Thursday, December 8, 2016
     
Lehighton wrestling team members include, front row, from left, Kevin Madea, Josh Nelson, Lucas Sangiuliano, Nathan Lucykanish and Dagan Messinger. Middle row, Dylan Schock, Grant Wetzel, Logan Pagotto, Nathan Kemmerer, Chris Whiteman, Alex Zeigenfuss and Isaiah Wetzel. Back row, Christian Rodriguez, David Citro, Cody Scherer, Jack Zimmerman, Brett Gasker, Will Smith and Tyler Schock. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Coming into the 2016-17 season, it’s no secret to the Schuylkill League wrestling community that the Lehighton Indians lost a ton of talent due to graduation.

Among the key losses from last year’s squad were Connor Frey (42-2), Tegan Durishin (41-9), Zach Kemmerer (31-11), Wyatt Clements (29-10), Xander Smith (20-10) and Tyler Cann, who had a strong postseason after missing a major portion of the regular season with an injury.

But losing talent doesn’t necessarily mean that the cupboard is dry.

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Three of our Times News area teams competed in postseason action on Friday.
Marian topped Tri-Valley in the 1A semifinal, 28-7. The Colts will take on Williams Valley next week in the championship game.
Seventh-seeded Easton defeated Pleasant Valley, 27-12. Blue Mountain topped Northwestern Eastern Conference action 51-30.

FINAL: Marian 28, Tri-Valley 7

FINAL: Blue Mountain 51, Northwestern 30

FINAL: Easton 27, Pleasant Valley 12

Trick or treat Bowmanstown: 6-8 p.m. today Chestnuthill Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Coaldale: 6-8 p.m. Sunday East Penn Township: 6-8 today Eldred Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Franklin Township: 6-8 p.m. Jim Thorpe: 6-8 p.m. today Lansford: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Lehighton: 6-8 p.m. today Nesquehoning: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 North Manheim Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Palmerton: 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Updated. Penn Forest: 6-8 p.m. today Polk Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Ross Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Rush Township: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31 Ryan Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31
Mike Sweeney of Nesquehoning was zipping around handily in the Late Model feature but with three laps to go heavy rains swept over the area and ended the race there and the remaining divisional features as well which included the Modifieds, Pro 4 and Hobby Stocks. When the Late Model race began Tony Hilliard led the field to the green, however, outside front row starter Kenny Hein would jet to the opening lap lead while fourth starting Sweeney whizzed quickly to second. Sweeney then traveled only a few laps before taking over the race lead on lap five.
Three of our Times News area teams competed in postseason action on Friday. Marian topped Tri-Valley in the 1A semifinal, 28-7. The Colts will take on Williams Valley next week in the championship game. Seventh-seeded Easton defeated Pleasant Valley, 27-12. Blue Mountain topped Northwestern Eastern Conference action 51-30. FINAL: Marian 28, Tri-Valley 7 FINAL: Blue Mountain 51, Northwestern 30 FINAL: Easton 27, Pleasant Valley 12
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Emily Easton, Dallas, Pennsylvania, arrowed her first deer while hunting with her dad, Ralph, in Barnesville.
I knew that if I didn't get poison ivy, it would be a miracle. What kept me working, through the humidity and relentless bugs, was the happy anticipation of archery season. Yes, it was only August, and archery season wouldn't begin for nearly two months. Was I obsessed? No, just smart. If you don't think a whitetail's nose is keen enough to smell fresh sawdust on the forest floor, or that they don't notice freshly-cut tree limbs, you haven't been busted by a savvy boss nanny doe.
Blue Mountain captured its league championship and advanced to the state tournament at Spring-Ford this weekend in Cal Ripken League 10U play. The team, comprised of players from East Penn Township, West Penn Township and the Northern Lehigh School District, will play two games on both Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. Team members include, front row, from left, Grant Olewine, Logan Davis, Evan Zambo, Ryan Hammond, Josh Kistler and John Abidelli. Second row, Brett Misera, Brayden Hamby, Matt Frame, Zach Chamberlain, Riley Albert and Teague Hertzog.