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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall will host a kickboxing event Saturday, March 10.

Erin Go Brawl will feature 10 bouts starting at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Erin Go Brawl with its Irish theme will help kickoff St. Paddy's Day events and will have some of the finest kickboxers in action. The promoters from Rock The Cage MMA, LLC have assembled a full slate of action from the Wolfpack Fighters and its trainer Joe Gudinas who train at the Xtreme Fitness Center in St. Clair.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Anthracite Football League officially extended invitations to Lehighton and Blue Mountain to join the league for the 2014-15 school year.

Both teams were accepted on a 9-0 vote by league members.

League schools will meet this summer to work out scheduling for the expanded 11-team league.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Breaker Boys football team will open its season on Sunday, March 25 when it hosts the Mountaintop Reapers team in Summit Hill.

Prior to the game, the Breaker Boys will be retiring Rob Marrero's #6 jersey. Marrero was a former player for both the Breaker Boys and the Reapers who was paralyzed during a Mountaintop game last season.

Marrero is expected to attend the game in his wheelchair.

Breaker Boys head coach/owner Scott Reese, said that representatives from all teams in the league are also expected to be in attendance for the event.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kale Sweeney recently completed an outstanding career as a member of the Johns Hopkins University football team.

Sweeney, a Parkland High School graduate and the son of former Panther Valley High School graduates Cathy and Jack Sweeney, has been a four-year starter for the Blue Jays, serving as the team's captain this past season.

A 6-1, 235-pound defensive lineman, Sweeney was third on the team with 61 tackles. He was also the team leader in both sacks (5) and tackles for loss (10).

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 7, 1972 Joe Balascik pours in a game-high 19 points and also pulls down 14 rebounds as Marian cruises to a 64-50 win over Shamokin Lourdes in the Eastern semifinals of the PCIAA state tournament. Wally Yext tallies six points in the opening quarter as the Colts break out to an 18-6 lead. Mike Prekopa contributes 13 points to the winning effort while Dave Labosky finishes with an even dozen. Marian's Yext also adds seven assists.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A breakdown of the classses that local wrestlers will be competing in at the PIAA State Championships.

CLASS AA

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner was named the Colonial League girls basketball Most Valuable Player.

Oertner was one of three area players to earn spots on the 2011-12 Colonial League First Team.

Joining her were Sara Jones of Northwestern and Kelsey Hay of Palmerton.

The Bulldogs' Tina Bastardi, the Tigers' Sabrina Mertz, and the Bombers' Jade Farquhar all received honorable mention recognition.

2011-12 Colonial League

Girls' Basketball All-League Team

FIRST TEAM

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March 6, 1959 Tamaqua rallies in the second half to defeat Allentown, 59-52, and claim the District 11 Class A championship. Billy Yelsh scores a game-high 18 points for the Blue Raiders, who trail by five points at halftime. Bill Storch contributes to the win with 17 points while George Willing adds 10. The winners, coached by Eli Purnell, benefit at the foul line by shooting 25-of-36. Tamaqua's Paul Keich and Dan Boyle both chip in with six points.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Bombers' Cook named Scholar-Athlete

As he sat there listening to the introduction of the player who was about to receive the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award Sunday night at the Northampton Community Center, Aaron Cook of Palmerton never thought it would be him.

"He was announcing all of the great names like Dan Persa who have won the award and I was thinking it wasn't going to be me," said Cook. "Most of the guys there didn't think it was going to be them. Looking at all of the other nominees, it was wide open I guess you could say.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Northern Lehigh's Lucas Pierce was recently named to the Colonial League boys' basketball First Team all-star squad.

Pierce, a junior, was the only TIMES NEWS area player to make the First Team.

The Bulldogs' Caleb Johnson and Devin Glose received Second Team honors, while Palmerton's Brett Snyder was an Honorable Mention selection.

Lloyd Irons of Salisbury was named the league's Most Valuable Player.

2011-12 Colonial League

Boys' Basketball All-League Team

FIRST TEAM