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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ashley Gradwell, a junior midfielder for the Quinnipiac University field hockey team, played in 17 of her team's 18 games this year and started 15.

Gradwell, a Northwestern High School graduate, was seventh on the team in minutes played (982). It was her most active season. She played in one game as a freshman and 14 as a sophomore, starting nine games. As a sophomore she was named her team's most improved player.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

@Breif.Head:

The Palmerton Area School Board approved several extracurricular and cocurricular positions per the negotiated contract for the 2010-11 school year:

Brett Martinez, assistant wrestling coach, $3,788

Donald Delich, assistant baseball coach, $2,498

Ryan Sharkazy, co-assistant baseball coach, $1,249

Matt Krempasky, co-assistant baseball coach, $1,249

Jaclyn Ivancich, assistant volunteer girls basketball coach, volunteer

Dominick Fantasia, assistant volunteer girls soccer coach, volunteer.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Towamensing's U-8 soccer club recently brought home a third place finish from the Upper Moreland Soccer Tournament held in Willow Grove.

Mason Fludgate led the team in scoring at the tourney, followed by Ashley Marchessault and Carissa Fallon.

Goalie Jonathan Perloni provided an outstanding defensive effort in the game that clinched third for the local team. In that contest, Perloni held the opponents to just two goals.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

November 18, 1989 Joe Richards intercepts a pass with less than two minutes left to end a Notre Dame scoring threat and lift Marian to a 6-3 victory and the District 11 Class A championship. The Crusaders drive to the Colts' seven-yard line but pressure from Brian Rafferty and Mike Hosak force Richards' pick at the goal line. Joe Gillespie's one-yard plunge, set up by a 31-yard scamper from Mark Hrebik, was the game's lone touchdown.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chris Horn, a senior place kicker and punter at Wilkes University is having another fine season.

Horn, a Northwestern High School graduate, has made 12 of 17 field goal attempts and 27 of 28 extra point attempts. His longest made field goal was from 49 yards. He has a 57.6-yard average for kickoffs this season and a 35-yard average for punts, including placing 14 inside the 20-yard line.

The Colonels (6-4) earned a berth into the ECAC playoffs and will face Moravian College this Saturday.

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Indians back in state finals

EMMAUS The Lehighton field hockey team handled its business Wednesday night and is now just sixty minutes away from repeating as the PIAA Class AA state champs.

The Indians (22-3) jumped on Conrad Weiser early and never looked back on their way to defeating the Scouts, 2-0 in the state semifinals. Jordyn Homyak and Lauren Michalik were responsible for the locals' two first-half goals and gave Lehighton all it needed to pick up the victory.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Veterans Day 5K winners On Saturday, Nov. 13, the Panther Valley Running and Fitness Club (PVRFC) held its 12th Annual Veteran's Day 5K run/Walk in Summit Hill. The event is for the benefit of the Summit Hill American Legion Children's Christmas Fund. From left are: Joseph Mogilski, PVRFC treasurer, John Martino, Men's overall 5K winner, Luke Johnson, Armed Forces Veteran winner, Chris Reiber, Women's overall winner, Steve Mardiniak, PVRFC Vice President, and George Mitzen, President, PVRFC.

On Saturday, Nov. 13, the Panther Valley Running and Fitness Club (PVRFC) held its 12th Annual Veteran's Day 5K run/Walk in Summit Hill. The event is for the benefit of the Summit Hill American Legion Children's Christmas Fund. From left are: Joseph Mogilski, PVRFC treasurer, John Martino, Men's overall 5K winner, Luke Johnson, Armed Forces Veteran winner, Chris Reiber, Women's overall winner, Steve Mardiniak, PVRFC Vice President, and George Mitzen, President, PVRFC.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 17, 1967 Jim Thorpe will again have a wrestling team as Angelo "Angie" Konstas accepts the job of head wrestling coach. Earlier the JT school board had announced the sport would have to be dropped because there was no one to coach the sport. Konstas, also the school's football mentor, took the wrestling job despite never having coached the sport.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) has announced its exclusive PIAA championship coverage for November. Included in this list of fall championships is soccer, cross country, girls' volleyball and field hockey. Both LIVE and taped coverage will be shown on the network beginning Friday, November 19.

The schedule, including replay times, of events is as follows:

Girls' AA Soccer Finals

Teams to be determined

Friday, November 19 – 5:00 p.m. LIVE

Replays – November 26 at 11:00 a.m. and November 29 at 6:00 p.m.

Boys' AA Soccer Finals

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Jillian Knoblauch Barron was named as Tamaqua head softball coach Tuesday night by the Tamaqua Area School Board.

Barron replaces Amanda Luna, who stepped down for personal reasons. Barron is a former Lady Raider athlete and softball player. She is the daughter of former Tamaqua softball coach Terry "Nails" Knoblauch and served as an assistant coach under Luna.

Barron's salary will be $2,800.

The board also approved the following coaching appointments.

Allen Graver, Tamaqua, head junior varsity baseball coach, $2,000.