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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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Change is a way of life.

And if the Colonial League gets its wish, there will be some major changes in the near future.

At a meeting of athletic directors and principals Tuesday at Catasauqua, it was unanimously decided to invite two "bigger" schools to join their league.

The invitations will go out today.

Bryan Geist, Northern Lehigh's AD and vice president of the Colonial League, wouldn't release the names of the schools but it was reported last night that both schools were from the Mountain Valley Conference.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
JTNB wins Mahanoy Area Basketball Tournament

The Jim Thorpe National Bank 7th & 8th grade girls travel basketball team won the Mahanoy Area Basketball Tournament, which ran from March 15-17. The tournament contained local teams as well as teams from Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Scranton. The JTNB team was undefeated in pool play, beating Fountain Springs (36-16) on Friday and Shamokin (42-26) and Ridley Park (47-28) on Saturday. On Sunday, they beat Newport (41-32) in the semifinals and the Burma Ballers (35-22) in the finals. Team members include, front row from left, Jackie Condly, Payton Kovac, Jordan Waselus.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Panther Valley Middle School's volleyball team, Fusion, won a second tournament. The event was held at Hanover Middle School in Hanover. Fusion defeated another local team in the finals, the Marian Catholic Anthracite Nuggets, in the finals. Members of the Nuggest include, front, Sarah Zabroski; second row l-r, Gianna Steber, Emiline Markovich, Lyddia Malaska, Sadie Trubilla, Jacqui Kokinda; back l-r, Jenna Dubosky, Rachelle Filer, Olivia Dacey, Erika Dubosky, and Olivia Weaver.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

If young women were looking for a place to play local soccer professionally, they've finally found a permanent home.

FC Lehigh Valley United Lady Sonic will join their male counterparts (FC LVU Sonic) this summer as a professional local club.

Men's team head coach Dave Weitzman conducted an open tryout for prospective players on March 10, evaluating 40 women and 40 men during the first off-season session at finding new talent.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 19, 1982 Teresa Wargo breaks a tie game with a pair of free throws and adds another foul shot later to secure Palmerton's 43-40 victory over Scranton Prep in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA state playoffs. With the game knotted at 40-40, Wargo is sent to the line with 1:23 left in regulation and coverts both shots. She adds another one with 43 seconds to play and the Bombers hold on for the win. Wargo finishes the contest with nine points, as do teammates Kristen Cortazzo and Wendy George. Palmerton, coached by Bill Piper, also receives eight points from Kim Dakan.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
IronPigs to don retro-jersey for 10 Sunday home games

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will don a powder blue and burgundy retro mesh jersey during Sunday home games this season, paying homage to the Phillies' tradition-rich teams of the 1970s and 1980s and marking the first significant uniform change since the IronPigs debuted in 2008. The new look replaces the previous Sunday top – a white, sleeveless jersey that was accompanied by a separate brick red athletic T-shirt underneath. The official Sunday Game Cap is unchanged and remains the only two-toned cap in the fleet, with a brick red crown and a furnace blue bill.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Palmerton senior John Snyder will continue his education and football career at Moravian College next fall.

Snyder, who led the Blue Bombers in tackles with 109 (63 solo and 46 asisted), was a 2012 Colonial League two-way All-Star, making first team offensive line and second team defensive line.

He also made 27 tackles for losses, had 11 sacks, recovered two fumbles and returned onefor a touchdown. He also blocked three kicks.

Monday, March 18, 2013

March 18, 2006 Marian's Kristen Shickora wins a gold medal at the state swimming meet while three Panther Valley athletes also place at the annual competition. Shickora earns her title in the 100-yard backstroke and sets a new state record in the process. The sophomore captures her gold by finishing in a time of 55.64. The Panthers' Allysa Vavra takes second in the 100 breaststroke while teammate Amanda Terray ties for second in the 100 back. PV's Sami Vavra earns a ninth place in the 100 breast.