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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Rottet makes her mark as a Raider

Kailee Rottet had her goals set long before she stepped foot on a varsity soccer field.

As a nine-year old playing travel soccer, Rottet had tunnel vision looking toward her high school career.

"I was determined to go to college and earn myself a scholarship for soccer," Rottet said. "I was always so interested in the sport and determined to play the game.

"When I became a freshmen, I was really determined to reach all of the goals that I had put in front of myself."

Saturday, December 22, 2012

SCHOLASTIC ROUNDUP

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lehighton - Stroudsburg

Stroudsburg (3-2, 2-1) used a strong fourth quarter to hold off Lehighton, 56-45, in Mountain Valley Conference action.

Vince Mele led Lehighton with 15 points, hitting three of his four free throws. Tyler Crum and James Farano each added nine points for the Indians.

Stroudsburg also won the JV game, 56-22.

LEHIGHTON

Rossino 2-2-6-6, Farano 4-1-2-9, Crum 3-2-2-9, Knappenberger 1-0-2-3, Mele 6-3-4-15, Nalesnik 0-3-6-3. TOTALS: 16-11-22-45.

STROUDSBURG

Friday, December 21, 2012

December 21, 1943 Joe DiGiaciamo scores a game-high 11 points and Summit Hill builds a lead before hanging on for a 33-32 victory over Tamaqua. The winners, coached by Francis Gerber, open up a seven-point advantage after the first quarter and hold off the Raiders the rest of the way. Billy Boyle contributes 10 points to the win while Bill Castle chips in with seven.

Friday, December 21, 2012
bob ford/times news filephoto Pleasant Valley's Dakota Everett (40) was named to the Class AAAA All-State team.

Pleasant Valley's Dakota Everett is in some pretty unique company.

Everett was selected to the 2012 Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Football Team on Thursday afternoon.

Friday, December 21, 2012
mike feifel/times news Northwestern's Trista Cunningham looks for an open teammate as Morgan McCollian of Bangor defends.

Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch told his team the game would be like a mixed martial arts fight.

The Tigers landed some blows early in the second half, but couldn't wrap the Slaters in a submission hold until hitting late foul shots sealed a 42-36 win.

"We told our girls this was going to be like a UFC fight," said Deutsch. "We're going to be locked in with them mono a mono. Survival of the fittest. We told them it was going to be a physical game. The last one standing was going to win it."

Friday, December 21, 2012
Tennis now in Olexson's vocabulary

Two years ago, the word 'tennis' wasn't very predominant in Madison Olexson's vocabulary.

Now, after having enjoyed some success in just her second season with the Pleasant Valley girls' team, 'tennis' will be used quite often in the foreseeable future.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 20, 1986 Northern Lehigh receives four pins to help gain a 40-24 wrestling victory over Jim Thorpe. Keith Schneck (98 pounds), Don Miller (112), Trent Reinsmith (126) and Jason Balliet (155) all record falls to lead the Bulldogs, coached by Bob Kern. The winners also gain a superior decision from Brent Herzog (145) and a decision from Tom West (hwt). For Thorpe, John Ockenhouse (185) posts his team's only pin.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Mick Stefanek

The Palmerton boys basketball team will have to finish the season with an interim coach once again.

Michael "Mick" Stefanek submitted his resignation to the school district administration on Wednesday afternoon citing three reasons for his decision.

Stefanek listed three reasons for his decision, when contacted yesterday.

"They consist of internal and external factors of the basketball program and personal concerns," he said.

One, he felt that issues were not handled properly according to the official discipline code of the district.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Romanchik fights hard to return

It was supposed to be a dream come true for Stephen Romanchik last season after the Panthers defeated Tamaqua to qualify for the District 11 playoffs. Instead, it turned out to be quite a nightmare.

Romanchik has a condition known as pectus excavatum in which several ribs and the sternum grow abnormally. This produces a caved-in or sunken appearance of the chest and can impair cardiac and respiratory function.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
bob ford/times news filephoto Jim Thorpe's Patrick Duvigneud was named to the Class AA All-State first team.

Jim Thorpe quarterback Pat Duvigneaud was named to the PIAA Class AA All-State team on Wednesday.

Duvigneaud was the lone player from the TIMES NEWS area to be named to either the Class A or AA team that was released on Wednesday afternoon. He was one of two players to be selected to the Athlete position on the team.