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Friday, March 25, 2011

March 25, 1972 Jim Thorpe captures third place in the PIAA Class C tournament by defeating Laurel Valley, 49-42, in the consolation game at the Fram Show Building in Harrisburg. Don Herman pours in a game-high 17 points to lead the Olympians, coached by George "Chuck" Hanna. The winners also receive 12 points from George Albert while Jim Zurn and Dan Albeck each chip in with seven points.

Friday, March 25, 2011

With two weeks remaining in the regular season of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league, the playoff picture is beginning to take shape.

Sokol Club-Matika's Lawn Care/Blazosky Funeral Home

Despite Sokol Club jumping out to a 19-5 lead and a 30-21 halftime advantage, Matika's Lawn Care/Blazosky Funeral Home rallied for a 65-59 overtime victory.

With the game tied at 56 at the end of regulation, Chris Rodrigues scored five of his team's nine points in the extra session.

Friday, March 25, 2011

JIM THORPE

Head coach Frank Miller (5th season)

Assistant coaches Jason Jacobs, Patty Rehrig, Christine Rosenberger, Jamie Tatusko, Eric Moore and Mike Tatusko

Last year's record 4-2 overall

League Schuylkill League

District 11 Classification AA

Key losses Carl St. Hill, Kareem Mickens, Robert Garcia, Talon Fogal, David Barrientos, and Kyle Bradley

Friday, March 25, 2011

Another basketball season has come and gone.

And while the season is still fresh in our minds, it's a good time to hand out some awards.

Below are some of our "unofficial" honors from the past year.

One other note: the boys and girls players of the year will be named at a later date.

Boys Team of the Year

Friday, March 25, 2011
Investment paying off for Tamaqua

For most school districts, an all-weather track can be considered a luxury item. I

For Tamaqua, it's been a $600,000 investment that has fostered priceless opportunities. N

Whether it be the school, its sports teams, the student athletes or the community, the benefits of the artificial rubberized surface has paid instant dividends. M

Friday, March 25, 2011
Pauline and Kenny Bretz

Echo Bretz's love of field hockey help open plenty of doors for her.

Her love of "family" help her decide which one to walk through.

On Tuesday afternoon, Bretz signed a Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic career at the University at Albany

Bretz joined Lehighton High School classmate and teammate Jordyn Homyak in commiting to the Division I Great Danes program.

When they get to Albany, they'll find a couple of familair faces.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

JIM THORPE

Head coach Gary Heydt (First season)

Assistant coaches Ricky Strohl, Zac DeMarco

Last year's record 4-16 (2-12 league)

League Schuylkill League Division I

District 11 Classification AAA

Key losses Corey Cinicola, Pat Janecki, Ben Stermer, Dan Russo, Zac Knox

Key returnees Sean Green (Sr., OF/P), Dane Ciavarella (Jr., P/IF), Michael Hickey (Jr., C/P/IF), Thomas Prontnicki (Sr., 1B, 3B).

Others to watch Colton Knox (So., Util), Ian Sterling (Fr., CF/P), Christian Gavornik (So., OF/P), Patrick Duvigneaud (So., C).

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Bob Ford/times news Lehighton's Jordyn Homyak (front, center) signed a Letter of Intent to attend to the University at Albany on a field hockey scholarship. Taking part in the signing ceremony were her father Andy (seated, left), her mother Toni (seated, right) and Indians field hockey coach Shawn Hindy (standing).

For the last four years, Jordyn Homyak has spread her athletic talents among field hockey, basketball and soccer at Lehighton Area High School.

For the next four years, Homyak has decided to turn her full attention to one sport field hockey when she enters college this fall.

Tuesday afternoon, Homyak signed a Letter of Intent to play Division I field hockey at the University at Albany.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Lehighton baseball team prepares for its season opener and its shot at defending its District 11 championship.

With the start of the TIMES NEWS baseball season right around the corner, each team has had some time to reflect on its past and look forward to the future.

The two local Mountain Valley Conference teams, Lehighton and Pleasant Valley, have had a lot to reflect on over the last three weeks. Each team put together incredible 2010 seasons and capped their respective campaigns with a District 11 title. For the Bears, it was their first title in 26 years. For the Indians, it was their first ever.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tamaqua's tennis team gained its first win of the season by blanking Jim Thorpe.

Tamaqua-Jim Thorpe

Tamaqua swept singles play and also cruised in doubles to register a 5-0 win over Jim Thorpe.

Gonzolo Hernandez-Cascante, Evan Stoll and Matt Hadesty sealed the victory for the Raiders (1-2) with singles win.

The loss dropped Jim Thorpe to 0-2.

Tamaqua 5, Jim Thorpe 0

SINGLES

Gonzolo Hernandez-Cascante (T) def. Mitch Franko 6-1, 6-1; Evan Stoll (T) def. Corey Ligenza 3-6, 6-2, 8-6; Matt Hadesty (T) def. Tom Smyth 6-3, 6-4

DOUBLES