Thursday, March 5, 2015
     
Times news filephoto Brett Kosciolek (24) and Bo Rottet (5) will lead Tamaqua against Steelton-Highspire in a PIAA State Basketball Tournament game Friday. They are part of a group of five Raider hoop players who also play baseball.

As the snow and ice continue to plague the area, the Tamaqua High School boys' basketball team prepares for Friday's state tournament playoff game against Steelton-Highspire.

But for several members of the team, the wintery precipitation and arctic-like conditions in Pennsylvania could quickly be replaced by sunshine and 60 degree temperatures.

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Early one Thursday night, a man consumed an energy drink, an energy shot, and a diet pill. He did this on an empty stomach, so the fact that he stayed awake the entire night and did not fall asleep until 7 a.m. the next morning may not surprise you.

Until you discover the man's weight, his profession, and what he did for a good part of the night.

Terrence Cody weighs 349 pounds, plays nose tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, and banged heads, bodies, and god knows what else against the offensive linemen of the Cleveland Browns for four quarters of football.

Competitiveness drives Tribe's Keer
She is asked a question about being competitive. And before she answers, a wry little grin appears. The grin eventually becomes a full-fledged smile the kind of smile that says the level of her competition on a scale from 1 to 10 is actually a 12. So it's not surprising when she replies. "I'm very competitive," said Lehighton field hockey standout Sarah Keer. "I think that's because I come from a family where everyone played sports.
After losing the past two Saturday nights to rain, Mahoning Valley Speedway racers came out loaded for bear as the pit are swelled to a season high 131 race cars making for a jam packed night of stock car action at the Lehighton paved 14-mile oval.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tiffany Thompson gets set to shoot as Northern Lehigh's Jessica Olewine (left) and Emily Bevins (hidden) defend.
The Lehighton girls earned every bit of their 43-38 victory over Northern Lehigh Thursday night in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic. Heading into the fourth quarter, Lehighton had a 38-28 lead over the Bulldogs. Both teams exchanged baskets to open the quarter. The Bulldogs went on a run early in the quarter. Kelsey Follweiler hit a three-pointer with 5:22 left to play, which sparked a 9-0 spurt. The Indians clung to a three-point lead with 3:41 left to play, 40-37.
Tom Banditelli, right, of Tamaqua, an owner of Caiger’s Resort on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Island Region, talks with amateur bass angler Bill Everett of Doylestown to the apparent amusement of Mike Melnick of Tamaqua at last year’s Lehigh Valley Sportsman Show, which gets underway Friday in the Agri-Plex of the Allentown Fairgrounds.
ALLENTOWN In 2015 the Lehigh Valley Sportsman Show is literally bigger and better than ever because of a redesigned floor plan that now provides more space for additional vendors and allowed others to expand their display at the show, Friday-Sunday, March 6-8, in the 60,000-square foot Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 North 17th St., Allentown.
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.