Saturday, March 25, 2017

Winter Sports

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Former Tamaqua boys basketball players are being sought to play in an alumni game on Jan 2 after the varsity game.

Alumni are invited to attend the Jan. 2 home game with Salisbury during which the Tamaqua Boys Basketball Boosters will dedicate a newly purchased banner honoring 1,000-point scorers. Guests of honor will be those players whose names appear on the banner.

Alumni interested in playing in the game, mostly likely against a faculty team, should contact Chris Kurek at (570) 778-3223 or HYPERLINK "" as soon as possible.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The annual Slatington Rotary Tournament title game has the makings of one of being one of the best in their 28-year history.

The Jim Thorpe Olympians, led by standout Rashid Epps, took

control of their game against Palmerton in the second period and cruised

to a 73-43 win on Monday nigt. Host Northern Lehigh methodically disposed of Lehighton 67-46 in the nightcap.

Northern Lehigh (5-2) will face undefeated Jim Thorpe in the championship game immediately following the Palmerton-Lehighton consolation matchup that has a 6:30 tip-off.

Jim Thorpe

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Weatherly boys basketball team and the Lehighton wrestling team both captured tournament championships on Saturday.


Tom Fenney Tournament

Weatherly-West Side Tech

A big second half allowed Weatherly (5-1) to pull away from West Side Tech for an eventual 76-30 victory and the Tom Fenney Holiday Tournament championship.

Keith Barna poured in a game-high 21 points and also added seven assists to lead the Wreckers, who extended a 30-19 halftime lead with a 27-6 third-quarter spread.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A fundraising effort by the Tamaqua Area High School Swim Team Boosters and the Tamaqua Blue Waves Swim Team Boosters netted $8,000 that helped to fund the addition of 5 lanes on the current scoreboard as well as new scoring plates on the pool deck at the Tamaqua Area High School swimming pool. A total of $6,000 was raised during a recent Vera Bradley Purse Bingo that was co-sponsored by the Blue Waves and Swimming Boosters. An additional $2,000 was contributed by the Blue Waves themselves to meet the total expense of the equipment purchased.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

PM East-Lehighton

Pocono Mt. East 43, Lehighton 28

103 – Jake Hoats (L) dec Dan Johnson, 6-0

112 – Jason McEvoy (L) pin David Harley in 1:07

119 – Scott Stout (PME) tech. fall Jeremy Gornick, 15-0

125 – Gustavo Curiel (PME) tech. fall Matt Schaeffer, 26-11

130 – Gino Guinto (PME) pin Zach Zellers in 1:12

135 – Ahmed Moustafa (PME) pin Brian Piekarski in 5:27

140 – Anthony Farole (L) dec. Matt Murphy, 8-4

145 – Donald Paul Miller (PME) pin Zach Coleman in 1:28

152 – David Lucykanish (L) maj. dec. Ryan Price, 15-2

Thursday, December 24, 2009

There is no higher praise in team sports than to say a player makes his teammates better.

Channing Shiffert can do just about whatever he wants on a soccer field. But this season the Northern Lehigh sophomore was able to raise the level of his whole team, leading it to a school record six wins.

"This year I had several meetings with the captains," said Northern Lehigh head coach John Sitaras. "I told them they needed to help make the rest of the players better because the skill level of our players varies tremendously. Channing took it upon himself to do that."

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Steve Shinko/Special to the TIMES NEWS MMI's Fran Swankoski takes a hit as the Wreckers' Nate Pfeiffer drives to the basket during Tuesday's game at Weatherly. The Wreckers won the contest, 57-51.

Weatherly and Marian posted boys basketball victories to highlight Tuesday night's scholastic sports card.

In girls basketball action, Lehighton and Northern Lehigh were winners.

In swimming, Panther Valley and Tamaqua both recorded sweeps


MMI Prep-Weatherly

Keith Barna had a complete game against MMI Prep, as he finished with a game-high 22 points, six rebounds and four assists and led the Wreckers to a 57-51 win.

Nate Pfeiffer chipped in 14 points and five assists for Weatherly, which improved to 3-1.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Nick Pappas (45) pulls down a rebound in front of Josh Case (30) of Catasauqua.

Northern Lehigh couldn't have had a worse start.

Fortunately for the Bulldogs, though, their finish is what counts.

After spotting visiting Catasauqua the first 11 points of their Colonial League matchup Tuesday night, Nolehi rebounded and eventually came back to gain a 63-55 victory.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Brock Mitchell goes over Steve Ennis of North Schuylkill's to get off a shot.

Panther Valley boys' basketball coach Pat Crampsie knew that his team would have its hands full when defending Schuylkill League champion North Schuylkill visited.

What he was unaware of was that his team would commit over 20 turnovers in the game.

All that considered, the assumption would be that things weren't going to turn out well for the Panthers. But that assumption would be wrong as Panther Valley pulled out a 51-46 win over the Spartans.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Leading by 15 points with less than six minutes remaining, Jim Thorpe appeared poised to cruise down the homestretch for an easy victory.

Instead, the Olympians nearly crashed and burned before reaching the finish line.

Pine Grove staged a frantic rally to get close and had three possessions in the final 90 seconds with an opportunity to tie the game. The Cardinals could never pull even, however, and Jim Thorpe finally sealed the 63-59 Schuylkill League win when Sam Lux buried a pair of free throws with :01 remaining.