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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lehighton's outstanding field hockey season has been rewarded with several postseason awards.

Topping the list of Indians who won honors was Echo Bretz, who was named First Team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). Bretz was just one of 16 high school players in the nation to receive that honor.

Lehighton coach Shawn Hindy was named the NFHCA's 2010 Mideast Region Coach of the Year.

In addition, five Indians were recently named to the Pennsyvania All-State Field HockeyTeam

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tamaqua

Standings

W L AVG.

East End I 32 1 195.87

Soley's II 29 4 176.93

Locust Valley I 28 5 169.09

Citizen's Fire Co. 22 11 157.96

Soley's I 22 11 150.54

American Legion 14 19 120.9

Locust Valley II 13 20 115.75

Italian Club 11 22 120.36

American Hose 10 23 114.6

Keystone Club 7 26 101.12

East End II 5 28 108.75

Happy Endings 5 28 100.87

Last Week's Results

@Agate.Body:East End I def. Italian Club, 3-0

Locust Valley I def. American Hose Co., 3-0

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Senior Lauren Petri of the Muhlenberg College women's soccer team was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll for excellence in the classroom and on the field.

A Northwestern High School graduate, Petri had a double major in business administration and media and communications. She was also named to the conference's sportsmanship team. She played in all 17 games and made 16 starts at back for the Mules, finishing fourth on the team with five points, including a goal and two assists against Bryn Mawr.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A pair of area players saw action for the Muhlenberg College football team this season.

Senior Corry Whitehead of Lehighton and junior Brandon Turner of Tamaqua were part of the Mules team that capture the 2010 Centennial Conference championship.

Whitehead played in three games as the Mules' kicker, including one start in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He registered the first point of his career against Juniata and finished the year going a perfect 3-for-3 on extra points.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Palmerton Area School Board unanimously approved the following extracurricular moves on Tuesday:

- Accepted the resignation, with regret, of Paul McArdle, head football coach, effective Dec. 10, 2010.

- Accepted the resignation of Terry Balliet, assistant girls' basketball coach, effective Dec. 3, 2010.

The board also approved the following extracurricular and cocurricular positions per the negotiated contract for the 2010-11 school year:

Brandon James Hibbler, boys basketball, volunteer.

Tara Schieder, girls soccer, volunteer.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Northwestern opened its Colonial League wrestling season with a pair of easy victories on Wednesday night.

WRESTLING

Notre Dame-Salisbury-

Northwestern

In a Colonial League tri-meet in New Tripoli, Northwestern walked off the mat with a pair of victories.

The Tigers posted a 51-29 win over Notre Dame of Green Pond and a commanding 78-6 victory over Salisbury.

Levi Veppert led the Tigers with pins in both matches, while Joseph Walker scored a pin as well as a tech fall in his two bouts.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 16, 1947 Duilio Marcon finishes with a game-high 17 points to lead Summit Hill to a 49-37 Black Diamond League victory over East Mauch Chunk. Tied at halftime, the Hillers outscore their opponents 26-14 over the final two frames to secure the win. Don Billig aids the Summit Hill cause with 12 points while Tirpak chips in with nine.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Freshman Ramzy Burns helped the Muhlenberg College women's cross country team to a big improvement at the NCAA Mideast Regional meet.

Burns, a Northwestern High School graduate, was the third Mule to cross the finish line as Muhlenberg finished sixth at the Centennial Conference Championships. Two weeks later she helped Muhlenberg improve 13 spots from last season to finish 12th in the region.

Her best finish came at the Leopard Invitational where she came in 39th place in a time of 24:03.8.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

When trying to choose a key match from last night's 36-32 Colonial League win over Catasauqua, Palmerton head coach Dave Lavin had a tough time naming just one.

He quickly opted for the 135-pound bout, pitting Bomber sophomore Joseph Bubble's 1-0 decision over Michael Calderon.

"(Catty) bumped up one guy and were definitely counting on a win there," Lavin admitted. "I thought Joey really stepped it up and that definitely ruined their game plan."

That bout seemed to propel the locals into the lead at the right time.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

WVU hires Holgorsen

as 'coach in waiting'

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen has been hired for the same position at West Virginia next season, and the Mountaineers plan to make him head coach in 2012.

In the deal announced Wednesday, Holgorsen will replace Jeff Mullen as offensive coordinator and become "head coach in waiting" in 2011.

He will replace head coach Bill Stewart for the 2012 season. The university said Stewart will take an administrative role after the 2011 season.

Johnson named

Driver of the Year