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Friday, November 19, 2010

As a person infatuated with statistics, the football season is always one of my favorites.

Every year, players and teams break school and area records some that have been around for just a few years and some that have lasted for ages.

While the focus for coaches always remains winning games, even they get excited when one of their players or their squad eclipses a new mark.

This season, some performances stood out more so than others.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Palmerton Area High School will be selling passes for the winter sports season.

Passes and prices are as follows:

Winter Family Pass (Boy's Basketball, Girl's Basketball and Wrestling) $150.00; Boys Basketball Only Family Pass $75.00; Girls Basketball Only Family Pass $75.00; Wrestling Only Family Pass $50.00.

Boys and Girls Basketball Individual Passes are Adults $30.00, Students $15.00 and Senior Citizens $15.00. Wrestling Individual Passes are Adults $20.00, Students $10.00 and Senior Citizens $10.00.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Tamaqua Area School District Athletic Department is offering season ticket packages for the 2010-11 winter athletic season.

- Junior varsity/Varsity Boys Basketball season tickets (11 home games) are available for $35 per adult and $15 per student.

- Junior varsity/Varsity Girls Basketball season tickets (10 home games) are available for $30 per adult and $15 per student.

- Junior High/Varsity Wrestling season tickets are available for $15 per adult and $8 per student.

Friday, November 19, 2010

By SHAWN MCFARLAND

smcfarland@tnonline.com

Last year the Lehighton field hockey team captured the school's first ever state championship.

Saturday night, the Lady Indians will try to bring home their second in a row.

Lehighton will match up against Wyoming Seminary, the No. 2 seed from District 2, in the PIAA Class AA state final Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Whitehall High School.

Friday, November 19, 2010

November 19, 1976 A touchdown and conversion early in the fourth quarter lifts Slatington to a 7-6 Centennial League win over rival Palmerton. Trailing 6-0, Ron Breiner tossed a six-yard scoring pass to Bob Pierce to tie the score. Greg Miller converted the extra point to give the Bulldogs, coached by Dick Snell, the lead and eventual winning point. The Bombers' lone score comes on a two-yard run by Tom Bollinger.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ashley Gradwell, a junior midfielder for the Quinnipiac University field hockey team, played in 17 of her team's 18 games this year and started 15.

Gradwell, a Northwestern High School graduate, was seventh on the team in minutes played (982). It was her most active season. She played in one game as a freshman and 14 as a sophomore, starting nine games. As a sophomore she was named her team's most improved player.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

@Breif.Head:

The Palmerton Area School Board approved several extracurricular and cocurricular positions per the negotiated contract for the 2010-11 school year:

Brett Martinez, assistant wrestling coach, $3,788

Donald Delich, assistant baseball coach, $2,498

Ryan Sharkazy, co-assistant baseball coach, $1,249

Matt Krempasky, co-assistant baseball coach, $1,249

Jaclyn Ivancich, assistant volunteer girls basketball coach, volunteer

Dominick Fantasia, assistant volunteer girls soccer coach, volunteer.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Towamensing's U-8 soccer club recently brought home a third place finish from the Upper Moreland Soccer Tournament held in Willow Grove.

Mason Fludgate led the team in scoring at the tourney, followed by Ashley Marchessault and Carissa Fallon.

Goalie Jonathan Perloni provided an outstanding defensive effort in the game that clinched third for the local team. In that contest, Perloni held the opponents to just two goals.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

November 18, 1989 Joe Richards intercepts a pass with less than two minutes left to end a Notre Dame scoring threat and lift Marian to a 6-3 victory and the District 11 Class A championship. The Crusaders drive to the Colts' seven-yard line but pressure from Brian Rafferty and Mike Hosak force Richards' pick at the goal line. Joe Gillespie's one-yard plunge, set up by a 31-yard scamper from Mark Hrebik, was the game's lone touchdown.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chris Horn, a senior place kicker and punter at Wilkes University is having another fine season.

Horn, a Northwestern High School graduate, has made 12 of 17 field goal attempts and 27 of 28 extra point attempts. His longest made field goal was from 49 yards. He has a 57.6-yard average for kickoffs this season and a 35-yard average for punts, including placing 14 inside the 20-yard line.

The Colonels (6-4) earned a berth into the ECAC playoffs and will face Moravian College this Saturday.