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Friday, December 24, 2010

TOPTON According to Dave Ehrig, just the challenge of taking a deer – or any game animal – with a muzzleloader rifle makes it a trophy.

That is especially so for those who hunt during Pennsylvania's flintlock deer season, which opens statewide Monday through Saturday, Jan. 15, and remains open in Wildlife Management Unit 5C through Saturday, Jan. 29.

Friday, December 24, 2010
mike feifel/times news Pleasant Valley's Dalian Salmon (left) looks for a teammate as Jessica Albright of Northwestern defends.

After one half of play, the Northwestern girls' basketball team found itself down by only four to Pleasant Valley on the road.

Just over four minutes later, Tigers head coach Chris Deutsch looked up to see his team down 14 and unraveling under a Bears run.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Applications are now being accepted for the 17th annual Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp, scheduled for Sunday-Friday, June 19-24, at the Allenberry Resort, Boiling Springs.

Friday, December 24, 2010
Tigers' Kemmerer makes huge strides

Last year, Emma Kemmerer missed out on the PIAA Team Championships with the Northwestern girls' cross country team because of a late season injury.

The situation sparked an internal fire within Kemmerer, who had spent the majority of her sophomore season as a JV runner.

After earning herself a spot on varsity as a junior, Kemmerer had her heart set on making it to states this time around.

Friday, December 24, 2010

I was the captain of the baseball team my senior year, so I led the team through the regimented 20-minute stretch routine that began every practice but only because of my captaincy.

Not, in Coach Seip's opinion, because I was very flexible.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Twenty TIMES NEWS area athletes recently earned spots on the Schuylkill League Volleyball All-Star team.

Leading the way for the local netters was Marian sophomore Marykate Sherkness, who received the highest recognition by being named the league's Division IV Player of the Year. Fillie teammates Rachel Krajcirik and Taylor Mele joined Sherkness on the Division IV first team.

Jim Thorpe's Brittany Holland and Tamaqua's Paige Baddick and Stacey Wallace were named to the Division I First Team.

Friday, December 24, 2010

You better watch out, you better not pout ... why?

Well it's that time of year when good Ol' Santa Hedes takes his turn here in the Press Pass Column to find out who's been naughty or nice and we've had a little of both this year.

I've received quite a list this year and believe it or not there are a few schools who have had some good things go their way and have had some bad things and a little excitement as well.

It's only fair, just as "Jolly Old St. Nick" has taught us, that the good ones will get better wishes than the bad ones.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Tamaqua Area School Board rehired a number of its Fall Sports coaches during its monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Head coaches who were rehired included Sam Bonner, football; Clem McCarroll, girls soccer; Tom Kanger, cross country; and Stacy Setlock, volleyball. Lori Mazloom was retained as assistant volleyball coach.

Abbey Knoblauch Graver, Tamaqua, was hired as assistant varsity softball coach at a salary of $1,825.

John Kotchmar, Jr., was approved as a volunteer track and field coach.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Panther Valley School Board on Tuesday voted to open and post the position of head football coach for the 2011-2012 year.

School Director R. Mickey Angst moved to amend the motion to say the incumbent coach would not be considered for the job. Angst said that many coaches would not apply if they know an incumbent would also be in the running. However, his motion died for lack of a second.

When contacted on Tuesday, head football coach Frank Damian told THE TIMES NEWS that he definitely plans to reapply for the position.

Thursday, December 23, 2010
Kern, Remaley, Sahlberg all on Class AA team

The Northern Lehigh football team accomplished a lot on the gridiron this past season.

The Bulldogs took home the program's first Colonial League championship since 2005, captured its first district gold medal since 2003, and advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals.

Wednesday night, Northern Lehigh received some individual honors when the Pennsylvania sports writers' Class AA All-State teams were announced. Cody Remaley and Jake Kern were named to the First Team and Carl Sahlberg made the Second Team.

Fittingly, the Bulldogs wanted to share the honors with their teammates..