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Friday, August 17, 2012

August 17, 1945 George Keister and Walter Zuber both collect three hits and score a run to help lead Summit Hill to a 7-5 Panther Valley League victory over Tamaqua. Pete Lesniak earns the pitching win with relief help from Donnie Frey. Tony George and Keister deliver RBI hits during a five-run first inning for the winners, coached by Bill Black, while Joe McHugh and Jasinski each chip in with a hit and run scored.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tamaqua and Marian opened the 2012 scholastic golf season with victories on Thursday.

GOLF

Tamaqua-Jim Thorpe

Tamaqua rolled to a 377-463 Schuylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.

The Blue Raiders' Mike Weinert led all golfers with a medalist score of 78.

Brett Luicana paced the Olympians with a score of 106.

TAMAQUA 377

Mike Weinert 78, Troy Reinhardt 86, Matt Stanek 92, Derek Cinicola 101

JIM THORPE 463

Brett Luicana 106, Will Kovolenko 111, James Marks 120, Josh Abbot 126

Played at Villas Crossing, par 70

Friday, August 17, 2012

By EMMETT MCCALL

This weekend, high school football fans across the state will get their first taste of 'game' action in over eight months.

After opening practice earlier this week, teams will be allowed to scrimmage for the first time on Saturday.

All nine football teams in the TIMES NEWS coverage area have scrimmages set this weekend.

Friday, August 17, 2012
Katie Higgins Invited to Attend National Team Camp

Katie Higgins, 13, an 8th grade student at the Lehighton Area Middle School and a current player for the FC Lehigh Valley United girls team, has been playing soccer since the age of four. Her first games were played on the soccer fields in Lehighton. This week, she is playing on the fields in California, the home of many of today's soccer standouts.

Earlier this month Higgins received an from the United State Soccer Federation to join 35 other players from around the nation at an under-14 National Camp that is being held Aug. 12-19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Tamaqua Area School District will be holding its annual fall "Meet the Raiders" Night on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Sports' Stadium.

All fall sports' participants, cheerleaders and coaches will be recognized along with the Raider Marching Band who will perform their field show. The event is free of charge and the public is welcome to attend.

In the event of inclement weather, the rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jim Thorpe's Meet the Olympians will be held in the High School auditorium on Wednesday, Aug. 22 starting at 6 p.m.

The night will begin with a concussion presentation by OAA followed by the introduction of Jim Thorpe's teams, cheerleaders and band.

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Cole Miller competes in the postseason last year. This year the PIAA has divided golf into two classifications - AA and AAA.

Over the years, whenever the District 11 golf championships rolled around it was a single class, free-for-all battle on the links.

In the past all of the high school golfers competing in the championship were forced to play against golfers from all across the district regardless of classification.

Now, for the first time ever, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has decided to split the field throughout district, regional and state play.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

August 16, 1971 Ted Lukac fires a two-hit shutout to lead Summit Hill to a 3-0 win over Lansford in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Lukac, who also strikes out six batters, contributes two hits at the plate to help his own cause. Greg Matyascik slugs a home run for the winners while Larry O'Donnell and Tom Evans both finish with two hits.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

JIM THORPE

Head coach Jim Hauze (Second season)

Last year's record 0-13 overall (0-12 SL)

League Schuylkill League

Classification AAA

Key losses Mitch Hoffman, Nate Ryals, Zachary Bowman

Key returnees Jake McGeehan (Jr.), Mike Helmer (Jr.), James Marks (So.)

Others to watch Nicholas Goldberg (Sr.), Brett Luicana (So.), Tylor Slack (Jr.), Kaitlyn Wagner (Jr.)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Tamaqua Area School District Athletic Department is offering several season ticket packages and the Senior Citizen's Gold Card for the 2012 fall athletic seasons.

Tickets and Gold Cards may be obtained Monday through Thursday in the high school office between 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

For more information on the ticket packages, visit the school district website under athletics.

The following packages are being offered for fall sports:

SEASON TICKETS

Football (5 home games)

Adults: $20; Students: $8

JH/JV Football (4 home games)