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Friday, September 21, 2012
Raiders to induct seven new members

The Tamaqua Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee will induct its 17th class into the Hall of Fame which will include seven new individuals.

The following is biographical information regarding the newest class into the Tamaqua Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

LARRY LECH

Lech was one of the all-time winningest coaches in any sport as the Head Cross Country coach from 1991-2000 with a career record of 170-21 (boys 89-7, girls 81-14).

Friday, September 21, 2012

September 21, 1985 Northwestern's defense allows only 54 total yards to Pocono Mountain in posting a 19-0 Centennial League shutout. The Tigers, coached by Bob Mitchell, also force five turnovers in the contest. Frank Rauscher gives his team the lead with a two-yard touchdown run while Scott Ziegler also reaches the end zone from two yards out. Scott Thompson, who recovers a fumble on defense, accounts for Northwestern's other points with a pair of field goals.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Follow tonight's Anthracite League backyard battle between the Olympians and Panthers live on our website under Sports Blogs

Friday, September 21, 2012

It's been an interesting couple of weeks to open up the 2012 high school football season.

So interesting, with three weeks already under our belt, THE TIMES NEWS Grid Picks race is tighter than it's ever been.

Five, yes I said five of our prognosticators are tied for first place. And thanks to a bunch of 10-5 records last week, there are a few others lurking in the shadows one game back.

As we enter Week 4, don't look for much movement since there are quite a few games that everyone picked the same team. So look for it to stay close again.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Courtney Miller (23) hammers the ball through Lehighton blockers Jackie Jordan (16) and Tiffany Thompson (15)

The Pleasant Valley girls' volleyball team entered Mountain Valley Conference play without Breanna Joseph, last year's Most Valuable Player.

When Joseph suffered an injury during an early season tournament, Bears' head coach John Gesiskie knew he had to take the steps to eliminate any worries on the front line.

"Once Joseph got hurt, we knew we needed a stronger blocker up there," Gesiskie said. "We spent a lot of time with our big girls in the last four or five practices where it was strictly about them. They knew they had to step up their game."

Thursday, September 20, 2012

September 20, 1975 Barre Meixsell's 40-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Kuhn with 32 seconds left to play allows Jim Thorpe to rally for a 20-18 win over Northwestern. Kuhn scores all three touchdowns for the Olympians, coached by Barry Hackenberg, also reaching the end zone on runs of 24 and 48 yards. For the Tigers, Mike Heintzelman throws for 264 yards and three touchdowns.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Panther Valley School Board has set winter sport ticket prices.

A season ticket (girls basketball/boys basketball/wrestling) for a family of four will be $100; an extra person will cost $25 more. Students/senior citizens season tickets are $30 and $40 for a single person.

Tickets for girls and boys basketball games and wrestling meets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Tickets for junior high and freshman games will be $3 for adults and $2 for students.

Senior citizen passes are no longer sold; however, existing senior citizen passes will be honored.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Just three games into the season, Panther Valley has already matched its combined victory total of the past two years.

After back-to-back 1-9 campaigns, The Panthers are off to a 2-1 start.

In its second year under head coach Lon Hazlet, Panther Valley has shown a dramatic improvement in all areas of the game. But nowhere is that improvement more obvious than on the offensive side of the ball.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tomorrow night's contest between Jim Thorpe and Panther Valley has all the makings of an old fashioned dog fight.

Panther Valley is coming into Olympian territory with a 2-1 record, their best record coming into that game since 2008 when they were 3-0. They are also coming into the game with TIMES NEWS area leading rusher Rich Smith (44-483-9TD), who will surely be looking to put up some significant rushing numbers on the Olympians.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
PV's Leap leads 'Bearial' attack

Two weeks ago in Pleasant Valley's blowout victory over Dieruff, quarterback Brandon Leap got to attempt just one pass before being pulled midway through the second quarter.

Last Friday night against Pocono Mountain West, he made up for that lost time in a major way.