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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tamaqua graduate Caleb Shilko finished off his Albright University football career on a positive note, helping the Lions defeat Franklin & Marshall in the ECAC South-East Bowl championship game.

Shilko had five catches for a season-high 84 yards in Albright's 38-34 victory. The win allowed the Lions to end the season with a record of 8-3.

The former Raider, who is majoring in biology, had catches in 10 of 11 games this season and finished the year with 37 receptions for 483 yards and two touchdowns, totaling 72 catches and 902 yards for his careers.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Marian girls basketball team members include, front row, from left, manager Gabby Smith, Gabby Green, Emily Sofrankol and manager Alyssa Wagner. Second row, manager Monica Wasik, Lindsay Nemeth, Beth Shaud, Monica Baranko, Ashley Fannick and manager Amanda Srnivasan. Back row, coach Jeff Onushco, head coach Paul Brutto, Sam Faust, Abbey Hill, Ericha Holman, Savanna Krusinsky, Cheyanne Bray, coach Vince Vella and coach Abbie Malloy.

For the past four years, Danielle Tristani, Kaysi McLaughlin and Kelly Shober carried the Marian girls basketball team.

In fact, last season, the trio carried the Fillies (22-7) deep into the playoffs, where they fell one game short of a State Championship game appearance.

With his three-headed monster of the past few years now slain due to graduation, Marian head coach Paul Brutto is tasked with concocting a new winning formula for a program that has qualified for the District 11 playoffs in 39 straight seasons.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Three boys and three girls won the first round of competition in the 41st annual Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest at the Tamaqua Elementary School gym and have been named Tamaqua Elks champions. From left, are Tamaqua Hoop Shoot Director Vaal Kester; Carley Krizansky, girls 8-9 years old (13-for-25); Brayden Knoblauch, boys 10-11 years old (17-for-25); Ashley Jones, girls 10-11 years old (18-for-25); Zeke Wassell, boys 12-13 years old (14-for-25); Brady Sherry, boys 8-9 years old (12-for-25); Kaitlyn Stauffenberg, girls 12-13 years old (19-for-25).

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Marian boys basketball team members are, front row, from left, Calvin Talbott, Nico Agosti, Austin Paisley, Matt Karnish, Christian Legath, Nick Kweder and Anthony Agosti. Back row, Ryan Karnish, Lukas Damian, Mark Postupack, Alden Whah, Justin Bilka, Damian Richards and Eric Swankoski.

In each of his first two seasons as head coach, Marian's John Patton was forced to oversee a rebuilding effort, which featured the replacement of four starters from the previous year.

In both seasons, Patton successfully guided his piecemealed teams to the playoffs.

This year, however, the third-year coach finds himself in a more stable situation, built on a solid foundation of experience, talent and high expectations.

Returning are six seniors, six players with starting experience, and five of the top six scorers from a team that finished 13-11 last season.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Front: Ilse Hassler. Catherine Condly, Colleen Hoffman. Middle: Brittany Doughty, Erin Shigo, Autumn Cope, Anna Beard, Rebecca Cressman.  Back: Jordan Waselus, Briea Bush, Nikki Ennis, Danielle Becker, Alissa Rusbarsky, Emily Allem,  Devon Lignore.

Four years ago, Jim Thorpe girls basketball coach Rob Kovac welcomed a young and talented freshman class to the varisty level.

And while many of those ninth graders were skilled and eventually developed into quality players, that squad still faced numerous ups and downs.

Those trying times in the early stages of their career may have been tough to swallow at the time, but they helped the group mature into arguably the best Lady Olympian team in school history.

Monday, December 3, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley wrestling team members include, front row, from left, manager Kayla Kashlak, Matt Buss, Lenny Ogazalek, Darren Goida, Seth Oriel, Michael Lazar and manager Bailey Mills. Middle row, manager Kristin Gates, Dylan Moyer, Luke Hunsicker, Grant Lorkowski, Hunter Davidyock, Tristian Strunk, Zach Glassic and manager Alexis Ziegenfus. Back row, Elijah Hibbler, Rian Shubeck, Richard Smith, Jared Eickoff, Richard Nace, Troy Margerum and Stephen Terry.

Tim Robb is excited about the future of Panther Valley wrestling.

But the more he's around this year's team, the more he realizes that the future could be now.

The Panthers could have as many as 10 or 11 positions in the lineup occupied by freshmen and sophomores this season.

Normally, relying on that many youngsters would be cause for concern. But Robb, who is in his 21st year as a high school wrestling coach, isn't panicking. As a matter of fact, he's extremely excited about his team's potential.

Monday, December 3, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's wrestling team for 2012-13 season will include: Front row, same order, Coach Andrew Arnold, Coach Brent Herzog, Marcus Hardiman, Ty Herzog, Cody Bowman, Coach Brett Martinez and Head Coach Todd Herzog. Second row, Kianna Marlatt, Amber Kibler, Colton Rex, Tom Nesfeder, Stephen Scheib, Keith Schmidt, Zachary Leiby and Nicole Horn. Third row, Jaleel Graham, Nathan Farber, Jadyen Peters, Matt Schmall, Austin Arnold, Jeffrey Menjivar, Ryan Rubio, Conrad Young, William Andino and Tatiana Rodriguez.

It took strong leadership for the Northern Lehigh wrestling team to get back to the District Duals last season.

Two seasons ago, the Bulldogs missed out on the event for the first time ever during head coach Todd Herzog's tenure.

But last year, the Bulldogs relied on the guidance of seniors Kyle Greenawald, Dylan Hofmann, Kyle Schomp and Kyle Baumann to get the program back on track.

Now, Herzog, who enters his 18th season with the program, will have to depend on his new players to step up and fill the void left by graduation.

Monday, December 3, 2012
picture courtesy of Flexer Photography Panther Valley boys basketball team members include, front row, from left, Pat Owens, Mike Horan, Jake Kusko, Matt Levitt, Mike Weng and Calagero Keo. Middle row, Kyle Ferryman, James Campbell, Jake Szczecina, Matt Hudicka, Chad Dubosky and Charles Moore. Back row, manager Marley Mikovich, Luke Stano, Brett Kerschner, John Taras, Steven Romanchik, Ethan Vermillion and manager Jess Weise.

Different team. Same expectations.

The Panther Valley boys basketball team will have a new look and a new style of play. But head coach Pat Crampsie hasn't changed his goals.

"You will see some differences in our team this year," said Crampsie. "They'll be a lot of new faces and we are going to have to adjust our style of play a little bit.

"But one thing we won't be adjusting is our goal of qualifying for the district playoffs. That will always be the goal as long as I'm coaching."

Monday, December 3, 2012

According to final Pennsylvania Game Commission statistics, 52 elk were taken by the 65 hunters awarded elk licenses for the 2012 elk hunt, which was held Monday-Saturday, Nov. 5-10. Of that total, 19 were antlered and 33 were antlerless.

Taking the heaviest antlered elk was Richard Tratthen, Jr., of Scott Township, Lackawanna County. He took a 840-pound (estimated live weight), 8x8, November 7, in Jay Township, Elk County.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Nittany Lions finished up the 2012 season nicely last week, coming away with a 24-21 overtime victory over the always tough Wisconsin Badgers. The win puts Penn State at an 8-4 record this season, which is above and beyond what most sports analysts and even Nittany Lion faithful expected out of PSU this season. Bill O'Brien's teachings of a more aggressive and high-paced offense along with a totally different weight training regiment have agreed well with this crop of Penn State players.