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Thursday, December 8, 2011
ron Gower/times news Tamaqua varsity girls basketball team members are, front row, from left, Emily Pratka, Bailey Hartung, Paige Demeriades, Vanessa Solt, Jordan Fucci. Second row, Kayla Hope, Caitlin Trainer, Maria Streisel, Brianna Wittig, Ashley Walker. Back row, Kori Kabilko, Carly Sassaman, Jaclin Valasek, Amanda Solt, and Christine Streisel.

As far as championships go, Tamaqua's 2010-11 title sweep could not have been more impressive or more difficult.

First, the Lady Raiders had to fight their way through the Schuylkill League one of the best girls basketball leagues in all of Pennsylvania.

Then, they had to find a way to beat perennial powerhouse Allentown Central Catholic in the District 11 Class AAA field.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sophomore Ramzy Burns of the Muhlenberg College women's cross country team was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll for excellence in the classroom and on the course.

A biochemistry major, Burns finished 55th out of 112 runners at the conference championships and then helped the Mules place seventh in the team race at the NCAA Mideast Regional meet, the best finish in school history.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton boys basketball team members include: Front, from left, Logan Lesher, Tyler Snyder, Mike Horvath, Spencer Shigo, Brett Snyder and Gabe Leon. Back row, from left, Matt Leaver, Tyler Svetik, Ben Andrews, Kyle Ruch, Austin Luers, Mark Quinn and Cody Geist.

Mick Stefanek is no stranger when it comes to TIMES NEWS Area boys basketball circles.

Stefanek, who took over the Palmerton boys basketball program over the summer, was a highly successful head coach at Marian High School before resigning and taking a year off away from the game. And now he is in charge of the boys program in the same school district he teaches in.

The Blue Bombers return a group of experienced players who have grown as a unit over the years and Stefanek hopes to see some of the veterans through what he hopes will be a rewarding season.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

After putting up an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 400 individual medley, and setting a new school record in the 200 individual medley, Indiana University senior swimmer Allysa Vavra is the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for the first time in her career.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December 7, 1989 Lori Andrew pours in a game-high 26 points, pulls down 16 rebounds and comes up big down the stretch to help the Lehighton girls open the season with a 60-53 win over Panther Valley. Andrew scores her team's final eight points to help secure the victory. The Indians, coached by Dick Bisbing, also receive 22 points from Jen Harleman while Korri Long chips in with eight.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The last thing Lehighton's Dan Williams will have to do this season is look for some leaders on his team.

With four solid seniors returning from successful years, the Indians' wrestling coach is hoping to make some noise not only in the Mountain Valley Conference, but also in the postseason.

"We have a really good group of seniors coming back," said Williams. "I've been with these guys since they were in seventh grade from coaching middle school. I'm looking for big things out of them.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton girls basketball team will include: Kneeling, from left, Gabby Alban, Morgan Hadinger, Michelle Rickert, Mikayla Krupa and Sarah Graver. Back row, from left, Emily Meinhart, Morgam Mummey, Jade Farquhar, , Kelsey Hay, Jen Snyder, Maddy Mummey and Kelsey Eaton.

Palmerton head girls basketball coach Don Delich and his team always have the same expectations entering every new season.

Delich, in his ninth year at the helm with a 108-88 career record, expects his team to be able to play with any team in the Colonial League, despite losing four starters and his first player off the bench from a team that lost to Allentown Central Catholic in the District 11 3A semifinals last season.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rich Oertner loves a challenge.

As the new head coach of the Lehighton boys basketball team, he definitely has one.

The former Northern Lehigh mentor takes over a program that has won just five games over the past four seasons, including a 1-21 mark a year ago. The Indians have also suffered 50 straight conference losses, and haven't had a winning season since the 2000-01 season.

Despite that, Oertner feels better days are ahead.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Lady Indians taking a positive approach

Talk to new Lehighton girls basketball coach Ray Bressi and the one word that jumps out is positive.

Within the sport though, positive can mean different things to different people.

For some, it's posting a certain number of wins. For others, it's reaching the playoffs. For many, it's simply improving from game-to-game, but for Bressi a longtime mentor and currently a disciplinarian at Panther Valley, it's about something else.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's wrestling team will include: Front, from left, Adam Moyer, J.D. Christman, Dillon Masington and Matthew Wolfe. Second row, Kelsey Eaton (manager), Zach Christman, Jacob Christman, Brandon Trauger, Josh Evans, Sam Oberlander, Daniel Russo and Vanessa Evans (manager). Third row, same order, assistant coach Mike Englert, Travis Wolfe, David Silverstein, Andrew Strauss, Kane Kralik, Cody Grohotolski, James Wooten, Joey Bubble, Bradley Shoop, Zachary Graver and head coach Dave Lavin.

When Dave Lavin took over as Palmerton's head wrestling coach two years ago, his first hurdle was to build a program that had a wrestler at every varsity weight class. And that hurdle is about to be cleared as the Blue Bombers anxiously await the start of the 2011-12 season.

With plenty of experience returning from a team that qualified for District Duals the first time in school history, this could be the season that the Bombers could finally find themselves in the upper echelon of not just the Colonial League, but District 11 AA competition.