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Friday, February 3, 2012
Ron gower/times news Northwestern's Sarah Segan (left) puts up a shot over Palmerton defenders Kelsey Hay (44), Jennifer Snyder (33) and Morgan Mummey (20).

Kelsey Hay wasn't interested in how many points she scored after the Palmerton girls handed Northwestern a 37-32 loss in a Colonial League battle on the Bombers' court.

It didn't matter that she finished with a season-high 27 points and scored all 15 points that the Bombers (11-9, 7-7) made in the second half. All she wanted to do was give her teammates credit for getting her the ball and playing tough pressure defense that enabled them to keep the Tigers (13-7, 9-5) from staging a late comeback.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Panther Valley took a huge step toward qualifying for the District 11 playoffs by upsetting Blue Mountain on Thursday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Blue Mt.-Panther Vy.

Panther Valley used a strong second half spurt to knock off Blue Mountain for a 48-40 Schuylkill League win.

The Panthers (9-10, 3-7) need to win two of their last three games to qualify for districts. PV closes the season with games at Palmerton (Saturday), at Tamaqua (Monday) and vs. Pine Grove (Thursday).

Friday, February 3, 2012

February 3, 1970 Karl Andreas scores a team-high 19 points and Slatington holds off Lehighton for a 53-48 Lehigh Valley League win. Andreas tallies six points during an 11-0 third-quarter run that turns a Bulldog deficit into a lead. The winners, coached by Dick Jones, also receive 15 points from Don Rubright while Kim Kistler contributes 12. For the Indians, Ron Miller tallies 19 points.

Friday, February 3, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Ben Snyder is joined by his mother Doreen and his father David as he signs a Letter of Intent to attend Lafayette College

Ben Snyder is no stranger to Lafayette football.

Since middle school he's been attending the Leopards' summer camps.

The Northwestern senior will be spending a lot more time on the Easton campus for the next four years. After considering several other schools, Snyder decided to further his education and football career at Lafayette.

"I've been going to Lafayette for five years for camps," Snyder said. "I went to their one-day clinic and everything really clicked. I ran good times. I threw the ball well even though they're not recruiting me for quarterback.

Friday, February 3, 2012

An injury prevented Peyton Manning from playing this season and having a chance to be part of a Super Bowl on the very turf that his Indianapolis Colts call home.

That doesn't mean there won't be a Manning on the field on Sunday, however, as Peyton's little brother Eli led his New York Giants to the championship game.

Eli will definitely have his hands full.

It's almost guarenteed that New England will be gunning for the younger of the Manning brothers after his heroic performance against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
bob ford/times news Marian's Paul Martin signs a Letter of Intent to attend Wagner University on a football scholarship. Joining Martin for the signing are, front row, from left, his father Paul Martin, Jr., Paul, and his mother Thelma Martin. Back row, Director of Studies Sister Catherine Ward, Principal Sister Bernard Agnes, and football coach Stan Dakosty.

Team leader, work horse, competitor are all terms that best describe Marian Catholic's Paul Martin. Those exact characteristics are why Martin is headed to next level to continue his athletic and academic carreer as a member of the Wagner College football team.

Martin, who started to see some serious time at running back as a sophomore for the Colts always dreamed of playing football at the collegiate level.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Kyle Baumann spins behind Northwestern's Cole Moyer for a takedown in the 132 pound bout. Baumann held on for a 6-5 victory.

Northern Lehigh, Lehighton and Panther Valley all picked up wrestling victories on Wednesday.

WRESTLING

No. Lehigh-Northwestern

Northern Lehigh used six forfeits and two pins to top Northwestern, 51-21 in Colonial League wrestling.

Ty Herzog and Cody Bowman earned pins for the Bulldogs. Herzog's was the quickest of the night at 41 seconds. Bowman picked up his in the third period.

Northwestern recorded two pins as well. Levi Veppert got his in 42 seconds, while teammate Dave Tirpak followed with a pin in 2:10.

No. Lehigh 51, Northwestern 21

Thursday, February 2, 2012

"Leave a legacy."

That has been Jim Thorpe's motto since the beginning of the season.

However, perhaps unbeknownst to them, this year's core of Lady Olympians may have been creating their legacy all along.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mayweather will

face Cotto on May 5

Floyd Mayweather Jr. got almost everything he wanted when he received a boxing license that allowed him to name an opponent and a date for his next fight.

What the unbeaten champion didn't get was a showdown with Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather will fight Miguel Cotto on May 5 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden after Nevada's athletic commissioners granted him a conditional license for one fight before he goes to jail in June.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Rachel Werley of Lehighton signs a Letter of Intent to attend Lehigh University and play field hockey. Joining her for the signing are, front row, from left, her father Paul Werley, Rachel, and her mother Kim Werley. Back row, Lehightn Athletic Director Kyle Spotts and Indian field hockey coach coach Lamar Long.

Rachel Werley has always been one to set goals for herself.

Whether it would be goals in the classroom, or goals on the field hockey field, the Lehighton senior always strived to complete every one she set for herself.

This year Werley will accomplish two more goals that she has aimed for over the last four years. She will graduate from Lehighton High School and will become a field hockey player at Lehigh University.