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Thursday, March 21, 2013

After years of trying to join the Colonial League, Lehighton has finally been invited.

The question now is, Will they?

On Wednesday, the Colonial League delivered invitations to both Lehighton and Pleasant Valley to become fulltime members of their organization.

If both schools (current members of the Mountain Valley Conference) would accept, they would join the league for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Amber Thomas has shown resiliency both on and off the softball field.

Resiliency.

Whether it's on the softball diamond, in the classroom, or most especially her personal life, Amber Thomas possesses an ability to bounce back that is second to none.

In recent years, the sophomore hurler on the Northern Lehigh varsity softball team has had to deal with one setback after the other, none of which have been able to derail her achievements.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March 21, 1969 St. Stan's of Summit Hill uses a big second half to pull away from St. Casimir's of Shenandoah and post an 85-53 victory in the semifinals of the Allentown Diocese CYO playoffs. Tom "Trooper" Zuber tallies 14 of his game-high 28 points in the third quarter to help the winners extend a close six-point lead to a 13-point bulge heading into the final frame. St. Stan's seals the win by outscoring its opponent 23-4 in that fourth period. Lou "Maxie" Michalik contributes 25 points to the victory while Tony Sodroski adds 15.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Todd Herzog (left), Northern Lehigh head wrestling coach is congratulated by his brother Brent, one of his assistants, after a win at the PIAA Championships. Herzog is stepping down after 18 seasons at the helm.

Northern Lehigh's wrestling program will look a little different next season.

Todd Herzog, who took over as head coach back in 1996 after Bob Kern turned over a program that he laid the groundwork for, submitted his letter of resignation on Tuesday to Athletic Director Bryan Geist.

Herzog, along with long-time assistants Brent Herzog and Rob Marlatt, will step aside. Former Bulldog wrestlers Brett Martinez and Mike Reichard, both assistants, will stay with the program to help with the transition.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March 20, 2002 Marian's Colette Makowiec tallies a game-high 16 points but it's not enough for the Fillies, who drop a 52-37 decision to rival Nativity in the PIAA Class A Eastern Finals. Marian, coached by Paul Brutto, also receives eight points and nine rebounds from Alana Zahora while Jess Linkchorst chips in with four points and seven boards. The Golden Girls force 24 turnovers in the contest and ride the 14-point efforts of Megan Bainbridge and Jamie Marshall. The loss ends the Fillies season with a record of 27-8.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley head track coach Kristin Black goes over javelin form with Celia Efrati.

Kristin Black has been around track and field for a long time.

She excelled in the sport three years at Panther Valley High School, where she still holds school records in the long and triple jump.

After a torn ACL put an end to her high school varsity career, Black stayed involved in the sport by becoming a certified PIAA official even before she graduating in 2000. Although it wasn't till after graduation that she acted as one, Black has been involved as an official for close to a decade.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Change is a way of life.

And if the Colonial League gets its wish, there will be some major changes in the near future.

At a meeting of athletic directors and principals Tuesday at Catasauqua, it was unanimously decided to invite two "bigger" schools to join their league.

The invitations will go out today.

Bryan Geist, Northern Lehigh's AD and vice president of the Colonial League, wouldn't release the names of the schools but it was reported last night that both schools were from the Mountain Valley Conference.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
JTNB wins Mahanoy Area Basketball Tournament

The Jim Thorpe National Bank 7th & 8th grade girls travel basketball team won the Mahanoy Area Basketball Tournament, which ran from March 15-17. The tournament contained local teams as well as teams from Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Scranton. The JTNB team was undefeated in pool play, beating Fountain Springs (36-16) on Friday and Shamokin (42-26) and Ridley Park (47-28) on Saturday. On Sunday, they beat Newport (41-32) in the semifinals and the Burma Ballers (35-22) in the finals. Team members include, front row from left, Jackie Condly, Payton Kovac, Jordan Waselus.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Middle School's volleyball team, Fusion, won a second tournament. The event was held at Hanover Middle School in Hanover. Fusion defeated another local team in the finals, the Marian Catholic Anthracite Nuggets, in the finals. Members of the Nuggest include, front, Sarah Zabroski; second row l-r, Gianna Steber, Emiline Markovich, Lyddia Malaska, Sadie Trubilla, Jacqui Kokinda; back l-r, Jenna Dubosky, Rachelle Filer, Olivia Dacey, Erika Dubosky, and Olivia Weaver.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

If young women were looking for a place to play local soccer professionally, they've finally found a permanent home.

FC Lehigh Valley United Lady Sonic will join their male counterparts (FC LVU Sonic) this summer as a professional local club.

Men's team head coach Dave Weitzman conducted an open tryout for prospective players on March 10, evaluating 40 women and 40 men during the first off-season session at finding new talent.