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Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Tamaqua Area School Board hired several coaches at its meeting Tuesday evening.

Tom Scheitrum was rehired as an assistant girls basketball coach, at the salary of $2,174.

Ellen Troxell was retained as assistant swimming coach, at $1,892.

Sam Schaefer was rehired as assistant track and field coach, at $2,489.

Greg Stewart was hired as an assistant wrestling coach at $3,037. Stewart is also the school's head boys soccer coach.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Nativity Green Wave Volleyball Team has announced that on Tuesday, October 27 it will host a Dig Pink event for its match against the Marian Fillies.

The Dig Pink event is a fundraiser to raise money for the Side-Out Foundation whose goal is to fight the battle against breast cancer. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, both Nativity and Marian are attempting to not only raise money for this good cause but to also enhance awareness as to the perils of this disease.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Lehighton Area School District recently approved the hiring of two coaches for girl's basketball for the 2009-2010 season.

Courtney Schleicher and Jessica McCarroll will serve as assistant coaches for the high school team.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tamaqua clinched a berth in the District 11 boys soccer playoffs with a victory over North Schuylkill on Wednesday.

BOYS SOCCER

N. Schuylkill-Tamaqua

Tamaqua rallied from a first half deficit to edge North Schuylkill, 2-1, in a Schuylkill League game.

Tamaqua (7-10-1, 7-6-1), which needed a win or tie to qualify for Districts, looked to be in trouble at halftime as the Spartans held a 1-0 advantage.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tamaqua wrote itself a whole new page in the girls soccer program's history books by recording a 5-0 Schuylkill League win over North Schuylkill.

With the victory, the Blue Raiders marked the program's first-ever unbeaten/untied season in school history with a 16-0 overall (13-0 league) record.

In 2007, the team finished with a 17-0-1 mark.

Tamaqua-North Schuylkill

Ali Updike finished with a hat-trick for the Blue Raiders, while Cady O'Malley and Eden Helfrich added the other scores. Brittany Hill was credited with two assists in the victory.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Nick Tristani of Marian watches his putt during PIAA East Regionals at Golden Oaks Golf Club. Tristani fired a round of 80 to miss the cut for states.

There are at least two ways to make it through the PIAA Eastern Regional Golf Tournament and advance to states.

One way is to stay below the cut line, like Dan Costenbader did in shooting 75. The other way is to get in a tie right on the cut number then survive a nine-man playoff with a miraculous shot, like Mike Englert did.

Both Palmerton seniors will play in next week's PIAA Championship Tournament at Heritage Hills Resort in York.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
NANCY SCHOLZ /Special to the TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Samantha Klingel finished third in the Mountain Valley Conference Cross Counry Championships.

BETHLEHEM - Lehighton and Pleasant Valley took part in the Mountain Valley Conference's annual cross country championships Tuesday afternoon.

Pleasant Valley junior Sam Klingel fell 46 seconds short of capturing her third consecutive conference title, as she placed third with a time of 21:18. Klingel helped her Lady Bears finish third overall in the team standings with a score of 66.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Marian, Weatherly and Lehighton all posted volleyball victories on Monday.

Also picking up a win was the Northern Lehigh field hockey team.

VOLLEYBALL

Marian- Mahanoy Area

Taylor Mele came up big with both her serving and defense to lead Marian to a 25-11, 25-10, 25-8 Schuylkill League rout of Mahanoy Area.

Mele finished with team-high totals of 16 service points and 22 digs.

Monday, October 19, 2009
DOUG EDWARDS/times news Marian quarterback Corey Quick hands off to Paul Martin (26) during Sunday's game against Minersville..

Bruce Balliet was confident Marian's dormant offense would soon come to life.

Until that time, the Colts' senior defensive end led the charge that stiffled Minersville's running game and kept the heat on Battlin' Miners quarterback Zach Dixon.

Balliet's faith in the Colts' attack was rewarded with three second half touchdowns as the Colts pulled away for a 24-13 Anthracite League victory Sunday night in a twice-postponed Homecoming contest at Men of Marian Stadium.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lehighton picked up an impressive non-league field hockey victory to highlight Saturday's scholastic sports action.

FIELD HOCKEY

Lehighton-Selinsgrove

In a battle of unbeaten powerhouses, Vanessa Rimbey's first half goal proved to be the game-winner as the Indians pulled out a 1-0 win over Selinsgrove. Rimbey deflected a shot by Corri McConville for the game's lone goal.

Selinsgrove knocked Lehighton out of the state playoffs a year ago, so some redemption was met, as the Tribe earned the win in a game played on Pleasant Valley's turf field.