Saturday, April 19, 2014
     

It was a banner year for area basketball team this season.

In fact, for the Marian and Northwestern girls it was literally a banner year.

The Fillies captured a District 11 Class A championship while the Lady Tigers claimed the Colonial League title.

Not surprising, the two teams dominated the TIMES NEWS Girls all-star basketball teams. Both Marian and Northwestern placed two players on the First Team and two more on the Second Team.

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I guess there's a bit of genius in all of us. The big questions are "Where's it hiding?" and "How to pull it out of you?"

It's August of 1985, I'm 24, and teaching a course on the fundamentals of health and fitness to school teachers. During the last day's question-and-answer session, a woman said that a friend and she went on the same diet and both followed it precisely. The friend lost a significant amount of weight, yet she didn't.

Her question: "What caused such a difference?"

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 taking most of the season off, the "King" John Bennett, has returned to his castle. Bennett, who reigns as the undisputed leader in wins and championships at Mahoning Valley Speedway, scored his first Modified victory of 2013 and in doing so reached a new milestone in track history. He became the first driver to break into the 60 win category. He was also first at 40 and 50 victories.
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.
Patterning the activities of wild turkeys allows hunters to formulate a plan to take a gobbler when the season opens Saturday, May 3.
There is no need to feel guilty for not yet having done any preseason scouting for Pennsylvania's spring gobbler season. A week from today is the special youth day for those holding a junior license and those in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program when they may take one bearded bird from one half-hour before sunrise until noon. Then, a week later, comes the opening of the regular season, Saturday, May 3, with the season continuing through Saturday, May 31.
Carbon United finishes season undefeated
The Carbon United OutKasts Boys U-9 soccer team recently finished its season with an undefeated record. The team competes in the Lehigh Valley Soccer League. The OutKasts allowed just three goals the entire season, which was their first together. Members of the team include, front row from left, John Light, Matthew Sofranko, Rory Robinson, Mascot Noah Geiser, AJ Light, Rowan Melber; middle row, Nick Zeigenfuss, Stephen Yuhas, David Donavon, Mason Marchessault, Dawson Meckes, Jacob Geiser; back row, coaches Chris Geiser and JD Light.