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
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
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
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.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Christmas is a time for giving, sharing and spending time together with loved ones.
In the sports world, the holidays are also the time for local basketball tournaments.
Eleven area basketball teams will compete in Christmas tournaments next week. All 11 figure to play two games regardless if they win or lose on the first day, as they will either move on to their respective championship or consolation games.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Friday night has become 'Championship Night' in the TIMES NEWS area.
Three local girls' basketball teams will be playing for their respective conference championships, as Northern Lehigh, Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua will all tip-off at 6 p.m. this evening.
Oddly enough, each team has a different storyline and has taken a different road to the finals. One team is undefeated and looking to defend its title. One team is looking for redemption in its first-ever title game. And one team is looking to get back to where it has been in the past.