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Friday, April 19, 2013

Looking back on this past wrestling season, it is obvious that all TN area teams enjoyed success at one point or another, whether through individual or team accomplishments.

Pleasant Valley produced one state qualifier in Kenny Yanovich and enjoyed a successful season as a team, qualifying for district duals. The Bears' lost last year's TIMES NEWS Wrestler of the Year, Sean Bianco, after only five matches, but their depth offset his loss and kept the team among the most prominent in the area.

Friday, April 19, 2013

@$:Robert Getz, a 2012 Pleasant Valley graduate and current member of the Widener University football team, recently received his Middle Atlantic Conference championship ring for his team's success this past season.

Friday, April 19, 2013
@Caption Stand Alone:Palmerton varsity wrestling awards The Palmerton wrestling team recently held its season-ending banquet. Among the wrestlers to receive awards were, from left, Damien Fink (Most Valuable Freshman); Josh Evans (Most Valuable Junior/Most Valuable Player); Skyler Rosenberry (Most Valuable Senior-); Bomber assistant coach Justin Petersen; Zac Graver (Most Valuable Sophomore/Most Outstanding Wrestler/Coaches Award/Most Improved Wrestler); Bombers head coach Dave Lavin; Zack Christman (Most Improved Wrestler); Joey Bubble (Most Improved Wrestler): and Dan Russo (The Bomber Award).

The Palmerton wrestling team recently held its season-ending banquet. Among the wrestlers to receive awards were, from left, Damien Fink (Most Valuable Freshman); Josh Evans (Most Valuable Junior/Most Valuable Player); Skyler Rosenberry (Most Valuable Senior-); Bomber assistant coach Justin Petersen; Zac Graver (Most Valuable Sophomore/Most Outstanding Wrestler/Coaches Award/Most Improved Wrestler); Bombers head coach Dave Lavin; Zack Christman (Most Improved Wrestler); Joey Bubble (Most Improved Wrestler): and Dan Russo (The Bomber Award).

Palmerton Jr. High wrestling banquet

Friday, April 19, 2013

April 19, 2001 Gerry Washack tosses a one-hitter to lead Pleasant Valley to a 4-1 Mountain Valley Conference win over Parkland in a battle of unbeaten teams. Washack strikes out five and the run he allows is unearned. The Bears, coached by Jeff Kashner, use a three-run fifth inning to pull out the victory. Justin Kashner finishes with two hits and knocks in a pair of runs while Chad Stecker adds a hit and two runs scored.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ryan's Oil & Heating defeated Vesuvio's, 78-52, on Wednesday to capture the 2013 Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Winter Basketball League Championship. It marked the fourth straight ESRC Winter Basketball League Championship for Ryan's Oil & Heating and it's seventh Winter League Championship in the past eight years.

Ryan's got off to a blistering start by knocking down five of its nine three-pointers in the game's first 10 minutes to take a 27-23 lead. Ryan's then increased its lead to 43-33 at halftime behind 11 first-half points from Jon Scheuer.

Friday, April 19, 2013
Ryan's Oil & Heating captured its fourth straight Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Winter Basketball League Championship with a 78-52 victory over Vesuvio's on Wednesday evening at the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center. Members of the championship team include front row (kneeling), from left, Shawn Tray, Jon Scheuer, Joe Schaeffer and Jeff Peel. Back row (standing), Jeff Krusinsky, Kieran Conway, Mike Zulkowski, Mike Stankiewitch and ESRC Executive Director Jason Boris. Special to the TIMES NEWS

Ryan's Oil & Heating captured its fourth straight Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Winter Basketball League Championship with a 78-52 victory over Vesuvio's on Wednesday evening at the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center. Members of the championship team include front row (kneeling), from left, Shawn Tray, Jon Scheuer, Joe Schaeffer and Jeff Peel. Back row (standing), Jeff Krusinsky, Kieran Conway, Mike Zulkowski, Mike Stankiewitch and ESRC Executive Director Jason Boris.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern third baseman Josh Williamson puts the tag on Salisbury's Justin Aungst

Following a loss to Southern Lehigh to begin the week, the Northwestern Lehigh baseball team had its eyes set on getting back into the win column.

One major obstacle, however, was in the Tigers' sight as they welcomed the Colonial League's lone unbeaten team in Salisbury on Wednesday afternoon.

Salisbury wasted no time in making their case as the league's premier squad. The Falcons (11-0 overall; 8-0 in Colonial League) scored five runs in the first inning, and Tyler Cooperman gave up just one hit over seven innings as Salisbury defeated the Tigers, 8-0.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
@Caption Stand Alone:Carbon United's Team Mayhem wins tournament Carbon United Soccer Club Team Mayhem won the U13/14 championship at the 6th Annual Hunter Meckes Soccer Tournament. It was the third straight year that Team Mayhem has captured a championship at the tournament. The team had a 2-0-1 tournament record, defeating FC Pocono, 4-1; Carbon United Soccer Club Team Stealth, 8-0; and finishing with a 1-1 tie against Towamencing Soccer Club Thunder. Team Mayhem, which plays in the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League, consists of boys and girls from Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, Panther Valley, Palmerton, and Lehighton. Team members are, front, Shane Meckes. Kneeling, from left, coach Frank Bokan (with team mascot Chase Bokan), Rajah Quinones, Dylan Pettit, Sean Choley, Patrick Lawler, Jake Burkhart and Aubrey Blasiak. Standing, Michael Solt, Frank Bokan, Zeka Elkhyati, Brendan Morgans, Riley McHugh, Todd Stelling and assistant coach Lynn Stelling.

Carbon United Soccer Club Team Mayhem won the U13/14 championship at the 6th Annual Hunter Meckes Soccer Tournament. It was the third straight year that Team Mayhem has captured a championship at the tournament. The team had a 2-0-1 tournament record, defeating FC Pocono, 4-1; Carbon United Soccer Club Team Stealth, 8-0; and finishing with a 1-1 tie against Towamencing Soccer Club Thunder. Team Mayhem, which plays in the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League, consists of boys and girls from Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, Panther Valley, Palmerton, and Lehighton. Team members are, front, Shane Meckes.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April 18, 1975 Northwestern uses the long ball to cruise to a 15-4 Centennial League victory over Pocono Mountain. The Tigers, coached by Mike Haberern, slug three homers in posting the win. Todd Schellhamer opens the scoring by hitting a grand slam in the first inning. One frame later, Larry House blasts a two-run homer. Kevin Corman also goes deep, drilling a two-run shot in the fourth. House picks up the pitching win, allowing just four hits while striking out nine, while Ron Weiner contributes four hits at the plate.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Kosciolek's love for hoops started early

Brett Kosciolek has vivid memories of himself flying down the court and dunking the basketball.

He can see himself taking hundreds and hundreds of shots in an attempt to perfect his jumper.

Kosciolek pictures those things like they happened yesterday.

But the dunks and jump shots that Kosciolek was thinking about weren't happening yesterday, or earlier this season, or even in the past year.

No, Kosciolek was reflecting back quite a bit further to his pre-school years. Back then, the court was a hallway in his house and the ball was a nerf.