Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Head coach - Tom Condly (3rd season)

Assistant coaches - Willie Macek, Dani Condly

District 11 Class - AA

League - Schuylkill League

Last year's record - 10-8 overall (6-6 league)

Key losses - Cat Condly, Amber Castillo, Tayler Kidder, Colleen Hoffman, Kimmie Conway, Alyssa Rusbarsky, Paisley Williams, Kate Palumbo, Dianara Bucior

Key returnees - Alyssa Smith (Sr., GK), Autumn Cope (Jr., Defender), Rebecca Cressman (Jr., Forward), Anna Beard (Sr., Midfielder), Ilse Hassler (Sr., Midfielder), Meghann Principe (Jr., Midfielder)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 27, 1958 Paul Lenick strikes out 11 batters and receives plenty of offensive support as Tamaqua gains an 11-4 win over Jim Thorpe in a Panther Valley Little League tournament game. Lenick pitches a five-hitter and is given an 8-0 lead after two innings. Tom Brockel collects two hits, one a homer, and scores a pair of runs while Bernie Heller finishes with a pair of hits, one a double, and two runs scored. The winners also receive a hit and two runs from Bill Yacobenas and Ted Murphy.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Goalie Alyssa Smith dives to make a save during a recent Jim Thorpe soccer practice. Smith is one of several goalies returning for area teams this season.

United States goalkeeper Tim Howard opened millions of spectators' eyes around the world with his once-in-a-lifetime performance against Belgium just two months ago in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Howard's breathtaking display of determination and athleticism not only kept the USA's hopes alive in being world champions, but also proved once again that the goalkeeper position is arguably the most important one on the soccer field.

"If you can't score, you can't win," are the simple but ever so true words of first year Lehighton girls soccer head coach Rich Emmert.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Gabby Binder follows through with a backhand during Tuesday's match against Blue Mountain.

Tamaqua tennis and Marian golf picked up wins in scholastic action on Tuesday.


Blue Mountain-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe dropped a 5-0 decision to Blue Mountain in non-league play.

The Eagles swept the three singles' matches and both doubles' contests.

With the loss, the Lady Olympians fall to 1-3.

Blue Mt. 5, Jim Thorpe 0


Aubrey Abel (BM) def. Gabbie Binder, 6-0, 6-0; Julia Hahn (BM) def. Hope Damian, 6-1, 6-1; Alexa Hahn (BM) def. Brittney Marzen, 6-1, 6-1.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The West End Sparks recently finished first in the U10 girls division at the Sage Stauffer Memorial Soccer Tournament. This is the first tournament title for the Sparks who are entering their second year of competition in the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League. The team, which consists of players from Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain, Jim Thorpe and the Palmerton School Districts, was undefeated in the tournament.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Head coach - Erin Kuhn (3rd season)

Assistant coach - Caitlyn Thomposon

District 11 Class - AA

League - Schuylkill League, Division 1

Last year's record - 9-10

Key Losses - Dara Bonte, Jocelyn DeMarco, Danielle Becker, Molly McArdle.

Key returnees - Riley Carroll (Jr.), Nicole Nace (Sr.), Mackenzie Walck (Sr.), Erin Shigo (Jr.).

Others to watch - Jillian Peterson (So.), Alex McGinley (Fr.), Mackenzie Rosenberger (Fr.).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pleasant Valley posted golf and tennis victories on Monday.


Lehighton-Pleasant Vy.

Pleasant Valley earned it's first win of the year as the Bears defeated Lehighton in a non-league clash, 506-606.

Pleasant Valley had four golfers score in the 80s.

The Bears' Nate Coursey and Lehighton's Jordan Knappenberger tied for the match-low score as they each carded an 80.


Nate Coursey 80, Ryan Adamonis 81, Craig Roberts 83, Cody Scully 86, Ryan McCrowe 86, Wyatt Custred 90


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 26, 2004 Rob Keister earns medalist honors in helping Marian register a 350-365 golf win over Panther Valley. Keister cards an 84 at Mountain Valley to best the field. Amanda Eckhart aids the victory with an 85 while John Kennedy chips in with an 88. For the Panthers, Ian Klemontovic is low man with an 86.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The simple fact about the Marian Fillies 2014 volleyball season is that expectations are sky high. Another simple fact is that they have nobody to blame, but themselves.

Usually, when you hear that phrase it's meant with a negative connotation, but in this instance it's most certainly not.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Starting a football season in Ireland is the last thing a new coach needs.

For James Franklin, there already was enough to deal with at Penn State. But taking the job back in January also meant investing countless extra staff hours on the "logistical nightmare" of shipping 118 players to another country this week ... only to rush them back to prepare for another game.