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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Northwestern's Sarah Segan (right) battles with Palmerton players Sabreena Strauch (31) and Shana Ahner (12) for possession in a game last spring. For the first time, the PIAA has moved girls soccer to be played as a fall sport across the Commonwealth.

Welcome to the new world of Pennsylvania girls' high school soccer.

Instead of the usual format that saw the eight TIMES NEWS area teams split up between the fall and spring seasons, now all PIAA soccer teams will compete in the fall.

The girls' soccer teams that compete in the Schuylkill League like Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, and Weatherly have always competed in the fall so the change is minimal for them as far as numbers go.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August 29, 2003 Dan Flizack completes 7-of-8 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown to help Jim Thorpe open its football season with a 28-0 win over Tamaqua. Flizack hits Jason Figura for an 85-yard scoring strike for the game's first TD. Figura, who also hits the end zone on a 12-yard run, finishes with five catches for 157 yards and runs for 74 yards. Flizack adds a 16-yard scoring run while Justin Young provides the other Olympian tally.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
victor izzo/times news Members of the 2012 Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame induction class were, left to right : Tom Skelly, Justin Young, Jason Figura, Jacob Heydt, Derick Reis, and Aaron Smith.

The 1935 Mauch Chunk Catholic High School football team was inducted into the 2012 Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame. Representing members of that team and the players they represented were, seated, from left, Anne Moyer ( Jake Turnbach); Jane Dever McHugh (Jack Dever); Betty Herman (Bill Herman); and Jessica Fahey-Petrack (John Fahey).

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Olympians look to change culture

Since the program's inception, the Jim Thorpe boys' soccer team has never been able to post a .500 record and qualify for the District 11 playoffs.

Head coach Anthony Dixon believes that this year's team can make that tidbit of information a thing of the past.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Northwestern golf team was the only area winner on Monday.

Pen Argyl-Southern Lehigh-Northwestern

Northwestern split in a Colonial League tri-meet at Olde Homestead.

The Tigers recorded a 431-504 win over Pen Argyl, but dropped a 404-431 setback to Southern Lehigh.

The Tigers' Cole Miller carded a nine-under-par score of 63 to score medalist honors.

Teammate Nick Vicellio followed right behind with a score of 79.

PEN ARGYL 504

E. Tinney 96, S. Firestone 97, D. Labarre 102, A. Kolizzi 104, D. DeJesso 105

SOUTHERN LEHIGH 404

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

JIM THORPE

Head coach Anthony Dixon (Third year)

Assistant coaches Rich Kaminski

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Last year's record 6-12

Key losses Richie Buele

Key returnees Dalton Becker (Sr., MID), Shane Bliecher-Otto (Sr., DEF), Caleb Heller (Sr., DEF), Mike Kalage (Sr., DEF), Justin Kaminski (Sr., GK), Kyle Lawrence (Sr., MID), Corey Ligenza (Sr., F), Mike Principe (Sr., MID), Steven Principe (Jr., MID), Matt Rich (Sr., F), Ian Sterling (Jr., DEF)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

August 28, 1996 All five Palmerton golfers register scores lower then Bangor's top man and the Blue Bombers cruise to a 446-488 Colonial League victory at Cherry Valley. Mike Serfass earns medalist honors with an 84 while Derek Kistler follows with an 88. Jason Borger cards a 90 as Palmerton improves its record to 5-1.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The question is a natural: Would the promotion of Dr. Robert Lombardi as the PIAA's seventh executive director result in substantial change to the organization?

We have our answer.

Less than two weeks after ascending to the PIAA's top post following the July resignation of former executive director Brad Cashman, Lombardi presented the PIAA's Board of Directors with a 100-day plan calling for significant changes to PIAA.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Tamaqua's tennis team posted a win over Salisbury this weekend.

In other action, Jim Thorpe fell to Blue Mountain.

GIRLS TENNIS

Salisbury-Tamaqua

Tamaqua posted a 4-1 win over Salisbury.

The Blue Raiders' Nicki Mateyak and Vicky Krause both recorded victories in singles play.

With the win, Tamaqua improves to 2-3 on the season.

Tamaqua 4, Salisbury 1

SINGLES

Nicki Mateyak (T) def. Talitha Oliver 6-1, 6-0; Ali Greenholt (S) def. Sarah Zoba 6-3, 6-3; Vicky Krause (T) def. MIchelle Dang 6-2, 6-0.

DOUBLES

Monday, August 27, 2012

Northwestern girls volleyball players had always hoped to play for a high school team. Some of them had been playing for the Northwestern Volleyball Club since middle school, competing against other high school teams during the spring club season.

For years they had been trying to get a high school team started that would compete against others in the fall, but as last year's school year was coming to a close, they still had not received approval.