Monday, October 24, 2016

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Friday, October 21, 2016

I am off the sidelines and back in the game.

After hitting rock bottom a few weeks ago, I’m pushing toward the leader board by way of a 13-2 record last week, which included my upset pick of Pen Argyl over previously undefeated Notre Dame of Green Pond.

To paraphrase a line first said by Al Michaels and last week repeated by our own, Justin Carlucci, “ Yes! I do believe in miracles!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

District 11 held a conference call Monday afternoon to discuss playoff scenarios heading into week nine of the football season.With six classifications this season, things appear to be clearer than in the past.

This season, Class 3A and 6A will have eight-team brackets while 1A, 2A, 4A and 5A will have four qualifiers in each bracket.

A breakdown of each class is below.


1. Williams Valley 7-1, 2. Tri-Valley 7-1, 3. Marian Catholic 5-3, 4. Nativity BVM 1-7, 5. Shenandoah Valley 0-8.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pick your poison.

Pleasant Valley’s offense offers little respite to opposing coaches.

The Bears have the playmakers to score from anywhere on the field, a fact evidenced by their staggering 49.9 point-per-game average through the first eight weeks of the season.

That trend continued last Friday as Pleasant Valley romped to a 66-26 win over East Stroudsburg North.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Panther Valley offensive linemen Chris Santore (left) and Zach Trubilla double team Lehighton’s Dakota Heister (66) during a game earlier this season. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley is yet to play two teams directly ahead of it in the District 11 class AA playoff race. The Panthers will take on Mahanoy Area on Friday, and do battle with Minersville in Week 10.

Panther Vy at Mahanoy

Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Tamaqua girls win SL title

BARNESVILLE – From the trophy presentation to the pictures that followed, the Tamaqua girls took it all in.

For the second straight year, the Raiders left Tuscarora State Park with a Schuylkill League team championship.

The title capped a stellar campaign for Tamaqua, which went 12-0 in Division I competition during the season.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Northwestern’s Madeline Consuelos placed second in the Colonial League girls cross country meet. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

CENTER VALLEY — The stage was set for the Colonial League Cross Country meet on Wednesday at DeSales University.

In addition to running a notoriously difficult course, the runners were faced with an 80-degree day — which didn’t make things any easier.

But the show went on.

In the girls race, Wilson’s Jillian Pote placed first with a time of 20:31.4. The heat was hard on Northwestern’s Madeline Consuelos. She finished second and collapsed after crossing the finish line. The Tigers’ sophomore gave everything she had and appeared to be OK after the race.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Weatherly fell to North Schuylkill in a regular season boys soccer game.

No. Sch.-Weatherly

North Schuylkill topped Weatherly 2-0 in non-league action.

Luke Halko and Dominic Kadziela scored for the Spartans, while Reggie Crawford made 23 saves to preserve the shutout.

Michael Kennelly stopped 22 shots for the Wreckers.




Mah. Area-Tamaqua

Mahanoy Area topped Tamaqua 44-31.

Sophia Boyle led the Raiders (5-13) with 10 points.


Mah. Area-Tamaqua

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 20, 1990 — Northern Lehigh’s Bob Chandler and Lisa Dorshimer both win individual titles at the Centennial League cross country championships, while the Northwestern boys claim a team title. Chandler turns in a time of 17:10 at the Allentown College course to finish 19 seconds ahead of Notre Dame’s Tony Giaotti. Pleasant Valley’s Joe Nagele takes third in 17:37. Dorshimer crosses in 20:51 to better runner-up Shannon McDonald of Notre Dame by 36 seconds. Palmerton’s Tina Klotz captures third in 21:49.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Marian falls to Blue Mountain

MINERSVILLE – The reign is over!

Marian’s domination of the Schuylkill Girls Volleyball League took a hit at Thomas Fitzpatrick Gymnasium on Tuesday evening as the Fillies bid for a fourth straight league title ended in the semifinals.

Playing against undefeated and highly-touted Blue Mountain, the Fillies couldn’t overcome the pressure of the moment and some of their own inflicted wounds as they bowed in five sets Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Southern Lehigh goalie Elizabeth Cassel reaches for the ball, while Northwestern's Maggie Motolese tries to gain possession. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Northwestern and Southern Lehigh girls’ soccer teams are no strangers to success.

The two programs have combined to win the last three Colonial League tournament titles, with the Spartans topping the Tigers for last year’s crown.

Back-to-back championships seemed unlikely for Southern Lehigh, which lost many of its top playmakers from last season’s squad.

These Spartans might not be last year’s team. But Tuesday night, they proved they still know how to get the job done.