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Friday, December 3, 2010

Marian High School will hold its annual Meet the Colts and Fillies Night on Monday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school.

Members of the boys and girls basketball teams will be introduced.

The public is welcome to attend.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tiger leads at Chevron World Challenge

In one of his most complete rounds of the year, Tiger Woods missed only two greens and putted for eagle four times on his way to a 7-under 65 for a one-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy in the Chevron World Challenge.

Friday, December 3, 2010

In his perfect football world, Ben Flizack would be a defensive tackle for Lehigh over the next three years. It would be the ideal ending to a position change this past spring that apparently changed his world.

However, he doesn't have too much trouble adjusting to circumstances in his current football world. Tomorrow afternoon, Flizack will start a game from his defensive tackle position in Newark, Delaware, the second one in recent weeks that will be worth the entire wait.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Back in October, Christy Spanitz made a decision that inspired Northwestern Lehigh Athletic Director Jason Zimmerman to make one of his own.

Spanitz approached Zimmerman to tell him of her decision to leave her job as the school's athletic trainer after serving the position full-time for the last seven years.

With her family living in Central Pennsylvania, Spanitz wanted nothing more than to finally free up some time to spend with her loved ones.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December 2, 2000 Scott Murphy hits a three-pointer with 40 seconds left to help Tamaqua pull out a 62-59 comeback win over Northern Lehigh. The Blue Raiders, coached by Ed Titus, trail 36-27 at the break before rallying for the victory. Mark Yocum leads the winners with 20 points while Domenico Rizzo finishes with 19. Ricky Cipko also chips in with 10. For Nolehi, Matt Oertner tops all scorers with 31 points.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
bob ford/times news The offensive line has lifted Northern Lehigh's running game to record numbers this season. The Bulldogs have rushed for over 4,000 yards this season, averaging 317.1 yards a game on the ground. Leading the way up front have been, from left, guard Andrew Ruth, tackle Kyle Heiser, tackle Carl Sahlberg, guard Andrew Ruth and center James Geronikos.

Compiling a 13-0 record for any football team would be more than gratifying ... not for Northern Lehigh, however.

A convincing 50-14 victory over Wilkes-Barre GAR in the opening round of the PIAA AA playoffs last week has made the Bulldogs even hungrier.

Next up will be District 12 champion West Catholic (10-2) in the quarterfinal round this Friday at 7 p.m. at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.

The Burrs won the district title two weeks ago by beating Bok Tech 34-6 for their ninth win in a row. In six of those wins, they scored 40 or more points.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
@Caption Stand Alone:Raider soccer award winners Two encased and signed soccer balls were presented at the recent Tamaqua Lady Raider banquet. The ball were given to senior Allsion Updike (right) for being the school's career scoring leader (88 goals) and to coach Clem McCarroll for earning his 100th win earlier this season in a game against Pine Grove.

@Caption Stand Alone:Tamaqua soccer seniors

The Tamaqua girls soccer team was honored during a recent banquet at the Trinity United Church of Christ social hall in Tamaqua. Senior players recognized during the program were, from left, Natalie Davison, Hailey Arnold, Brianne Curvey, Lauren Mateyak, Allison Updike, and Rachel Confer.

@Caption Stand Alone:Raider soccer award winners

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Tamaqua Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Tamaqua Elementary School gym.

The contest is open to boys and girls ages 8-13. Contestant age group will be determined by their age as of April 1, 2011.

The starting times for each age group are as follows: 8-9 years old, 10 a.m.; 10-11 years old, 11 a.m.; and 12-13 years old, 12 p.m.

The contest is free. Trophies will be awarded for first and second place.

For more information, contact Vaal Kester, "Hoop Shoot" Director, at (570) 386-3613.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The 2010 TIMES NEWS Grid Picks race came down to the final game on the last day of the 13 weeks of pigskin prognosticating competition.

When the smoke cleared, it was Joe Plasko pulling out the title by a single game over Andy Steinmetz.

Steinmetz held a two-game edge heading into the final week, but Plasko hit all three games on which they differed.

Plasko finished with a record of 151-44.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1, 1960 Marian's Joe Novak catches a 14-yard touchdown pass to account for his team's only score as the North and South finish in a 6-6 tie at the annual Dream Football Game. The Colts' Joe Rudolph and Gabe Waak also represent the North squad. The South team, which earns the tie with a TD run from Blue Mountain's Travis Mayberry, includes local players from Coaldale (William Hedish, Bob Heisler, Joe Terry) and Tamaqua (Gary Chickirda, Dale Titus). Coaching the teams are Marian's "Wink" Gallagher and Coaldale's Geno Poli.