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Friday, August 31, 2012

At the completion of the 2011 field hockey season, Northern Lehigh head coach Jess Frew had an inkling that her team would be able to compete this season with the Colonial League and District 11 elite. With a number of potentially-strong players returning to the roster, there would be a solid nucleus of talent to build upon to make her team excel. What she didn't know was that a new turf field would help the program in plenty of other ways along that same path towards competing with other great teams on the 2012 schedule.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Lady Bears go for MVC three-peat

Kristen Eberhardt, Abigail Kaspszyk, Dana McAllister, Stephanie Palmer, Katelyn Slack and Katelyn Smith all decided to give the sport of cross country a shot in their first year of high school.

While the first year of high school might have been a difficult transition for them to handle, the girls weren't concerned about adding a varsity sport to their schedules.

It has turned out to be a great move for both the girls and the Pleasant Valley cross country program.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30, 1949 Summit Hill bats around in the first inning, scoring six times, and goes on to post a 12-3 win over Coaldale in the opening game of the Panther Valley League finals. Bonetsky leads the offensive attack with three hits and two runs scored. Vince Lisella also contributes three hits and a run, while George Keister finishes with two hits and a pair of runs. Sarabok, who adds a two-run double, earns the pitching win, and "Monk" Robin chips in with two hits.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Northwestern and Marian both scored wins on the links on Wednesday in high school golf matches.

GOLF

Palmerton

-Northwestern

Cole Miller's three-under-par highlighted Northwestern's 425-532 Colonial League victory over Palmerton.

The Tigers' Miller grabbed medalist honors with his score of 69, while teammate Nick Vecillio shot under 80 with a 77.

Ke-Koa Mook led the Bombers with a team-low 76.

NORTHWESTERN 425

Cole Miller 69, Nick Vecillio 77, Zach Caruso 85, Eric Abercrombie 95, C. Kelson 99

PALMERTON 532

Thursday, August 30, 2012

JIM THORPE

Head coach Drew Benyo (25th season)

Assistant coaches Marie Rosahac

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Last year's record 6-3 overall (2-3 SL Division 1)

Key losses Kayla Susko, Erin Bucci, Caitlin Liscinski, Caitlin Henninger, Gabby Miller, Samantha Miller, Cara Williams

Key returnees Briana Gehres (Sr.), Rebecca Osborne (Sr.), Catherine Condly (Jr.), Courtney Capper (Jr.), Emily Ruffa (So.)

Others to watch Terry Loyd (Sr.), Taylor Tonelis (Jr.), Lindsey Capper (So.), Anna Marie Fiducia (So.)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

JIM THORPE

Head coach Drew Benyo (25th season)

Assistant coaches Marie Rosahac

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Last year's record 6-3 overall (2-3 SL Division 1)

Key losses Chris Boyd, Darren Gehres

Key returnees Bob Taylor (Sr.), Erik Sellers (Jr.), Christian Fields (Jr.), Zachary Nace (Jr.), Nathan Fields (So.), Jonathan Condly (So.), Jacob Saxon (So.)

Others to watch Jian Qui Gentile (Fr.), Jake McGeehan (Jr.)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

JIM THORPE

Head coach Tom Condly (First year)

Assistant coaches Willie Macek (First year), Dani Condly (First year)

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Last year's record 8-10

Key losses The Olympians graduated 8 of 11 starters from last season.

Key returnees Cat Condly (Jr., F/MF), Alyssa Dachowicz (Sr., D), Alyssa Smith (So., M/GK), Amber Castillo (Jr., D).

Others to watch Autumn Cope (Fr., F/GK), Rebecca Cressman (Fr., F/GK).

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Marian picked up a non-league golf win, while Lehighton earned a split in Mountain Valley Conference action on Tuesday.

GOLF

Pottsville-Marian

Marian improved to 5-1 (4-0) on the year with its 318-351 golf victory over non-league foe Pottsville.

The Colts' Mike Gottstein took medalist honors with a 77. Teammate Eric Mason also broke 80, as he finished with a 79.

Josh Green and Mark Postupack fired 81s to round out the scoring for the locals.

Marian 318, Pottsville 351

MARIAN

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Northwestern's Sarah Segan (right) battles with Palmerton players Sabreena Strauch (31) and Shana Ahner (12) for possession in a game last spring. For the first time, the PIAA has moved girls soccer to be played as a fall sport across the Commonwealth.

Welcome to the new world of Pennsylvania girls' high school soccer.

Instead of the usual format that saw the eight TIMES NEWS area teams split up between the fall and spring seasons, now all PIAA soccer teams will compete in the fall.

The girls' soccer teams that compete in the Schuylkill League like Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, and Weatherly have always competed in the fall so the change is minimal for them as far as numbers go.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August 29, 2003 Dan Flizack completes 7-of-8 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown to help Jim Thorpe open its football season with a 28-0 win over Tamaqua. Flizack hits Jason Figura for an 85-yard scoring strike for the game's first TD. Figura, who also hits the end zone on a 12-yard run, finishes with five catches for 157 yards and runs for 74 yards. Flizack adds a 16-yard scoring run while Justin Young provides the other Olympian tally.