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Thursday, December 10, 2009
ED HEDES/TIMES NEWS Palmerton wrestling team will be made up of: Front, from left, Dan Costenbader, Cody Garner, Shane Grohotolski, Dillon Massington, Dallas Miata, Sam Oberlander and Tony Garda. Back row, same order, Coach Mike Englert, Jarrett Kleintop, Zach Brett, Kane Kralik, Travis Wolfe, Michael Englert, Travis Verzino, Kawika Mook and Head Coach Dave Lavin. Cody Grohotolski is also a member of the team.

It's not an easy task finding first-year head coach Dave Lavin in the Palmerton High wrestling room. To say he looks like one of the boys would be an understatement.

Lavin, who hails from Mamaroneck, New York, wrestled in high school and placed fourth in the New York Section I State Championships and continued his career and education at Muhlenberg College and wrestled at 165 pounds and was a captain his senior year.

Thursday, December 10, 2009
ED HEDES/TIMES NEWS Palmerton girls basketball team members are: Front, from left, Gina Farquhar, Kelsey Eaton, Michelle Rickert, Kristen Romano, Casey Rinfret, Katie Reimer and Morgan Hadinger. Back row, Coach Ralph Andrews, Coach Jackie Ivancich Jen Snyder, Lauryn Solt, Kelsey Hay, Samantha Smith, Morgan Mummey, Em Meinhart and head coach Don Delich.

Palmerton head girls basketball coach Don Delich returns for his seventh season and has to be cautiously optimistic about this year's squad.

Delich returns the offensive firepower of sophomore Kelsey Hay and junior Casey Rinfret, but must replace three key defensive players who graduated last June.

"We lost Erin Parsons, who was a four-year starter at point guard," Delich said. "Alyssa Minnich and Kristen Roberts were two year starters.

Thursday, December 10, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe wrestling team members include, front row, from left, Brian Ohl, Dillon Smith, Joe Hodnick, and Kevin Jaskot. Back row, Justin Mazzella, James Boyle, Dale Wakefield, James Denny, and Adam Rex.

The Jim Thorpe wrestling team will have very little margin for error in dual meets this season.

With just 11 varsity wrestlers, and several of them around the same weight, the Olympians will be forfeiting anywhere between three and five bouts every match.

Throw in the fact that Jim Thorpe returns just six varsity wrestlers from a year ago and that just one of them – Dillon Smith – had a winning record and its easy to see why veteran coach Guy Franko will have his work cut out for him.

Thursday, December 10, 2009
ED HEDES/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton boys basketball team consists of: Front, from left, Ryan Kleintop, Brett Snyder, Christian Marcin, Derek Furry, Derek Haas and Ben Andrews. Second row, same order, Joey Tyahla, Zach Freed, Brad Eaton, Mike Horvath and Gabe Leon. Third row, from left, Jordan Reinhardt, Mike Svetik, Kyle Ruch, Cody Geist and Tyler Kravetz. Back row, Head coach Mike Snyder and assistant coach Mark Maholick.

It's been a long time since the Palmerton boys basketball program has done anything successful to brag about.

In the past 10 years, the Blue Bombers have had one winning season and one .500 season. In the past five years, the varsity has won 24 games and lost 94.

Mike Snyder, who coached the Blue-and-White for two years and compiled a 21-29 record, is back on the bench replacing Ridge Hughes, who guided the team the past two seasons. Last year, the Bombers finished just 2-20.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The Marian boys basketball team members are: Front row, l to r, Brian O'Donnell, Cody Decker, Mike Lack, Mark Stawick, Chris Barletta and Mike Nesgoda. Back row, same order, Ryan Gimbi, Matt Yaich, Drew Sherkness, Vini Fital, and Tommy Gottstein.

Last season, Marian head coach Mick Stefanek saw his team repeat as Schuylkill League Division 3 champs, finish as the District 11 Class A runner-up and secure a spot in the PIAA State Tournament.

