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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday approved the following cocurricular appointment for the 2011-12 school year:

- Mike Lehtonen, assistant girls basketball coach, $4,469

The board also approved the following individuals as cocurricular volunteers for the 2011-12 school year:

- Barry Herman, assistant softball coach (JV)

- Suzanne Lynn, assistant girls basketball coach, pending verification of missing personnel items

- Katie Guarini, assistant field hockey coach, pending verification of missing personnel items

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Lehighton Area School District is accepting applications until Friday, Oct. 21 for the following spring coaching postions: assistant baseball coach; assistant girls soccer coach (multiple positions); assistant softball coach; and head tennis coach.

Interested applicants, should email or send their letter of interest, resume, and Acts 34/114 and 151 clearances to bcortese@lehighton.org

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 13, 1979 Joe Balas carries 18 times for 197 yards and a touchdown to help Weatherly roll to a 45-14 win over Central Columbia on Homecoming. Dan Hergert throws a pair of scoring passes and also runs for a score. Hergert hooks up with Mike Sanute for an 18-yard TD toss and also finds John Furmanchin for a 32-yard strike. The winners, coached by Ron Sandt, finish with 437 yards of offense including 380 on the ground. Rich Bresnock also gets in on the scoring with a one-yard TD run.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Palmerton Head Coach Chris Walkowiak has always prided himself on the fact that his football teams were sound defensively. Last week however, it was the offense that catapulted the Bombers to a 21-0 lead and ultimately a 21-14 upset win over rival Northwestern. The win gave the Bombers a 4-2 (4-2 Colonial) record and is the reason why their game against Bangor (6-0, 6-0 Colonial) Friday night is the week seven TIMES NEWS Game of the Week.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Lehighton's Jackie Jordan (16) slams the volleyball after taking a pass from setter Krista Rehrig (19). The Indians defeated East Stroudsburg South in four games.

The Northwestern girls cross country team posted four wins on Tuesday to clinch a perfect regular season and the Colonial League championship.

The Lady Tigers finished with a 26-0 record.

CROSS COUNTRY

Northwestern-Palmerton-Pen Argyl

The Northwestern girls had seven runners place in the top 15 to gain four wins and the league title.

Haley Yost won the girls race with teammate Emma Kemmerer finishing second.

The Tiger boys split their four decisions with Tyler Stelmack taking first.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Bulldogs, Tigers rally for a cause

The two communities will always be rivals on the athletic fields. But when it comes to rallying around each other's causes, Northwestern and Northern Lehigh make one solid team.

For the past several years both communities have come together each summer to support the Tackle ALS/Bo Tkach Memorial Flag Football event.

With that event unfortunately falling by the wayside, people that were a part of it in the past wanted to keep its momentum going.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Stitzel hits milestone at N'western

Chris Stitzel doesn't keep track of his win-loss record. Luckily for him, assistant coach Tim Churetta does.

Stitzel, the 14th-year Northwestern cross country head coach, earned his 400th win on Sept. 27 when his girls team swept a Colonial League cluster meet while the boys picked up a pair of wins on the day. But he didn't learn of the milestone until long after the runners crossed the finish line.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
PHOTO COURTESY OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY  Indiana Univesity senior and Panther Valley grad Allysa Vavra qualified for the Pan American Games with her outstanding efforts at the U.S. National Swim Championships. Vavra will swim for the USA in the 400 IM on Saturday.

Allysa Vavra has enjoyed an incredible year in the pool.

She has earned awards, accolades and headlines at some of the nation's premier swim meets.

But to Vavra, the gold medals, championship ring and national media attention pale in comparison to one item she recently received.

After an amazing display of talent, versatility and endurance at the USA National Swim Championships this summer at Stanford University, Vavra was selected to be part of the United States team for the Pan American Games.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Bob ford/times news Northwestern's Cole Miller follows through with his swing during the District 11 golf championships on Monday at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton. Miller captured the district title with a 27-hole total of 111.

It started back in early summer when Cole Miller won a Calloway Junior Golf Tournament and earned the right to play at Torrey Pines, a US Open course near San Diego.

His dream season continued when the leaves began to change colors. Since late summer Miller has won the Blue Ridge Club championship, the Colonial League championship and a Wasser Cup title.

That dream season got even better Monday when Miller won this year's District 11 title, shooting 3-over par 111 over 27 holes to finish three strokes ahead of Parkland's Luke Vadas.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 11, 1991 Kyle Williams and Joe Koch both score a pair of touchdowns to help lead Lehighton to a 45-7 Centennial League win over Northwestern. Williams leads the Indians with 77 yards rushing and reaches the end zone on runs of 26 and two yards. Koch comes off the bench to score his two TDs. The winners, coached by Dave Parsons, also receive a 76-yard TD pass from Bob Eckhart to Chris Green and a 67-yard scoring run from Darryl Snyder. Mike Gombert adds a nine-yard touchdown run for Lehighton.