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Friday, December 21, 2012
bob ford/times news filephoto Pleasant Valley's Dakota Everett (40) was named to the Class AAAA All-State team.

Pleasant Valley's Dakota Everett is in some pretty unique company.

Everett was selected to the 2012 Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Football Team on Thursday afternoon.

Friday, December 21, 2012
mike feifel/times news Northwestern's Trista Cunningham looks for an open teammate as Morgan McCollian of Bangor defends.

Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch told his team the game would be like a mixed martial arts fight.

The Tigers landed some blows early in the second half, but couldn't wrap the Slaters in a submission hold until hitting late foul shots sealed a 42-36 win.

"We told our girls this was going to be like a UFC fight," said Deutsch. "We're going to be locked in with them mono a mono. Survival of the fittest. We told them it was going to be a physical game. The last one standing was going to win it."

Friday, December 21, 2012
Tennis now in Olexson's vocabulary

Two years ago, the word 'tennis' wasn't very predominant in Madison Olexson's vocabulary.

Now, after having enjoyed some success in just her second season with the Pleasant Valley girls' team, 'tennis' will be used quite often in the foreseeable future.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 20, 1986 Northern Lehigh receives four pins to help gain a 40-24 wrestling victory over Jim Thorpe. Keith Schneck (98 pounds), Don Miller (112), Trent Reinsmith (126) and Jason Balliet (155) all record falls to lead the Bulldogs, coached by Bob Kern. The winners also gain a superior decision from Brent Herzog (145) and a decision from Tom West (hwt). For Thorpe, John Ockenhouse (185) posts his team's only pin.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Mick Stefanek

The Palmerton boys basketball team will have to finish the season with an interim coach once again.

Michael "Mick" Stefanek submitted his resignation to the school district administration on Wednesday afternoon citing three reasons for his decision.

Stefanek listed three reasons for his decision, when contacted yesterday.

"They consist of internal and external factors of the basketball program and personal concerns," he said.

One, he felt that issues were not handled properly according to the official discipline code of the district.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Romanchik fights hard to return

It was supposed to be a dream come true for Stephen Romanchik last season after the Panthers defeated Tamaqua to qualify for the District 11 playoffs. Instead, it turned out to be quite a nightmare.

Romanchik has a condition known as pectus excavatum in which several ribs and the sternum grow abnormally. This produces a caved-in or sunken appearance of the chest and can impair cardiac and respiratory function.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
bob ford/times news filephoto Jim Thorpe's Patrick Duvigneud was named to the Class AA All-State first team.

Jim Thorpe quarterback Pat Duvigneaud was named to the PIAA Class AA All-State team on Wednesday.

Duvigneaud was the lone player from the TIMES NEWS area to be named to either the Class A or AA team that was released on Wednesday afternoon. He was one of two players to be selected to the Athlete position on the team.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Stelmack's leadership was key for Tigers

Unselfishness is easy to spot in most sports the basketball player that makes the extra pass, the baseball player that doesn't mind laying down a sacrifice bunt.

In cross country, a sport which celebrates individual accomplishments as much as those of the team, it's a little harder to pick out the athletes that care more about their teammates than themselves.

Northwestern's Tyler Stelmack added to an impressive list of individual accomplishments this year and for it he earned the 2012 TIMES NEWS Cross Country Player of the Year.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
RICH George/SPECIAL TO the times news Palmerton's Damien Fink (top) puts Southern Lehigh's Anthony Colasurdo on his back before pinning him in their 126-pound bout.

Palmerton and Southern Lehigh both won seven matches in their hotly contested Colonial League wrestling showdown on Wednesday night.

It was the Spartans however, that had the edge on the scoreboard when the dust settled for a 37-35 victory thanks to coming away with more bonus points.

Southern Lehigh used four pins, a major decision and a win by injury default for its extra points.

Palmerton, on the other hand, managed two pins, one technical fall and two forfeit wins for its bonus points.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Brittany Doughty (2) of Jim Thorpe is watched closely by Panther Valley's Megan Marouchoc.

Panther Valley's energy on defense played a major role in its 59-35 Schuylkill League win over Jim Thorpe Wednesday night.

The Lady Panthers (3-2,1-0) half court press and tight man to man defense forced Thorpe to turn the ball over five times before the game was two minutes old as Panther Valley, led by the perimeter shooting of Abbey Whildin, controlled the first quarter and finished it with a 16-6 advantage.