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Friday, December 28, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tiffany Thompson gets set to shoot as Northern Lehigh's Jessica Olewine (left) and Emily Bevins (hidden) defend.

The Lehighton girls earned every bit of their 43-38 victory over Northern Lehigh Thursday night in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic.

Heading into the fourth quarter, Lehighton had a 38-28 lead over the Bulldogs. Both teams exchanged baskets to open the quarter.

The Bulldogs went on a run early in the quarter. Kelsey Follweiler hit a three-pointer with 5:22 left to play, which sparked a 9-0 spurt. The Indians clung to a three-point lead with 3:41 left to play, 40-37.

Friday, December 28, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Catherine Condly moves the ball up court as Palmerton's Mikayla Krupa comes up from behind.

Most round ball enthusiasts would tell you that the game of basketball is a game of runs.

Thursday night's contest between Jim Thorpe and Palmerton in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic showed just that.

The Lady Olympians jumped out to a 19-10 first quarter advantage, but the Bombers bounced back, outscoring JT 21-3 in the second quarter to help them capture a 55-30 non-league victory.

Friday, December 28, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Khadir Lindsey (5) drives to the basket for a bucket as Palmerton's Mark Quinn slides in underneath.

Two teams, both looking to find their identity, squared off in the opener of the Slatington Rotary Tournament on Thursday night.

Jim Thorpe and Palmerton battled toe-to-toe for three quarters before the Olympians made a stand and pulled out a 74-62 victory.

Khadr Lindsey scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter to help the Olympians pull away for the win and earn them the right to face Northern Lehigh, a 61-38 winner over Lehighton, in tonight's championship.

Friday, December 28, 2012
Bulldogs pull away to turn back Indians

Northern Lehigh used a huge second half and a career night from Tyler Dibilio to defeat Lehighton, 61-38 in the opening round of the 32nd Annual Slatington Rotary Basketball Tournament.

The Bulldogs (3-2) held a slim 22-21 lead heading into the half, but exploded out of the gate to outscore the Indians 18-5 in the third quarter.

Northern Lehigh used a 13-0 run that lasted from late in the third quarter into the fourth to extend the lead from 31-26 to 44-26, which essentially put the game out of reach for Lehighton.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Tamaqua boys and Panther Valley girls came out on the winning side in basketball action last night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Sch. Haven

Tamaqua (6-1) kept up its winning ways coasting by Schuylkill Haven.

The Raiders went into the half 26-9 en-route to a 51-22 non-league victory.

Brett Kosciolek led Tamaqua once again, scoring 13 points, while Bo Rottet added 10.

Mike Bubeck was the lone Hurricane in double figures, scoring 11.

TAMAQUA

Friday, December 28, 2012

Most animal experts would agree that if a tiger fought with a panther, the tiger, because of its strength and size, would win every time.

Whether it be in the jungle or on the hardwood, the same result apparently holds true as the Tigers of Northwestern defeated Panther Valley last night, 56-49, to run their all-time record to 11-0 over the Panthers.

Size and strength prevailed. The Tigers raced to a nine-point first-quarter lead on the torrid shooting strength of Tyler Richardson. He sank his first three three-point shots and totaled 11 points for the first eight minutes.

Saturday, December 8, 2012
Andy Steinmetz/TIMES NEWS Members of the Weatherly boys basketball team include, front row from left, Luke Reiner, Adam Capone, Josh Reiner, Lee Nyer, Luke Figas, Dillon Bizarre; back row, Brett Kelly, Michael Baade, Charlie Wallish, Joey Haganey, Tim Busher, Brett Stallone and Nick Miller. Other members of the team include Tyler Sipler, Derek Coombe and Jake Stower.

Ron Cann has been Weatherly's head boys basketball coach for the past six seasons and throughout the course of that time, one thing has remained a constant with the program speed.

With a lack of substantial size on the roster once again this season, that constant is going to need to play an important role for the Wreckers..

"We could be very successful this season with running the ball against other teams," Cann said. "We're hoping to produce many transition buckets in order to remain competitive with the schedule."

Saturday, December 8, 2012
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley wrestling team members include, front row, from left, Amber Moeck and Jason Jacobi. Second row, Kenneth Yanovich, Brannon Bale, Anthony McCue, Joell Toledo, Nick Ammiato, Zachary Gutierrez, Garrett Gouger and Wean Bianco. Third row, coach Mark Getz, manager Erin Darpfeld, Liam Buccieri, Hunter Deihl, Dominick Philip Ammirato, Dominik Socha, Michael Shane Benner, Ahmad Curtis, Jolu Aldridge, Trent Thomas, Brody Keefe, manager Megan Dahlstrom and manager Joelle Parasconda

Last year the Pleasant Valley wrestling team was spear-headed by four seniors and two underclassmen that helped lead the program to an 18-2 record.

Although those four seniors have since graduated, the Bears will now have six seniors and one underclassman to lean on as they attempt to duplicate last year's success both as a team and individually.

"It will be really tough to replace the big four from last year," admitted head coach Mark Getz. "However, we do have several seniors that are returning that had 20-plus wins last year but were over shadowed by the big four.

Saturday, December 8, 2012
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley boys basketball team members are, front row, from left, manager Chenelle Brown, Bryan Sharpe, Chris Skutnik, Daniel Hrbek, Jarius Hosier, Lance Robinson, Zach Deegan, Shai-Quan Auldern, manager Shadai Johnson and manager Crystal Morales. Back row, assistant coach Rob Madsen, Jonah Helfrich, Dakota Neubert, Sekou Jones, Mark Cunningham, Jonathan Pazienza, Marquis Brown, Pierre Roden, Devon Howard, assistant coach Tony Chupa and head coach Ken Piontkowski.

Two years ago the Pleasant Valley boys' basketball team lost in the Mountain Valley Conference semi-finals, but still managed to qualify for the District 11 playoffs.

Last season the Bears took it a step further in the conference playoffs, as they made it to the MVC title game for the first time in quite some time.

This year Pleasant Valley wants to take the third and final step. That progression would include winning the conference championship.

Saturday, December 8, 2012
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley girls basketball team members, are, front row, from left, Dzana Krac, Erin Sharpe, Jordan Meckes, Arden Cisluycis, Julia Craig, Mackenzie Dorney and Kiki Russell. Back row, assistant coach Chris Jarrow, Keri Dekmar, Jenesa Fields, Courtney Miller, Bridget Lozier, Madison Shaneberger, Samantha Jimenez, head coach Nadia Gauronsky.

Each of the last three seasons, the Pleasant Valley girls' basketball program has improved from one year to the next.

After going just 6-16 in 2009-10, the Lady Bears made an enormous jump to 18-7 the following year and captured their first Mountain Valley Conference crown in six years. Last season a 'young' Bears team not only duplicated its 18 wins and defended its MVC title, but also qualified for PIAA play for the first time in nearly ten years.