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Saturday, December 29, 2012

BETHLEHEM – Connor Frey felt some nerves when he stepped onto the mat in the most prestigious wrestling tournament he had ever competed in.

The Lehighton freshman quickly shook it off and pinned his first two opponents.

He followed that with a 7-4 decision over Stroudsburg's Keith Howie in the 160-pound quarterfinal last night at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School.

He will meet Northampton's Bobby Fehr in tomorrow's semifinals, which have been pushed up to 9:30 a.m. because of the forecasted snow.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

December 29, 1972 A big game by Fred Schlauch allows Northwestern to register a 57-42 victoy over Peaqua Valley in the Fleetwood Basketball Tournament. Schlauch pours in a game-high 19 points and also pulls down 14 rebounds to pace the Tigers, coached by Nick Drosnock. Schlauch tallies 10 of his points during the first quarter as the winners race to a 17-6 lead. Northwestern also receives 10 points from Joe House, while Jeff Kohler contributes seven points and 10 boards.

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Abby Reimer dribbles past Lehighton defender Kasaundra Barclay.

Palmerton coach Don Delich stressed it. The Bomber players talked about it.

This time, there would be no slow start.

This time, Palmerton wouldn't need a wake-up call between quarters.

This time, the Bombers would dominate from the opening tap.

One night after sleepwalking through the opening quarter of a semifinal game with Jim Thorpe, Palmerton showed it was wide awake against Lehighton.

Palmerton scored the game's first 19 points and rolled to a 58-26 victory over the host team in the championship game of the Lady Indian Holiday Classic.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

When Marian and Panther Valley faced off on opening night, the Colts needed an offensive rally in the second half to secure a six-point win.

Last night, the two rivals got together for round two; however, this time, it was a defensive stand in the second quarter that propelled Marian to a 58-47 victory.

In a first quarter which saw the lead switch hands six times, the Panthers (which shot 6-for-10 from the floor in the opening stanza) got a three-pointer from Ethan Vermillion with eight seconds remining to take a 17-16 lead after one quarter.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lackawanna, Promised Land and Nescopeck are among the 18 Pennsylvania State Parks sponsoring free, guided hikes on New Year's Day to help visitors ring in 2013 with healthy exercise and a glimpse of nature's winter beauty.

First Day Hikes have been taking place for 20 years as part of a national effort organized by the National Association of State Park Directors and launched in Newton, Mass. State involvement has grown to the point where, for the first time in 2012, all 50 state park systems are participating.

Friday, December 28, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tiffany Thompson gets set to shoot as Northern Lehigh's Jessica Olewine (left) and Emily Bevins (hidden) defend.

The Lehighton girls earned every bit of their 43-38 victory over Northern Lehigh Thursday night in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic.

Heading into the fourth quarter, Lehighton had a 38-28 lead over the Bulldogs. Both teams exchanged baskets to open the quarter.

The Bulldogs went on a run early in the quarter. Kelsey Follweiler hit a three-pointer with 5:22 left to play, which sparked a 9-0 spurt. The Indians clung to a three-point lead with 3:41 left to play, 40-37.

Friday, December 28, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Catherine Condly moves the ball up court as Palmerton's Mikayla Krupa comes up from behind.

Most round ball enthusiasts would tell you that the game of basketball is a game of runs.

Thursday night's contest between Jim Thorpe and Palmerton in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic showed just that.

The Lady Olympians jumped out to a 19-10 first quarter advantage, but the Bombers bounced back, outscoring JT 21-3 in the second quarter to help them capture a 55-30 non-league victory.

Friday, December 28, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Khadir Lindsey (5) drives to the basket for a bucket as Palmerton's Mark Quinn slides in underneath.

Two teams, both looking to find their identity, squared off in the opener of the Slatington Rotary Tournament on Thursday night.

Jim Thorpe and Palmerton battled toe-to-toe for three quarters before the Olympians made a stand and pulled out a 74-62 victory.

Khadr Lindsey scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter to help the Olympians pull away for the win and earn them the right to face Northern Lehigh, a 61-38 winner over Lehighton, in tonight's championship.

Friday, December 28, 2012
Competitiveness drives Tribe's Keer

She is asked a question about being competitive.

And before she answers, a wry little grin appears.

The grin eventually becomes a full-fledged smile the kind of smile that says the level of her competition on a scale from 1 to 10 is actually a 12.

So it's not surprising when she replies.

"I'm very competitive," said Lehighton field hockey standout Sarah Keer. "I think that's because I come from a family where everyone played sports.