Saturday, September 23, 2017

Local Sports

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Jim Thorpe’s Heidi Washel (9) applies defensive pressure against Blue Mountain’s Sydney Riegel. To see a photo gallery of the game scan the picture with the Prindeo app. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Experience goes a long way in any sport, and the Blue Mountain girls soccer team showed that against Jim Thorpe on Tuesday.

The Eagles, who are the defending District 11 3A champs, look to be a team that will compete for a title again this season as they defeated the Olympians 10-0 for a Schuylkill League Division 1 victory.

Good passing, mixed with team speed and the ability to finish at the net are all necessary attributes for a successful team. However, it’s very rare that a team possesses all of those.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Marian’s Gianna Agosti (12) sets the ball for middle hitter Carly Kosciolek (15). Behind Agosti is teammate Elena Beckett (28). The Fillies swept Tri-Valley in a Schuylkill League contest. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Five Times News area volleyball teams earned victories on Tuesday night. Jim Thorpe, Northwestern, Panther Valley, Tamaqua, and Marian all picked up wins. Two Fillies reached milestones during their win against Tri-Valley.


Minersville-Jim Thorpe

Kelsey Carrol’s 11 assists and 10 kills helped spark Jim Thorpe to a 25-11, 25-15, 25-10 Schuylkill League win over Minersville.

Mackenzie Rosenberger added seven digs, five kills and three aces for the Olympians, while Brandy Montemuro chipped in with five assists, four kills and four aces.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Jim Thorpe won two out of three games this weekend in Connie Mack fall baseball action. Thorpe’s record is now 6-3 during fall ball play.


Justin Marykwas and Derek Pavlik each had three hits to help lead Jim Thorpe to a 21-4 victory over Palmerton.

Marykwas scored three runs and knocked in three, while Pavlik added two RBIs.

Jared Marykwas tossed three shutout innings and also chipped in with two hits, one a double.

JT-Moore Township

Jake Taras had a pair of doubles for Jim Thorpe, but Moore Township pulled away for a 15-5 win.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Lehighton’s Lauren Marks races upfield while Sarah Smith of Northwestern reaches in to try and knock the ball away from her. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Several things stood out Monday at Northwestern’s field hockey stadium — speed, defense and goalkeeping.

Save for one goal off the stick of Lehighton’s Maura Phelan, things were just about equally matched. There were saves galore from a pair of Tiger goalkeepers;12 in all. There was the terrific hustle from Phelan with 25 minutes remaining when Northwestern had a chance to tie the game on a potential breakaway.

And what about the great defense employed by Lehighton goalkeeper Michelle Bozilesky in a one-on-one play in this tight-fisted affair, too?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Jim Thorpe’s Preston Lawrence tries to gain possession of the ball between Lehighton’s Jake Petit-Clair, left, and Greg Venuto. Scan this photo with the Prindeo app to see a photo gallery. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe received a hat trick from Preston Lawrence to help defeat Lehighton in soccer on Monday.

In other action, Northwestern received wins in boys and girls soccer, and also swept a three-team golf match.


Jim Thorpe-Lehighton

Preston Lawrence’s hat trick sparked Jim Thorpe to a 5-0 Schuylkill League victory over Lehighton.

Chris Williams and Alex Putt added single scores for the Olympians (3-4; 2-2).

Alex Mierzejewski had two assists, while Jack Morris and Ryder Wallace each had one.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 19, 1981 — A blocked punt return for a touchdown proves to be the game-winning score as Lehighton edges Tamaqua by a 13-12 score. With the Indians trailing in the third quarter, Chris Fritzinger breaks through the line and blocks the kick. Phil Spohn recovers the loose ball and takes it seven yards to the end zone to give his team the lead. The Blue Raiders score a touchdown on a 2-yard run by Greg Hinkel with a minute to play, but a defensive stop — led by Lance Dietz and Scott Moyer — on the two-point attempt preserves the Lehighton win.

Monday, September 18, 2017
Emily Miller (left) and Sarah Bradley (13) of Lehighton combine for a hit at the net as Palmerton’s Kayla Nothstein and Brennah Bates (right) defend. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In the real world, the metaphorical David doesn’t always beat Goliath.

Sure, it sometimes happens. But this wasn’t the case Saturday when the newly formed Palmerton volleyball team faced the talented, experienced and likely district-bound Lehighton Indians.

The Indians won easily, 25-11, 25-5, 25-7.

In the second game, Lehighton’s Emily Haberman served during a 17-point run, giving the Tribe a 17-2 lead.

Late in the third game, with Lehighton ahead 14-7, senior Vanessa Ahner served for the 11 final points and had five consecutive aces.

Monday, September 18, 2017

EASTON — Northwestern welcomed back a number of key pieces in its Week 4 meeting with Wilson. And it proved to be the missing piece the Tigers were looking for early in the season.

The Tigers railed from a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and then held off Wilson for a 29-26 victory on Saturday afternoon. It was Northwestern’s first win of 2017.

Monday, September 18, 2017
Jill Olewine(26) of Northern Lehigh looks to split a pair of Salisbury defenders. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

Northwestern picked up wins in boys soccer, girls soccer and field hockey to highlight the weekend’s sports schedule.


Sch. Haven-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe grabbed its second win in a row with a 5-2 decision over Schuylkill Haven.

Chris Williams led the Olympians with two scores and an assist.

Preston Lawrence, Alex Mierzejewski and Ryder Wallace added one goal apiece with Wallace also getting an assist.

Kingsley Ehling had six saves for the Olympians.

Northwestern-So. Lehigh

Saturday, September 16, 2017

September 16, 1972 — Mike McHale and Mike Clewell both have big games running the football as Jim Thorpe rolls to a 33-6 victory over Weatherly. McHale carries 14 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns, while Clewell finishes with 18 carries for 106 yards and two scores. Clewell reaches the end zone from nine and 18 yards in the first half to help the Olympians, coached by Barry Hackenberg, build a 14-0 advantage. McHale collects TD runs of two and 56 yards in the second half to secure the win. Thorpe also receives a 1-yard scoring run from George Lazorick.