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Saturday, September 18, 2010

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - Jim Thorpe knew heading into its match-up with North Schuylkill that it would have its hands full. The highly-touted hosts came in with an unblemished record and hadn't given up a point in their first two games.

A 54-0 shutout of the Olympians Friday night made it three opponents in a row that haven't seen the end zone and they continued to dominate their schedule.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The inability to control Michigan's sensational quarterback Denard Robinson, the injury to Dayne Crist that kept him off the field for almost the entire first half, three key turnovers, and the defense allowing MIchigan to drive 72 yards in the final three plus minutes to get the winning score, led to Brian Kelly losing his first game at Notre Dame last week.

Crist and the Irish played well enough to win, and certainly the defense can't be blamed soley for the loss. After all, the defense held Michigan scoreless in the second half, except for that final drive.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A free Sportsmen's Health Fair will be held, Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Schuylkill YMCA, 520 N. Centre St., Pottsville.

"We've always wanted to host a health fair just for outdoorsmen knowing how popular hunting and fishing are in this area," Schuylkill Y executive director Wayne Stump said. "Sometimes a hunter will get so excited about getting their equipment ready, they forget about the physical challenges on their body."

Friday, September 17, 2010

Blue Ridge Communications has announced the launch of My Football Tracker in all of their digital Blue Ridge households.

With My Football Tracker, viewers can track up-to-the-minute stats of their favorite football team, individual NFL players as well as their fantasy rosters all with the push of a button on their digital remote. They can get up-to-the minute NFL scores, plus individual player and team weekly and year-to-date stats. It is aimed at football fans and fantasy football players.

Friday, September 17, 2010
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik (88) followers his blockers after taking a handoff. Kevin Dunn (4) is the Panthers' defender.

Lehighton head coach George Ebbert knew he had a lot of offensive weapons and wanted to test them out before the Indians ventured into Mountain Valley Conference play next week.

Panther Valley head coach Frank Damian knew the Indians would be tough to stop and watched his young Panthers give it a valiant effort for over a quarter.

Junior quarterback Josh Agosto masterminded a 23-point second quarter to give the Indians a big cushion and they wound up getting a 33-12 victory over the Panthers on Thursday night at LHS Stadium.

Friday, September 17, 2010

September 17, 1988 Jason Hlavac scores three touchdowns and Joe Fatzinger rushes for 129 yards to help lead Northwestern to a 31-7 Centennial League victory over rival Northern Lehigh. Hlavac catches a pair of scoring passes (of 24 and 28 yards) from John DiCataldo and also hits paydirt on a three-yard run. Hlavac also finishes the contest with 72 yards rushing. Fatzinger reaches the end zone on a six-yard run while DiCataldo adds a two-yard TD run.

Friday, September 17, 2010

For head coach John "Doc" Fallabel and the entire Marian volleyball program, it's been a long wait.

For seven Marian seniors, the weight has finally been lifted off their shoulders.

Last night in front of a raucous crowd in Hometown, the Fillies defeated Nativity in four games, 25-17, 28-26, 25-27 and 25-20. The win keeps Marian undefeated on the season (4-0) and sitting alone atop the Schuylkill League Division 4 standings.

Friday, September 17, 2010

There's something special about the Ryder Cup.

Maybe it's that it only comes along once every two years. Maybe it's the team format or match play that makes it more exciting.

Maybe it's that for one week some of the wealthiest athletes in the world are playing with no money on the line, just national pride. Or maybe it's because of all the times the US team has pulled victory out of the throes of defeat.

Friday, September 17, 2010
@Caption Stand Alone:BML team cops  District 7 title Blue Mountain League 9-year old and under tournament team finished as Cal Ripken District 7 champs and advanced to the state tournament. Players on the team are from Lehighton and Northern Lehigh School Districts. The team included, front row from left, Mike Patterson, Logan Pagotto, Mason Olewine, Scott Schaeffer, Preston Kemery, Justin Paul; second row, Luke Wanamaker, Shawn Cope, Tyler Lilly, Brandon Hess, Mason McGowen, Nathan Horn; third row, Manager Frank Bokan. Other coaches were Ken Patterson, Mike Hornand Shawn Patterson.

Blue Mountain League 9-year old and under tournament team finished as Cal Ripken District 7 champs and advanced to the state tournament. Players on the team are from Lehighton and Northern Lehigh School Districts.

The team included: First row Mike Patterson, Logan Pagotto, Mason Olewine, Scott Schaeffer, Preston Kemery, Justin Paul; Second row Luke Wanamaker, Shawn Cope, Tyler Lilly, Brandon Hess, Mason McGowen, Nathan Horn; Third row Manager Frank Bokan, Coach Ken Patterson and Mike Horn. Missing from the photo is Coach Shawn Patterson.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Krysta Hankee Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Sept. 25 at the White Birch Golf Course, 660 Tuscarora Park Road, Barnesville.

Krysta, daughter of Bill and Chris Hankee, of Germansville, collapsed while exercising in a gym in New York City in September of 2007 at the age of 22, and died a few days later. She loved her friends, family and community.

Krysta graduated from Northwestern Lehigh High School in 2003, where she excelled as a student and athlete.