Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Scott Snyder gives instruction as an assistant coach for Northern Lehigh during last year’s PIAA State Championship. He is now in his first season as the Bulldogs’ head coach. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO

Tradition? Yeah, Scott Snyder knows a little bit about that.

Success? He’s familiar with that, too.

Snyder was a part of Northern Lehigh’s stacked 2005 PIAA Class 2A Dual Meet Championship team, and ended his wrestling career with 112 victories, which included a 45-1 mark and a state runner-up finish during his senior season.

Now, Snyder will chart a new course – as the Bulldogs’ head coach.

Friday, January 13, 2017
Northwestern’s Colin Rex (left) tries to take down Bangor’s Blake McNew in their 132-pound bout. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

It was senior night in New Tripoli for the Northwestern Lehigh wrestling team, however, it was the squad’s youth shining through.

Despite the success of the underclassmen, Northwestern fell to Bangor, 52-22, in a Colonial League wrestling match that lasted less than one hour on Thursday.

Coming into the match, Bangor already wrestled 13 matches this season compared to Northwestern, which wrestled only five, but that didn’t affect the Tigers mindset before the match.

Friday, January 13, 2017
Palmerton’s Eric Baumgardt (right) lays up a shot against Salisbury. RICH GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Head coach Jason Weaver and the Salisbury boys basketball team were happy for the opportunity.

One day after losing to Southern Lehigh, the Falcons showed they were anxious to get back on the court..

Salisbury jumped out to a big first period lead and went on to post a 70-50 Colonial League win over Palmerton.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Panther Valley School Board voted on Wednesday night to hire Scott Price as the new head football coach.

Price, a Schuylkill Haven High School and Kutztown University graduate, was hired on a 9-0 vote. His salary was set at $4,100 for the 2017 season.

Price was a lineman at both Haven and Kutztown.

His coaching resume includes serving as the offensive line coach for Schuylkill Haven in 2010 and 2011. He has also been a volunteer member of the Hurricane staff since then, helping film and scout opponents. This will be his first head coaching position.

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13, 1993 — Palmerton uses six pins to post a 42-25 Centennial League wrestling win over Notre Dame. John Fisher opens the match with a fall at 103 pounds, and the Blue Bombers take the lead for good after pins from Shane Perschy (125) and John Wilk (130). The winners, coached by Rick Anderson, also receive falls from Dan Amorim (140), Brent Rehrig (171), and Lyman Gruber (heavyweight). Palmerton also gets decision wins from Jamie Frantz (145) and Rick Hager (160).

Friday, January 13, 2017
Panther Valley’s Rene Figueroa dribbles away from CJ Reichard of Lourdes. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua girls earned wins in both basketball and swimming on Thursday.

In other action, Lehighton and Marian posted boys basketball wins, while the Pleasant Valley girls earned a victory on the hardwood. Also winning was the Palmerton wrestling squad.



Tamaqua topped Lehighton 62-52 in Schuylkill League play.

Kristin Jones had a double-double for the Blue Raiders (7-5; 3-2), finishing with 19 points and 20 rebounds. Emma Kuczynski had 18 points and Jamie Zuber added 10.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Palmerton’s 1,000-point boys scorers were honored at last Saturday’s game against Southern Lehigh. The program is celebrating its 100th season. Those honored included, from left, Jerry Snyder, Spencer Hay, Tony Choy, Bill Mlkvy, Jason Balliet, Tracie Oravec Gwozdz (daughter of Jim Oravec), Judy and Rob Mlkvy (wife and son of Bob Mlkvy), and Craig Steigerwalt. ANDY STEINMETZ/TIMES NEWS

The year was 1916.

World War I raged across Europe, the Chicago Cubs played their first game at Wrigley Field, and an official tossed up a jump ball at center court in the Palmerton High School gym to begin the Bombers first ever boys basketball game.

This season, Palmerton is celebrating the program’s first 100 years of basketball.

Spearheading the tribute to the school’s storied past century is Palmerton first year coach, Ken Termini.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 12, 1960 — Richie Conahan leads four Tamaqua players in double-digit scoring, as the Blue Raiders register a 65-58 Black Diamond League victory over Weatherly. Conahan finishes with a game-high 17 points, while George Tomchick contributes 14. The winners, coached by “Pinky” Purnell, use a 21-of-36 effort at the free throw line to make the difference. Dave Wehr tallies 13 points, with Walt Haggerty adding 10. For the Wrcekers, Kermit Hinkle ends with a team-high 14 points.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Northwestern’s Trevor Cunningham (center) is defended by Moravian Academy’s Callen Messman (14) and James Kruklitis. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Northwestern earned a thrilling win in boys’ basketball action Wednesday night.



A Rob Seyfried put-back as time expired gave Northwestern a critical 54-52 Colonial League win over Moravian Academy.

Seyfried finished with 20 points for the Tigers (5-6, 3-6), who stormed back from a 14-point third quarter deficit. Trevor Cunningham tallied 11 points and Samuel Yadush added 10.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Scored received from Wednesday night's games. Check out Thursday's Times News for more coverage.

Northwestern 54, Moravian Academy 52
Northampton 68, Lehighton 39

Moravian Academy 52, Northwestern 45

Blue Mountain 54, Tamaqua 27
Catasauqua 48, Northern Lehigh 28