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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are urging wildlife enthusiasts to join the tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the United States in the Audubon Society's 111th Annual Christmas Bird Count, which will take place, Tuesday, Dec. 14, through, Wednesday, Jan. 5.

Local counts will occur on one day between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, and volunteers can pick the most convenient circle, or participate in more than one count. There is a specific methodology to the CBC, but everyone can participate in the count within "Count Circles," which focus on specific geographical areas.

Friday, December 10, 2010
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Lehighton girls basketball team members include, front row from left, Taylor Yurasits, Emily Shelly, Chelsea German; middle row, Atasha Rehrig, Maria Magyar, Brittany Klotz, Julianna Evans; back row, Kasaundra Barclay, Skyler Cordova, Katie Green, Kenzie Teno, Karista Schweizer and Head coach Tony Thomas. Jordyn Homyak is also on the team.

The Lehighton girls basketball team has made its mark in the first three seasons under Coach Tony Thomas. No longer are the Lady Indians the push over of the league, but look to be vying for a spot to play for the league championship.

"Lehighton had been the team others looked at in picking up an and easy 'W', but that changed over the last three seasons," Thomas said. "We've changed that thinking."

Friday, December 10, 2010
Andy Steinmetz/TIMES NEWS Weatherly girls basketball team members for the 2010-11 season include, front row from left, Jaime Dougherty, Tracy Galada, Kristina Hansen, Brittany Hinkle, Alicia Panzarella and Devon Bizarre. Back row, Kylie Marier, head coach Paul Hadzick, Heather Cichowic, Courtney Lovett, Cheyanne Wallish, Dominique Adamczyk, Alexis Boyarski, Amber Dolinsky, Sara Heister, and assistant coach Mike Kurtz.

For Weatherly girls basketball coach Paul Hadzick, the scenario is a little different this year with graduation taking a hefty amount of his players from last season.

In fact, 89 percent of last year's offense is gone and yet the optimism remains at a high level for the Lady Wreckers.

Planning to combat the potential problem of lost personnel, Hadzick aims to accomplish this "with a bunch of good underclassmen."

Friday, December 10, 2010
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Lehighton wrestling team members for the 2010-11 season include, front row from left, Chris Bosco, Nick Schaeffer, Jacob Hoats, Anthony Farano; middle row, Kurtis Brownmiller, Jason McEvoy, Mike Balliet, Jeremy Rehrig, Mitchell Moyer; back row, Anthony Farole, Jeremy Gornick, Ian Zimmerman, Dylan Flexer and Zach Coleman. Other members of the team include Colton Davidson, Keith Cheadle, Brandon Kuklentz, Dave Magyar and Pasquale Verrastro.

The coach has changed but the goals have not.

Dan Williams will begin his first season at the helm of the Lehighton Indian wrestling program focused on improving on the highly successful era that is credited to his predecessor Floyd Brown.

"The strengths are in the middle of my lineup," Williams said of his lineup from 140-189. "They are mostly a core group of juniors that really work hard and have great leadership."

Some of that leadership comes from one of the two seniors on the squad, Jeremy Gornick (130).

Friday, December 10, 2010

December 10, 1968 Four Panther Valley players reach double figures in scoring to help gain a 69-48 victory over Schuylkill Haven. Joe Dietz leads the way for the Panthers with 15 points, 10 of them coming in a second quarter that saw PV outscore their opponent 22-8. Charlie DePue follows close behind with 14 while Kieran Sharpe finishes with 13. The winners, coached by John Harkins, also receive 11 points from Bob Polinsky.

Friday, December 10, 2010
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Lehighton boys basketball team members for the 2010-11 season include, front row from left, Ryan Scott, Khalil Jones, Anthony Rossino; middle row, Aaron Szacska, Brandon Edgar, DJ Rossino, James Farano, Nate Kresge; back row, Coach Nick Salezze, Coach Brandon Lucien, Alex Gwyn, Josiah Evans, Cordell Wall and Head coach Michael O'Brien.

You don't have to tell Lehighton boys basketball coach Michael O'Brien what the true heart of a competitor is. He witnessed that a year ago.

Last season, his squad saw modest gaines each time out but none of the efforts resulted in a win. Yet, the team went out and played hard in each and every game.

This season looks to be a "turn-the-corner" season for the Indians as the youth and inexperience of the past has produced players with seasoning. Despite that experience, the Indians only have two seniors on the roster.

Friday, December 10, 2010
Andy Steinmetz/TIMES NEWS Weatherly boys basketball team members for the 2010-11 season include, front row from left, Josh Reiner, Scott Coll, Adam Capone, Tim Lash, Mark Miller. Middle row, Jeremy Hollrigl, Christian Ormiston, Cory Rowan, Joey Haganey and Brett Stallone. Back row, Michael Baade, Charlie Wallish, Kyle Harris, Samson Walton, George Wallish, Colton Weichman and Dominic Palermo.

The Weatherly boys' basketball program will switch gears and undergo a 'changing of the guard' for the upcoming 2010-11 basketball season, as a new approach is being taken to the hardwood.

Head coach Paul Cann is looking to his seniors to step into the roles that have been vacated by the departed and has confidence in their abilities to do so.

"Things are going to be different this season and it's up to our seniors to determine how we're going to do," Cann said. "They have the most experience and we're trying to get them to fill in those roles that are open."

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Over the years, it's always been about tradition when it comes to the Northern Lehigh boys' basketball team.

If it's up to Jeff Miller, the first-year Bulldogs' head coach will like to do his best to keep it that way this year.

"It's about tradition here and I'm ecstatic about the opportunity of keeping it alive," Miller said. "It's a great program, great tradition and great kids."

As a volunteer assistant last year, Miller watched the Bulldogs post a 19-6 overall record and capture its third Colonial League title in four years in his second year with the program.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December 9, 1941 Paul Tyahla and Georgie Fedock combine for 30 of their team's points to help lift Nesquehoning to a 38-28 victory over Slatington. Tyahla leads all scorers by finishing with 19 points while Fedock ends the contest with 11. The winners, coached by Bill Griffith, fall behind after one quarter of play before outscoring their opponent in the final three frames. For Slatington, N. Roberts tallies 11 points.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Pleasant Valley wrestling team enters the 2010-11 season having lost seven seniors, including three 30-win mat men and the program's all-time wins leader, to graduation.

Instead of taking a year to rebuild the program, head coach Mark Getz believes his team can be competitive immediately. He doesn't want this group to use is youth as an excuse.