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Friday, November 2, 2012

With the regular season winding down, we waited until Week No. 9 to gamble a little bit and all three of the tossups that we went out on a limb on lost.

Needless to say, Jason Boris, who studies the games more than anyone on the circuit, pulled out all of the close contests and had a 14-1 week last week.

Now, it's time to get down to the nitty gritty.

Friday, November 2, 2012
Powerful So. Lehigh eliminates Bears

After his team's quarterfinal victory on Saturday, Pleasant Valley head coach John Gesiskie said that hadn't seen Southern Lehigh but had heard they were quite a force.

On Thursday, Gesiskie got to see first-hand exactly how much of a force the Spartans were.

Southern Lehigh, the district's No. 3 seed, dispatched of No. 2 Pleasant Valley rather easily in its District 11 AAA semifinal volleyball game, winning 25-11, 25-13, 25-16. The Spartans will play Parkland in the final on Saturday.

Friday, November 2, 2012
Nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Sarah Segan (9) goes up to head the ball between a pair of Palisades defenders.

WHITEHALL Palisades' defensive scheme was a sign of the respect the Pirates have for Northwestern's offensive firepower.

But it wasn't enough to keep the Tigers off the board. After 69 scoreless minutes of soccer, Sabrina Mertz knocked in the game's only goal to send Northwestern to the District 11 Class AA girls soccer title game with a 1-0 semifinal win over Palisades.

"Palisades is a really good team," said Mertz. "They always give us a tough match. We didn't have many opportunities today so we needed to finish the ones we got. Luckily we did that and we got the win."

Friday, November 2, 2012

With this year's World Series coming to a conclusion on Sunday, I decided now would be a prime opportunity for me to share a piece of poetry I found stashed in my old high school yearbook.

It was nearly 20 years ago that Matt Wentz and I were presented with the assignment by Dr. Gilligan in his Creative Writing class to write an English Ode poem.

So, with us both being die-hard Phillies' fans and the Phillies making the postseason for the first time in 10 years back in 1993, we thought we would have a little fun with one of our other teachers that year.

Friday, November 2, 2012

November 2, 2001 Derek Bailey carries 17 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns to help Northwestern roll to a 33-6 Colonial League win over Catasauqua. After the Rough Riders score first, Bailey reaches the end zone on runs of 7, 38 and 9 yards. The Tigers, coached by Bob Mitchell, also receive 121 yards rushing and a touchdown from Ray Keshel while Austin Bleam chips in with a TD run. Northwestern's defense intercepts four passes in the contest, including two by Brandon Reith.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lehighton at Jim Thorpe

WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Lehighton 2-7 (2-6 Mountain Valley Conference); Jim Thorpe 1-8 (1-7 Anthracite Football League)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Pocono Mountain West def. Lehighton 16-14; Marian def. Jim Thorpe 42-6

LEHIGHTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB/WR Jacen Nalesnik (21-33-245 pass, 125-572-7TD rush, 30-309-3TD rec**), RB Wyatt Clements (33-151-TD rush**), WR Nick Newton (12-143 rec**)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 1, 1980 Mike Tracy runs for three touchdowns and Pete Bumbulsky adds two in helping Marian cruise to a 39-14 win over Cardinal Brennan. The victory allows the Colts, coached by Stan Dick, to claim the Division B III Eastern Conference championship. Tracy finishes with 138 yards rushing on 18 carries, including his TD runs of 56, six and five yards. Bumbulsky reaches the end zone on runs of three and five yards and ends the contest with 117 yards on the ground. Marian also receives a six-yard TD pass from Cas Kosciolek to Jim Connelly.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It took seven weeks for the undefeated Tamaqua Raiders (9-0) to receive a TIMES NEWS Player of the Week award when Dalton Nunemacher earned the honor two weeks ago.

Well, the old adage good things come to those who wait is something the Raiders should pay attention to.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's hard to think about this year's Pleasant Valley-Stroudsburg football game and not flash back to two years ago.

Unfortunately for the Bears and head coach Jim Terwilliger, it is probably a night they wish they could forget.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's safe to say that come Saturday the towns of Tamaqua and Hometown will most likely look like they've been abandoned.

That's because most of the town folk will all be in attendance at Men of Marian Stadium to witness one of the biggest clashes of all-time in the Marian and Tamaqua rivalry.

The Raiders are coming into the newly renovated Men of Marian Stadium on top of the Anthracite Football League standings and undefeated as well sitting at 9-0.