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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Members of the Weatherly girls basketball team includes, front row from left, Catherine Strivak, Sara Heister, Tea Heister, Devon Bizarre, Erin Dougherty, Ally Isom; middle row, Jessica Polchin, Kelly Parker, Alexis Hartz, Ally Parker, Casey Grover, Jackie Gillott, manager Christina Caravella; back row, Dominique Adamczyk, Alexis Boyarsky, Courtney Lovett, Cheyanne Wallish, Shelby Berger, Samantha Hartz, and manager Stephanie Carter.

The fundamentals are stressed in the early stages of developing any skill and basketball is no different.

This year's Weatherly girls' basketball program is determined to be successful, but in order to do so it willI need those fundamentals to be taken care of, developed, and eventually carried out during games.

Every coach hopes their squad can accomplish being successful at these little things and the Lady Wreckers' Paul Hadzick is a coach that needs his roster to carry out that strategy.

Monday, December 3, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley wrestling team members include, front row, from left, manager Kayla Kashlak, Matt Buss, Lenny Ogazalek, Darren Goida, Seth Oriel, Michael Lazar and manager Bailey Mills. Middle row, manager Kristin Gates, Dylan Moyer, Luke Hunsicker, Grant Lorkowski, Hunter Davidyock, Tristian Strunk, Zach Glassic and manager Alexis Ziegenfus. Back row, Elijah Hibbler, Rian Shubeck, Richard Smith, Jared Eickoff, Richard Nace, Troy Margerum and Stephen Terry.

Tim Robb is excited about the future of Panther Valley wrestling.

But the more he's around this year's team, the more he realizes that the future could be now.

The Panthers could have as many as 10 or 11 positions in the lineup occupied by freshmen and sophomores this season.

Normally, relying on that many youngsters would be cause for concern. But Robb, who is in his 21st year as a high school wrestling coach, isn't panicking. As a matter of fact, he's extremely excited about his team's potential.

Monday, December 3, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's wrestling team for 2012-13 season will include: Front row, same order, Coach Andrew Arnold, Coach Brent Herzog, Marcus Hardiman, Ty Herzog, Cody Bowman, Coach Brett Martinez and Head Coach Todd Herzog. Second row, Kianna Marlatt, Amber Kibler, Colton Rex, Tom Nesfeder, Stephen Scheib, Keith Schmidt, Zachary Leiby and Nicole Horn. Third row, Jaleel Graham, Nathan Farber, Jadyen Peters, Matt Schmall, Austin Arnold, Jeffrey Menjivar, Ryan Rubio, Conrad Young, William Andino and Tatiana Rodriguez.

It took strong leadership for the Northern Lehigh wrestling team to get back to the District Duals last season.

Two seasons ago, the Bulldogs missed out on the event for the first time ever during head coach Todd Herzog's tenure.

But last year, the Bulldogs relied on the guidance of seniors Kyle Greenawald, Dylan Hofmann, Kyle Schomp and Kyle Baumann to get the program back on track.

Now, Herzog, who enters his 18th season with the program, will have to depend on his new players to step up and fill the void left by graduation.

Monday, December 3, 2012
picture courtesy of Flexer Photography Panther Valley boys basketball team members include, front row, from left, Pat Owens, Mike Horan, Jake Kusko, Matt Levitt, Mike Weng and Calagero Keo. Middle row, Kyle Ferryman, James Campbell, Jake Szczecina, Matt Hudicka, Chad Dubosky and Charles Moore. Back row, manager Marley Mikovich, Luke Stano, Brett Kerschner, John Taras, Steven Romanchik, Ethan Vermillion and manager Jess Weise.

Different team. Same expectations.

The Panther Valley boys basketball team will have a new look and a new style of play. But head coach Pat Crampsie hasn't changed his goals.

"You will see some differences in our team this year," said Crampsie. "They'll be a lot of new faces and we are going to have to adjust our style of play a little bit.

"But one thing we won't be adjusting is our goal of qualifying for the district playoffs. That will always be the goal as long as I'm coaching."

