Bears and Wreckers record volleyball victories
Pleasant Valley and Weatherly picked up volleyball victories, Northwestern was a boys soccer winner, and Pleasant Valley posted a field hockey win on Friday night.
In cross country, Tamaqua's Amber Carroll and Northwestern's Tyler Stelmack both turned in strong performances in the Lion Invitational.
Pleasant Valley rallied to pull out a five set victory over Easton in a non-league match.
The Bears pulled out a 19-25, 25-17, 19-25, 25-23, 17-15 thriller in their season opener.
Kayla Dorney and sister McKenzie Dorney both had strong all-around matches for Pleasant Valley. Kayla had seven kills, 11 digs and six aces. McKenzie added six kills and eight digs.
Also playing well for the Bears were Brittini Cumberland (19 assists, eight digs); Beanna Joseph (six blocks, three kills); Crystal Cambria (six kills); Andrea Giardiani (nine digs, three aces); Paige Band (three kills, three blocks).
Weatherly opened its season with an easy non-league victory over West Side Tech.
The Wreckers won, 25-5, 25-3, 25-10.
Sarah Dolinsky had 10 kills, five digs and two aces for Weatherly. Brittney Hinkle added a strong all-around game with six kills, six digs and six aces. Also playing well were Rachel Heister (24 assists, seven aces, four digs, two kills); Alyssa Kephart (seven kills, eight aces, three digs) and Alicia Panzarella (four digs).
Weatherly also swept the JV match, 25-9, 25-5.
Austin Marich and Jimmy Hoover scored second half goals to lead Northwestern to a 2-0 non-league victory over Allentown Central Catholic.
Talon Williams made five saves in goal to post the shutout for the Tigers (1-0).
Northwestern had a 14-7 advantage in shots and a 6-3 edge in corners.
Zachary Pattison's goal with 25 minutes remaining proved to be the game-winner as Catasauqua edged Northern Lehigh, 2-1.
Jimmy Bilger scored No. Lehigh's only goal off an assists from Channing Shiffert early in the second half.
Northern Lehigh had an 8-5 advantage in shots. Bulldog goalie Justin Molitoris had three saves.
Tamaqua's Amber Carroll finished first among Class AA girls runners at the Lion Invitational at Moravian Academy.
Carroll's performance led a strong performance for the Raiders girls who placed five runners in the top 20 in the seven-team AA field. That balance earned them a second place finish behind Notre Dame of Green Pond in the team standings. Other top runners for Tamaqua were Schuyler Schmidt (sixth), Colleen Rorke (eighth), Emily Bumbulsky (12th) and Dana Ansbach (19th).
Other area girls to finish among the AA leaders were Northern Lehigh's Samantha Corcoran (ninth) and Rachel Barnett (16th) and Palmerton's Andrea Stevko (10th).
Northern Lehigh finished fourth in the team standings while Palmerton finished sixth.
In Class AA boys, Northwestern's Tyler Stelmack turned in a strong performance to finish second overall behind Notre Dame of Green Pond. The Tigers also had four other runners in the top 20 in the 12-team boys AA field. Cody Reinert finished seventh, Malay Stelmack was 10th, Patrick Strobel placed 12th and James George was 14th.
Other top area finishers in AA boys were Northern Lehigh's Austin Danish (fifth) and Palmerton's Aaron Papay (15th).
The Bulldogs finished fifth in the team standings, Palmerton was sixth, Jim Thorpe was ninth and Tamaqua was 12th.
In Class AAA girls, Northwestern placed fifth in the 10-team field and Jim Thorpe finished ninth.
The Tigers' Emma Kemmerer was the top local runner with a seventh place finish. Jim Thorpe's Kayla Susko (18th) and Northwestern's Haley Yost (19th) also ran well.
No area teams competed in the boys Class AAA field.
Pleasant Valley opened its season with a 5-2 non-league victory over Nazareth.