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Friday, March 2, 2012
Bulldogs' Bastardi will play hoops at Misericordia

Northern Lehigh High School senior Christina Bastardi has announced plans to continue her academic and basketball career at College Misericordia

Bastardi has been a four-year member of the Bulldogs varsity, starting since her freshman year at point guard. This past season, Bastardi had career-high offensive numbers in helping Northern Lehigh reach the District 11 Class AA semifinals. She scored 258 points (10.8 ppg.) and led the team in three-pointers with 11. She also shot 65 percent from the free throw line.

Friday, March 2, 2012
Lehigh's Yashur will play at Moravian

Northern Lehigh High School senior Trevor Yashur has announced plans to continue his academic and football careers at Division III Moravian College.

Yashur, the 2011 TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Year, was a four-year member of the Bulldog varsity football team, where he played running back.

This past season, Yashur rushed for 1,311 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead Northern Lehigh to an area-best 10-2 record. He also caught three TD passes.

In addition to playing football for the Bulldogs, Yashur is also a member of the baseball team.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Lehighton Area School District is accepting applications for an assistant boys soccer coach and a middle school soccer coach for the 2012 Fall sports season.

Interested applicants should email or send their letter of interest, resume, and Acts 34/114 and 151 clearances to:

Kyle Spotts, Director of Student Services and Facilities Planning, Lehighton Area School District, 1 Indian Lane. Lehighton, PA 18235 or Kspotts@lehighton.org.

For more information contact Spotts at 610-377-6180 (ext. 2415)

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 16.

Friday, March 2, 2012
Girls from the newly created "Development Years" Soccer Program, a skills training program of the Lehighton Area Soccer Club, competed in the U8 Girls Division of the President's Day 3v3 Tournament held in Allentown. In their first tournament playing together as a team, the PowerStars went 4-0 and brought home the Gold Medal. Members of the team include, from left, Coach Ed Marchessault, Taylor Bjorkman, Mackenzie Yuhas, Ashley Marchessault, Brianna Moore and team maager Mason Marchessault.

Girls from the newly created "Development Years" Soccer Program, a skills training program of the Lehighton Area Soccer Club, competed in the U8 Girls Division of the President's Day 3v3 Tournament held in Allentown. In their first tournament playing together as a team, the PowerStars went undefeated (4-0) and brought home the Gold Medal. Members of the team included, from left, Coach Ed Marchessault, Taylor Bjorkman, Mackenzie Yuhas, Ashley Marchessault, Brianna Moore and Assistant Coach Mason Marchessault.

Friday, March 2, 2012
linda Rothrock/special to the times news Jim Thorpe's Jeanna McElmoyle dribbles around Kerry Kinek of Allentown Central Catholic.

NORTHAMPTON David vs. Goliath is a well known biblical tale that sees a simple man defeating a giant by using a slingshot to strike down the almost unbeatable opponent.

Upsets in sports have often been coined as David beating Goliath, but in the case of Jim Thorpe vs. Allentown Central Catholic on Thursday night there wasn't a storybook ending.

The No. 1 seed Vikettes dominated play, jumping out to a 24-0 lead and breezing to a 45-28 victory in the semifinals of the District 11 Class AAA tournament at Catasauqua High School.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

DISTRICT 11 CLASS AAAA GIRLS CONSOLATION

No. 3 Whitehall (16-9 overall, 9-5 LVC)

vs. No. 1 Pleasant Valley (17-9 overall, 9-3 MVC)

TIPOFF: Friday, March 2nd at 7 p.m. at Nazareth

COACHES: Whitehall - Rick Worman; Pleasant Valley – Nadia Gauronsky

LEADING SCORERS: Whitehall – Kayla Bet (13.6 ppg), Madison Kelly (6.2 ppg), Cara Basile (5.8 ppg); Pleasant Valley - Kelcia Harris (13.3 ppg.), Amber Chieffo (7.7 ppg.), Arden Cisluycis (6.4 ppg.), Keri Dekmar (5.6 ppg.), Jordan Meckes (5.6 ppg.)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Penn State football landed its first big football commitment for the 2013 season. Highly-touted quarterback Christian Hackenberg first broke the news to 247 sports.com that he decided to attend Happy Valley. It just so happens the big score for the Nittany Lions hits close to home.

Hackenberg, a 6-4, 215 pound, consensus four-star quarterback out of Fork Union, VA has strong family ties to the TIMES NEWS area.

Hackenberg's parents Erick and Nikki are both Marian Catholic alumni and members of the Marian High School Hall of Fame.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

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(3-1) Korbin Myers, fr. Boiling Springs 42-2 bye; (11-3) Caleb Bordner, fr. Tri Valley, 32-10 vs. (3-4) Devon Bentley, jr. Trinity, 31-3; (11-2) Colin Mashack, so. Tamaqua 33-2 vs. (3-5) Giuliano Graziosi, jr. Hanover 36-11; (1-1) Robbie McCoy, so. Pottstown 19-10 bye.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March 1, 1963 George Armbruster pours in a game-high 27 points to help Jim Thorpe claim the District 11 Class C championship with a 72-35 victory over Coplay. The Olympians, coached by Kenny Kline, race to a 17-2 first-quarter lead and are never threatened in the contest. Larry Morris contributes to the win by scoring 13 points while Jack Kmetz chips in with 12.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

DISTRICT 11 CLASS AAA BOYS CONSOLATION

No. 1 Northern Lehigh (19-5 overall, 11-3 Colonial League)

vs. No. 3 North Schuylkill (16-8 overall, 7-5 Schuylkill League)

TIPOFF: Friday, March 2nd at 7 p.m. at Blue Mountain

COACHES: Northern Lehigh - Jeff MIller; North Schuylkill – Kurt Ziegmont

LEADING SCORERS: Northern Lehigh – Lucas Pierce (6-7, 11.4 ppg), Caleb Johnson (6-5, 9.9 ppg), Devin Glose (6-2, 8.4 ppg).