Friday, March 27, 2015

Local Sports

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Panther Valley Hoopster Booster basketball banquet

The Panther Valley Hoopster Booster Club held its basketball banquet on March 1 at Kelly's Irish Pub in Lansford. The club hosted members of both the boys and girls basketball teams. Senior players honored at the banquet were, front row, from left, Alexis Kerestes, Kailee Smith, Taylor Vance, Amy Corby, Macey Markovich and Megan Marouchoc. Back row, Michael Weng, guest speaker Gene Snisky, Ethan Vermillion, Chad Dubosky and Cee Keo. Zane Eickhoff was also a member of the boys basketball team.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Summit Hill native Leonzi recognized at banquet

One year after his passing, the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation has recognized a former Summit Hill man for his role as a coach and an educator.

Dr. Albert F. Leonzi, Ph.D, died Feb. 19, 2014, at the age of 71. A 1960 graduate of the former Summit Hill High School, he worked at Kutztown University from 1969-2005, where he served as a football coach and professor of secondary education.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The story that appeared in Tuesday's Times News on high school track relay teams incorrectly listed the members of last season's 4x400 Palmerton team.

The Bomber relay team, which placed third at the PIAA state championship meet, consisted of Nate Eckhart, Austin Shupp, Jerry Pereira, and Shaun Seiler.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Coach James Franklin's rookie season at Penn State was made a little tougher by not having two of his top leaders on the field.

Linebacker Ben Kline was gone by midsummer with a torn Achilles tendon his second-straight season marred with a serious injury.

Tight end Adam Breneman was shelved just after preseason camp began with a knee injury his second lost season of the past three.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Knoblauch second in state

Brayden Knoblauch captured second place at the Elks State Hoop Shoot contest in State College on March 7. Knoblauch represented the Tamaqua Lodge and the Northeast District at the competition. He made 22 of 25 free throws during regulation and then hit 5 of 5 in a playoff for second place. Knoblauch, who is the son of Jim and Jillian Barron, is shown with Tamaqua Elks Hoop Shoot director Vaal Kester.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Head coach - Frank Miller (9th season)

Assistant coach - Walt Bevilacqua, Jason Jacobs, Joe Jaskot, Eric Moore, Patty Rehrig, and Robert Wagner

District 11 Class - AAA

League - Schuylkill

Last year's record - 3-3 overall (2-3 SL)

Key Losses - Courtney Capper, Amber Castillo, Catherine Condly

Key returnees - Devon Matz (Sr., Hurdles), Colleen Hoffman (Sr., Sprints/Pole Vault), Rachael Caputo (Sr., Hurdles/Jumps), Lindsay Capper (Sr., Distance), Autumn Cope (Jr., Jumps/Throws), Brooke Cope (So., Throws)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Colleen Hoffman (right) and Camille Principe sprint on the school's track that is still partially covered with snow. The Olympians girls track team, which had a strong turnout this season, should be further bolstered by a new junior high program.

The starting gun fires and Bevon Matz takes off like a rocket. She flashes to the front and then legs out another victory in a 300 meter race.

Matz, the current school record holder in the 300 hurdles for Jim Thorpe, is an exception to her gender. She is one of only five Olympians that has dedicated herself exclusively to the sport of track and field. The other girls on the team participate in a variety of other sports.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Palmerton Area School Board, on an 8-0 vote Tuesday with Director Darlene Yeakel absent, approved the following extracurricular positions for the 2015-16 school year:

- Leigh Keenan, head boys's basketball coach, $6,029

- Brett Zieber, assistant boys' basketball coach, $3,947

- Jeremy Coleman, assistant boys' basketball coach, $3,947

- Rodney Strohl, head girls' basketball coach, $6,029

- Ralph Andrews, assistant girls' basketball coach, $3,947

- Sue Lynn, assistant girls' basketball coach, $3,947

- Justin Petersen, head wrestling coach, $6,029

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) announced a new Director of Athletics, Andrew Johnson, will join the college today on March 16.

Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, Sports Administration Track from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he earned a Master of Sports Science in Sports Coaching from the United States Sports Academy.

In addition, Johnson has served as Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Widener University, Chester, Pa., for the last 12 years. His knowledge will be enormously helpful to our student athletes.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Head coach - Frank Miller (Ninth season)

Assistant coaches - Walt Bevilacqua, Jason Jacobs, Joe Jaskot, Eric Moore, Patty Rehrig, Robert Wagner

District 11 Class - AAA

League - Schuylkill

Last year's record - 3-3 overall (3-2 SL)

Key Losses - Khaaliq Lynch, Deonte St. Hill, Jake McGeehan, Mike Malatak

Key returnees - Jon Condly (Sr., Distance), Jake Saxon (Sr., Distance), Dylan Bucior (Jr., Distance), Rayan Green (Jr., Hurdles/Jumps), Sam Gilkes (Sr., Sprints/Jumps)