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Friday, May 10, 2013

Brad Hurley was hired as the Panther Valley girls basketball coach at Thursday's school board meeting.

Hurley was hired on an 8-0 vote. His salary was set at $3,100.

A 2005 Jim Thorpe High School graduate, Hurley has been an assistant boys basketball coach the past three years, working one year at Pottsville Nativity and two years at Tamaqua.

Friday, May 10, 2013

May 10, 2002 In the completion of a suspended game, Caleb Calarco singles home the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Tamaqua to a 7-6 victory over Marian. After Kyle Spotts tosses a scoreless top of the eighth, Tim Knappenberger works a one-out walk for the Raiders in the bottom half. Alex Zukus follows with a single to set up Calarco's run-scoring hit. In the contest, Curt Williams finishes with two hits for the winners.

Friday, May 10, 2013

There are a few major sports records that most people would classify as "unbreakable."

A couple that come to mind include Cal Ripken Jr.'s consecutive games-played streak (2,632), Wayne Gretzky's 215 points in a season, Pete Rose's 4,256 all-time hits, Pistol Pete's average of 44.2 points-per-game in a college career, Brett Favre's consecutive games-played streak (297), and Cy Young's 511 career wins.

Friday, May 10, 2013
The winners in the 14-15-year old age group at the ninth annual Blue Bomber Football Invitational Weightlifting Competition display their medals.

Over one hundred football players along with their family members, friends, and coaches packed the Palmerton High School gymnasium for the ninth annual Blue Bomber Football Invitational Weightlifting Competition recently.

For the second consecutive year, Whitehall captured the team championship on the strength of seven gold, five silver, and five bronze medals. The 44 team points earned by the Zephyrs were enough to comfortably better second place Palisades' 20 and third place Palmerton's 18 for the team title.

Friday, May 10, 2013
Area athletes capture 12 golds

MAHANOY CITY – Rebecca Minehan has vaulted her way to success by setting the bar high. Eric Hertzog has found personal achievement by hurdling every obstacle put in his path. Christine Streisel has distanced herself from the rest of the field by successfully throwing her weight around.

All three Tamaqua track and field standouts entered yesterday afternoon's Schuylkill League Championships with a target on their backs, but true to form, all three left Mahanoy Area's Alumni Field with gold around their necks.

Friday, May 10, 2013

LEGEND: Blue Mountain (BM), Mahanoy Area (MA), Minersville (M), North Schuylkill (NS), Pine Grove (PG), Schuylkill Haven (SH), Weatherly (W), Jim Thorpe (JT), Marian Catholic (MC), Nativity (N), Panther Valley (PV), Pottsville (P), Shenandoah Valley (SV), Tamaqua (T).

BOYS

100 - 1. Daniel McSurdy (NS) 10.85, 2. Chris Bruno (MC) 11.02, 3. Tyler Hope (T) 11.16, 4. Matthew Gownley (NS) 11.34, 5. Khaaliq Lynch (JT) 11.44, 6. Dalton Nunemacher (T) 11.48.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Tamaqua Area standout Jake Love will continue his athletic and academic careers at Wilkes University next fall.

A 6-0, 195-pound running back, Love had a banner season in leading Tamaqua to an undefeated 10-0 record. He rushed for 891 yards on 151 carries, scoring 12 touchdowns. He was also a receiving option out of the backfield, posting four receptions for 36 yards and one more score.

For his performances throughout the season, Love was named First Team Standard Speaker, First Team All-AFL North and First Team All-Pottsville Republican at running back.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

COLONIAL LEAGUE

TRACK MEET RESULTS

LEGEND: Bangor (B), Catasauqua (C), Northern Lehigh (NL), Northwestern (NWL), Notre Dame-GP (ND), Palisades (Pali), Palmerton (Palm), Pen Argyl (PA), Salisbury (S), Saucon Valley (SV), Southern Lehigh (SL), Wilson (W).

BOYS

100 – 1. Matthew Barnett (SL) 11.48, 2. Trent Silfies (SL) 11.49, 3. Cam Richardson (NW) 11.60, 4. Ra'Von Burton 11.62, 5. Alex Vignone (Palm) 11.73, 6. Javante Tooley (W) 11.79.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Former Moravian College women's basketball standout Kathy Beck DeKorte has been selected as part of the second class to be inducted into the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame announced by the MAC office Tuesday.

Thursday, May 9, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Palmerton's Jess Pereira (right) crosses the finish line first in the 100 meters. Northwestern's Lauren Anderson (center) finished second and the Bombers' Brianna Doherty (left) was fifth.

WHITEHALL While everybody at Wednesday's Colonial League Track and Field championships had to wait out a three and a half hour weather delay, for Palmerton's Jocelyn Wood it was well worth it.

The sophomore, seeded fifth in the 800, ran a personal best and took advantage of some unforseen circumstances to capture the event's gold medal.

And while winning was special for the Blue Bomber, it was why she ran that made the victory more meaningful.