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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

When Shawn Albert took over as head coach at Jim Thorpe this season, he knew he would have to build the foundation for the Olympians' wrestling program.

A year ago, Jim Thorpe did not win a dual meet. With the Olympians moving into the Schuylkill League's Division I this year, Albert realized he had his work cut out for him.

A former wrestler at Upper Moreland High School and Bloomsburg University, Albert had been an assistant coach at his scholastic alma mater before serving as a volunteer coach at Thorpe for two seasons under Guy Franko.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Northern Lehigh School Board approved the following cocurricular matters on Monday:

- Accepted the resignation of Fred Wagner as assistant girls soccer coach. Due to an increased work load at his current job, he is unable to continue as assistant coach.

- Appointed Wagner as assistant girls soccer coach cocurricular volunteer for the 2010-11 school year.

- Appointed Jason Reinhard as assistant girls soccer coach at a stipend of $2,721.

- Appointed Elizabeth Ache as middle school field hockey coach.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Six TIMES NEWS area teams will be in semifinal action tonight and tomorrow as the Schuylkill League, Mountain Valley Conference and Colonial League basketball playoffs begin.

The Marian boys will be in Schuylkill League action tonight, while the Pleasant Valley girls take the court in the MVC.

On Wednesday, the Tamaqua girls are in Schuylkill League play, the Pleasant Valley boys battle in MVC competition and the Palmerton and Northern Lehigh girls are in opposite sides of the bracket in the Colonial League playoffs.

BOYS

SCHUYLKILL LEAGUE

Monday, February 14, 2011

February 14, 1974 Rick Koch's pin at heavyweight not only gives Lehighton a 25-19 win over Northampton but it also clinches the Lehigh Valley League wrestling championship for the Indians. Tied at 19-19, Koch registers his fall in 4:20 to give Rollie Alger's squad the victory and the title. Bob Rhyder also records a pin at 158, while Rick Brownmiller (129), Bruce Cheslak (135) and Glenn Neff (170) add decision wins.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Palmerton, Tamaqua and Northern Lehigh all picked up girls basketball wins over the weekend.

The Panther Valley wrestling team also came out on the winning side.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Moravian Academy-Palmerton

Palmerton's Casey Rinfret lit up the scoreboard with a game-high 26 points to help the Lady Bombers roll to a 66-36 win over Moravian Academy.

The senior point guard nailed five treys to lead her squad, while Kelsey Hay's 12 and Gina Farquhar's 11 provided support.

For the Lady Lions, Maddie Steen led the way with 15.

Monday, February 14, 2011
ron gower/times news Joann Butkus of Tamaqua captured first place and set a Schuylkill League record in the 50 Breaststroke during Saturday's league championships in Pottsville.

POTTSVILLE Tamaqua recovered from a slow first half of the meet to take the team title at Saturday's Schuylkill League Swimming Championships held at the D. H. H. Lengel Natatorium.

Freshman Joann Butkus earned gold in the 200 freestyle (2:03:90) and the 50 breaststroke, breaking the league record in the latter with a time of 32:56.

"It's great," Butkus said. "I hope I can keep improving. I'm very happy that I can do what I can for the team."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tamaqua

The Tamaqua Area Athletic Department has announced ticket sales for the Schuylkill League girls basketball semifinals which will be held Wednesday at Martz Hall. Tamaqua will play Pottsville Nativity in the second game of a doubleheader at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available Monday through Wednesday between the hours of 7:30-3:30 in the main office of the high school. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens (62 or older). All tickets at the gate are $5.

Marian

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Dane DeWire concentrates on a dive during the Schuylkill League championships at the Tamaqua natatorium. The Blue Raiders' DeWire won his fourth title and set new school and league marks in the process. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Heading into the Schuylkill League diving championships, Dane DeWire knew his only real competition would be against the record books.

The Tamaqua senior was the prohibitive favorite to win his fourth straight league title, and he came through in record-breaking fashion.

DeWire's score of 494.50 in the 11-dive competition easily shattered the school and league marks while earning him a gold medal four-peat Friday at the Tamaqua Area High School natatorium.

On the girls side, Kelsey Holland of Pottsville emerged as league champion with a score of 341.75.

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Daily seminars by professional bass anglers at the Hawg Trough are one of the most popular attractions at the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow.

OAKS – When the American Sportfishing Association announced it was backing the return of a major sports and outdoors show in the Philadelphia area last year, it was met with a degree of skepticism by some outdoors enthusiasts who had seen the decline of other recent such shows.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg split a boys/girls doubleheader on Friday night. The Lady Bears picked up a tight win while the Mountaineer boys pulled away for a double digit victory.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Stroudsburg-

Pleasant Vy.

Pleasant Valley closed the regular season with a thrilling 41-38 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Stroudsburg.

Kelicia Harris sparked the Bears' attack with 14 points. Kasey Meckes added 13 points, six of them in the fourth quarter.

The Mounties' Sarah Borden tied Harris for a game-high honors with 14 points.