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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Brad Hurley/TIMES NEWS Kailee Rottet (front row center) signs her letter of intent to play soccer at Binghamton University. Next to Rottet are her parents Kim and Tom Rottet. Standing, from left, are Assistant Vice Principal Tom McCabe, head soccer coach Clem McCarroll, and Athletic Director Mike Hromyak.

Tamaqua senior Kailee Rottet had no idea what kind of soccer talent she possessed when she entered her freshman year.

Rottet, who has played the sport since she was four years old and has been on travel teams since age nine, just thought she was going out for the varsity soccer team. Of course she wanted to compete, of course she wanted to make the starting line-up, and of course she wanted to win, but she had no idea that her ability could take her where she is today.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

There were a few things that Sarah Keer considered when making her decision on where she was going to continue her academic and field hockey career in college.

First of all, the lasting impression coach Amanda Janney left on her when they first met.

Secondly, Keer simply loved the atmosphere during her college visitation to the "City of Brotherly Love."

Finally, when it came down to making her final choice between Louisville, Michigan State and Temple, Keer wanted to make things a lot easier for those near to her heart.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Tamaqua girls got a big win last night over Pine Grove, the top seeded team in District 11 AA.

Tamaqua's Christine Streisel hit a three as time expired to shock the Cardinals.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Pine Grove-Tamaqua

Christine Streisel hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to help lift Tamaqua to a 44-42 victory over Pine Grove.

All six of Streisel's field goals were three-pointers.

The Raiders (15-6) responded from a five-point first quarter by scoring 22 in the second.

PINE GROVE

Thursday, February 7, 2013

February 7, 1958 Burt Gbur scores a game-high 17 points to lead Coaldale to a convincing 62-38 Black Diamond League win over host Weatherly. The Tigers, coached by Tom Leonard, put the game out of reach early by bolting to a 30-12 halftime advantage. The winners also receive 16 points from Pal Evans while Greg Posta chips in with 10 points and Pete Cheplick contributes eight. Leading the Wreckers are Earley and Shaffer, who both tally 10 points.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson (center) signs a letter of intent to continue his academic and football career at Harvard University. Johnson was joined for the signing by his parents Rose and Paul Johnson.

Caleb Johnson set himself apart from the rest on the high school football field.

Now he'll attend the college that stands above the rest.

The Northern Lehigh senior officially announced his intentions to attend Harvard University, where he'll play for the Crimson football team, which competes in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)

"It's something when you walk around campus and they're like 'Franklin Roosevelt chilled in that dorm,'" Johnson said. "Some pretty renowned people have been there. That alone makes it a special place."

Thursday, February 7, 2013
PV manhandles Tamaqua

On Senior Night at Panther Valley, the Panthers used their depth to secure a win over Schuylkill League rival Tamaqua, 54-22.

The Panthers (12-7) won the first five bouts of the evening, three by forfeit, and never faced a serious challenge en route to the victory.

All three of Panther Valley's seniors were victorious, as Rich Smith, Elijah Hibbler and Jared Eickhoff picked up wins.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
patrick matsinko/times news Pleasant Valley's Dakota Everett signs a letter of intent to continue his academic and football career at Stony Brook College. Joining Everett for the signing are, front row, from left, Bear assistant coach Bob Madsen, head coach Jim Terwilliger, Dakota's mom Laurie Everett, Dakota Everett, Dakota's dad Butch Everett, and Pleasant Valley Assistant Athletic Director Greg Bowman. Back row, Bear assistant coaches James Ward, Matt Triolo and Dave Biever.

Pleasant Valley's Dakota Everett earned recogntion throughout the season for his play on the field and not so much for what he did off of it. And that is rightfully so, as Everett contributed 163 tackles and five sacks for the Bears on his way to being named to the PIAA Class AAAA All-State team and Mountain Valley Conference All-Conference team.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Vince Mele stops in the lane before going up for a shot in Tuesday's game against Pocono Mountain West. Defending on the play is the Panthers' Sean Cooper.

And then there was one … as in one last chance for the Lehighton boys basketball team to qualify for the District 11 playoffs.

Tuesday night's 87-46 loss to Mountain Valley Conference power Pocono Mountain West dropped the Indians' record to 10-11 on the season.

In order for Lehighton to reach the .500 mark and qualify for districts for the first time since 2007, it will have to beat Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg in its regular season finale next Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

At halftime of Tuesday's Colonial League clash between Catasauqua and Northern Lehigh, the Bulldogs not only held a commanding 32-21 lead but they also held the game's momentum.

Instead of quitting and allowing the advantage to be in favor of the locals, the Rough Riders made things quite 'rough' for the 'Dawgs in the second half, and rallied for a 52-49 victory.

"At halftime, we challenged the guys," said Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder. "I asked them, 'What do we have in us?"

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek powers through an attempted block by Jim Thorpe's Dave Everitt. Kosciolek scored a game-high 16 points in the Raiders' 20-point victory. Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua had a couple things they needed to work on after their seven point loss to Lehighton over the weekend.

The Raiders struggled to run successful offensive sets against the Indians. Along with that they also had some defensive breakdowns throughout the game that definitely gave Lehighton momentum.

However, last night against Jim Thorpe the Raiders (13-8, 6-5 Schuylkill League) have seemed to work out some of the kinks. Tamaqua dominated Jim Thorpe from the tip to come away with a 57-37 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory.