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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tamaqua dropped a 3-2 decision to visiting Hamburg in local tennis action Tuesday.

The Hawks swept through the singles matches to prevail in the non-league event.

The Blue Raiders' doubles tandems of Scott Zellner and Christian Gardiner took a straight-set victory, while Sam DePue and Ed Krell also managed the same feat to keep things respectable.

The loss drops Tamaqua to 0-5.

Hamburg 3, Tamaqua 2

SINGLES

Cody Manmiller (H) def. Joe Binder 6-0, 6-1; Jake Rausch (H) def. Tyler Krell 6-3, 6-4; Austin Manmiller (H) def. C.J. Shellhamer 6-4, 6-1.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 21, 1987 Chris Loch knocks in two runs and also scores twice to help Northwestern open the season with a 6-1 victory over Schuylkill Haven. Kevin Smith picks up the pitching win allowing just one run over four innings. Chris Schellhamer and Derrick Wolf combine for three shutout innings in relief to preserve the win. The Tigers, coached by Len Smith, also receive an RBI off the bat of Joe Fatzinger.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Palmerton Area School Board on Tuesday approved the following extracurricular positions, pending contract negotiations, for the 2012-13 school year:

- David Lavin, head wrestling coach

- Francis McCarrol, assistant boys' basketball coach

- James Barron, assistant boys' basketball coach

- Michael Lusch, assistant football coach

- Katelyn Boyd, volunteer softball coach

- On an 8-1 vote, Michael Stefanek, head boys' basketball coach. Director Sherry Haas was opposed.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Schuylkill Scholar athletes

The Schuylkill County Youth Soccer Association held its 21st Annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on March 17. Area high school students who were honored at the banquet were, front row, from left, Kayla Hope (Tamaqua), Jamie Dougherty (Weatherly) and Chelsea Smelas (Jim Thorpe), Back row, Jake Fegley (Tamaqua), Samson Walton (Weatherly) and Richard Buehl (Jim Thorpe).

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The regular season of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league is in the books, with four teams advancing into the playoffs.

With a win over Cuz-N-Joe's Place, R.R. Frey Services claimed the top overall seed and will meet Pereira's Kwik Stop/Joey B's in semifinal action. Pereira's'Joey B's punched its ticket to the playoffs with a win over Schick's Cafe Calcutta.

In the other semifinal matchup, defending league champion Ryan's Oil & Heating will battle it out with Cuz-N-Joe's Place.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Lehighton Area Volleyball Program held its annual "Tribe Classic" under 16s girls volleyball tournament on Sunday, March 11 in Lehighton.

The tournament hosted 10 girls' volleyball teams from across Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The Mountain VBC of Stroudsburg defeated Northwestern VBC of New Tripoli in a best of three sets championship match. The Tomahawks VBC of Lehighton and AVC Diggers of Hometown tied for third place honors on the day by advancing into the semifinal round of the competition.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
 Special to the TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe named its football award winners at its annual banquet recently. Those honored included, from left, Ryan Gregoire (Sportsmanship award), Alex Pope (team MVP) and Ben Moore (Phil Heraty award). Moore was also Jim Thorpe's scholar-athlete nominee for the Lehigh Valley Chapter National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 20, 1971 Lehighton heavyweight George Barkanic gains a win in his state semifinal match, but has to settle for a silver medal after falling in the finals. The Indian junior reaches the championship round by earning a 9-3 decision of Washington's George Reihner. In the finals Barkanic drops a touch 5-3 score to Erie East's Woodrow Thompson, who outweighs the Lehighton grappler by 20 pounds. Barkanic, one of eight District 11 wrestlers to reach the state finals, finishes the season with a record of 24-1.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Lehighton Youth Wrestling Team that won the third annual King of the Ridge Tournament are (front row, l-r) Wyatt Sherer, Mason Ferguson, A.J.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It appears as though the Palmerton High School girls' soccer program will play their home games this fall at the Seventh Street field.

Andrew Remsing, athletic director, informed the school board at a committee workshop on Tuesday that the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association previously decided to move the girls soccer season to the fall statewide.

Based on a survey conducted earlier this month, Remsing said 21 girls indicated they would want to play soccer, compared to 12 who expressed their interest in a survey back in August.