hoffman and Rachel Cook (15-19); Jesse Weiner and Kelly Owens (20-29); John Guth and Sara Nansteel (30-39); Len Mellon and Cindy Evans (40-49); David Horvath and Felicia Moore (50-59); Gary Dobias and Marie O'Donnell (60 and over).

Winners for the Third Annual Trout Creek Trot held recently in Slatington are from left, Sean McMenamin (1st place, male); Kyle George (2nd place, male); Jarett White (3rd place, male); Christine Vlossak (1st place, female); Corina Heffelfinger (2nd place, female); Lisa Georgis (3rd place, female).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
bob ford/times news Sarah Keer of Lehighton pushes the ball up the field as Pleasant Valley's Allison Heckman defends. The Indians won the game, 1-0.

It didn't take the Lehighton field hockey team long to get the jump on Pleasant Valley.

But it took until the final seconds before that lead finally was secure.

The Indians grabbed the lead just a minute and twenty seconds into Monday afternoon's Mountain Valley Conference showdown. They then successfully defended a Pleasant Valley penalty corner as time expired to post a 1-0 victory.

Monday, September 20, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante heads the ball away from Jim Thorpe's Caleb Heller during Saturday's 5-1 Blue Raiders win.

Tamaqua and Pleasant Valley recorded boys soccer victories on Saturday.


Tamaqua-Jim Thorpe

Tamaqua rolled to a 5-1 Schylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.

The victors blew things open in the first half, building a 3-0 lead off two goals by Gonzalo Cascante and one by Jacob Fegley.

In the second half, Cascante added another for the hat trick, while teammate Cesar Picone scored unassisted.

Jim Thorpe avoided the shutout when James Denny found Corey Ligenza for a goal.