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Saturday, February 12, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Amy Zehner prepares to go up with a shot as Nina Batts (left) and Chelsea Smelas of Jim Thorpe defend.

Tamaqua's run to a perfect season has been well documented.

In win No. 21 Friday night against host Jim Thorpe, the Lady Raiders relied on a different kind of run.

Leading by just six points at halftime, Tamaqua (21-0; 12-0) saw its lead cut in half when Brittany Holland hit a three-pointer to start the second half.

What followed, though, is why Joe Berezwick's team is one victory away from completing an undefeated regular season.

Saturday, February 12, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Josh Malaska (23) looks for help as Palmerton's Kyle Ruch (23) and Jourdan Reinhart (52) double team him.

Northern Lehigh knew it still has a shot at making the Colonial League playoffs next week.

Entering Friday night's contest at Palmerton, the only way that was going to happen was if the Bulldogs (15-6, 10-5) took care of business against the Bombers, before taking on Wilson Saturday afternoon.

Jumping out to a 17-0 lead after holding the Bombers (8-14, 5-11) scoreless in the first quarter, Northern Lehigh wound up with a 45-25 victory.

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.