Saturday, August 30, 2014

Local Sports

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.

Monday, August 25, 2014


Head Coach - Stacey Duerst (1st season)

Assistant Coaches – Karen Wall, Ashley Lichtenwalner

Last Year's Record – 10-9

District 11 Class - Classification - AAA

Key Losses – Gwen Remaley, Maris Stern, Emily Mantz, Lauren Burrows, Amy Smith

Key returnees – Riley Durshin (Sr/F), Steph Kinsella (Sr/F), Jenna Beck (Jr/Def), Saige Miller (Jr/F), Emma Sawyer (Jr/Mid), Maddie Teno (Jr/Def), Tia Brownmiller (So), Elise Johnston (So), Grace Shanton (So), Mya Wagner (So)

Others to watch - Ali Rossino (F/Jr), Megan McCullion (Jr/Mid)

Monday, August 25, 2014
Accepting the challenge

When opportunity knocks, you can choose to not answer the door.

When Lehighton High School called her to interview for the Lehighton field hockey head coach position, Stacey Duerst opened that door without thinking.

"I was a bit surprised that I got the job and that no one else had applied," said Duerst, who has never coached field hockey at any level. "Then I went home and in the middle of the night I woke up and said to myself, 'What have I done?'"

Monday, August 25, 2014

August 25, 1959 Vince Gogal pitches a one-hitter and slugs a home run to help Nesquehoning gain a 3-0 win over Summit Hill in a Panther Valley Little League tournament game. Gogal strikes out 12 batters and drills a two-run blast in the fifth inning. The winners also receive a hit and run scored from Lou Consoli and R. Evanko. For Summit Hill, Walt Kruzek suffers the loss despite allowing just three hits and striking out five. He also collects his team's only hit, a double.

Monday, August 25, 2014

STATE COLLEGE He came to Penn State as one of the most heralded quarterback recruits in the nation.

He came to play for head coach Bill O'Brien, who worked with Tom Brady for five seasons in New England, and helped develop West Scranton graduate Matt McGloin into an NFL quarterback.

After a freshman season in which he earned freshman All-America honors and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Christian Hackenberg was on his way to becoming O'Brien's latest protégé.

Friday, August 22, 2014

August 22, 1961 Keith Miller pitches a one-hitter and Bob Hodor delivers at the plate as Jim Thorpe shuts out Nesquehoning, 5-0, in a Panther Valley Little League tournament game. Miller walks four, strikes out three and receives early offensive support (two runs in both the first and second innings) from his teammates. Hodor finishes with a single, double, homer and three runs scored. Mike Paulas adds a pair of hits and a run while Mike Tessitore chips in with a hit and run scored.

Friday, August 22, 2014

On Tuesday night, James Franklin and his staff went through a list of players to meet with. The group mostly freshmen are candidates to redshirt this upcoming season. Each told they fit into one of three categories.

"Some guys that we saw would play right away," Franklin said Wednesday, "and then other guys it's kind of a wait-and-see, that were going to try to hold their redshirt if we're able to, based on the injuries. And another group that more than likely is going to redshirt."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Northwestern and Lehighton both posted wins in golf action Thursday.

The Tigers defeated Palmerton while the Indians downed Jim Thorpe.




Northwestern posted a 426-484 Colonial League win over Palmerton.

No other information on the match was submitted to the Times News.

Jim Thorpe-Lehighton

Lehighton cruised past Jim Thorpe in Schuylkill League play, 360-472.

Jordan Knappenberger shot an 81 to lead the Indians (2-3). Cody Semmel and Nick McGeehan each carded 89s in the win.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

It had been five years since veteran Lou Strohl last won a Modified race at Mahoning Valley Speedway but on Saturday night his long overdue visit to Victory Lane came to an end as he posted his 33rd career win at the Lehighton paved quarter mile oval and first since May 9, 2009.

And oh what a race it was. In the final 10 laps Strohl would battle intensely with another well-experienced hand, John Markovic, trying every way possible to get by. With two laps to run Strohl finally snuck underneath and would hold on for one more lap, earning the very popular win.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lehighton was the only local team to pick up a victory in golf action Wednesday.



Lehighton edged Tamaqua in Schuylkill League golf action, 408-409.

Tamaqua's Carson Schoener led all golfers on the day with an 88.

Jordan Knappenberger led the Indians with a 99.


Jordan Knappenberger 99, Cody Semmel 101, Gary Higgins 103, Erik Reichard 105.


Carson Schoener 88, Anthony Lewis 99, Nate MacDonald 107, Tim Lehman 115.

Played at Mountain Valley (Mountain course), Par 72.