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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Panther Valley graduate Christa Mantz recently wrapped up an outstanding season as a member of the Albright College volleyball team.

Mantz, a sophomore outside hitter/defensive specialist, led Albright in kills, was second on the team in digs, was fifth in aces and sixth in blocks.

Mantz finished the season with 234 kills, good enough for sixth most in the Middle Atlantic Conference and nearly 100 more than anyone else on the team. She added 273 digs, 19 aces and 17 blocks.

Albright had an overall record of 8-21 this season.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

(Through Jan. 2)

106 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, So. (11-1); 2. Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, So. (13-4); 3. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Sr. (5-3).

Notes - Yanovich placed third at Reno Tournament of Champions, only loss to Green Valley's Sean Cannon who is an Honorable Mention selection in National Rankings; Ogozalek started season 9-1; Hoats opened year 3-1 at 113 pounds.

113 - 1. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, So. (15-1); 2. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, Jr. (9-1); 3. Josh Evans, Palmerton, So. (11-1).

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Shenandoah Valley used the strength of a 26-point third quarter to run away with a 72-52 victory over visiting Panther Valley.

The Blue Devil capitalized on 13 turnovers the Panthers (4-4 overall) committed alone in the third frame, in which they were able to outscore the hosts 26-7 to build themselves a comfortable enough of a lead.

The Blue Devils' Mark Twardzik led all scorers with a game-high 20 points, while Nick Merva followed with 18. Teammates Josh Dombrosky and Chris Paulubinsky both finished with 13.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January 3, 1968 Ed Jacoby scores a game-high 25 points to help lead Lehighton to a 72-53 Lehigh Valley League win over Stroudsburg. Jacoby hits for nine of his points in the final frame to help stop a comeback attempt by the Mounties. The Indians also receive 18 points from Terry Long while Norm Frey contributes with 11.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Run 10k in 35 minutes. Ride 100 miles in 5 hours. Bench press 200 pounds 10 times. All three are excellent examples of superior physical health that really don't matter nearly as much unless they produce something else.

Peace of mind.

Yet far more of us focus on achieving any of the former instead of the latter. That's because we falsely believe that peace of mind is the byproduct of other accomplishments rather than an accomplishment itself.

Monday, January 2, 2012

As if outdoorsmen were not busy enough with flintlock season and the late archery, small game and waterfowl seasons, along comes New Year's Day with all the football games, parties and resolutions.

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.