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Monday, December 5, 2011
bob ford/times news Panther Valley boys basketball team members include, front row, from left, Kyle Ferryman, Pat Owens, Zack King and Jake Kusko. Second row, Jake Szczecina, Nick McArdle, Thad Ogozalek, Steve Romanchik and Luke Stano. Back row, assistant coach Charlie Depuy, Jesse Mathewson, Brett Kershner, Brock Mitchell, Nate Mathewson, Joe Dalessio, manager Marly Mikovich and head coach Pat Crampsie.

A few years ago, Panther Valley boys basketball coach Pat Crampsie might not have been able to stay as upbeat and positive.

That's because the Panther program was a lot more fragile back then.

Panther Valley was in the midst of a streak that saw it go eight consecutive years without qualifying for the District 11 playoffs. At that point in the program's development, an injury, a difficult schedule, or a few key graduation losses would derail any momentum that was building.

Monday, December 5, 2011
Carbon United captures LVYSL U14 soccer title

Carbon United captured the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League Girls U14 championship this year. The team, comprised of youths for the Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Palmerton and Panther Valley school districts, compiled a 6-1-1 record to edge out Keystone Athletic for the title. This is the second straight championship for the Carbon United U14 team, which tied for the league crown last season. Team members include, front row, from left, Sarah Moyer, Cassidy Ryan, Ilse Hassler, Camilli Principe, Meghann Principe and Kaylie Haskins.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Bloomsburg University women's indoor track and field team had 11 members of the team qualify for the PSAC championships and had one school record fall at the Bison Open held at Bucknell University on Saturday.

In the 60 hurdles, Lehighton grad Vanessa Rimbey qualified for the PSAC's with a time of 9.62.

Monday, December 5, 2011

December 5, 1944 Nesquehoning races to an early lead and pulls away from East Mauch Chunk to gain a 39-19 victory. Vic Mikovich and Joe Fedock both finish with 12 points to lead the winners, who open a 17-5 advantage before cruising to the win. Mike Kurash chips in with four points for the Nesquers, who are coached by Sam Pagano. For East Mauch Chunk, Elmer Feuerstein tallies a team-high five points.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Junior Sami Vavra set the school record in the 100 breast and contributed to the school record-setting 400 medley relay team at the Grove City Winter Invitational on Friday and Saturday in western Pennsylvania.

Vavra, a Panther Valley grad, swam a time of 1:07.22 to win the event and shave 26-hundredths of a second off the 100 breast record set by Sarah Roscioli during her senior season last year. She also won the 200 breast in 2:30.67, just under a half-second off Roscioli's school record, and was third in the 200 IM with a personal best of 2:15.30.

Monday, December 5, 2011
bob ford/times news Panther Valley wrestling team members are, front row, from left, Mike Lazar, Len Ogazalek, Seth Oriel and Matt Buss. Middle row, Zach Glassic, Mike Hrebik, Hunter Davidyock, Rian Shubeck, Dustin Marblestone and Tony Yerger. Back row, manager Samantha Kresge, John Horvath, Stephen Snyder, Jared Eichkoff, Nick Mazzie, Pat Iezonni and manager Jacinda Ruzicka.

The future looks extremely bright for the Panther Valley wrestling team.

With strong numbers in the elementary program and a talented and deep freshmen class impacting the varsity lineup, veteran coach Tim Robb is excited about what lies ahead.

Robb's goal is to make sure the path from the present to the future is not shrouded in darkness.

Monday, December 5, 2011
bob ford/times news Panther Valley girls basketball team members are, front row, from left, Abbey Whildin, Shannon Phillips, Mary Jane Thomas, Krista Paul and Olivia Markovich. Back row, Sam Zlock, Brittany Cunfer, Trayvonda Rice, Breanna Cullen and Madison Blasko.

Josh Wank is tired of short seasons.

The Panther Valley girls basketball coach doesn't want to be collecting uniforms the second week of February.

After a pair of five win seasons in his first two years at the Panthers' helm, Wank thinks this year's squad has postseason potential.

"We didn't graduate one person from last year's team and we added several talented freshmen," said Wank. "Our numbers are up and our talent level is up.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Even for the most skillful of spot-and-stalk hunters, getting close enough to pressured deer to take a shot can be an unrealistic expectation and a frustrating experience during the second week of Pennsylvania's firearms deer season, which closes a week from today.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
photo courtesy of Siena College Siena's Jarrett Siwiec gets set to return the ball during a match earlier this season. Siwiec, a Pleasant Valley High School graduate, is a senior for the Division I Saints.

It was almost four years ago that Jarrett Siwiec decided to take his tennis skills from Pleasant Valley High School to Siena College.

In a matter of a few months, The four-time TIMES NEWS Tennis Player of the Year will be putting the finishing touches on his collegiate playing career with the Saints' men's tennis team.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Two things many hunters want to know about almost any deer they take are its age and weight, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, through its website, is offering some free tools to guide hunters in determining their deer's age and weight.