Saturday, February 25, 2017

Local Sports

Saturday, February 11, 2017
The author’s German shorthaired pointer, Buck Run Josey Wales, enjoyed a pheasant hunt on his 14th birthday. The Pennsylvania Game Commission may require pheasant hunters to purchase a $25 permit next hunting season. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Wow. Usually when the Pennsylvania Game Commission enacts a change, it’s done in increments. For example, we got a foot in the door for Sunday hunting when the PGC deemed it lawful to hunt foxes, crows and coyotes on Sundays.

I expected the same approach with the pending approval for hunters to use semiautomatic rifles. I thought that the change would first be allowed for small game, for several years, before it was allowed for big game.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Lehighton's Donovan Buchinsky puts up a shot over a pair of Blue Mountain defenders. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton head coach Rich Oertner knew his team had its work cut out for them against Blue Mountain.

The Eagles sport a front court with several players taller than the tallest Indian. With a limited look at any kind of interior game for the Tribe, Oertner’s club would have to convert on most of the opportunities they did get — and they didn’t.

Despite their off-shooting night, the Indians made the Eagles work for their 47-30 Schuylkill League win to round out the regular season.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Jim Thorpe boys and girls both posted wins in scholastic action on Friday.


Minersville-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe capped its regular season with a 55-41 Schuylkill League victory over Minersville.

Chris Micciche led the Olympians with 13 points, while Brendon Carroll hit double figures with 11.

The Miners’ Stephen Wollyung led all scorers with 24 points, and Bryce Ellinger added 10.

Jim Thorpe is now 12-10 overall and 7-7 in the league.

In the JV game, Jim Thorpe rolled to a 56-37 victory.


Saturday, February 11, 2017
Kemery receives academic honor

Northern Lehigh graduate Gavin Kemery was recently named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team.

Kemery, a freshman at Moravian College, was one of four Greyhounds honored, but was the only one from the men’s team.

The former Bulldog finished 79th of 351 runners at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional at DeSales with a time of 26:44, and he earned Landmark All-Conference First Team honors by placing sixth at the Landmark Conference Championships with a season-best time of 26:30.72 for 8,000 meters.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Bombers’ Perschy to attend Franklin & Marshall

Palmerton High School senior Garrett Perschy will continue his academic and athletic career at Franklin & Marshall.

Perschy was a four-year member of the Blue Bombers varsity football team and set numerous records as the team’s quarterback. He threw for 200-or-more yards seven times this past season, helping his team reach the District 11 Class 2A championship game. He finished the year 153-of-261 for single-season school records of 2,155 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also ran for 313 yards and nine scores.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Stasko heading to St. Vincent’s

Palmerton High School senior Mike Stasko will continue his academic and athletic career at St. Vincent’s College.

Stasko, a four-year varsity member of the Blue Bombers football team, played running back and defensive back for Chris Walkowiak’s team.

This past season, Stasko was named to the Colonial League First Team as a defensive back. He had 97 tackles, including 61 solo, and three interceptions, two which were returned for touchdowns. He also had three tackles for loss, three pass deflections and two fumble recoveries.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Bill Shilko of Tamaqua enters the water to complete one of his dives at the Schuylkill League diving championships. Shilko took first place in the event. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mariann Shilko fulfilled her promise.

The Tamaqua diving coach told her team if it swept the top three spots at the Schuylkill League Championships, she would take a dip.

The Blue Raiders delivered. And Shilko made her way into the water.

Tamaqua’s Bill Shilko continued his season-long dominance, winning the event with 367.70 points, while teammates Bill Frederick (298.00) and Dalton Adams (281.05) took second and third, respectively.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Marian's Noah Stauffer gets ready to go for a shot while Panther Valley's Anthony Micholik defends. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The Marian boys basketball team took the “Next Man Up” approach to another level against Panther Valley on Friday night.

Times News area leading scorer Brandon Mohammed got the night off, but three Colts set season-highs in scoring. The milestones were just enough to fend off the Panthers in a Schuylkill League season finale for both teams, 66-62.

“It was tough not playing him on senior night,” said Marian head coach John Patton. “But again, we have a lot of stuff ahead and I think that’s where we need to go.”

Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 11, 1992 — J.C. Dietz pours in a game-high 25 points to help Panther Valley pull away from Cardinal Brennan for a 63-48 Schuylkill League victory. Dietz tallies nine of his points in the final frame as the Panthers, coached by Tony Antinozzi, hold off their opponent for the win. Dave Hnat finishes with 10 points for PV, while Cazzie Kosciolek and Jimmer Kane each contributes seven. Five of Kosciolek’s points come in the first quarter to help his team jump out to a 16-7 start.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The two-word phrase bit into my brain like the teeth of a bear trap. Like a snared bear, my thoughts couldn’t break free.

Not because the phrase was questionable, controversial, or even outrageous. Not because it made the cryptic crystal clear. But because of the leap it allowed my brain to make.