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Thursday, March 20, 2014

JIM THORPE

Head coach - Derick Reis (1st year)

Assistant coaches - John Searfoss, Jake Zurn, Adam McFarland.

League - AAA, Schuylkill League Division 1

Last year's record - 2-18 (1-11 SL)

Key Losses - Pat Duvigneaud, Justin Kaminski, Colton Knox, Christian Gavornik, Nicholas Montanaro.

Key returnees - Bryce Micciche (Sr., P/IF), Ian Sterling (Sr., P/OF), Mitch Peters (Sr., P/OF), Dominic Pompa (Jr., 1B/P), Dave Everitt (Jr., C/P), Alex Steigerwalt (Jr., OF/C), Jordan McEmoyle (So., IF/P).

Thursday, March 20, 2014

March 20, 1949 St. Joseph's of Summit Hill use a big second half to pull away from St. Vincent's of Minersville for a 78-51 CYO victory. The winners outscore their opponent 45-21 over the final two quarters to break open a close contest. Johnny Bonetsky, Ray Yasson and "Bugs" Rhodunda all finish with 19 points for the Panther Valley Parochial champs, coached by Jimmy McHugh and Gino Poli, while Vincent Ploplis chips in with seven.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

(through Mar. 17)

(bout minimum: 5)

106 - 1. Kevan Gentile, Jim Thorpe, So. (36-8); 2. Colton Rex, Northern Lehigh, So. (22-11); 3. Baily Wehr, Northwestern, Fr. (15-14).

Honorable Mention - Ezra Neff, Lehighton, Fr. (18-10).

Notes - This group remains unchanged after not competing following the Southeast Regional tournament.

113 - 1. Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Sr. (42-8); 2. Quentin Bernhard, Northwestern, So. (25-13); 3. Zachary Kemmerer, Lehighton, So. (27-10).

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This is now becoming more than just a fast start for a new coach.

James Franklin and staff have only been on the job at Penn State for a little more than two months, but they continue to piece together a rather dominating beginning to this 2015 recruiting class.

The latest verbal commitment comes from New Jersey's Juwan Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver who is ranked among the top 25 at his position nationally.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Seth Andress of Palmerton follows through on a forehand shot during tennis action Tuesday.

In yesterday's non-league tennis match between Palmerton and Lehighton, it was safe to say that both sides' coaches were going to be content, despite the outcome.

With the weather wreaking havoc on the 2014 Spring sports season thus far, both the Indians' Dave Sherry and the Blue Bombers' Alex Knoll were just happy about having their teams be able to play outdoors, on a court.

The Tribe eventually pulled out a 5-2 decision over the Bombers, riding the strength of their equality throughout their lineup. With the win, they improve to 1-1 on the short season.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Jim Blakeslee talks to his track team during a recent practice. The longtime assistant has taken on the job of head track coach.

Jim Blakeslee has been in this position before.

Well, not this position.

Blakeslee, who is taking over the Lehighton track and field program this season, was the school's head cross county coach for nearly 10 years after taking over in 1985 and will be entering his 29th year overall as a coach.

While the experience is undeniable, the gaps in his head coaching tenures span nearly two decades, something that had Blakeslee, a guidance counselor at the Shull-David and Mahoning Elementary Schools, wondering if he'd ever be in such a position again.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Although it may not look like it, spring is upon us.

As we usher in a new season and a variety of different sports, we also say goodbye to basketball and wrestling.

Throughout the TIMES NEWS area, several boys' and girls' hoops teams enjoyed success this past season, highlighted by Marian's district championship and subsequent run to the second round of the state playoffs.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March 19, 1982 Jerry Snyder's driving layup with seven seconds left to play lifts Palmerton to a 53-52 comeback win over Nazareth in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs. After the Eagles miss a free throw, Snyder grabs the rebound and goes coast-to-coast for the game-winning shot. The Blue Bombers, coached by Pete Delich, had trailed by 14 points (42-28) late in the third quarter before rallying for the victory. Rob Endres scores a game-high 17 points while Snyder finishes with 13. The winners also receive nine points from Randy Engle.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March 18, 1954 St. Joseph's of East Mauch Chunk uses the one-two punch of Joe Duffy and Bill Gmitter to cruise to a 50-25 win over St. Cunegunda's of McAdoo in the District Two CYO championship game. Duffy pours in a game-high 24 points as the winners, co-coached by Mickey Hodor and Walt Moser, outscore their opponent in every quarter. Gmitter contributes 21 points for the Panther Valley Parochial League champs.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

State College It's been two months now, and James Franklin is no less entertaining in the small moments.

Take Monday's blustery beginning to spring practice at Penn State. After leaving a noon press conference, he inquired about adding a portable heater to the Beaver Stadium media room, he rolled down his window to thank reporters for attending and then he jumped out of his car to greet a couple of random people wearing St. Patrick's Day green.