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Thursday, December 20, 2012
bob ford/times news filephoto Jim Thorpe's Patrick Duvigneud was named to the Class AA All-State first team.

Jim Thorpe quarterback Pat Duvigneaud was named to the PIAA Class AA All-State team on Wednesday.

Duvigneaud was the lone player from the TIMES NEWS area to be named to either the Class A or AA team that was released on Wednesday afternoon. He was one of two players to be selected to the Athlete position on the team.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Stelmack's leadership was key for Tigers

Unselfishness is easy to spot in most sports the basketball player that makes the extra pass, the baseball player that doesn't mind laying down a sacrifice bunt.

In cross country, a sport which celebrates individual accomplishments as much as those of the team, it's a little harder to pick out the athletes that care more about their teammates than themselves.

Northwestern's Tyler Stelmack added to an impressive list of individual accomplishments this year and for it he earned the 2012 TIMES NEWS Cross Country Player of the Year.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
RICH George/SPECIAL TO the times news Palmerton's Damien Fink (top) puts Southern Lehigh's Anthony Colasurdo on his back before pinning him in their 126-pound bout.

Palmerton and Southern Lehigh both won seven matches in their hotly contested Colonial League wrestling showdown on Wednesday night.

It was the Spartans however, that had the edge on the scoreboard when the dust settled for a 37-35 victory thanks to coming away with more bonus points.

Southern Lehigh used four pins, a major decision and a win by injury default for its extra points.

Palmerton, on the other hand, managed two pins, one technical fall and two forfeit wins for its bonus points.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Brittany Doughty (2) of Jim Thorpe is watched closely by Panther Valley's Megan Marouchoc.

Panther Valley's energy on defense played a major role in its 59-35 Schuylkill League win over Jim Thorpe Wednesday night.

The Lady Panthers (3-2,1-0) half court press and tight man to man defense forced Thorpe to turn the ball over five times before the game was two minutes old as Panther Valley, led by the perimeter shooting of Abbey Whildin, controlled the first quarter and finished it with a 16-6 advantage.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 19, 1952 Joel Samuelson pours in 42 points and Lehighton sets a new state scoring record for points in a game by defeating Mauch Chunk, 116-81. The 116 points breaks the mark of 109 set by Sell-Perk seven years earlier. The combined 197 points by both teams is also believed to be a state record. Denny Roth contributes 35 points to the victory while the Indians, coached by George Bibighaus, receive 14 more from Danny Frank. Dick Laub chips in with nine. For Mauch Chunk, Lowell Swartz tallies a team-high 26 points.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
@Caption Stand Alone:Wenner invited to play in prestigious tournament Cole Wenner, seen here as a member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Junior Knights, has been selected to participate in a prestegious PeeWee International Ice Hockey Tournament in Canada. Wenner, the son of Darren and Tracy Wenner of Palmerton, is currently a seventh-grade student at MMI Preparatory School. The tournament, which will be held Feb. 14-24 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec, is recognized as the world's premier youth hockey event for players ages 11 & 12. The event includes 120 U12 teams from around the world. More than 2,000 players from 16 countries will be participating. Each player on the Junior Knights Quebec Pee Wee team will stay with a local, French-speaking Quebec family for the entire duration of the tournament. The Junior Knights play out of Revolution Ice Centre in Pittston.

Cole Wenner, seen here as a member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Junior Knights, has been selected to participate in a prestegious PeeWee International Ice Hockey Tournament in Canada. Wenner, the son of Darren and Tracy Wenner of Palmerton, is currently a seventh-grade student at MMI Preparatory School. The tournament, which will be held Feb. 14-24 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec, is recognized as the world's premier youth hockey event for players ages 11 & 12. The event includes 120 U12 teams from around the world. More than 2,000 players from 16 countries will be participating.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

27+27+27=Victory.

That was the winning formula last night for Marian, as the Fillies calculated a 46-27 Schuylkill League Division III victory over Shenandoah Valley (3-2, 1-1).

The win improves Marian to 4-1 on the season, but more importantly, puts the Fillies all alone atop Division II with a full game lead (2-0) over both Shenandoah (1-1) and Nativity (1-1).

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Lehighton boys' basketball team is officially on a winning streak.

That is something that hasn't been said since January 5th of 2007. Nearly six years later, it can be voiced once again.

Lehighton won its third game in a row Tuesday night, as the Indians (4-1, 2-0) held on to beat East Stroudsburg North 66-53 in Mountain Valley Conference play. The locals have now defeated Pocono Mountain East and Eastburg North in the last four days and sit atop the conference standings.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Austin Luers is covered by Northwestern's Richard Perry during last night's Palmerton-Northwestern Colonial League boys matchup.

Three times in a span of less than three minutes in the first quarter, Jarred Binder went up for a lay up, made it and drew the foul. The Northwestern center didn't convert on any of the three-point play attempts, but he made his presence felt early in the game.

The 6-foot-6 senior went on to a career-high 23-point night as his team beat visiting Palmerton 68-35.

"It was a good game," said Binder. "My teammates were looking inside and we took advantage of my size in the post. I felt like I couldn't be stopped. But I've got to work on my free throws."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Northwestern's Sarah Segan (13) goes in for an uncontested layup with Palmerton's Emelie Meinhart coming up from behind. Segan scored 17 points and the Tigers went on to win, 51-33. RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS

On a soccer field, the offensive prowess of Northwestern's Sarah Segan is legendary.

Tuesday night, the Tigers' multi-sport athlete showed that she can defend with the best of them as well.

Segan traded in her soccer cleats for a pair of basketball sneakers a few weeks ago. The Tigers' striker and the Colonial League's leading goal scorer this past fall, she also changed her focus when she hit the hard court.

With Segan leading the way, Northwestern put the defensive clamps on Palmerton and rolled to a 51-33 victory.