Thursday, April 17, 2014
     
Bombers' Farquhar goes from sub to star

Jade Farquhar never imagined herself as a basketball player of the year.

As a matter of fact, for a long time, Farquhar never even imagined herself as a basketball player.

But in the span of just four years, Farquhar's basketball trajectory has soared.

The Palmerton High School junior has gone from a basketball nobody to a basketball player that nobody can stop.

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Call me a health and fitness columnist if you like, but a more accurate term may be a health and fitness conduit a means by which health and fitness information is transmitted.

Sometimes I pass along relevant research, adding my point of view about it or a potential way to employ it. Other times I simply experiment on myself and report the results.

Today's column is the second kind and will serve as the lead-in to next week's column, one which could aid all sorts of people.

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.
Today, hundreds – perhaps thousands – of youngsters will experience the first-time thrill of trout fishing through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Mentored Youth Fishing Day on specially designated waters in the Southeast Region, including Locust Lake. What lifelong anglers often forget, however, is what excitement bringing a trout to the net can be for any first-time angler. For that reason, consider recruiting a non-fishing friend to participate in the Southeast Region trout opener, which is a week from today, beginning at 8 a.m.
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.