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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jim Thorpe gained its first tennis win of the season while eight Pleasant Valley basketball players participated in the annual Perryman-Keglovits Basketball All-Star games.

TENNIS

Jim Thorpe took two of the three singles matches to help claim a 3-2 tennis victory over Palmerton.

Straight-set wins by John Lowin and Luke Eggert helped the Olympians (1-1) gain their first triumph of the season.

Thorpe also received a doubles win from the team of Roman Raytsis and Luke Carter.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 24, 2004 Palmerton's tennis team earns its first victory in four years by defeating Jim Thorpe, 4-1. The Blue Bombers, coached by Andy Steinmetz, receive straight-set singles wins from both Max Harleman and Matt Berger. The winners also claim both doubles matches, including a straight-set victory by the team of Dan McDonald and Kyle Boyer. The other doubles win comes from Nick Delich and Tony Green.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Betty (Mullen) Brey, the mother of Notre Dame men's basketball coach Mike Brey, died on Saturday, March 21, of a heart attack. She was 83.

Born in Weissport, Brey's aquatic career began in 1947 when she won her first race at the Old Home Week celebration in Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe), Her first big competition was a one-mile Lehigh River swim in Allentown where she finished second.

She represented the U.S. in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. She swam for the silver medal-winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the women's 4x100 meter freestyle relay.

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23, 1987 Tamaqua's track teams open their season with a sweep of Bishop Hafey. The Blue Raider boys win 15 of 18 events to post a 115-35 victory. John Mateyak captures three events (shot, discus, javelin) while Vance Welker (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Ray Kinder (high jump, triple jump) and Eric Woodring (1600, 3200) are double-winners. In the girls meet, three Tamaqua athletes each gain two wins to claim a 100-41decision. Those double-winners were Missy Chinchar (100 hurdles, 3200), Sue Abazly (shot, javelin) and Denise Stahler (100, long jump).

Monday, March 23, 2015

When the NCAA Tournament reaches the Sweet 16, that means there are only 15 games left to decide a national champion.

Kentucky needs to win four of those games to become the first undefeated champion since Indiana in 1976. The Wildcats improved to 36-0 – the best start to a season for any team – with a workmanlike win over Cincinnati. Next up in the Midwest Regional semifinal is West Virginia, another team that will come right at Kentucky and try to force turnovers, the Mountaineers' trademark this season.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The National Football League has never been more popular. More than 114 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLVIV last month and for the fifth time in six years the game set the record for the most-watched event in U.S. television history.

The television networks that air NFL games have never spent more money for the league's broadcast rights, with Fox, CBS, NBC and ESPN paying more than $6 billion annually to the league to televise its games.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Four from Palmerton Carbon Hall inductees

The annual Carbon County Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Sunday, May 24 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

This year's inductees are:

Palmerton - Jan Sosik, Nicole Levandusky, Joe Visnosky Jr., Charles "Biddy" Romig.

Lehighton - Carl Wolfe, Wayne Wentz, George Tkach.

Jim Thorpe - Marijo Gillespie Whalen, Kevin Trice, Scott Kmetz.

Nesquehoning - Katherine A. "Kitty" Curry, Anita Misantone, Robert "Bob" Rehatchek, James Agosti and Carl Mikovich.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
No Header!

Jim Thorpe's Hunter Gibson will further his education and football career at Moravian College in the fall.

Gibson was a four-year starter at offensive and defensive tackle.

He was also named Jim Thorpe's Lineman of the Year.

Gibson was selected Times News First Team offensive tackle, Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association North First Team offensive tackle, SCFCA Dream Team OT and Anthracite Football League second team offensive tackle.

Gibson also participates in Track and Field and Powerlifting.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The entire length of the Appalachian Trail is marked with white blazes. If you see two white blazes on the same tree, it means that there's a turn in the trail.

Seeing the rectangular white blazes on the trees was like getting reacquainted with an old friend. With just a minute or two walk from the parking lot, even given the bare spring branches, I noticed that the road noises from busy Route 309 were soon muffled.

Feeling frazzled? Sick of the lingering cold? Want to get away, but all those vacation spots are too costly? Take a hike.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March 21, 1997 Travis Hunsicker belts a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to help Lehighton gain a 3-2 win over Tamaqua in both team's season opener. Ken Parliman pitches a five-hitter, striking out 14 batters. The Indians, who hand head coach Chris West his first victory, also receive a double from Brian Andrew. For the Blue Raiders, Brian Davis doubles, scores a run and knocks in one.