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Thursday, October 21, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bangor's Matt Cameron (left) kicks the ball as Northwestern's Trevor Lear moves in to try and take it away.

SALISBURY - Northwestern stayed within striking distance making Bangor (14-2-2) more nervous as their Colonial League boys soccer semifinal moved along.

With 12:08 left in regulation, the Slaters' Andrew Dent, a junior midfielder, was able to blast a shot past Tiger goalie Talon Williams and that was all they needed for a 1-0 victory that moved them into Saturday's championship game.

The No. 2 seeded Slaters will face top-seeded Southern Lehigh, a 2-1 overtime winner over Moravian Academy at 1 p.m. back at Salisbury.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

It is amazing how much things can change in four years.

If someone would have told Jim Terwilliger in 2007 that he would be leading a 6-1 Pleasant Valley football team into battle with East Stroudsburg South this weekend for the inside track to the Mountain Valley Conference championship, he wouldn't have believed it. In fact, he might have told you to see a doctor.

However, due to a string of events, that is exactly what will happen this Friday in Brodheadsville.

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Northern Lehigh senior linebacker/fullback Matt Gill is congratulated by head coach Joe Tout after receiving the TIMES NEWS Football Player of The Week award. Gill topped the Bulldogs in tackles with 10 in leading his team to a shutout win over rival Northwestern. He also was the lead blocker for Cody Remaley, who gained 175 yards on 38 carries. For good measure, he added a touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Matt Gill was hoping he could help keep the tradition alive.

After Friday night's effort - mission accomplished.

Ever since he's been in fifth grade, Northern Lehigh has always defeated rival Northwestern on the football field.

Thanks to Gill and a stingy defense, the Bulldogs not only kept the tradition going but they did it in convincing fashion with a shutout.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Tamaqua Area School District has responded to a statement from Panther Valley head football coach Frank Damian regarding his voluntarily removal from the sidelines for Friday night's Anthracite Football League game at Tamaqua.

Damian told THE TIMES NEWS Tuesday morning in a statement that "I am voluntarily taking myself out of Friday's game against Tamaqua. For the safety of my players, my family, and for the integrity of the game of football, I will not be coaching."

The Panther Valley assistant coaches will be handling the team for the game without Damian.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Patrick Deutsch/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's jeremy Curatola dribbles the ball away from East Stroudsburg North's Michael Lioret during the MVC semifinals on Tuesday.

Even though Pleasant Valley's boys' soccer team entered the Mountain Valley Conference league semifinals with a perfect 12-0 record and beat their opponent twice already this season, head coach Chris Pachuta knew that this was by no means going to be easy.

"(East Stroudsburg North's) defense is highly experienced," Pachuta related. "I mean, that's a team that we lost to twice last year and they have talent. They work well together."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

BETHLEHEM - The Pleasant Valley girls' youth movement came through when it needed it the most.

The Lady Bears' cross country team, which consists mainly of underclassmen, continued its great 2010 run at the Mountain Valley Conference cross country championships Tuesday afternoon. The Bears ended their undefeated conference campaign appropriately by capturing their first MVC title since 2006.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Nancy Scholz/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton junior Ben Andrews shot a 4-over par 76 and earned a spot in next week's PIAA state championship.

FLEETWOOD – Some argue that putting accounts for as much as 50 percent of a player's golf game.

If that's true, then Ben Andrews' putter got him half way to this year's PIAA State Golf Championships.

The Palmerton junior rode a hot putter and solid overall game at Monday's PIAA East Regional to shoot a 4-over par 76 and earn a spot in next week's state championship.

"That's been the No. 1 goal since the beginning of the season," Andrews said.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Panther Valley's victory to clinch a District 11 volleyball playoff berth highlighted Tuesday scholastic sports action.

VOLLEYBALL

Upper Dauphin-Panther Vy.

Panther Valley clinched a berth in the District 11 Class AA Volleyball Tournament with a 25-23, 25-20, 25-9 Schuylkill League sweep of Upper Dauphin.

The Panthers improved to 8-7 overall and 6-6 in league play with just one regular season match remaining.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 20, 1979 Mike Tracy carries 25 times for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Marian gains a 20-6 Homecoming Day victory over West Hazleton. Tracy reaches the end zone on runs of 57 and 21 yards and tops 1,000 yards on the season with his big game. The Colts, coached by Stan Dick, also receive a one-yard TD plunge from Kory Bates.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Over the weekend, Cathy McCullough received a quick glimpse of the past. She then received an up-close and personal view of the present state of the Northwestern field hockey program.

The opportunity for the legendary Tigers field hockey coach all came about as current players, their coaching staff, their parents and the Northwestern High School Athletic Department took it upon themselves to honor the 20th anniversary of the 1990 PIAA 2A State Championship team which McCullough coached.