Friday, September 4, 2015

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Thursday, September 3, 2015


Head Coach - Karen Wall (1st season)

Assistant Coaches - Abby Frey, Allison Solley, Jordyn Homyak

District 11 Classification - AAA

League- Independent

Last Year’s Record - 4-14 overall

Key Losses - Riley Durishin, Stephanie Kinsella, Megan McCullion (injury)

Key Returnees - Jenna Beck (Sr.), Emma Sawyer (Sr.), Maddie Teno (Sr.), Elise Johnston (Jr.), Grace Shanton (Jr.)

Others to Watch - Allie Rossino (Sr.), Tia Brownmiller (Jr.), Allie Rehnert (Jr.), Mya Wagner (Jr.), Maura Phelan (So.), Michelle Bozilesky (So.)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Palmerton won a golf match and Tamaqua picked up a tennis victory to highlight Wednesday’s scholastic sports action.



Palmerton earned a Colonial League victory against Wilson, 481-523.

Jon Schwartz led Palmerton with a 91, as Kody Kolnik was right behind him with a 93.

Bryce Etter had the match-low score of 85, but it wasn’t enough for Wilson.

Palmerton 481, Wilson 523


Jon Schwartz 91, Kody Kolnik 93, Johnathan Frace 98, Travis Stroup 99, Eric Baumgradt


Thursday, September 3, 2015
Northern Lehigh field hockey coach Jess Frew (pink top) talks to her players during a break at a recent practice. Frew has turned the Bulldogs into a perennial league and district playoff team. TJ ENGLE/TIMES NEWS

Jess Frew was used to winning at Lehighton Area High School in the mid 1990s.

Known by her maiden name, Jess Schoenberger, at the time, she was part of a field hockey program that won both Mountain Valley Conference and District 11 Class AA championships during her scholastic career.

It was those winning ways that Frew, a four-year varsity letter winner with the Indians, wanted to embed into what was a struggling Northern Lehigh field hockey program when she was named head coach back in 2003.

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Coal Crackers capture baseball championship

The Schuylkill Coal Crackers 13U travel baseball team won the 2015 Sports at the Beach Dog Days of Summer Tournament held August 7-9 in Rehoboth Beach, DE. The Coal Crackers finished with an impressive record of 5-1 for the weekend, only losing their opening game. They played teams from Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. They defeated the Port City Outlaws from Williamsport, 15-7, in the championship game. Team members include, front row, from left, Brayden Knoblauch and Jarrett McCabe. Second row, Chris Holler, Aiden Brennan, Jake Ferhat, Nate Boyle, and Zach Chowansky.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Tamaqua tennis team and Marian golf team both picked up victories on Tuesday.



Tamaqua earned a non-league victory against Hazleton, 3-2.

Allison Pedersen of Tamaqua won the No. 2 singles match against Lily Nowak 6-2, 6-2.

The Lady Raiders also swept the doubles matches as the duos of Emma Osenbach/Arie Serniak and Keyla Saez/Brooke Williams picked up victories.

Tamaqua 3, Hazleton 2


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

There should always be teachable moments after a tragedy.

IndyCar Racing is at that crossroads now, much like NASCAR officials were in early 2001 after they buried their iconic hero, Dale Earnhardt. They zipped to it, fastidiously, making significant changes that included mandatory head-and-neck restraints.

No driver has died in a NASCAR-sanctioned race involving its top three series since that fateful last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Northwestern’s girls soccer team hoists the District 11 Class AA trophy last season. The Tigers lost three Division I players and several other starters from that team. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Copyright - Nancy Scholz

The Northwestern girls’ soccer team made its deepest postseason run ever last year. The Tigers won both Colonial League and District 11 Class AA titles and advanced to the PIAA semifinal round. They finished the season with a 23-2 record.

A number of last year’s key players have graduated and moved on to college. The three Division I recruits, Sarah Segan, Sabrina Mertz and Angela Motolese, as well as goalkeeper Laura Hill, center back Alexis Gawelko and midfielder Rachel Fisher, have left the program as one of the most accomplished classes in history.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2, 1976 - Panther Valley opens its Schuylkill League golf season on a winning note, edging Lourdes by a 5 1/2-4 1/2 score. The Panthers receive individual match-play wins from Matt Carnish, Scott Hoffa and Bill Mogilski. Hoffa and Mogilski both register 2-0 victories. The match was played at the Shamokin Valley Country Club course.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Jim Thorpe head volleyball coach Victoria Nichols goes over serving with Alex McGinley at Monday’s practice. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

In high school sports, words like young, inexperienced, and youth are usually associated with teams that don’t have the best success rate.

However, a good crop of young and talented players can jump-start a program. Sprinkle in a young and passionate coach and the recipe for success is ready to be served.

The Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua volleyball programs are hoping that’s what’s in their future with the recent hires of 23 year-old coaches Victoria Nichols (Jim Thorpe) and Emilie Baker (Tamaqua).

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Palmerton and Pleasant Valley both picked up golf victories on Monday.

The Blue Bombers defeated Salisbury while the Bears downed Lehighton.


Pleasant Valley-Lehighton

Pleasant Valley picked up a 369-439 non-league victory over Lehighton.

Nate Coursey paced the Bears with an 83, while teammate Craig Roberts fired an 88.

Nick McGeehan had the low score for the Indians (1-5) with a 98.

Pleasant Valley 369, Lehighton 439


Nate Coursey 83, Craig Roberts 88, Cody Scully 97, Riley Held 101.