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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Running with the Olympians

Due to a $1.3 million dollar state aid budget cut in 2012, Panther Valley High School eliminated the golf team, the swimming team, and the cross country team.

They did not, however, eliminate one very motivated cross country runner.

Sophomore Delana Nalesnik wanted to run, but with no team to run for, her father, Bruce set out to find the way for her will.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 17, 1999 Matt Kosciolek carries 33 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead Panther Valley to a 39-0 victory over Jim Thorpe. Kosciolek opens the scoring with a 2-yard TD run and later reaches the end zone from 6 and 45 yards. The Panthers, coached by Rick Bennett, also receive scoring runs from Dan Blazosky (5 yards) and Scott Marek (12 yards) while Jake Canzoneri adds a 22-yard TD pass to Matt Davis. PV's defense limits Thorpe to just 13 yards rushing and forces four turnovers.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Grace Shanbn (right) moves the ball away from Palmerton's Kelly Westermann during Tuesday's non-league field hockey match at Lehighton. The Indians rallied for a 2-1 win.

Lehighton and Northern Lehigh wound up winners in field hockey action on Tuesday.

FIELD HOCKEY

Palmerton-Lehighton

Lehighton rallied for a 2-1 non-league victory over Palmerton.

After Trisha Billig got the Bombers on the board with a first-half goal, Lehighton's Allie Rossino answered back just 30 seconds later to knot the game at 1-1.

Emma Sawyer then scored the game-winning goal with 8:06 remaining in the game off an assist by Riley Durishin.

Lehighton (2-5) held a 16-10 advantage in shots and a 12-9 edge in corners.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Abby Stankiewitch (left) slams the ball back over the net as Panther Valley's Jamey Mikovich goes high in defense. Marian came away with a 3-0 victory winning all three games.

With all the drama of a major Schuylkill League - Division 2 volleyball matchup between unbeaten Marian and unbeaten Panther Valley, each team was looking to make an early season statement.

At the end of the night, it was the Fillies who made their mark, loud and clear. Marian swept the Panthers, 25 -12. 25 -12, and 25 -17 with a strong kill game at the net and at the back line with a solid service attack.

"Our strategy is always the same," said Marian coach John Fallabel. "Serve hard. Hit hard, Play defense hard."

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 16, 1967 Jim Thorpe uses a balanced rushing attack and an outstanding defensive effort to gain a 19-0 victory over Marian. The Olympians, coached by Angie Konstas, limit their opponent to minus-26 yards of offense. Mike Slivka, Joe Lazorick and Paul Simmons each gain at least 50 yards on the ground and score a touchdown. Lazorick's score, a three-yard run, is set up by his interception on defense. He also finishes with a team-high 59 yards rushing.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Jada Whiteman controls the ball as Tamaqua's Monika Shimko moves in from behind. The Lady Indians won the contest 7-1.

Lehighton and Jim Thorpe rolled to wins in Schuylkill League girls soccer action on Monday.

GIRLS SOCCER

Tamaqua-Lehighton

Rajah Quinones's hat trick helped spark Lehighton to a 7-1 Schuylkill League win over Tamaqua.

Morgan Yurasits added two other goals for the Indians, while Allison Andrew recorded a goal and an assist. Teammate Lauren Edsall finished with a single score.

Morgan Boyle scored the Blue Raiders' lone goal.

The Blue Raiders' keeper Carly Sassaman grabbed 22 saves, while her counterpart Julia Frey ended up with 10 saves.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference officially approved division names for sports throughout the conference last week.

Paying homage to the Lehigh Valley and District 11 landscapes and history, the three division names are prevalent throughout the entire conference, but apply in different terms for sports that have all 18 schools competing and those sports that only have a limited amount of participating sports.

Monday, September 15, 2014
Marian's Tina Capparell runs to a second place finish in the DeSales Invitational.

Despite Mother Nature's havoc on Saturday, several soccer games played out, as Lehighton and Pleasant Valley boys and the Northwestern, Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe girls soccer teams all prevailed in wins. Northern Lehigh also won in field hockey. Of all The Times News teams participating in the 35th Annual DeSales Centaur Invitational, two in particular stood out above the rest of the participants.

CROSS COUNTRY

DeSales Invitational

Monday, September 15, 2014
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Harry Hall (4) follows the block of Cam Richardson (9) for a nice gain against Pen Argyl.

If Cam Richardson were a race horse, he'd be known as a mudder. The Northwestern senior caught two touchdown passes and ran 80 yards for another score in the Tigers 45-6 win over Pen Argyl on Saturday.

The win pushed Northwestern to 3-0 on the season, leaving it tied with Palmerton on top of the Colonial League's West Division.

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15, 1949 Teddy Drigan scores three touchdowns and Nesquehoning's defense allows just 43 yards of offense in a 37-0 victory over Frackville. Drigan, who also adds an interception and fumble recovery on defense, reaches the end zone on short runs of 1, 1 and 2 yards. Tony Vignone adds to the scoring with a 39-yard TD run and a 35-yard return of an interception. The winners, coached by Tony Mezza, also receive an 8-yard tally from Tom Bretzik.