The Morning Call (Sunday)



A look back at Lehigh Valley sports stories over the years from Oct. 15.

2004: Bill Binczak’s 11-yard run and a defense which limits Northern Lehigh — averaging 381 rushing yards a game — to 109 yards on the ground help Saucon Valley win 7-0 and snap the Bulldogs’ 18-game Colonial League winning streak. Northern Lehigh plays the game, held in a torrential downpour, without nine players, including five starters, who are serving the second of their two-game suspension­s for violating a team rule.

1999: Whitehall’s Nick Kurtz shatters the area’s rushing record and comes within 10 yards of the state mark by running for 429 yards in a 41-14 Mountain Valley Conference win over Freedom. Kurtz, who had 714 yards in his first five games, carries 24 times and scores on runs of 66, 42, 80 and 77 yards to become the first player in the region to top the 400-yard mark. His rushing total is believed to be the second-highest in state history behind Darby Township’s Vince Clark, who had 439 yards in a win over Yeadon in 1978.

1976: Five games into the season, Phillipsbu­rg native and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Ringo is named head coach of the Buffalo Bills when Lou Saban abruptly resigns. Under Ringo, who was Saban’s offensive coordinato­r, the Bills lose their final nine games of the season and go 3-11 in 1977 before Ringo is replaced by Chuck Knox in 1978.

1974: Jim Peet and Mark Oleska shot league-record 67s at Twin Lakes and Emmaus beats Whitehall 16½-1½ to hand Green Hornets golf coach Keith Smith his 200th victory in his 18 seasons.

1966: Mike Winsko runs for 172 yards and three touchdowns on four carries to lead Panther Valley to a 79-6 win over Schuylkill Haven. Ron Zaboroski adds 122 yards and two touchdowns on four carries and Bob Anderson runs for two scores and catches a 20-yard touchdown catch from Angie Santore. In all the Panthers roll up 613 yards of offense.

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