Thursday, November 26, 2015

Local Sports

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Indians improve to 10-0

The Lehighton football team hasn’t been used to going into the locker room at halftime without a big lead this season. On Friday night, Jim Thorpe gave the Indians everything they could handle, handing the Tribe some adversity in the first half, with the game being tied at 14-14 after two quarters.

Championship teams not only bounce back when faced with adversity, but they welcome it at times. The Indians showed that indeed they’re a championship team, shutting out the Olympians in the second half en-route to a 35-14 Anthracite Football League victory.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Northwestern cruises past Catty

Northwestern came into Friday night’s regular season finale without much to gain or lose. The Tigers had already locked up a spot in the District 11 Class AA playoffs and in doing all of the math that goes into power rankings, it appeared that they would be seeded second and guaranteed a home game no matter what happened against Catasauqua.

In a strange game, Northwestern picked up a 39-14 win over the Rough Riders to end their regular season at 8-2.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Skim one of the original newspaper articles and you might decide that there’s nothing tried and true in health and fitness, that every belief resulting from research is merely a hit-or-miss proposition.

Even if you take your time reading one of the articles, you still might decide that most health and fitness research creates speculations, not solutions.

But that closer reading would also support a belief of mine I’ve shared with you at least a dozen times.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS – Panther Valley didn’t know what to expect on the final regular season playing date with Anthracite League foe North Schuylkill

The Spartans ability to run or pass left the Panthers lurking in the dark.

With the all-time career passing and catching combo poised to make a lasting impression on Senior Night in Spartan Stadium, senior quarterback Bobby Grigas found his favorite 6-6 target Tevin Murry, also a senior, for 112 yards in receptions to help elevate the Spartans to a robust 46-13 victory.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Moyer, Raiders run over Colts

To say that Bud Moyer carried his team on his back last night during Tamaqua’s victory over Marian is probably an understatement.

He carried Marian defenders on his back too, on several runs while rushing for 143 yards on 34 totes of the rock, including 23 consecutive rushes to end the game. The senior running back also caught three passes for 32 yard which helped boost Tamaqua past long time AFL foe Marian, 31-21.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Bombers breeze

Midway through the 2015 regular season, all eyes were focused on the Northern Lehigh-Palmerton game as one that could very well have post-season implications.

Instead, the “Battle of the Blue Mountain” turned out to be one for bragging rights between the two schools.

The Bombers jumped out to an early lead and went on to beat the Bulldogs 41-14 to end the season at .500 with a 5-5 record. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, finished at 4-6.

Friday, November 6, 2015

November 6, 1970 - Gene Roberts scores two touchdowns to help Palmerton gain a 20-13 victory over Bangor. Roberts reaches the end zone on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and seals the win for the Blue Bombers with a 4-yard interception return for a TD with a minute left in the game. The winners, coached by Tom Wargo, also receive an 8-yard scoring run from Bennie Guedes, which is set up by Ken Kasick’s forced fumble and Tom Wentz’s recovery.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The final week of the regular season is here and you just have to wonder where the time went.

While a number of teams are still jockeying for postseason play, others will be looking to tuck that Week 10 win away until next fall where they’ll hope to build off it for a new year.

Rod Heckman is still the leader, with Patrick Matsinko a couple of games behind. A real battle could take form for third place where Brad Hurley, Andy Steinmetz, Justin Carlucci, Emmett McCall and yours truly are all aiming for that spot.

So let’s see where this week takes me:

Friday, November 6, 2015
Marian pulls out epic final

MINERSVILLE – There will be momentum swings throughout the course of any game.

Successful teams are able to harness the energy when they have it, and minimize its effects when they don’t.

In Thursday night’s District 11 Class A final, both Marian and Nativity had moments where it appeared either side could take control of the match with one sudden scoring burst.

With their fourth consecutive district championship on the line, the Fillies once again found a way to rise to the occasion.

Friday, November 6, 2015
Haaf leads Tigers to D-11 title

WHITEHALL — Northwestern’s one-goal lead seemed insurmountable. When the Tigers’ JD Haaf scored his second of the game with 12:01 left in the District 11 Class AA boys soccer final, it gave his team a cushion that all but shut the door on Salisbury.

The Tigers held on for a 2-0 win Thursday at Whitehall’s Zephyr Sports Complex for their first district title since 2004.

“That was huge,” said Northwestern head coach Nate Hunsicker. “That was our whole game plan, to get that first goal. And I think their game plan was to prevent it.