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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 19, 1952 Joel Samuelson pours in 42 points and Lehighton sets a new state scoring record for points in a game by defeating Mauch Chunk, 116-81. The 116 points breaks the mark of 109 set by Sell-Perk seven years earlier. The combined 197 points by both teams is also believed to be a state record. Denny Roth contributes 35 points to the victory while the Indians, coached by George Bibighaus, receive 14 more from Danny Frank. Dick Laub chips in with nine. For Mauch Chunk, Lowell Swartz tallies a team-high 26 points.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
@Caption Stand Alone:Wenner invited to play in prestigious tournament Cole Wenner, seen here as a member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Junior Knights, has been selected to participate in a prestegious PeeWee International Ice Hockey Tournament in Canada. Wenner, the son of Darren and Tracy Wenner of Palmerton, is currently a seventh-grade student at MMI Preparatory School. The tournament, which will be held Feb. 14-24 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec, is recognized as the world's premier youth hockey event for players ages 11 & 12. The event includes 120 U12 teams from around the world. More than 2,000 players from 16 countries will be participating. Each player on the Junior Knights Quebec Pee Wee team will stay with a local, French-speaking Quebec family for the entire duration of the tournament. The Junior Knights play out of Revolution Ice Centre in Pittston.

Cole Wenner, seen here as a member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Junior Knights, has been selected to participate in a prestegious PeeWee International Ice Hockey Tournament in Canada. Wenner, the son of Darren and Tracy Wenner of Palmerton, is currently a seventh-grade student at MMI Preparatory School. The tournament, which will be held Feb. 14-24 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec, is recognized as the world's premier youth hockey event for players ages 11 & 12. The event includes 120 U12 teams from around the world. More than 2,000 players from 16 countries will be participating.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

27+27+27=Victory.

That was the winning formula last night for Marian, as the Fillies calculated a 46-27 Schuylkill League Division III victory over Shenandoah Valley (3-2, 1-1).

The win improves Marian to 4-1 on the season, but more importantly, puts the Fillies all alone atop Division II with a full game lead (2-0) over both Shenandoah (1-1) and Nativity (1-1).

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Lehighton boys' basketball team is officially on a winning streak.

That is something that hasn't been said since January 5th of 2007. Nearly six years later, it can be voiced once again.

Lehighton won its third game in a row Tuesday night, as the Indians (4-1, 2-0) held on to beat East Stroudsburg North 66-53 in Mountain Valley Conference play. The locals have now defeated Pocono Mountain East and Eastburg North in the last four days and sit atop the conference standings.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Austin Luers is covered by Northwestern's Richard Perry during last night's Palmerton-Northwestern Colonial League boys matchup.

Three times in a span of less than three minutes in the first quarter, Jarred Binder went up for a lay up, made it and drew the foul. The Northwestern center didn't convert on any of the three-point play attempts, but he made his presence felt early in the game.

The 6-foot-6 senior went on to a career-high 23-point night as his team beat visiting Palmerton 68-35.

"It was a good game," said Binder. "My teammates were looking inside and we took advantage of my size in the post. I felt like I couldn't be stopped. But I've got to work on my free throws."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Northwestern's Sarah Segan (13) goes in for an uncontested layup with Palmerton's Emelie Meinhart coming up from behind. Segan scored 17 points and the Tigers went on to win, 51-33. RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS

On a soccer field, the offensive prowess of Northwestern's Sarah Segan is legendary.

Tuesday night, the Tigers' multi-sport athlete showed that she can defend with the best of them as well.

Segan traded in her soccer cleats for a pair of basketball sneakers a few weeks ago. The Tigers' striker and the Colonial League's leading goal scorer this past fall, she also changed her focus when she hit the hard court.

With Segan leading the way, Northwestern put the defensive clamps on Palmerton and rolled to a 51-33 victory.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pottsville's Kolby Klecker tries to roll Tamaqua's Kyle Oliphant over for back points in their 160-pound match. Kleckner won by a 5-0 decision.

Tamaqua coach Jon Mashack knew going into his team's Schuylkill League contest against Pottsville that it would come down to a matter of a few points.

With Pottsville trailing 30-26, Crimson Tide coach Pat Brennan made a choice that proved to be the turning point in the contest.

He chose to take a forfeit loss at 138 pounds to avoid Tamaqua's Dylan Rynkiewicz, who entered with 6-2 record, to setup a match between Pottsville's Kody Stencovage and the Raider's Hunter Matalavage.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
JT's Ligenza stars in team turnaround

As a sophomore, Corey Ligenza's dream of starring on a championship soccer team while playing for Jim Thorpe would have been a bit unrealistic.

He scored only two goals and registered no assists for the Olympians who finished their season with no wins and 18 losses.

Now, just two seasons later, Ligenza scored 27 goals with virtually the same teammates to spearhead the Olympians to the Schuylkill League Division 1 championship, the first in Jim Thorpe history.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Photo courtesy of Misericordia University Misericordia's Cailin McCullion goes up for a kill during a match this season.

Four years ago, Cailin McCullion decided to make some changes.

McCullion switched her major and transferred to a new school. She also decided to return to the volleyball court.

After attending the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and majoring in pharmacy her freshman year, McCullion transferred to Misericordia University and switched her major to physical therapy.

The switch also offered the Marian Catholic graduate an opportunity to get back on the volleyball court.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Drew Chartier (right) dribbles past North Schuylkill's Damon Meyer.

Tamaqua didn't lead much in its Schuylkill League Division 1 opener against North Schuylkill on Monday.

But fortunately, for the Blue Raiders, one of their only leads came at the right time.

Trailing for practically the entire contest against the Spartans, Cas Kosciolek's team used a bizarre three-pointer with a minute left in regulation to tie the game before going on top with 30 seconds to play.

After that, a stop at the defensive end secured an exciting 43-41 victory and pushed Tamaqua's record to a perfect 4-0.