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Friday, August 24, 2012

When I interview Northern Lehigh football players after games, the process is always the same.

The first thing they do is try to wipe their wet, dirty hands off on their muddy uniform. Then they give a firm hand shake and always address me as sir or Mr. Haines. Then I try to wipe off my now-muddy hand, but usually walk away with a dirty notebook and smears on my tape recorder.

Well, that's what it used to be like. This year, I'm sure the players will still call me sir or Mr. Haines. But the mud will be gone.

Friday, August 24, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Brett Luicana prepares to hit a shot duting Thursday's match against Blue Mountain.

Northwestern's golf team and Tamaqua's tennis team scored victories in scholastic sports action.

GOLF

Northwestern-Saucon Valley-Bangor

Northwestern got the Colonial League victory with a 440 to 458 to 512 victory over Bangor and Saucon Valley.

Cole Miller continued his stellar senior campaign shooting a 67.

Bangor's Alex Colton had the second highest score on the day, shooting a 77.

Northwestern 440,

Bangor 458, Saucon Valley 512

NORTHWESTERN

Cole Miller 67, Nick Vecellio 78, Zach Caruso 94, Eric Abercrombie 95, Zachery Doddard 106.

Friday, August 24, 2012

August 24, 1958 Paul Lenick pitches a two-hitter to help lead Tamaqua to a 2-1 win over Coaldale in a Panther Valley Little League tournament game. Lenick allows one walk and strikes out nine batters. Bill Yacobenas collects two hits for the winners and scores one of his team's runs. Bill Fritzinger adds a hit while Bernie Heller also scores for Tamaqua.

Thursday, August 23, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Sarah Zoba returns a shot during Wednesday's match against Blue Mountain.

Marian and Pleasant Valley both posted wins in golf action on Wednesday.

The Colts defeated Williams Valley, while the Bears swept Pocono Mountain West and Lehighton.

GOLF

Williams Valley-

Marian

Marian remained undefeated this season with a commanding 318-436 victory over Williams Valley.

The Colts' Mark Postupack earned medalist honors with a score of 74. Teammate Josh Green was close behind with a 78.

Noah Chriswell led the Vikings with a 102.

Marian improved to 4-0.

Marian 318, Williams Valley 436

WILLIAMS VALLEY

Thursday, August 23, 2012

August 23, 1999 Marian opens its golf season with a narrow 365-369 win over Panther Valley at the par-72 Mountain Valley Course. The Colts' Matt Roman leads his team with an 85 while teammate John Miller finishes one stroke behind him with an 86. Medalist honors goes to the Panthers' Rich Flanagan, who cards an 84.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 22, 1962 Dave Werner nets 24 points to help Lehighton defeat Tamaqua, 86-73, and even its playoff series in the Panther Valley-Carbon County Summer Basketball League. Hal Zimmerman contributes 21 points to the winning effort, while Jack Mullen adds 15. Lehighton, which uses a 48-35 second half to break away from a halftime tie, also receives 10 points from both Roy Zimmerman and T. Mullen.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Palmerton's Kekoa Mook follows through after hitting a shot during Tuesday's Colonial League golf match. Mook was the Bombers' top golfer with an 83. Bob Ford/ TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe managed a tennis win, while Marian and Palmerton picked up victories on the golf course on Tuesday.

GIRLS TENNIS

Jim Thorpe-Pottsville

The Lady Olympians won their first tennis match of the season, as they defeated Pottsville 5-2.

Jim Thorpe took all five of the singles matches. Gabbie Binder, Bryanna Kehrli and Maria Donati each won in straight sets. Teammates Kasey Herman and Haley Cope both won in three sets.

Jim Thorpe 5, Pottsville 2

SINGLES

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Marian wound up as the only winner on the local golf scene on Monday.

GOLF

Mahanoy Area-

Marian

Marian improved to 2-0 on the young season with its 309-342 golf victory over Mahanoy Area.

Co-medalists on the day were the Colts' Josh Green and Mark Postupack. Both shot four-over 76s.

Teammates Mike Gottstein (78) and Chris Postupack (79) also shot in the 70s.

Marian 309,

Mahanoy Area 342

MARIAN

Josh Green 76, Mark Postupack 76, Mike Gottstein 78, Chris Postupack 79

MAHANOY AREA

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August 21, 1978 Greg Hyduke and Paul Hyduke combine for all five of Palmerton's goals to gain a 5-2 victory over Lansford and even their best-of-three Carbon County Street Hockey championship series. Lansford opens a two-goal lead in the opening period but Palmerton rallies to tie the score. Paul Hyduke puts his team ahead for good with a second-period tally midway through the second period. Palmerton goalie Steve Tyahla closes the door the rest of the way to force a third game.

Monday, August 20, 2012
Tamaqua head coach Jennel Yelito, left, watches as one of her players, Nicole Mateyak, returns a shot during practice. The Lady Raiders continue to have a strong program as 19 players are members of this year's team. Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

Across the state of Pennsylvania, there are cuts being made to school districts due to the lack of educational funding and it is affecting everyone.

The student-athletes in schools are seeing their sports' budgets being cut and in the most drastic of measures, seeing their sports being dropped completely. One particular program that seems to have survived these recent cutbacks is the Tamaqua girls' tennis team, and in fact, it's even going in the opposite direction as the program seems to be thriving.