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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December 6, 1955 Terry Eckart tallies a game-high 25 points and Palmerton pulls away after a close first quarter to roll past Nazareth, 64-29. The Blue Bombers, coached by Win Evans, lead 15-13 after the first frame but outscore their opponents 49-16 the rest of the way. Bob Mlkvy finishes right behind Eckart with 23 points while the winners also receive eight points from Pete Gulden.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
MIKE HAINES/TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team members include: First row, from left, Sabrina Mertz, Sam MacLaughlin, Cheyenne Shupp, Jen Nemes and Emma Kemmerer. Second row, Taylor Dietrich, Caileigh Landrigan, Erynn Day, Alex Lerner and Abigail Heydlauf. Back row, Sara Jones, Trista Cunningham, Jess Albright, Sarah Segan and Kaleen Suter.

After a two-year absence from postseason play, the Northwestern girls basketball team plans to return this year.

The Lady Tigers came within a couple games of making districts last year. With all of their key players returning, the program's rebuilding process could reach completion this season.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
MIKE HAINES/TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's boys basketball team includes: Front row, from left, Mason Schuler and Naveed Hadian. Middle Row, same order, Payton Bachman, Tyler Richardson, David Dorney and David Wagner. Back row, from left, JP Bittenbender, Matt Maher, Jarred Binder, Richard Perry and Matthew Rivera.

Rebuilding after a one-win season is never easy. But it's the task that this year's Northwestern boys basketball team faces.

"From day one of open gyms and through now the kids have been working extremely hard," said first-year head coach Dan Eddinger. "We're pleasantly surprised and at the same time we're really happy with where we are at this point. There's still a long way to go, but we're excited with the progress so far. We know that it's going to be small steps at a time."

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Mike Nesgoda/Special to the TIMES NEWS Members of the 2011-12 Marian boys basketball team includes, front row from left, John Julian, Clay Brown, Ryan Karnish, Nick Kweder, Dylan Latham, Calvin Talbott, Anthony Agosti, Justin Bilka; back row, Eric Swankoski, Damian Richards, Jordan Weber, Zach Motil, Alden Whah, Luke Stawick, Anthony Pilla and Lukas Damian.

Last season, head coach John Patton stressed the importance of finding chemistry.

This year, Marian simply needs to find a way.

...And it won't be easy.

The Colts (20-6 last year and coming off back-to-back District 11 Championships) need to find a way to replace 87-percent of their scoring from last year, including the loss of four starters and their top six scorers.

They also need to find a way to replenish 68-percent of their three-point shooting, 84-percent of their rebounding and 97-percent of their blocked shots from a season ago.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Mike Nesgoda/Special to the TIMES NEWS Members of the 2011-12 Marian girls basketball team include, front row from left, Kelly Shober, Danielle Tristani, Kim Wilson; middle row, Lindsay Nemeth, Gabby Green, Sam Faust, Emily Sofranko, Bethany Schaud, Ashley Fannick; back row, head coach Paul Brutto, assistant coach Jeff Onushco, Kaysi McLaughlin, assistant coach Matt Murphy and assistant coach Vin Vella.

Four years ago, Marian relied on its height and considerable size advantage to capture the 2008 Class A State Championship.

This season, the only things than can be considered "big" on the Fillies roster are hopes and dreams.

However, for head coach Paul Brutto, that's not a bad thing, it's just part of the process.

Monday, December 5, 2011
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe boys basketball team members include, front row, from left, Robert Freeman, Dean Ciavarella, Mike Harleston, Ben Moore and PJ Johnson. Beck row, Darius Clark, Paul Joseph Gallagher Saba, Khaaliq Lynch, Conner Ennis and Jaquan Brown.

The Jim Thorpe boys' basketball team is dealing with the aftermath of its first losing season under head coach Brian Carroll.

A 6-16 record from a season ago left a mark within the program. It also brought a streak of seven straight seasons qualifying for the District 11 playoffs to an end.

Entering his fifth season with the program, Carroll believes he has an answer to help the Olympians rebound and start a new streak this season.

Monday, December 5, 2011
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe wrestling team members include, front row, from left, Cody Lewis, Aivaro Canizares, Mike Munoz, Avery Ziegenfus and Cameron Dickson. Middle row, Mike Helmer, James Boyle, Ryan Ruberto, Tee Jay Leffew, Akeeno Stewart and Cody Formisano. Back row, assistant coach Terry Levan, Kenion Stewart, Brian Ohl, Jedidiah Scorzelli, Tyler Crandall, John Struble, Lamonte Whitley, head coach Shawn Albert and manager Dylan Bradley.

The Jim Thorpe wrestling team will enter the 2011-12 season with a very inexperienced lineup.

Don't expect head coach Shawn Albert and his Olympian grapplers to let that slow them down, however.

"This team, this year, we're very inexperienced," Albert said. "We're young, which is fine, and we know it. Th good news is that this team, compared to last year's team, has a lot more discipline. They love to work hard.

"They want to win. They want to get better. The positive results from that type of attitude are already showing."

Monday, December 5, 2011
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe girls basketball team members include, front row, from left, Cat Condly, Jeanna McElmoyle, Chasity Mosteller, Nina Batts and Kristen Lawrence. Back row, Gabbi Binder, Alyssa Rusbarsky, Celeste Robinson, Chelsea Smelas, Nikki Ennis and manager Kyle Lawrence. Danielle Becker is also on the team.

The Jim Thorpe girls' basketball team simply wants to "take that next step."

A year ago, the Lady Olympians took the first step by qualifying for the postseason for the first time in nine years.

This season, the Olympians want more a lot more.

"We would like to think we can contend for a division, league or even a district title," Olympians' head coach Rob Kovac said. "We would like to think we're going to be in the mix for all of those things."

Monday, December 5, 2011
bob ford/times news Panther Valley boys basketball team members include, front row, from left, Kyle Ferryman, Pat Owens, Zack King and Jake Kusko. Second row, Jake Szczecina, Nick McArdle, Thad Ogozalek, Steve Romanchik and Luke Stano. Back row, assistant coach Charlie Depuy, Jesse Mathewson, Brett Kershner, Brock Mitchell, Nate Mathewson, Joe Dalessio, manager Marly Mikovich and head coach Pat Crampsie.

A few years ago, Panther Valley boys basketball coach Pat Crampsie might not have been able to stay as upbeat and positive.

That's because the Panther program was a lot more fragile back then.

Panther Valley was in the midst of a streak that saw it go eight consecutive years without qualifying for the District 11 playoffs. At that point in the program's development, an injury, a difficult schedule, or a few key graduation losses would derail any momentum that was building.

Monday, December 5, 2011
Carbon United captures LVYSL U14 soccer title

Carbon United captured the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League Girls U14 championship this year. The team, comprised of youths for the Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Palmerton and Panther Valley school districts, compiled a 6-1-1 record to edge out Keystone Athletic for the title. This is the second straight championship for the Carbon United U14 team, which tied for the league crown last season. Team members include, front row, from left, Sarah Moyer, Cassidy Ryan, Ilse Hassler, Camilli Principe, Meghann Principe and Kaylie Haskins.