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Friday, April 1, 2011
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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.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Consistency pays off for Andrews

Ben Andrews has been around golf courses almost all of his life.

His dad John and his uncle Jim are both golf pros so it was no surprise that the Palmerton junior started hitting a golf ball around when he was 2 years old.

Having been a big part of the Palmerton High golf team the past three years, Andrews made his first trip to states this past year, finishing his best high school season by shooting 77 on each day of the championship, held at Heritage Hills Golf Course and Resort in York, good enough for 24th place.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Tomko's improvement lands her award

When reflecting back upon the past four years of Ellyn Tomko's high school tennis career, Jim Thorpe head tennis Coach Norb Lienhard had plenty of compliments to pay his senior number one singles player.

All of the typical lauds were there, but so was some very special praise.

Monday, December 20, 2010
An impressive performance by Bretz

It's obvious when talking to Echo Bretz that family is very important.

Whether she's thanking parents Coleen and Kenny for all their support during her nationwide field hockey travels, mentioning sister Brittni as a role model and idol, or talking about the special bond she enjoys with her Lehighton coaches and teammates, Bretz uses the word family over and over.

Bretz credited all of those close bonds with her development from a third-grader picking up a stick for the first time to being named the 2010 TIMES NEWS Field Hockey Player of the Year.