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Friday, December 6, 2013
Front: Shelby Berger, Ally Isom, Lexi Hartz, Catherine Strizak, Tea Heister and Jackie Gillott. Back: Coach Sue Sernak-Martinelli, Coach Terry Hartz, Samantha Hartz, Kelly Parker, Dominique Adamczyk, Courtney Lovett, Cheyanne Wallish, Jessica Polchin, Manager Carol Seltner and Head Coach Walter Frantz.

Recently-hired Weatherly girls basketball coach Will Frantz knew he had his work cut out for him. However, he is welcoming the challenge with open arms and a great response.

This year 31 girls tried out for the team, which Frantz believes is an all-time high.

"People associated with the program have told me that they can't remember ever having to make cuts at Weatherly," Frantz admits. "I'm impressed with the enthusiasm so far and I think that will translate into some good things down the road."

Friday, December 6, 2013
Carbon United finishes season undefeated

The Carbon United OutKasts Boys U-9 soccer team recently finished its season with an undefeated record. The team competes in the Lehigh Valley Soccer League. The OutKasts allowed just three goals the entire season, which was their first together. Members of the team include, front row from left, John Light, Matthew Sofranko, Rory Robinson, Mascot Noah Geiser, AJ Light, Rowan Melber; middle row, Nick Zeigenfuss, Stephen Yuhas, David Donavon, Mason Marchessault, Dawson Meckes, Jacob Geiser; back row, coaches Chris Geiser and JD Light.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
ron gower/times news The Pleasant Valley girls basketball team members are, front row, from left, Maliyah Jones, Jordan Meckes, Mackenzie Dorney, Dzana Krcic, Caroline Scott, Kiki Russel. Back row, assistant coach Ken Dekmar, Mackenzie Borger, Courtney Miller, Renee Milos, Jenesa Fields, Julia Craig, and head coach Nadia Gauronsky.

Pleasant Valley has big plans for this season, and there's good reason for that optimism. The team that came up just short of its third consecutive Mountain Valley Conference title brings back its top scorers along with plenty of depth for one more run at a league title.

"We have everybody back and this team has been a part of two MVC championships and was a runner-up last year," said fifth year coach Nadia Gauronsky. "And they've made district playoffs the last three years.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Rich George/Special to the Times News The 2013-14 Palmerton wrestling team under coach Dave Lavin prepares for the upcoming season.

Palmerton head wrestling coach Dave Lavin has enjoyed some success the last couple of years that saw the Bombers reach the league playoffs and district duals.

With some experience through the middle of his lineup and from what he's seen through the first two weeks of practice, Lavin is hoping to keep the program up near the top of the Colonial League.

The biggest problem that Lavin has had to deal with is numbers and trying to fill some of the weight classes to try and make competing in the dual meets a little easier.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
ron gower/times news Members of Pleasant Valley boys basketball team are, front row, from left, Nyeim Nevarez, Lance Robinson, Kevin Wisser, Jarius Hosier, Zach Deegan, Eric Mikulski, Shai-Quan Alder. Back row, coach Tony Chupa, Ferrell Fludd, Dakota Neubert, Pierce Roden, Marquis Brown, Ron Moore, Bryan Sharpe, Aaron Raughley, coach Bob Madsen, and head coach Ken Piotkowski.

The disappointment of losing in the Mountain Valley Conference championship game for the second consecutive season didn't last long for coach Ken Piontkowski, who looked at the abundance of players coming back and envisioned even more success this year.

"We only return two starters, but a number of the guys coming back played a lot of minutes last year," said Piontkowski, who is entering his 19th season as head coach. "And they played significant minutes last year. So from that standpoint, it's not like we're a rookie squad. We definitely have some experience."

Thursday, December 5, 2013
ED HEDES/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton girls basketball team members for the 2013-14 season will include: Front, from left, Cassie Keiser (manager), Kaitlyn Muffley, Susan Missel, Julia Paulinho, Janelle Tracy, Erika Beers and Trisha Sterling. Back row, same order, Madison Mummey, Jade Farquhar, Mikayla Krupa, Abby Reimer, Lindsay Nemeth, Makayla Smale and head coach Rodney Strohl.

Even though the Palmerton girls basketball team has a new head coach entering this season, he is far from new to either the game or the Lady Bombers program.

Rodney Strohl, who spent six successful season as head coach in the late 1990's in which he compiled a record of 130-41, returns to the bench with a small, talented team to put on the floor.

Strohl takes over for Don Delich, who stepped down at the end of last season after 10 years at the helm.

"I feel good and I'm really anxious for the girls," Strohl said about coming back after almost 15 years.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 5, 1967 Mike Siddlow pours in a game-high 27 points and also pulls down 18 rebounds to lead Lehighton to a 66-46 win over host Weatherly. The Indians, coached by Tom Schaeffer, use a 20-4 third quarter spread to take control of the game. Ed Jacoby contributes 12 points and 15 boards to the victory while Norm Frey chips in with 12 points. The Wreckers are led by Dan Andrews, Bill Learn and Dale Bachert, who all finish with 10 points.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
ron gower/times news  Comprising the wrestling team at Pleasant Valley High School are, front row, from left, Austin Bellemore, Andrew Tichy, Jonathan Klein. Middle row, Garrett Gouger, Nathan Yoonker, Anthony McCue, Kenneth Yanovich,Brannan Bale, Jason Jacobi, Tahir Ashfaq. Back row, coach Chris Merwine, Jarrett McConnell, Trent Thomas, Will Focht, Ahmad Curtis, Matt Robinson, Nick Resper, Brady Keefe, Nicholas Ammirato, Ariel Meja, coach Justin Micklos, coach Buddy Gouger.

In some ways, the Pleasant Valley wrestling program will be starting over with new head coach Justin Micklos.

But it certainly won't be like starting from scratch.

Micklos inherits a roster that features three-time state qualifier Kenny Yanovich and a wealth of young talent that should ensure there's not much of a drop off from last year's 14-8 squad.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Lehighton School board accepted the resignation of Floyd Brown as assistant wrestling coach at its last meeting.

The school board also approved the athletic hires of Benjamin Tkach as assistant wrestling coach and Jared Brownmiller as volunteer wrestling coach.

Additional athletic hires for the 2013-2014 school year include Bill Brong, Amber Konek and Bernard Shea as assistant high school track coaches. Kimberly Lusch and Tim Sharrow were approved as middle school assistant track coaches.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
ED HEDES/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's boys basketball team for this season will be made up of: Kneeling, from left, Jared DePuy, Seth Andress, Dominic Shivone, ty Achtermann, Zsch Svetik, Mike Stasko and Joey Suto. Back row, same order, Zach Buck, Nick Frey, Logan Lesher, Mark Quinn, Ben Weber, Spencer hay and Steven Ruger.

Wins have been hard to come by for the Palmerton boys varsity basketball team lately.

One win last season and 19 spread over the last six years hasn't been much to smile about.

That's why first-year head coach Leigh Keenan is looking at the present and future for the program he took over as the fifth mentor in the last four years.

The last time the Blue Bombers made the district playoffs was back in 2001-02 when they finished with an overall record of 13-13.

What Keenan inherited was eight of the top nine scorers back along with four of five starters.