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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Breaker Boys football team will open its season on Sunday, March 25 when it hosts the Mountaintop Reapers team in Summit Hill.

Prior to the game, the Breaker Boys will be retiring Rob Marrero's #6 jersey. Marrero was a former player for both the Breaker Boys and the Reapers who was paralyzed during a Mountaintop game last season.

Marrero is expected to attend the game in his wheelchair.

Breaker Boys head coach/owner Scott Reese, said that representatives from all teams in the league are also expected to be in attendance for the event.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kale Sweeney recently completed an outstanding career as a member of the Johns Hopkins University football team.

Sweeney, a Parkland High School graduate and the son of former Panther Valley High School graduates Cathy and Jack Sweeney, has been a four-year starter for the Blue Jays, serving as the team's captain this past season.

A 6-1, 235-pound defensive lineman, Sweeney was third on the team with 61 tackles. He was also the team leader in both sacks (5) and tackles for loss (10).

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 7, 1972 Joe Balascik pours in a game-high 19 points and also pulls down 14 rebounds as Marian cruises to a 64-50 win over Shamokin Lourdes in the Eastern semifinals of the PCIAA state tournament. Wally Yext tallies six points in the opening quarter as the Colts break out to an 18-6 lead. Mike Prekopa contributes 13 points to the winning effort while Dave Labosky finishes with an even dozen. Marian's Yext also adds seven assists.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A breakdown of the classses that local wrestlers will be competing in at the PIAA State Championships.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner was named the Colonial League girls basketball Most Valuable Player.

Oertner was one of three area players to earn spots on the 2011-12 Colonial League First Team.

Joining her were Sara Jones of Northwestern and Kelsey Hay of Palmerton.

The Bulldogs' Tina Bastardi, the Tigers' Sabrina Mertz, and the Bombers' Jade Farquhar all received honorable mention recognition.

2011-12 Colonial League

Girls' Basketball All-League Team


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March 6, 1959 Tamaqua rallies in the second half to defeat Allentown, 59-52, and claim the District 11 Class A championship. Billy Yelsh scores a game-high 18 points for the Blue Raiders, who trail by five points at halftime. Bill Storch contributes to the win with 17 points while George Willing adds 10. The winners, coached by Eli Purnell, benefit at the foul line by shooting 25-of-36. Tamaqua's Paul Keich and Dan Boyle both chip in with six points.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Bombers' Cook named Scholar-Athlete

As he sat there listening to the introduction of the player who was about to receive the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award Sunday night at the Northampton Community Center, Aaron Cook of Palmerton never thought it would be him.

"He was announcing all of the great names like Dan Persa who have won the award and I was thinking it wasn't going to be me," said Cook. "Most of the guys there didn't think it was going to be them. Looking at all of the other nominees, it was wide open I guess you could say.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Northern Lehigh's Lucas Pierce was recently named to the Colonial League boys' basketball First Team all-star squad.

Pierce, a junior, was the only TIMES NEWS area player to make the First Team.

The Bulldogs' Caleb Johnson and Devin Glose received Second Team honors, while Palmerton's Brett Snyder was an Honorable Mention selection.

Lloyd Irons of Salisbury was named the league's Most Valuable Player.

2011-12 Colonial League

Boys' Basketball All-League Team


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Wednesday night marked a wild week in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission's winter basketball league.

All three contested games where decided by four points or less, with Ryan's Oil & Heating serving up a one-point victory over Cuz-N-Joe's Place to emerge as the league's lone unbeaten team with two weeks to play in the regular season.

Schick's Cafe Calcutta-R.R. Frey Services

Schick's Cafe Calcutta knocked R.R. Frey Services from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 59-56 upset victory.

Monday, March 5, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Sawyer Allen heads for the wall to win the gold medal in the AA boys 100 breaststroke.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP –Sawyer Allen got a good look at what it takes to win a district gold on Friday evening.

On Saturday morning, Allen made the most of his opportunity.

The Palmerton junior won the third gold for the school at the District 11 Class 2A championships, taking the 100 breaststroke title on Saturday at Parkland High School.

He joined teammate Karl Peilmeier as Bombers to top the medal podium at the meet. Peilmeier, who won 200 IM gold on Friday, added to his medal haul with the 500 free title on the event's second day.