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Monday, March 21, 2011
Barron caps outstanding career at Susquehanna

In high school, Erika Barron was a scoring machine.

The former TIMES NEWS Player of the Year tallied 2,317 points in her scholastic career, which remains the most ever at Tamaqua.

Once the Blue Raider graduate entered the college ranks, though, her role changed that is until this past season.

For three straight years as a member of the Susquehanna University squad, Barron's main job was running the offense from her point guard position.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Colonial League athletic directors and principals voted to move forward with looking at expansion or just staying status quo at a league meeting held on Thursday at Green Pond Country Club.

Brian Geist, Northern Lehigh Athletic Director and League President, confirmed that the league will decide on one of two options at its next meeting in late May.

"We have decided to move forward by either adding four teams or by keeping the status quo," Geist said.

Monday, March 21, 2011

It's a great time to be a basketball fan in Pennsylvania.

March Madness is going on at two different levels here in the Keystone State.

While most fans' main focus is the NCAA Tournament, the PIAA playoffs are also well underway as the third and quarterfinal round begins tonight. All of our area teams were eliminated in the first two rounds. And just three of the 18 District 11 teams that earned a spot in states are still alive.

Of course none of those three are in the Class AAAA boys bracket. That's the domain of Philadelphia area teams.

Monday, March 21, 2011

St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, won the District 4-5 CYO varsity boys basketball championship, finishing undefeated with a 21-0 record. Team members include, front row, from left, Ethan Kuczysnki, Matt Karnish, Connor Roberts and Rickie Wronski. Middle row, Jimmy McKinley, Nico Agosti, Joe Damiano and Tyler Wackley. Back row, coaches Bobby Agosti, Gary Karnish and Zig Kuczynski. Brady Akins is also a member of the team.

Monday, March 21, 2011

March 21, 1983 Ed Titus hits an outside jumper and Mark Myers sinkes two big free throws in overtime to help lift Tamaqua to a 70-67 win over Northern Lehigh in the PIAA Class AA Eastern semifinals. Titus finishes with a game-high 23 points as the Blue Raiders, coached by Ed Wise, overcome an 11-point first-half deficit. Howie Miller collects 21 points for the winners, while Todd McLaughlin chips in with 11. Nolehi receives a team-high 18 points from Larry Arndt.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The spring sports season got under way Thursday when Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua both dropped boys tennis matches.


Jim Thorpe-Salisbury

Salisbury spoiled Jim Thorpe's opener by handing the visitors a 5-0 setback.

JT's Mitch Franko, at No. 1 singles, forced a third set, but dropped a close decision.


Alex Young (S) def. Mitch Franko 6-7 (9-7), 6-4, 10-8 (super tiebreaker); AJ Foulke (S) def. Corey Ligenza 6-3, 6-1; Casey Rollands 6-0, 6-1


Monday, March 21, 2011
Shawn Hindy

After five highly successful years as the Lehighton High School field hockey coach, Shawn Hindy has announced that he has accepted an assistant coaching position at Michigan State University.

Hindy, who is also the Athletic Director at Lehighton, made the annoucement on Thursday, a little more than two weeks after the Lehighton School Board announced it was not renewing his contract and was opening up the Athletic Director position.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Indiana University junior Allysa Vavra earned a fifth place finish in the 400 individual medley at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas this weekend.

Vavra, a Panther Valley High School graduate, posted a time of 4:04.30 in the 400 IM to break her own school and Big Ten record.

Vavra took second in her prelim heat with a time of 4:05.08. That is the third-fastest time in school history, giving Vavra four of the five fastest IU times on record.

Monday, March 21, 2011

March 18, 1987 Four players score in double figures as the Marian girls advance to the PIAA Class A quarterfinals with a convincing 58-34 win over Montgomery. Danielle Mears leads all scorers with 16 points while Kris Marsilio tallies 13. The Fillies, coached by Elsie Tolan, use a 20-8 run to start the second half to take control of the game. Fannya Manchak and Lorrie Petrulsky also aid the winning cause with 10 points apiece.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/Special to the TIMES NEWS Panther Valley Breaker Boys pictured from back left are Jared Beers, Adam Coleman, Nate Shook, Dave Boyle and Kris Nalesnik. Pictured from front left are Nick Hartzell, Kevin Sanders, Dean Founds and owner Scott Reese.

It may be the middle of March, but football is back in the air in the TIMES NEWS area.

The Greater Eastern Football Association, an 8-on-8 semi-pro league, will kick off its season for the seventh time this Sunday. And while a local team will once again be competing in the league, it will be doing so under a new name.

The Panther Valley Breaker Boys, who were known as the Summit Hill Tigers for the last two years, will open their season on Sunday when they host the Schuylkill County Wolfpack at Ginder Field in Summit Hill at 1 p.m.