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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Hard work pays off for Heckelman

When Lauren Heckelman first picked up a tennis racquet three years ago, Pleasant Valley head coach Mark Allison wasn't quite sure how her career was going to turn out.

"As a freshman, I didn't know if we could make a tennis player out of her," admitted Allison. "She would either hit the ball into the net or into the fence surrounding the court. She needed a lot of work."

Heckelman isn't afraid to admit it either.

Friday, December 2, 2011
times news filephotos by bob ford Tamaqua's Christine Streisel (left) and Lehighton's Jon Yocum both attended an elite camp for high school javelin throwers last month in North Carolina.

Last year at the PIAA state championships, both Tamaqua's Christine Streisel and Lehighton's Jon Strauss were able to come home with medals in the javelin. Little did they know that their throws would earn them another reward down the road.

Along with leading them to the medal stand, Streisel, who won gold in the AA class with a throw of 143-11, and Strauss, who tied for fifth in AAA with a toss of 186-1, later found out that their performances would lead somewhere else. That place was Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Photo courtesy of Long Drivers of America Carl Wolter of Lehighton celebrates after unleashing a huge drive at theRE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Powered by Dick's Sporting Goods. Wolter won the competition.

Carl Wolter knew what had to be done.

Wolter approached the teed up golf ball and addressed it, intensifying his focus for one perfect swing. The result was a 409-yard drive that outdistanced his opponent Ben Tuaone in the finals of the 2011 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Powered By Dick's Sporting Goods.

With that swing, the 35-year old Wolter matched his 2002 performance to regain his place atop the power golf world.

Friday, April 1, 2011
No Header!

Christina Slack, of Albrightsville, recently placed third overall at a state gymnastic competition and qualified for regionals.

The Jim Thorpe High School freshman has been doing gymnastics since she could walk. Currently, the 15-year old is in Level Nine at the Northeast Gymnastic Academy located in Wilkes-Barre.

The state competition was hosted by Girls' Co-Op at Freedom High School in Bethlehem.

Friday, February 11, 2011
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Jordyn Homyak receives presents shortly after reaching the 1,000-point mark earlier this season.

At a very young age, Jordyn Homyak knew she loved basketball.

That's not surprising.

Because from the time she was an infant, Jordyn was attending her sisters basketball games.

Older sisters Brianne, Jessica and Jill all had successful basketball careers at Marian High School and Jordyn saw almost every game.

Part of her earliest memories of those games came when Brianne, the oldest of the Homyak sisters, scored the 1,000th point of her high school career.

Fourteen years after witnessing her sister reach that milestone, Jordyn achieved it herself.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Repeat special for Remaley

After his record setting junior season, Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley knew it would be difficult for a repeat performance in 2010. His team graduated its entire offensive line and teammate Jake Kern was emerging as playmaker who would share the offensive load with Remaley.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Krcic like another coach on the field

When it comes to sports, coaches do the coaching and players do the playing.

A coach is designated to the sideline, usually against his well, and is forced to lead his team through strategy and motivation. The player has it a little easier, as he or she is actually playing the game and has a direct impact on the result.

Monday, December 27, 2010
Switch pays off for Stelmack

Prior to his sophomore year at Northwestern Lehigh, Tyler Stelmack made a decision that impacted his athletic career.

As a freshman, Stelmack followed in the footsteps of his brother, Kyle, a 2009 Northwestern graduate, and was a member of the Tigers football team.

A solid track and field season running the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races last spring convinced Tyler to turn his talents to cross country.

The gridiron squad's loss turned out to be a major gain for the Tiger harriers, as Stelmack emerged as one of the top runners in District 11 and the State.

Friday, December 24, 2010
Tigers' Kemmerer makes huge strides

Last year, Emma Kemmerer missed out on the PIAA Team Championships with the Northwestern girls' cross country team because of a late season injury.

The situation sparked an internal fire within Kemmerer, who had spent the majority of her sophomore season as a JV runner.

After earning herself a spot on varsity as a junior, Kemmerer had her heart set on making it to states this time around.

Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sherkness comes long way in short time

In January of her seventh-grade year, Marykate Sherkness decided to try something new.

The Marian sophomore picked up a volleyball for the first time and immediately began to fall in love with the sport.

Now, just three years later, the game has fallen in love with Marykate, as her natural talents and limitless potential on the court have earned her recognition as the 2010 TIMES NEWS Volleyball Player of the Year.