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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Snerr wins PP&K competition

KJ Snerr, 14, of Jim Thorpe, placed first in the 14-15-year-old age group of the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Team Championship held at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Center in Philadelphia on Sunday, Nov. 27. Snerr qualified for the Team Championship by winning the local competition held in Lehighton in September and was in the top four scorers of all the regional competitions held in October, having won the Allentown regionals. Snerr is an 8th grade student at St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe, and played on the Marian freshman football team this past season.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Kelsey Hay (center) is congratulated by her parents, Jim and Milissa after topping the 1,000-point mark in Friday's victory at Lehighton.

Palmerton senior Kelsey Hay reached a milestone in her impressive career when she topped the 1,000-point mark in last Friday's season debut at Lehighton. A celebration took place with friends and family congratulating her on the court.

"After I got off the court and my dad pulled me aside and said, 'I was thinking about when you scored your first bucket in a game when you were five,'" she said.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

December 13, 1963 Ed Sabol tallies a game-high 30 points to lead Lansford to a 67-56 victory over Shenandoah. Sabol hits for 13 of his team's 18 points in the final quarter. John Pogwist contributes 13 points, including six straight during one point of the second quarter. The Panthers, coached by Johnny Harkins, also receice 10 from Tom Radocha and eight from Don Jones.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tamaqua got wins from its boys' basketball team and girls' swim team in scholastic action on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Minersville-Tamaqua

After struggling offensively in first half, Tamaqua erupted after intermission to post a 57-53 non-league win over Minersville.

The Raiders (2-0) trailed 20-13 at halftime, but Matt Kurek helped ignite the Tamaqua comeback. Kurek finished with a team-high 18 points. He got plenty of suport from teammates Jake Fegley and Brett Kosciolek, who added 10 points apiece.

Cole Weachock scored 23 points to lead the Miners.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
bob ford/times news Marian's Damian Richards (23) stretches to keep control of the ball as Alex Guyn of Lehighton applies defensive pressure from behind.

Marian coach John Patton saw his young team pull together and earn its first win of the young season on Monday night.

After dropping their first two games, including one where they let a late lead slip away, the Colts posted a 38-33 victory over Lehighton.

"Unlike the other night [Saturday against Panther Valley] when we weren't able to hold the lead, tonight we found a way to finish the job," said Patton, whose team returns just one starter from a year ago.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Photo courtesy of Richard Smith

Carbon United Soccer Club Mayhem team captured the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League Boys' U13 Championship for the 2011 Fall Season with a 7 - 1 record. The team is comprised of athletes from Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Panther Valley, and Tamaqua School Districts. The team recently competed in the Deep Run Turkey Day Tournament held in Hilltown, PA and placed 2nd.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It was a tale of two halves for the Panther Valley girl's basketball team Monday night. Fortunately, for the Lady Panthers the second half was much better than the first, including a stellar third quarter effort by PV.

Panther Valley used the third to turn around their evening holding Weatherly to just seven points in the period on its way to a 55-53 win over the host Wreckers.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Boy and girl winners from front left are Luke VanBuskirk(8-9 yrs), Emily Amershek(10-11 yrs) and Ashley Jones(8-9 yrs). Back row are winners Nicole Leshko(12-13 yrs), Greg Davis(10-11 yrs), Chris Miller(12-13 yrs) and director Vaal Kester. The six first place champions now advance to the next round of competition at the Diehl Senior High School in Danville on Sunday Feb. 12 where they will compete with the other Elks Lodge winners from the Northeast Central District. In March, the district winners will advance to the state competition at State College, PA and then to Wilkes-Barre for the regional contest. The national finals will be held in Springfield, MA in April.
Monday, December 12, 2011

December 12, 1958 Morgie Evans pours in a game-high 34 points to help Summit Hill rally for a 67-61 victory over Lehighton. Evans hits 11 shots from the floor and 12 from the foul line. The Hillers use a 24-17 fourth frame to pull out the win. The winners, coached by Mike McCullion, also receive 10 points from Al Leonzi while Tom McHugh adds nine and Rino Marcon adds seven. Don Kratzer's 15 points lead the Indians.

Monday, December 12, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Ogozalek goes up for two in between Marian's Alden Wha (10) and Justin Bilks (30) during Saturday's consolation game in the PV Tip-Off tournament.

The Panther Valley and Pleasant Valley boys picked up victories to highlight Saturday's scholastic basketball card.

Marian-Panther Valley

Nick McArdle hit the game-winning three-pointer with 14 seconds left to lift Panther Valley to a 36-35 victory over Marian in the consolation game of the PV Tip-Off Tournament.

The Panthers' Jake Szczecina hit four three-pointers to lead all scorers with a game-high 12 points.

Ryan Karnish paced the Colts with 10 points.

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