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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Tigers have unfinished business

A year ago, the Northwestern boys' soccer program went on to capture the Colonial League North Division title with a stellar 11-2 overall league record. It was the Tigers first title since 2008.

Unfortunately for the Tigers and their coaching staff, things didn't necassarily go as they planned in the 2012 CL playoffs as they fell in the semis to eventual league champion Southern Lehigh.

Entering this season, Northwestern head coach Nate Hunsicker has mixed feelings about the setback a year ago.

Monday, August 26, 2013

August 26, 1959 Joe Kokinda fires a three-hit shutout to lead Summit Hill to a 5-0 win over Coaldale in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Kokinda walks five in the contest, strikes out 10 and aids his own cause with a solo homer. Don Miller also goes deep for the winners, while Joe Kosalko collects two hits. John Watto, Dave Rex and Walt Kruczek each chip in with a hit and run scored.

Monday, August 26, 2013
Tamaqua head soccer coach Clem McCarroll, far right, sits with some of his players. The Lady Raiders were hit hard by graduation and must replace nearly the whole starting lineup. Senior players on this year's squad include, from left, Tanisha Farber, Kaleigh Rabenold, Rachel Jones and Mackenzie Heisler. Andrew Leibenguth/ TIMES NEWS

In high school sports, players come and players go.

As a longtime head coach, Tamaqua's Clem McCarroll is very familiar with that.

But in his tenure as the Lady Raiders' mentor never has he faced a situation like the one that presents itself this season.

Now in his 10th year, McCarroll ultimately must reshape his soccer program.

The Lady Raiders were very successful last season, earning an 11-6-1 record. But Coach McCarroll always knew that in order to be competitive again, much change was going to have to take place.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Tamaqua managed to pull out a girls tennis win over the weekend against Salisbury.

GIRLS TENNIS

Tamaqua-Salisbury

Emma Osenbach and Madison Davis picked up a doubles win that was the deciding point in Tamaqua's 3-2 win over Salisbury.

Sara Zoba and Carly Fenstermacher scored the other wins for the Raiders in singles competition.

Tamaqua 3 Salisbury 2

SINGLES

Sarah Zoba(T) def. Tali Oliver 6-1, 6-1; Leandra Roelker (S) def. Maddie Dolinsky 6-1, 6-2; Carly Fenstermacher (T) def. Claudia Crouthamei 6-3, 6-1.

DOUBLES

Saturday, August 24, 2013

August 24, 1983 Four golfers from Palmerton spend over 12 hours on the course at Blue Ridge Country Club to raise money for the Palmerton Hospital Building Fund. The foursome of John Andrews, Jim Andrews, Matt Searles and Frank Johannes Jr. complete 117 holes from 5:45 a.m. until 6:20 p.m. The golfers walk 81 holes and drive carts for the other 36. The average of their group was 77.5. John Andrews averages 74, while Jim Andrews comes in at 75. Johannes is next at 76 with Searles at 78.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Marian golfers and Jim Thorpe girls tennis team scored victories in local scholastic action on Friday.

GOLF

Marian-Pine Grove

The Colts ran their record to 3-1 with a 348-400 win over the Cardinals at Blue Mountain Golf Course.

Mark Postupack fired a 77 for Marian to take medalist honors.

MARIAN (348)

Mark Postupack 77, Austin Paisley 85, Albert McFadden 89 and Jared Paisley 97.

PINE GROVE (400)

Tristan White 80, Steph Kemmerling 98, Brendan Hueston 111, Matt Troxell 111.

Played at Blue Mountain Golf Course, par 72

Saturday, August 24, 2013

I've always enjoyed telling stories, so when someone says, "How long have you been teaching?" I no longer say, "Since 1983." I now tell this tale from last year's Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Being one of Palmerton's two seventh grade language arts teachers means I teach half of the seventh grade students two periods of reading, writing, and grammar each day.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Blue Ridge Rifles Muzzleloader Club is holding a free 25-yard youth match for those 16 and younger at its Labor Day Rendezvous and Shoot. Shooting events will be held for men, women and youth Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, with gates opening Friday, Aug. 30, at noon, and gates closing Monday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m.

Saturday, August 24, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Area High School junior wrestler Zachary Graver proudly wears the medal he earned in the Cadet National Team Duals in Daytona, FL, where the Freestyle Wrestling Team PA finished second out of 40 teams.

Just call him Mr. No Days Off.

One look at his jam-packed schedule shows Palmerton Area High School grappler Zachary Graver has been beyond busy this summer wrestling on mats across the country.

As a sophomore last season, Graver, 16, compiled a gaudy 31-9 record as he competed at 170, 160, and 152 pounds for the PAHS wrestling team under coach Dave Lavin.

Along the way, he placed third at districts, fourth at regionals, and was a State qualifier. In addition, he was ranked sixth in PA Power Wrestling at 152 pounds.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

HARRISBURG – When chronic wasting disease was detected in Pennsylvania for the first time last year, all of the warnings the Pennsylvania Game Commission issues every year to out-of-state hunters about precautions to take after downing a deer, elk or moose became more pertinent.