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Thursday, November 11, 2010
McArdle steps down

When Palmerton head football coach Paul McArdle took over as head coach of the Blue Bombers back in 2004, he inherited a program that hadn't had a winning season in its five previous seasons.

It didn't happen over night, but he eventually took the team to a new level finishing as co-Colonial League champions in 2007 and District 11 Class2A silver medalists in back-to-back season.

After finishing a 3-7 season with a team devastated by injuries, McArdle submitted his resignation this week to spend more time and enjoy his growing family.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Last week the Pleasant Valley football team suffered a heart-breaking loss to Stroudsburg and squandered its opportunity to be the undisputed Mountain Valley Conference champ in the process.

Now, through an act of fate or coincidence, the Bears have been given one more chance to prove that they are in fact the best team in the MVC.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Rachel Werley looks to go around Upper Perkiomen goalie Katie Lederer during Tuesday night's PIAA first round game at Whitehall. Werley scored twice to lead the Indians to a 3-0 win.

WHITEHALL - The phrase on the back of Lehighton's warm-up shirts says it all.

'New Year. New Team. Same Dream.'

Last year's PIAA AA state champs moved one step closer to defending their title, as the Lady Indians blanked Upper Perkiomen in their opening-round contest, 3-0. Rachel Werley scored twice for Lehighton and helped her team advance to the quarterfinals this Saturday.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November 10, 1972 A balanced ground attack helps Lehighton coast to a 34-6 victory over rival Palmerton. Larry Weaver leads the Indians with 69 yards rushing, including a five-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Bob Shaffer breaks loose for a 55-yard scoring run while Gary Serfass picks up 47 yards, three of them on a TD tally. The winners, coached by Andy Silock, also score on a 24-yard pass from Lamont Rodgers to Phil Kelly.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Five senior Lady Panthers were recently honored during the Panther Valley High School girls' volleyball team senior banquet, held at St. Joseph's Church Social Hall in Summit Hill. Seniors who were recognized are, from left, Ellen Krajcir, Lauren Frantz, Sarah Branchide, Lyndsay Kusko, and Celene Yelito.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 9, 1962 Ed Kassak scores two touchdowns and leads a high-powered offense in helping Coaldale roll to a 41-0 victory over Ashland. Kassak reaches the end zone on runs of eight and one yard and the Tigers finish the contest with 329 yards on the ground. Johnny Yankovich (two yards), Billy Edwards (eight yards) and Bob Winsko (five yards) all contribute TD runs for the winners, coached by Geno Poli, while Edwards also tosses a 12-yard TD pass to Richie Miller.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

ALBANY On a map, the distance from Lehighton to Albany, New York is 200 miles, but it must feel a lot closer, especially for the University at Albany field hockey team.

That's because four of the 16 players on the Great Danes' roster played at Lehighton High School.

"I honestly have no idea how it happened," said senior Alysia Hough, during a recent practice at Alumni Turf Field.

Hough and fellow senior Chelsea Neff were the first Lady Indians to commit to coach Phil Sykes and they did so on consecutive days without even knowing.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

No. Lehigh

Advanced ticket sales for the District 11Class AA semifinal football game between Jim Thorpe and Northern Lehigh on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium can be purchased in the Northern Lehigh Main Office.

Tickets can be purchased Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m.1 p.m.

Ticket prices are $6 for adult and $3 for students and sr. citizens. All tickets at the gate are $6.

Jim Thorpe

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Marian Hall of Fame holds induction Members of the Class of 2010 of the Marian High School Hall of Fame were inducted during a dinner program held Sunday, Oct. 31, at The Grand Ballroom of Kelly's Irish Pub, Lansford. Inducted were, front, from left, Miriam Maehrer, who accepted the award for her sister, Diane McCullion Carrington, Class of 1986, Nikki Miller Hackenberg, girls volleyball coach, 1996-2002, Peggy Sue O'Donnell, Class of 1977, Joan Shimkus, who accepted the award for her daughter, Barbara Shimkus Mailey, Class of 1982, and Grace Rooney, who accepted the award for her father, Jim Rooney, Class of 1981; and back, Tom Andregic, Class of 1969, Erick Hackenberg, Class of 1988, Kevin Trice, Class of 1977, Bernie Krupa, Class of 1975, Dave McAndrew, boys' basketball coach, 1991-99, Bob Agosti, Class of 1988, and Art Coury, Class of 1958.

Members of the Class of 2010 of the Marian High School Hall of Fame were inducted during a dinner program held Sunday, Oct. 31, at The Grand Ballroom of Kelly's Irish Pub, Lansford.

Monday, November 8, 2010

November 8, 1958 Ron Fredericks scores a pair of touchdowns to help Lansford cruise to a 31-0 victory over Jim Thorpe. Fredericks also recovers a fumble on defense to set up another tally. The Panthers, who collect 326 yards rushing in the contest, receive a 17-yard TD run from Ed Gargula as well as an 15-yard tally from Lee Fredericks. The winners' other score comes on a 14-yard toss from Mike Haravitch to Jim Steber.