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Thursday, December 29, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe head coach Brian Carroll knew in order to defeat Northern Lehigh, his team would need to neutralize the Bulldogs' inside dominance.

That is easier said then done.

The host Bulldogs compiled a huge rebounding advantage and rolled to a 48-30 victory in the finals of the Slatington Rotary Tournament on Wednesday.

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Colts get big win at Panther Valley

The Marian Colts were coming into Wednesday's match-up against rival Panther Valley with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder.

The reason being, the Colts suffered a one-point loss to the Panthers in the PV Tip-Off Tournament in the first weekend of the season. Add the fact that North Schuylkill handed the Colts a bad 17-point loss the night before and all of a sudden their game against Panther Valley became all that more important.

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Barron welcoming new challenge

It is not uncommon for a man to coach a women's' basketball team.

In fact, out of the ten TIMES NEWS area girls' teams, nine are coached by men.

It is when one tries to think of a woman on a men's coaching staff that it becomes difficult to come up with a single example. However, thanks to Panther Valley boys' head coach Pat Crampsie asking former Tamaqua superstar Erika Barron to be a part of his staff, that task has become a lot easier.

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Yashur makes most of opportunity

Not a lot of people know it, but Northern Lehigh's coaching staff seriously considered running a spread offense last season.

That's right. The program known for its smash-mouth running game was going to open it up. The coaches weren't sure they had a running back that could take the pounding that a Northern Lehigh running back gets exposed to.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 29, 1966 Dave Honzo hits a 20-footer at the buzzer to lift Palmerton to a thrilling 63-61 victory over Jim Thorpe at the Slatington Lions Club benefit at Smith Hall. Andy Krawchuk hits a pair of baskets to tie the contest with 45 seconds to play and set up Honzo's heroics. Honzo finishes with 22 points for the Bombers, coached by Don Holland, while Mike Samok nets 11. For the Olympians, Dennis Balliet tallies a game-high 35 points.

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Jim Thorpe's Brian Ohl tries to turn Whitehall's Steve Faris in Round 1 of the Jim Thorpe Christmas Tournament.

Jim Thorpe's Ryan Ruberto turned in his team's best showing during the Christmas Wrestling Tournament hosted by the Olympians on Wednesday.

WRESTLING

Jim Thorpe Christmas Tournament

Whitehall took home the Jim Thorpe Christmas Wrestling Tournament championship Wednesday afternoon. The host Olympians ended the day tied for seventh.

Jim Thorpe's best showing came from Ryan Ruberto in the heavyweight division. He finished second to Whitehall's Brian Fang.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton head coach Rich Oertner knew he had to stop Northern Lehigh's inside game if his team was going to have a shot to beat the Bulldogs in the first round of the Slatington Rotary Tournament on Tuesday night.

The Indians were able to pose some problems for the Bulldogs in the first quarter, but a 12-point run to start the second quarter and only a two-point answer from the Indians gave Northern Lehigh the push it needed for a 54-38 triumph and a spot in Wednesday night's championship game against Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

For the first quarter and a half, it seemed as if neither Jim Thorpe nor Palmerton wanted to win their Slatington Rotary Tournament first-round match-up.

The Olympians picked up their play heading into halftime and opened a 15-point lead in the third quarter. Down, but not out, the Bombers fought back and drew to within one with two minutes to go. Jim Thorpe responded with a six-point spurt to pull away from Palmerton for a 54-48 victory.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

There were no championship game nerves for Jim Thorpe.

The Olympians exploded out of the gates and then showed their poise every time Northern Lehigh tried to make a run.

It's what talented, veteran teams do in big games – and the Olympians have proved time and time again this season that that's exactly what they are.

Tuesday night, the Olympians rolled to a 52-37 victory over Northern Lehigh to capture the Lady Indian Holiday Classic and remain unbeaten on the season.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sarah Keer didn't agree with her parents and she made that perfectly clear.

But as a seventh grader, Keer didn't have the final say.

So she reluctantly signed up to play junior high field hockey at Lehighton.

It turned out to be one of the best decisions she 'never' made.

Four years later, Keer has joined a long list of outstanding Indian field hockey players. She now plays the sport year round and has an ever-growing list of Division I schools pursuing her.