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Friday, March 16, 2012
ap filephoto Robbie Frey, shown returning a kick 100 yards for a touchdown during a 2009 game against Rutgers, is chasing his NFL dreams after a strong showning at a Regional Combine last month.

Robbie Frey had the same dream growing up that thousands and thousands of young football players have.

For the overwhelming majority of those youngsters, that dream never turns into reality.

Frey is hoping to be one the few exceptions

Frey, the former Lehighton High School standout who enjoyed collegiate success at both the University of Connecticut and Kutztown University, is now chasing the ultimate dream – a shot at the National Football League.

Friday, March 16, 2012

March 16, 1982 The Palmerton girls use their press to race to an early lead and then coast the rest of the way to claim a 61-45 victory over Mount Carmel in the first round of the PIAA state playoffs. Wendy George accounts for eight of her team's points as the Lady Bombers bolt to a 20-2 advantage. George finishes with a team-high 16 points while Kristen Cortazzo contributes 13. The winners, coached by Bill Piper, also receive 12 points from Kim Dakan and 10 from Anne Searles.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hofstra's Ben Clymer won his first-round matchup Thursday in the NCAA Wrestling Championships but couldn't advance to the quarterfinal round.

Clymer, a graduate of Northwestern Lehigh and former TIMES NEWS area Wrestler of the Year, entered the NCAAs as the 11th seed at 184 pounds. The senior earned a second period escape in his bout with Ty Vinson of Oregon State and made it stand up in gaining a 1-0 victory.

That win pushed his record to 30-6 and gave him a new season-high for victories.

Friday, March 16, 2012
Tennis IQ not issue for Tribe

In reference to the sport of tennis and its mental and physical approaches to playing the game, there's an old adage that states, "Tennis is 90 percent mental and 10 percent mental." The joke refers to just how tennis players' psychological stamina affects their success rate.

Of course, the physical part of the game matters and is important to a player's approach and mastering of the sport. However, a successful tennis player needs to utilize their brain in order to pull out a win on the court.

Friday, March 16, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Justin Zeigenfuss returns a shot during tennis action Thursday.

Pleasant Valley was the only local winner in scholastic tennis action on Thursday.

PM East-Lehighton

Pocono Mountain East opened Mountain Valley Conference play with a 5-2 victory over Lehighton.

James Sverchek and Justin Zeigenfuss posted the Indians' lone team points with singles' victories.

PM East 5, Lehighton 2


Max Kenny (PME) def. Nick Mantz 6-2, 6-3; James Sverchek (L) def. Mike Bolock 6-1, 6-1; Justin Zeigenfuss (L) def. Stephen Ducey 6-3, 6-2.


Friday, March 16, 2012

What would Hershey have without Hershey Park? Applebees.

What would Hershey have without the Giant Center? An empty lot.

As my years progress here in the sweetest place on earth, I become more sour at this depressing playground during the PIAA wrestling tournament.

Outside of Houlihans restaurant, which is really the only attraction I look forward to on my stay here, everything else in this area is an absolute bore (and people complain about the Lehigh Valley!)

So here are some of the observations and one liners from Chocolatetown USA.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Palmerton Youth Wrestling team was honored at a banquet on Feb. 26 at the Aquashicola Fire Company. In the photo at the top left, are Palmerton wrestlers who were honored for their performance at the Valley Elementary League Varsity Tournament, from left, Randan Solt, Lucas Christman, and Nicholas Garambone. In the top right photo are the Coaches Award winners. They include, front row, from left, Matthew Lalik (Outstanding JV Wrestler) and Nicholas Garambone (Outstanding Varsity Wrestler).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 15, 1977 Bryan Sauers scores a game-high 33 points to help lead Lehighton to a 78-68 win over Hanover Area in the first round of the PIAA state playoffs. Sauers excels at the free throw line, finishing 13-of-17 at the charity stripe. The Indians, coached by Jim Smith, trail after the first quarter but outscore their opponent by a 46-29 margin in the middle frames. Jeff Miller and Dave Warner each contribute to the victory with double-doubles. Miller tallies 25 points and collects 13 rebounds while Warner nets 10 points and adds 14 boards.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
nancy Scholz/times news FILE PHOTO Palmerton's Karl Pielmeier has a seventh and an eighth seed for this weekend's PIAA championships.

Six TIMES NEWS area swimmers have qualified for the 2012 PIAA State Swimming Championships that will be held at Bucknell University starting on Friday. All participants will be competing in Class AA competition.

Karl Pielmeier (Palmerton), Sawyer Allen (Palmerton), and Matt Cullen (Weatherly) on the boys side and Katie Pielmeier (Palmerton), Joann Butkus (Tamaqua), and Caroline Kanaskie (Tamaqua) in girls competition will be representing the area this upcoming weekend.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
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The Panther Valley Elementary Wrestlers did an exceptional job at the Coal Cracker League Tournament recently. The following wrestlers medaled at the tournament. Front, from left, Spencer Kern and Sabastian Hay, 2nd row, same order, Liam Scrivanich, Kyle Rusnak , Gabe Heaney, Aiden Rohrbach and Matt Milkowich. Row 3, Austin Hydro, Hunter Kennedy, Xander Kern, Tanner Kennedy and Malik Zver. Noah Ortiz, Eric Moyer and DeAntay Alson were also members who medaled. Liam Scrivanich, Kyle Rusnak, Austin Hydro, Hunter Kennedy, DeAntay Alston and Xander Kern all won championships.