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Thursday, January 8, 2015

In an early season basketball game against Holy Redeemer, Marian's Ashley Fannick was driving toward the basket for a left -handed layup when she fell awkwardly to the floor. After being helped off the court, she knew exactly what had happened to her right knee.

Tests confirmed that Fannick had torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). She will not play the rest of her senior season. To make it worse, this was Fannick's second time tearing her ACL, the other happened to her left knee during her freshman year while also driving to the basket during an open practice.

Friday, December 26, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News Longtime basketball referee Jim Strubinger hands the ball to Tamaqua's Ben Miller during a recent game.

The National Football League, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball all do it. Colleges do it as well.

Why not our local high schools?

A proposal that may be enacted at the beginning of next year will implement a system in which Schuylkill League head coaches will evaluate officials in all varsity athletic events.

Mike Hromyak, Tamaqua athletic director and chairman of the Schuylkill League Officials Committee, said the intent of the evaluation is to have a positive effect upon the overall experience of high school athletic competition.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

As teams gear up for the end of the regular season and the post-season push, they are looking to get things in order before every game essentially becomes a 'win-or-go-home' scenario.

Meanwhile, coaches are busy planning for anything and everything that may come up in their respective games and are making sure their teams are prepared for certain situations.

However, there is one thing that coaches can't plan for that could possibly derail a team's championship aspirations: Injuries.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Northwestern girls' basketball coach Chris Deutsch readily admits that he has one of the deepest teams he has ever coached.

That depth fits perfect into the Tigers' head coach's game plan of running an up tempo type of game.

The 10th-year Tigers' mentor said the bench is "one of the critical factors" in helping his team roll through opponent after opponent this season.

"One girl down. One girl in foul trouble. One sick. Whatever, the next girl comes in and gets the job done," Deutsch said. "Having the type of depth we have makes a big difference in our game plan."

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The end of the 2012-13 high school basketball season is about two and a half weeks away. With that comes the furry of teams wanting to end the year on a good note and hopefully qualifying for post-season play.

District 11 states that a team must win either 50 percent of its overall games or 50 percent of its league games to earn a spot in the district playoffs. Since every team plays 22 games, 11 wins are needed to qualify via the 'overall games' stipulation. However, the 'league games' route is different for every league.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Some people say that change is a good thing. That may be true in most cases, but when it happens suddenly at the last minute, it can be tough to deal with.

Two local basketball coaches, Palmerton's Frank McCarroll and Lehighton's Chris Kasian, were thrusted into the head job with little or no warning. One man had roughly three days to prepare as the head coach, while the other didn't become the lead man until two weeks of the season had already passed.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Bob Ford /times news The Indians huddle up before a game earlier this season against the Marian Colts. Lehighton is off to a solid start currently sitting at 4-3.

A new season brings with it a renewed sense of hope for most sports teams.

It doesn't matter whether a team went undefeated or winless the year before, the start of a new schedule gives a team a clean slate from which to start engraving its latest journey.

A few local boys' basketball teams are taking their clean slates and making the most of them.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Playoff teams dealing with injuries

Basketball coaches can plan for a lot of things. They can map out their offenses, set up their defenses, and go over certain strategies for different types of teams.

However, there is one thing that coaches have no control over that can ultimately decide the fate of their season injuries.

Pleasant Valley and Marian, two boys' teams that will be competing in the District 11 playoffs later this month, will have to deal with two key losses to their respective teams as they try and advance through the post-season.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nobody was near DJ Rossino when he crumpled to the floor during basketball practice last summer.

No, Lehighton's senior point guard was about to go up for a layup when his right knee suddenly gave out.

"It was our second practice of the summer," recalled Lehighton head coach Rich Oertner. "No one was around him. We were running the three-man-weave drill and he was going up for a layup and just fell to the floor."

Thursday, January 5, 2012
Hicks now whistling another tune

Steve Hicks had spent close to two decades running up and down the hardwood as a varsity basketball referee before he had to make a life-changing decision.

After tearing the meniscus in his right knee about four years ago, Hicks' career in officiating slowed down a lot. In fact, so much so that a medical recommendation gave him the incentive to hang up his whistle for good.