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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.

BOYS SOCCER

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.

Monday, September 20, 2010
Mike Feifel/times news Samantha Klingel (left) and Stacy Wojy of Pleasant Valley finished 12th and 15th respectively.

One runner made a victorious Bulldog Invitational debut. Another capped three years of great performances at Northern Lehigh's annual cross country meet.

Pottsville freshman Paige Stoner won the girls varsity race in a course record time of 18 minutes and 14.4 seconds.

The boys race saw Exeter's Zach Greth win his third straight Bulldog title in 16:10 while leading the Eagles to a team title Saturday morning in Slatington.

Greth beat Easton's Bernard England (16:29.6) by a comfortable margin after taking a late lead.

Monday, September 20, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Douglas Saks (right) wraps up Angelo Perrucci of Wilson

WILSON - Stellar quarterback play has been part of Wilson's success over the past five years. Tyler Smith and DJ Lenehan guided the Warrors to three Colonial League titles and one state crown in that span, leaving big shoes to fill this season for first-year starter Chris Cooper.

The senior signal caller has stepped up to meet that challenge. He accounted for 299 of his team's 376 yards in a 25-6 win over Northwestern Saturday afternoon, running for 71 yards and throwing for 228 yards and a touchdown.

Monday, September 20, 2010

STATE COLLEGE – The way Penn State opened against Kent State at Beaver Stadium Saturday, it looked as if the Nittany Lions were in a hurry to put some distance between themselves and their loss at the hands of top-ranked Alabama the previous week.

The Lions jumped out to a quick 14-0 advantage against their Mid-American Conference foes and appeared ready to pull away.

PSU did eventually put some space between itself and the Golden Flashes, but it took a bit longer after that opening flurry.

Monday, September 20, 2010

September 20, 1986 Marian quarterback Erick Hackenberg runs for a 11-yard touchdown with 1:14 left in the game to rally his team to a 13-12 victory over Mahanoy Area. Hackenberg also has a good game through the air, completing 10-of-20 passes for 193 yards, including a 60-yard scoring toss to Dave Lewis. Jeff Davidock finishes the game with seven receptions for 113 yards and also intercepts a pass on defense. Other picks by the Colts come from Lewis and Tom McLaughlin.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The 2010 Mahanoy Area football squad did something Friday night at the Men of Marian Stadium in Hometown that few Golden Bear teams have done against the Colts - it won.

While the 35-12 victory was only Mahanoy's fifth in a 37-year series, it certainly came in convincing fashion by way of a first class trouncing of the Colts.

Wally Hall's upstart Bears racked up nearly 400 yards (398) of offense; scored on five of seven possessions; and held Marian to a mere 73 yards on the ground, 40 of which came in the fourth quarter after Hall pulled his starters.

Saturday, September 18, 2010
Steve Shinko/TIMES NEWS Marian's Corey Quick looks looks for running room as Mahanoy Area's Taylor Pecika (65) closes in from behind during Friday night football action at Marian.

The 2010 Mahanoy Area football squad did something Friday night at the Men of Marian Stadium in Hometown that few Golden Bear teams have done against the Colts - it won.

While the 35-12 victory was only Mahanoy's fifth in a 37-year series, it certainly came in convincing fashion by way of a first class trouncing of the Colts.

Wally Hall's upstart Bears racked up nearly 400 yards (398) of offense; scored on five of seven possessions; and held Marian to a mere 73 yards on the ground, 40 of which came in the fourth quarter after Hall pulled his starters.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Weatherly's volleyball team upped its record to 4-2 by rolling past West Side Tech.

VOLLEYBALL

Weatherly-West Side

Sarah Dolinsky had six kills, 11 digs and five aces to help Weatherly defeat West Side Tech 25-13, 25-4, 25-12.

Brittany Hinkle added five kills, nine digs and three aces to the Wrecker cause while Rachel Heister contributed 16 assists, five digs, two kills and four aces.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

When a writer has previously stated his closest political ties are to the Libertarian party and then pens a headline that proposes a new tax, there better be an explanation. Let me begin mine by posing a philosophical question.

What do you do when an important belief of yours proves to be ineffectual in a specific situation?