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Saturday, February 12, 2011

February 12, 1982 Lehighton benefits from the foul line and a strong defensive effort from Glenn Dally to gain a 57-51 Centennial League win over Pocono Mountain. The Indians, coached by Jim Smith, score 15 of their 17 fourth-quarter points at the charity stripe to secure the victory. Dally, who tallies 15 points in the contest, limits the Cards' top scorer (Dean Knecht) to only three points in the second half. Steve Kresge hits for a game-high 17 points while Chris Knappenberger adds 14 points and pulls down 11 rebounds.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

If you'd add up the time needed to produce a Fitness Master article, you'd realize I'd fare better financially busing tables at any eatery in the area. So why do I feel so fortunate to be the one writing this column?

Because real living is far more than accruing cash. Sometimes it's a nurturing of knowledge that expands awareness and creates a wild time in the amusement park of your mind.

Writing this column grants me that admission.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

POTTSVILLE – The old cliche states that defense wins championships.

Last night, it also won Nativity a trip to Martz Hall for next week's Schuylkill League playoffs.

With a 52-41 victory over Marian, the Golden Girls (15-6, 10-2) claimed their third consecutive Schuylkill League Division 3 championship and will now play either Tamaqua or Pine Grove (depending on who wins Sunday night's play-in game between Minersville and Tri-Valley) on Wednesday night.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

After two weeks of winter weather delayed the start of the season, the Eastern Schuylkull Recreation Commission's winter basketball league finally tipped-off on Wednesday night at the Tamaqua Elementary School gymnasium.

On opening night, Joe's Place, Ryan's Oil & Heating, R.R. Frey Services and Cuz-N-Joe's Place all emerged victorious.

Joe's-Sokol Club

Joe's Place opened the game on a 10-0 run and never looked back as they posted a 53-47 victory over Sokol Club.

Former Wilkes University standout Tom Kresge topped Joe's Place with a game-high 19 points.

Friday, February 11, 2011
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Jordyn Homyak receives presents shortly after reaching the 1,000-point mark earlier this season.

At a very young age, Jordyn Homyak knew she loved basketball.

That's not surprising.

Because from the time she was an infant, Jordyn was attending her sisters basketball games.

Older sisters Brianne, Jessica and Jill all had successful basketball careers at Marian High School and Jordyn saw almost every game.

Part of her earliest memories of those games came when Brianne, the oldest of the Homyak sisters, scored the 1,000th point of her high school career.

Fourteen years after witnessing her sister reach that milestone, Jordyn achieved it herself.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Panther Valley football team will be under new leadership next September. The school board approved the hiring of Lonnie Hazlet as the head football coach, awarding him a three year contract beginning with the 2011-12 school year. Hazlet's salary has been set at $4,225, with a $50 increase each year.

Although several board members praised Hazlet's qualifications and spoke highly of the new coach, the vote to hire him was 6-3. Directors Irene Genther, Anthony DeMarco and R. Mickey Angst voted against the motion, indicating that they were not in favor of the three year contract.

Friday, February 11, 2011
TJ ENGLE/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Jake Kern signs a letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Colgate University. With Kern are his parents, Laura and Steve. Standing is Bulldog head football coach Joe Tout.

Jake Kern has always been a hometown kid.

The Northern Lehigh senior has no intention of leaving that feeling behind when he departs Washingtown Township for college this summer.

He recently chose a to attend a college over 200 miles away, Colgate University, but he chose it because the Hamilton, NY, campus felt like home.

"The main reason I chose Colgate is just because they have a hometown feeling up there," said the 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back/receiver/safety/return man.

Friday, February 11, 2011

February 11, 1992 Terry McElmoyle scores 13 of his team's final 16 points, including the game-winning jumper with six seconds to play, to help lift Marian to a 61-60 Schuylkill League Division III win over Mahanoy Area. McElmoyle finishes with a game-high 26 points for the Colts, who rally from a halftime deficit. The winners, coached by Joe DeAngelo, also receive 16 points from Brad Shanfelt while Mark Makovec chips in with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Friday, February 11, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Mike Streisel (left) drives to the basket as Jim Thorpe's TJ Prontnicki defends.

On Senior Night, Tamaqua got contributions from each of its six upperclassmen, with reserve Eric Bachert hitting the game's biggest shot.

It was Bachert's baseline jumper with 30.6 seconds left that gave the Blue Raiders the lead for good in a 72-69 Schuylkill League Division I victory over visiting Jim Thorpe Thursday night.

The triumph snapped an eight-game slide for Tamaqua, which closed its season with a 5-17 mark (2-10 league). It also ended a 15-game losing streak to Jim Thorpe (6-16, 2-10), dating back to 2004.

Friday, February 11, 2011
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Marian's Mike Nesgoda drives toward the basket during Thursday's game against Nativity.

The Marian boys and Northwestern girls posted basketball wins while Northern Lehigh picked up a wrestling win on Thursday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Nativity-Marian

Marian escaped with a 56-52 Schuylkill League Division 3 win over Nativity.

Dom Richards scored 13 of his game-high 21 points before halftime. Chris Barletta finished strong by scoring 11 of his 17 points in the second half.

Nativity was led by Mike Fetteroff's 17 points.

In the JV game, Marian finished the regular season unbeaten (18-0) with a 51-35 win. Ryan Karnish had 15 points for the Colts.