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Friday, March 22, 2013

March 22, 1974 Bob Walck, Rich Hunsicker and Ron Sherry each register two firsts while Kevin Koch sets a new Lehighton field record in the Indians' 80-38 track win over Dieruff. Walck sprints to victory in the 100 and 220 while Hunsicker betters the field in the 880 and mile. Sherry takes both the shot put and discus. Koch finishes the two-mile in 10:17 to establish a new mark. Other firsts by Lehighton, coached by Kenny Reid, come from Kim Berger (440), Jay Seigendall (high jump) and Gary Serfass (pole vault).

Friday, March 22, 2013
Area coaches return to alma mater

You always hear professional athletes talk about how they love to give back to the communities they grew up in. Many times they do things for charity to help the poverty stricken areas they might have grown up in or close to. There's not many times where a professional athlete gives back to their hometown without the general public reading or hearing about it.

Well, there are a few stories out there that the general public may not have heard. That's because these individuals that have given back aren't professional athletes and they're not famous.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Moravian Academy shut out Jim Thorpe by a 5-0 score in high school tennis action on Thursday.

The doubles team of Shane Bleicher-Otto and Dalton Becker won the only game in the match for the Olympians

Moravian Ac. 5, Jim Thorpe 0


Zach Schlaff (MA) def. Corey Ligenza 6-0, 6-0; Madbau Saker (MA) def. Kyle Lawrence 6-0, 6-0; Andrw Ma (MA) def. Kyle Bacher 6-0, 6-0.


Jack Reyley and Adam Kramer (MA) def. Shane Bleicher-Otto an and Dalton Becker 6-0, 6-1; Evan Burke and Jackson Dereji (MA) def. Brandon Huffman and Dave Castro 6-0, 6-0.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pleasant Valley and Palmerton both earned league wins in tennis action Wednesday.

The Bears blanked East Stroudsburg South while the Bombers defeated Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg.

ES South-Pleasant Vy.

Pleasant Valley opened its season in impressive fashion, cruising to a 7-0 Mountain Valley Conference win over East Stroudsburg South.

The Bears received straight-set wins from its top two singles players (Jon White and Jon Walmach) while their No. 3 player Stevie Berry won a tiebreaker to help record the shutout.

Pleasant Valley 7, ES South 0


Thursday, March 21, 2013

After years of trying to join the Colonial League, Lehighton has finally been invited.

The question now is, Will they?

On Wednesday, the Colonial League delivered invitations to both Lehighton and Pleasant Valley to become fulltime members of their organization.

If both schools (current members of the Mountain Valley Conference) would accept, they would join the league for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Amber Thomas has shown resiliency both on and off the softball field.


Whether it's on the softball diamond, in the classroom, or most especially her personal life, Amber Thomas possesses an ability to bounce back that is second to none.

In recent years, the sophomore hurler on the Northern Lehigh varsity softball team has had to deal with one setback after the other, none of which have been able to derail her achievements.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March 21, 1969 St. Stan's of Summit Hill uses a big second half to pull away from St. Casimir's of Shenandoah and post an 85-53 victory in the semifinals of the Allentown Diocese CYO playoffs. Tom "Trooper" Zuber tallies 14 of his game-high 28 points in the third quarter to help the winners extend a close six-point lead to a 13-point bulge heading into the final frame. St. Stan's seals the win by outscoring its opponent 23-4 in that fourth period. Lou "Maxie" Michalik contributes 25 points to the victory while Tony Sodroski adds 15.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Todd Herzog (left), Northern Lehigh head wrestling coach is congratulated by his brother Brent, one of his assistants, after a win at the PIAA Championships. Herzog is stepping down after 18 seasons at the helm.

Northern Lehigh's wrestling program will look a little different next season.

Todd Herzog, who took over as head coach back in 1996 after Bob Kern turned over a program that he laid the groundwork for, submitted his letter of resignation on Tuesday to Athletic Director Bryan Geist.

Herzog, along with long-time assistants Brent Herzog and Rob Marlatt, will step aside. Former Bulldog wrestlers Brett Martinez and Mike Reichard, both assistants, will stay with the program to help with the transition.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March 20, 2002 Marian's Colette Makowiec tallies a game-high 16 points but it's not enough for the Fillies, who drop a 52-37 decision to rival Nativity in the PIAA Class A Eastern Finals. Marian, coached by Paul Brutto, also receives eight points and nine rebounds from Alana Zahora while Jess Linkchorst chips in with four points and seven boards. The Golden Girls force 24 turnovers in the contest and ride the 14-point efforts of Megan Bainbridge and Jamie Marshall. The loss ends the Fillies season with a record of 27-8.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley head track coach Kristin Black goes over javelin form with Celia Efrati.

Kristin Black has been around track and field for a long time.

She excelled in the sport three years at Panther Valley High School, where she still holds school records in the long and triple jump.

After a torn ACL put an end to her high school varsity career, Black stayed involved in the sport by becoming a certified PIAA official even before she graduating in 2000. Although it wasn't till after graduation that she acted as one, Black has been involved as an official for close to a decade.