Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 16, 1994 — Lehighton’s strong defensive effort paves the way for a 44-25 Centennial League win over Northwestern. Carl Wolter leads the Indians with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots, while the team’s defense holds the Tigers to just nine points in the second half. The winners, coached by Tom Schaeffer, also receive nine points from Rick Rimbey and six from Broc Armbruster, while Jeremy Schoenberger adds five points and seven boards.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Marian’s Tyler Fritz looses control of the ball as he tumbles to the court during Wednesday’s Schuylkill League playoff semifinal game against Blue Mountain. Aaron Albertini is the Eagles’ defender. BOB FORD/ TIMES NEWS

POTTSVILLE – The shots just weren’t falling.

Marian’s typically potent offense hit a roadblock in Wednesday’s Schuylkill League semifinal against Blue Mountain.

And the Colts’ struggles were all the Eagles needed to take over.

Blue Mountain took advantage of Marian’s off-shooting night at Martz Hall to secure a 58-27 win and clinch a spot in the league championship game.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Northwestern’s Leighanna Lister drives to the basket against Avery Bennett and Ellie Cassel of Southern Lehigh. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

NORTHAMPTON — Offensive firepower.

Those two words pretty much sum up what the Southern Lehigh girls basketball squad has been about this season.

The Spartans (22-1) offensive prowess was on full display Tuesday night against Northwestern in the Colonial League postseason semifinal at Catasauqua High School. Southern Lehigh’s up-tempo style, paired with its ability to spread the ball around, was too much for the Tigers (16-8) to handle.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 15, 1985 — Mark Streisel scores a game-high 17 points and Marian’s defense shuts the door on Mahanoy Area in the first half en route to a 74-43 Schuylkill League victory. The Colts, coached by Sid Llera, limit their opponent to just 16 points in the opening half and build a 19-point lead. John Weber contributes 16 points and eight rebounds to the winning cause, while Jim Goodman chips in with seven points. Marian also receives six points and 13 boards from Trevor Lawrence.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Jim Thorpe girls closed regular-season play with a victory over Weatherly on Tuesday.


Weatherly-Jim Thorpe

Kayley Kovac dropped 30 points and Jim Thorpe rolled to a 74-48 non-league win against Weatherly.

In addition to Kovac’s game-high 30 points, Kaitlyn Ohl (16 points) and Payton Kovac (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Olympians (13-9).

Emily Zoscin paced the Wreckers (9-13) with 18 points.

Jim Thorpe also won the JV game, 33-23.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The annual Carbon County Hall of Fame banquet will be held Sunday, May 28, at Memorial Hall, Jim Thorpe.

The program will start promptly at 1 p.m. with the dinner, followed by individual inductions of 24 who attained athletic accomplishments.

This year’s inductees are:

Palmerton – Bart Wagner, Gerald Rehrig and Art George.

Lehighton – Dennis Rehrig, Jerry Serfass and Bruce Barry.

Nesquehoning – Ed Wise, Robert Coombe and Thomas Zaengle.

Lansford – Dennis Boyle, Dave Padora and Joe Petko.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tickets for the Marian boys basketball Schuylkill League playoff game against Blue Mountain can be purchased Tuesday and Wednesday in the high school’s main office from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The cost for advanced tickets is $3 for students and senior citizens and $5 for adults. All tickets at the gate will be $5.

Tip-off will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Martz Hall.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The Phantoms T.J. Brennan, shown here participating in the skills competition during the AHL All-Star Weekend, is redefining the position of defenseman. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUSTSPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Don’t be surprised if at some point, T.J. Brennan is on a hockey roster and there are question marks in the column where his position is supposed to be listed.

Brennan, who is technically a defenseman, is somewhat redefining the position with his style of play.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 14, 2004 — Northern Lehigh posts six pins and two major decisions to gain a 50-21 wrestling win over Lehighton. The Bulldogs, coached by Todd Herzog, receive falls from Joey Papay (160 pounds), Mark Grosch (215) and Adam Hluschak (103) over the first six weight classes to build a 29-6 advantage. The winners, who finish the dual meet regular season with a record of 15-3, also receive pins from Brett Martinez (135), Frank Heffernan (145) and Eddie Boyle (152). Jack Gill adds a major at 171, as does Craig Plotsko at 140.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lehighton Area High School is looking to fill coaching positions for the 2017-18 school year.

There are multiple positions available for both assistant field hockey coach and assistant girls soccer coach.

If interested, please send a letter of interest, resume and Acts 24/34/151 Clearances and FBI Fingerprinting to:

Kyle Spotts, Director of Student Services/Facilities Planning, Lehighton Area High School.

For more information, contact the school at 610-377-6180 or Mr. Spotts at kspotts@lehighton.org.

The deadline for the positions is Feb. 17.