Sunday, November 29, 2015

Local Sports

Friday, November 6, 2015
NW steps up, fills in on ‘D’

WHITEHALL — Northwestern head coach Nate Hunsicker had reason to be concerned entering what was the fourth game his team would play against Salisbury this season.

Magnifying those concerns was the fact that this one was for the District 11 Class AA championship and a berth in the PIAA State Tournament.

The Tigers, now 22-1 on the year, suffered their lone loss to the Falcons during the regular season.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

In the words of the late baseball legend Yogi Berra, it’s deja vu all over again for the Pleasant Valley football team.

In each of the past two seasons, the Bears have started 0-3, before turning things around to win six straight games and put themselves in District 11 Class AAAA playoff contention.

But that’s where Pleasant Valley coach Dave Pacchioni is hoping the similarities end.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Balance in the game of football is a key attribute that can help a team win a big game, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The ability to attack defenses with equal success in both the running and passing game provides an advantage that usually will give that certain team a “W.”

Enter the Lehighton Indians.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

All Lehighton Area High School football alumni are invited to attend the Lehighton-Jim Thorpe game on Friday, Nov. 6.

This is the last regular season football game to be held at the historic Lehighton Football Stadium.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

All Brandon Keyes needed was an opportunity.

After starting the year as Pleasant Valley’s backup quarterback to fellow sophomore Mikey Brown, Keyes patiently waited for his chance.

That opportunity has come in the second half of the season, and Keyes has responded, adding another dimension to the Bears’ offense and playing a large role in the team’s six-game winning streak.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tamaqua’s middle school football team finished the season unbeaten.



Tamaqua blanked Lehighton, 28-0, in a game stopped at halftime because of injuries that left the Indians with a limited number of available players.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

EMMAUS - The Lehighton field hockey team was well aware of who it was facing entering Tuesday night’s District 11 Class 2A semifinal.

It didn’t help matters though that top-seeded Moravian Academy was simply scratching to get back on the field of play after a bye week. It showed that this year’s Colonial League champions were more than hungry to move one step further to the district title game.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Marian’s Jasmine Mooney (21) and Abby Pilla get set to play the ball hit over the net by Tri Valley’s Maddie Deibert. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

POTTSVILLE - It’s rare that you can hear a “pin drop” at Martz Hall.

But that’s exactly how sluggish the Class A District 11 semifinal match between Tri-Valley and Marian began — with a ton of unforced errors and sloppy play.

After a nip-and-tuck sequence, the Fillies finished up on an 8-3 streak to take the opening game.

The momentum toward the end of that first game seemed to carry over for Marian. The kills started piling up for the Fillies, and Doc Fallabel’s squad took care of business in a sweep of Tri-Valley, 25-17, 25-12, 25-8.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Northwestern's Sara Hathaway heads the ball as Notre Dame's Katie Aquilina and Katie Kravetz move in. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Notre Dame coach Sue Aquilina left her team with some very simple instructions before they broke the huddle to begin overtime.

Katie Hohl made Aquilina’s words look prophetic.

Hohl lofted a 45-yard bomb into the back of the net late in the second overtime period to give Notre Dame a dramatic 2-1 victory over Northwestern in a District 11 Class AA girls soccer semifinal game on Tuesday at Northern Lehigh High School.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Lehighton's Brandon Stuckley moves in on Salisbury's David McCarthy to try and take control of the ball. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

WHITEHALL - There were eerie signs early on that had Lehighton head coach Dave Yob recall last year’s trip to the district tournament.

Much like last season’s loss to Northwestern in the semifinals round, Lehighton once again struggled to capitalize on its early opportunities on goal during Tuesday’s semifinals against No. 3 seed Salisbury. It once again caused the Indians, No. 2 seed in the District 11 Class AA tournament, problems they couldn’t recover from.