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Friday, February 8, 2013
Raiders finish regular season strong

The Tamaqua Lady Raiders are hitting their stride and just at the right time.

With district playoffs looming Tamaqua has been playing their best basketball of the season and continued their strong play, handling Panther Valley 59-41 to end the 2013 regular season.

Friday, February 8, 2013

February 8, 1975 Lehighton's wrestling team rolls to a 45-6 win over Slatington to finish its Lehigh Valley League schedule undefeated and claim its second straight championship. The Indians, coached by Rollie Alger, receive five pins in the match. Rick Kirkendall sets the tone at 101 pounds with a 36-second fall. Others to record pins include Barry Troutman (148), Gary Barkanic (158), Charlie Bachert (188) and Rick Koch (hwt). Lehighton also gains decision wins from George Strohl, Rick Brownmiller, Todd Mertz, Bruce Cheslak and Glenn Neff.

Friday, February 8, 2013
Mike feifel/Times news Northern Lehigh's Annie Tarafass looks to drive baseline on Palmerton's Emelie Meinhart. Palmerton was able to come away with the victory, handling the Bulldogs 54-26.

Palmerton, Northwestern and Pleasant Valley all picked up girls basketball wins on Thursday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Palmerton-No.Lehigh

Palmerton jumped out to a 22-7 first-quarter lead and never looked back, as the Bombers topped Northern Lehigh 54-26 in Colonial League play.

Emelie Meinhart led Palmerton with 12 points. Fellow Bomber Madison Mummey added 11.

The Lady Bulldogs were led by Jessica Olewine's nine points.

PALMERTON

Friday, February 8, 2013

Northern Lehigh used its depth and a little bit of strategy en route to a 45-22 non-league win over Lehighton.

Bulldogs' coach Todd Herzog did some maneuvering at the lighter weights to give his team an advantage later on in the contest. Herzog conceded the opening bout at 120, which wound up being a double forfeit, and moved Matt Schamll (16-6) up to 126 pounds for the first time this season to take on Lehighton's Anthony Farano.

Friday, February 8, 2013
bob ford/times news Tyler Krell of Tamaqua (4) puts the ball on the floor as Panther Valley defender Kyle Ferryman (24) goes up high to defend.

Tamaqua might be the team heading to the postseason, but Panther Valley played last night's season finale against the Blue Raiders as if it was a playoff game.

With nowhere to go and nothing to lose, the Panthers turned the emotions of a long and disappointing season completely around in one night, as Panther Valley pulled off a 50-49 Schuylkill League Division 1 upset of Tamaqua.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Christine Streisel (front row center) signs her letter of intent to participate in track and field at Division 1 Duke University. Sitting next to Streisel are her parents Mark and Maura Streisel. Standing (left to right) are assistant coach Mike Sakash, Assistant Vice Principal Tom McCabe, assistant coach John Kotchmar, javelin coach Barry Krammes, head track and field coach Tom Kanger, and Athletic Director Mike Hromyak.  Brad Hurley/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area High School track program might as well be called "Javelin High."

That's because over the past few years the program has been able to produce three Division 1 javelin throwers. Casey Wagner (2008, South Florida), Allison Updike (2010, Georgia), and now a new name has been added to that list in Tamaqua senior Christine Streisel.

Yesterday Streisel became the newest member of the "D-1 Club" at Tamaqua High School, signing her letter of intent to participate on the track and field team at Duke University.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

With just two games remaining on its schedule and no wins to speak for, it was do-or-die time for the Palmerton boys basketball team.

And the Blue Bombers delivered.

Junior Ty Achterman calmly sank two free throws with three seconds remaining to give the Bombers a 57-54 Colonial League victory over Pen Argyl (4-17, 1-14).

The Bombers held a 10-point lead (54-44) with three minutes remaining in the game, but the Green Knights battled back to pull within one (55-54) before Achterman went to the line and converted.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

As teams gear up for the end of the regular season and the post-season push, they are looking to get things in order before every game essentially becomes a 'win-or-go-home' scenario.

Meanwhile, coaches are busy planning for anything and everything that may come up in their respective games and are making sure their teams are prepared for certain situations.

However, there is one thing that coaches can't plan for that could possibly derail a team's championship aspirations: Injuries.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Brad Hurley/TIMES NEWS Kailee Rottet (front row center) signs her letter of intent to play soccer at Binghamton University. Next to Rottet are her parents Kim and Tom Rottet. Standing, from left, are Assistant Vice Principal Tom McCabe, head soccer coach Clem McCarroll, and Athletic Director Mike Hromyak.

Tamaqua senior Kailee Rottet had no idea what kind of soccer talent she possessed when she entered her freshman year.

Rottet, who has played the sport since she was four years old and has been on travel teams since age nine, just thought she was going out for the varsity soccer team. Of course she wanted to compete, of course she wanted to make the starting line-up, and of course she wanted to win, but she had no idea that her ability could take her where she is today.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

There were a few things that Sarah Keer considered when making her decision on where she was going to continue her academic and field hockey career in college.

First of all, the lasting impression coach Amanda Janney left on her when they first met.

Secondly, Keer simply loved the atmosphere during her college visitation to the "City of Brotherly Love."

Finally, when it came down to making her final choice between Louisville, Michigan State and Temple, Keer wanted to make things a lot easier for those near to her heart.