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Friday, March 9, 2012

HERSHEY - It was a rough quarterfinal round for TIMES NEWS Area wrestlers on Friday morning as all four were defeated and fell into the consolation round.

Tamaqua's Colin Mashack, Northern Lehigh's Ty Herzog, Lehighton's Michael Balliet and Northwestern Lehigh's Levi Veppert all wound up on the losing end.

Mashack drew Saegertown's Tyler Vath (41-2) and took him to overtime before falling 7-5.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Two girls representing Tamaqua Lodge #592 finished first in their respectively age groups at the NE Central District Elks "Hoop Shoot" on Sun. Feb. 12 at Danville High School. Ashley Jones (left) shot 20-for-25 to capture first place in the Girls 8-9 Division and Nicole Leshko was 19-for-25 to win the 12-13 Girls Division. Jones and Leshko advance to the State "Hoop Shoot" contest at State College.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Three area teams are still alive as the PIAA State Basketball Tournament opens this weekend.

The Northern Lehigh boys and Pleasant Valley girls will be in action on Friday night. The Marian girls open state play on Saturday afternoon.

BOYS

PIAA Class AAA

No. Lehigh (20-5) vs. Abington Heights (22-5)

Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Lackawanna College in Scranton

Thursday, March 8, 2012

HERSHEY - Tamaqua's Colin Mashack and Northern Lehigh's Ty Herzog both scored victories in the first round of the PIAA Class AA Championships on Thursday morning.

Palmerton's Sam Oberlander came close to a win, but along with teammates Josh Evans and Cody Grohotolski, dropped into the first round of consolations.

Mashack didn't show any nerves in his first trip to Hershey as he pinned Josh Brown (31-6) of Claysburg-Kimmel in 2:43 of their 106-pound bout.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8, 1996 Nicole Levandusky scores 15 points, pulls down 11 rebounds and dishes out six assists to help Palmerton gain a 52-48 win over Columbia in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs. Levandusky hits five free throws in the game's final 48 seconds to seal the win. Amanda Samok contributes 10 points and four boards while Sue Fabian adds eight points, eight rebounds and five assists. The Lady Bombers, coached by Rod Strohl, also receive eight points from Cori Rehus.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
BRAD HURLEY/times news Josh Snyder speaks to the media after being named Northwestern's head football coach.

Northwestern Tigers football fans can now breathe a sigh of relief for next season, while Northwestern's Colonial League opponents may want to invest in an oxygen machine.

This is because the Northwestern Lehigh administration has decided to hire former standout running back Josh Snyder to lead the Tigers into the 2012 football season.

Snyder, a Lehigh alum graduated from Northwestern in 1998 where he had a great career in the black and gold before heading to South Bethlehem to play for the Mountain Hawks.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The tournament field and schedule have been announced for the 8th Annual SS. Peter and Paul's of Lehighton Biddy Basketball Tournament

This year's six-team field is comprised of SS.Peter/Paul's CYO; Palmerton Booster Club; Jim Thorpe (Blue); Tamaqua; Jim Thorpe (Red); and L.A.B.C.

The tournament will be held March 10 at the Lehighton Junior High School.

Following is the schedule:

9 a.m. - SS.Peter/Paul's vs Palmerton

10 a.m. - Jim Thorpe (Blue) vs Tamaqua

11 a.m. - Jim Thorpe (Red) vs L.A.B.C.

12 p.m. - Palmerton vs Jim Thorpe (Blue)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
bob ford/times news Palmerton head coach Dave Lavin (left) and assistant coach Mike Englert watch the action on the mat during the District 11 Class AA wrestling championships. Less than a year after the program was almost dropped by the school board because of budget concerns, the Bombers have enjoyed an extremely successful postseason run.

Less than a year ago, Palmerton almost lost its wrestling team.

Now, they're the talk of the town.

Last Saturday at the Southeast Class AA Regionals, four Blue Bombers earned a trip to Hershey to compete in the state championships. It's the most the school has ever sent to the tournament and the most this season among TIMES NEWS area teams.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall will host a kickboxing event Saturday, March 10.

Erin Go Brawl will feature 10 bouts starting at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Erin Go Brawl with its Irish theme will help kickoff St. Paddy's Day events and will have some of the finest kickboxers in action. The promoters from Rock The Cage MMA, LLC have assembled a full slate of action from the Wolfpack Fighters and its trainer Joe Gudinas who train at the Xtreme Fitness Center in St. Clair.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Anthracite Football League officially extended invitations to Lehighton and Blue Mountain to join the league for the 2014-15 school year.

Both teams were accepted on a 9-0 vote by league members.

League schools will meet this summer to work out scheduling for the expanded 11-team league.