With three of its top four scorers returning and a senior-laden lineup, the Colts (16-10, 10-3) are certainly entering this season with plenty to prove.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Marian girls basketball team members are: Front, l to r, Jennifer Linkhorst and Katie Ferrello. Second row, same order, Theresa Patten, Angela Pavalko, Angela Belizia and Emily Kennedy. Back row, from left, Kaycee Gutzie, Madison Monaco, Danielle Tristani, Gillian Ferko, Kelly Shober, Corrine Markiewicz and Kaysi McLaughlin.

For the first time in years, Marian head coach Paul Brutto was forced to rebuild.

With a roster full of youth, inexperience and unknowns, the Fillies finished last season with a record of 14-9.

It marked the first time in eight years that Marian didn't win 20 games and the first time since the 1992-1993 season that they won 14 games or less.

This season, however, the picture seems to be a little clearer, and according to Brutto, a little more optimistic.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
SHAWN McFARLAND/TIMES NEWS Members of the Pleasant Valley wrestling team for the 2009-2010 season.

The wrestling landscape of the Mountain Valley Conference changed last year in just one match.

With Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg squaring off in the final conference game of the season, the Mounties knocked off the Bears amidst some controversy to put an end to the Bears' run of six straight conference titles. This year head coach Mark Getz and his mat-men are looking to take back the hardware.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Mike Feifel//TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley boys basketball team members include: First Row - Eric Wild, Allen Conklin, Richie Irving and Brandon Castner. Second Row - Tarik Williams, Jalen Blot, Jon McQuay, Nick Stanovick, Chris Biney and Ruben Garcia. Third row - Coach Strohl, Coach Madson, Coach Piontkowski, Pat Kregeloh, Mike Sharpe, Zach Knudsen, Brandyn Bok, Coach Chupa, Coach Ayars and Manager Kelsey Lazicki.

Life has been tough on the Pleasant Valley boys' basketball program as of late.

Head coach Ken Piontkowski and his players have faced their fair share of hardships over the past couple of years, as the Bears have won only four games in each of the last two seasons. Still, with three returning starters, Piontkowski is optimistic about his 2009-10 squad and is expecting better results.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Mike Feifel//TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley girls basketball team members are: First Row - Ardeu Cisluycis, Michelle Mowrey, Christina McGill and Kasey Meckes. Second Row - Rachel Sisco, Amber Cheiffo, Abby Wiesmeth and Jennifer Fitzgerald. Third Row - Coach Trido, Coach Orlowski, Nicole Kregeloh, Jess Fields, Kelecia Harris, Dalian Salmon, Megan Hardy and Head Coach Nadia Gauronsky.

There will be a lot of new faces on the Pleasant Valley girls' basketball team this up-coming season.

Gone from last year's team is head coach Jim Taylor, along with four of the team's top six scorers in Ali Yozwiak, Melissa Lunney, Shawnell Howard and Jackie Taylor.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh girls basketball team members include, front row, from left, Timmi Fiske, Christina Bastardi, Rachel Barnett and Kristi Seiler. Second row, manager Payton Marunich, Emily Moore, Autumn Stauffer, Maggie LeVan, Krista Harakal and manager Samantha Gill. Back row, head coach Dave Oertner, assistant coach Andrea Nuschke, manager Marissa Fatzinger, Courtney Werley, Lauren Oertner, Aimee Oertner, Sonya Josephson, Rebecca Howell, manager Michelle Bingert and assistant coach Scott Gerould.

Last season was definitely one to remember for the Northern Lehigh girls basketball team.

The Lady Bulldogs qualified for the league playoffs for the first time in the Colonial League's 15-year history after capturing the West Division with a 13-5 league mark.

They also put an end to a six-year District 11 playoff drought with a 16-win regular season.

But the slate has been wiped clean and the Bulldogs are hoping for an even better performance this season.