Monday, December 3, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's girls basketball team for 2012-13 season will include: Front row, from left, Haley Schlegel, Autumn DeLong, Shannon Weil and Kaelah Horwath. Row two, same order, Assistant Coach Erin Rupell, Chelsea Harlan, Kelsey Follweiler, Annelise Tarafas and Jessica Olewine. Row 3,Head Coach Tony Thomas, Emily Bevans, Taylor Gallimore and Assistant coach Brandon Hibbler.

Tony Thomas is following the blueprints he laid out for what is his first season with the Northern Lehigh girls' basketball team.

Thomas, taking over for Dave Oertner, who stepped down after last season, is forced to deal with some rebuilding within the program.

Last year's Colonial League Most Valuable Player Aimee Oertner and Tina Bastardi, who earned All-League Honorable Mention, both graduated. Oertner (United States Military Academy) and Bastardi (Misericordia) have taken their basketball skills to the collegiate level.

Monday, December 3, 2012
SPECIAL TO the times news Members of the 20-12-13 Northern Lehigh boys basketball team include: Front, from left, Assistant coach Denny Rehrig, Caleb Johnson, Lucas Pierce, Josh Eden, head coach Jeff Miller and assistant coach Rich Mantz. Back row, same order, Dakota Flyte, Tyler Dibilio, Brian Scheetz, Josh Landsberger, Matt Egan, Aaron Hofmann and John Taylor.

Last year, the Northern Lehigh boys' basketball team made a run through the postseason straight into the state playoffs.

This year's returning Bulldog players feel they missed out on some worthy hardware along the way, however.

Monday, December 3, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley girls basketball team members include, front row, from left, Megan Marouchoc, Jess Jacobs, Samantha Jones. Middle row, Brianna Picht, Sam Zlock, Amy Corby, Taylor Vance, Madison Blasko. Back row, coach Bill "Dapper" Lynn, coach Roman Baran, Macey Markovich, Jamey Mikovich, Kailee Smith, Abbey Whildin and head coach Josh Wank.

It's been a decade since the Panther Valley girls basketball team reached postseason play.

That's nine years too long for coach Josh Wank.

Wank wants the Panthers to become an annual fixture in the District 11 playoffs and he wants it to start right now.

The fourth-year coach guided the Panthers to the brink of qualification a year ago before losses in the final two games of the season left them one win short.

Monday, March 5, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Sawyer Allen heads for the wall to win the gold medal in the AA boys 100 breaststroke.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP –Sawyer Allen got a good look at what it takes to win a district gold on Friday evening.

On Saturday morning, Allen made the most of his opportunity.

The Palmerton junior won the third gold for the school at the District 11 Class 2A championships, taking the 100 breaststroke title on Saturday at Parkland High School.

He joined teammate Karl Peilmeier as Bombers to top the medal podium at the meet. Peilmeier, who won 200 IM gold on Friday, added to his medal haul with the 500 free title on the event's second day.

Monday, March 5, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian’s Kelly Shober drives past Lauran Deibert of Tri-Valley during Saturday’s District 11 Class A championship game.

POTTSVILLE – Tri-Valley earned gold...

...but Marian earned respect!

On Saturday night at Martz Hall, the Lady Bulldogs claimed their third straight District 11 Class A Championship with a 60-52 victory over the Fillies.

The win was the third straight for Tri-Valley over Marian this season and marked the third consecutive postseason meeting between the two clubs that the Bulldogs have denied Marian a Schuylkill League and/or District 11 Championship.

However, on Saturday night, the Fillies made sure they would not be denied their dignity.

Monday, March 5, 2012

POTTSVILLE The Jim Thorpe girls basketball team no doubt had a rough outing against Allentown Central Catholic in the District 11 AAA semifinal last Thursday night. However, even with the loss Thorpe had a chance to advance to the state tournament with a win over Southern Lehigh in the District 11 AAA consolation game at Martz Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Unfortunately for Jim Thorpe, Southern Lehigh had state playoff aspirations of their own, going on a late fourth quarter run to down the Lady Olympians 56-42 to advance to the PIAA Class AAA tournament.