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Saturday, March 30, 2013

With today being the opening of trout season in the 18-county Southeast Region of Pennsylvania, area anglers have an opportunity to recapture the excitement again next Saturday with the opening of this year's extended and expanded Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce Trout Tournament.

Saturday, March 30, 2013
Three from Lehighton to be inducted

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will inducted it 2013 class on May 26 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

The doors will open at 12:45 with cocktail hour from 1-2 p.m. Dinner will be at 2 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Panther Valley Breaker Boys opened their season against the defending champion Harrisburg Sharks in Harrisburg and dropped a 33-20 decision.

The underdog Breaker Boys, who had a busy off-season picking up talented rookies Jay Torres at running back, Damian Lewis at slot receiver and adding Brock Mitchell to their two headed quarterback threat, fell behind early before the new players began to make their mark.

The Sharks got two touchdowns from running back Yanic Corbin to build a 19-0 lead.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sometimes this column answers questions.

Today, it asks one, one specific question that has the potential to polarize the nation like hot-button topics such as abortion and gun control.

The question: Should the government create an environment that stigmatizes and to some degree ostracizes obese people as a way possibly the only way to solve what Daniel Callahan calls "[possibly] the most difficult and elusive public health problem the United States has ever encountered"?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Pennsylvania Game Commission reports that in the state's 2012-13 seasons, hunters took an estimated 343,110 deer, which is an increase of about two percent from the previous seasons' harvest of 336,200.

Hunters took 133,860 antlered deer in the 2012-13 seasons, an increase of about five percent from the previous license year's 127,540.

Also, hunters took 209,250 antlerless deer in 2012-13, which is a slight increase over the 208,660 antlerless deer taken in 2011-12.

Friday, March 29, 2013

March 29, 2004 Jimmy Yenca delivers a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Jim Thorpe to a 5-4 comeback win over Lehighton. The Olympians, coached by George Gillespie, score four times in the home seventh to pull out the victory. Jordan LaRizzio starts the rally with a single and later scores on a passed ball. Craig Zurn and Adam McFarland also reach base and score to tie the game, setting the stage for Yenca's heroics. Jason Figura, who scores the game-winning run, gains the pitching win in relief of Derick Reis.

Friday, March 29, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lady Panthers player Madison Blasko implores the Panther Valley School Board on Thursday to keep head girls basketball coach Josh Wank.

Lady Panthers players, many with tears streaming down their faces, walked out of a Panther Valley school board meeting Thursday after the board voted 6-1, with one not voting, to open up the girls basketball position.

Several parents, who had accompanied the girls, were clearly angry over the move. One woman spat an invective at a board member "Hope you're happy, b," she said while others loudly lambasted the board as they left the meeting room.

Friday, March 29, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Brooke Lucykanish slides safely into second base as Tamaqua's Lynn Kistler takes the throw. Tamaqua wound up winning the game by a 6-3 score.

It didn't take Bailey Pedersen long to learn the ups and downs of being a varsity softball pitcher.

The Tamaqua freshman experienced both sides of the game in her first varsity start against Lehighton in a non-league game on Thursday.

Pedersen got the best of the Indians with her rising pitch over the first six innings, as she accounted for 13 of the game's first 18 outs on strikeouts en route to a 6-3 win.

Friday, March 29, 2013
Colts' Swankoski will play football at FDU

Marian senior Eric Swankoski will be continuing his academic and football careers at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Swankoski was a three-year member of the Colt varsity, playing both defensive back and wide receiver during his career

Swankoski had 13 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns this season and was selected as a Schuylkill County Coaches Association second team all-star.

In addition to football, Swankoski also plays basketball and baseball for the Colts.

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league is down to its "Final Four," as Shawn's Construction and Batter's Box both posted quarterfinal victories on Wednesday evening in the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center.

Shawn's Construction advances to next week's semifinal contest against second-seeded Vesuvio's, while Batter's Box has a date with top-seed and defending league champion Ryan's Oil & Heating.

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