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Monday, January 2, 2012

All saltwater anglers are reminded by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission that they can register with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for free beginning Sunday, Jan. 1, through the PFBC's website. NOAA requires annual registration from both Pennsylvania residents and non-residents – 16 years of age or older – who target or catch shad, striped bass and river herring from the Delaware River below Trenton Falls or in the Delaware River Estuary.

Monday, January 2, 2012

If you need any further proof that Palmerton's wrestling team is making strides, their performance at the Tony Iasiello Christmas City Tournament last Thursday and Friday is evidence that the program is moving in the right direction.

Bethlehem Catholic, which crowned seven champions in the event, ran away with the team title with a total of 308 points, but Kane Kralik's 2-1 overtime rideout decision over Wallenpaupack's Victor Steffen in the 220-pound finals helped clinch second place for Palmerton.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Northern lehigh grad Adam Hluschak was the runner-up at 141 pounds and redshirt sophomore Braden Turner was third at 157 to give East Stroudsburg University two placewinners at the Wilkes Open recently.

Hluschak was one of six wrestlers compete in the 79th annual "Rose Bowl of Wrestling".

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2, 1999 Josh Black scores a career-high 27 points and pulls down eight rebounds to help Panther Valley earn a 62-55 Schuylkill League win over Tamaqua. The Panthers, coached by Dan Matika, trail by four points at the break before rallying in the second half. Ben Porambo, who seals the game with six straight free throws down the stretch, finishes with 15 points while John Stanko chips in with 10. For the Raiders, Phil Malay tallies a team-high 22 points.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Jim Thorpe and Northwestern both finished out on the losing end in boys basketball contests played last Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jim Thorpe-Salisbury

Salisbury (8-0) outscored the Olympians in every frame to pull out a 73-45 non-league win.

Chris Uhl led the winners with a team-high 17 points, while teammate Brent Maron added 11.

Darius Clark scored a game-high 22 points on four three-pointers to keep things respectable for the Olympians (6-3).

Salisbury also won the JV game, 46-40.

JIM THORPE

Monday, January 2, 2012

North Schuylkill dominated this year's Anthracite Football League All-Star team with nine first-team selections.

The offensive player of the year was Mike Gaval from Mahanoy Area. The defensive player of the year honor was shared by North Schuylkill teammates Jonathan Green and Mike Shinkus.

Pat Mason of Minersville was named coach of the year.

Only four TIMES NEWS area players were named to the first team this season.

Tamaqua had two players on the first team as defensive end Pete Conforti and kicker Lance Williams were honored.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The 2012 bowl season is here and the Nittany Lions will be going to Dallas to face The Houston Cougars (12-1) in the TicketCity Bowl. Yes, Penn State fans, the Nittany Lions have literally punched their ticket to the TicketCity Bowl. I don't know if it's neccessarily the show that the 9-3 Lions wanted to attend, but it seems the bowl reps had already given out all the good seats to the "cool" shows.

Friday, December 30, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Juan Castillo's eyes got red and watery and his voice quivered slightly when he was asked if he ever lost confidence in himself during his struggles as a first-time defensive coordinator.

"The only thing for me is: I don't want to fail my head coach," Castillo said. "I don't want to fail him, man. I don't want to fail my boss."

The Philadelphia Eagles aren't going to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and just the fourth time in coach Andy Reid's 13 seasons.

Friday, December 30, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Trevor Yashur, second from left

It's becoming quite common this time of the year.

Select a football all-star team and you're bound to have a host of Northern Lehigh players on it.

After another successful season (the Bulldogs have reached postseason play in 13 of the last 14 years), it shouldn't come as a shock that Joe Tout's club once again dominated the TIMES NEWS First Team.

In all, nine players received mention on our top team. Leading the way is TN Football Player of the Year Trevor Yashur. Two other Bulldogs were recognized on the Second Team.

Friday, December 30, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

It was a shot at redemption that Michael Balliet wanted ever since he got pinned by Big Spring's Cody Seibert Wednesday night at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School.

Balliet returned on Thursday and got his revenge on the lanky Seibert, using a five-point move in the second period en route to claiming a 10-6 victory to take third place at 170-pounds.

Balliet was joined by Northwestern's Levi Veppert as the two bronze medalists from the prestigious tournament, as Veppert knocked off Martin Strenk of Delaware Valley 3-1 at 182.