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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
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WILKES-BARRE Bianca Chairge's first attempt at a direct kick from 35 yards out clanked off the crossbar, inches from sneaking into the top of the goal.

When the Scranton Prep midfielder a second chance at the same kick less than two minutes later, she hit it perfectly. The ball sailed just over the hand of Northwestern keeper Laura Hill and just under the crossbar with 10:39 left in the first half. The Classics would go on to score two more goals for a 3-0 win in the PIAA Class AA first round girls soccer game.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Emily Pilla (right) hits the ball back over the net as teammate Lauren Nietz backs her up. The Fillies defeated unbeaten Dunmore to advance in PIAA Class A Tournament action.

Marian's Marykate Sherkness waited four years to play in the PIAA state volleyball tournament.

Tuesday night, Sherkness made sure her first trip to states wasn't going to be a short one.

Behind their hard-hitting senior, the Fillies overwhelmed previously unbeaten Dunmore in the opening round of the Class A tournament, 25-8, 25-10, 25-15.