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Thursday, January 26, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Dylan Rynkiewicz wraps up Jim Thorpe's Avery Ziegenfuss in the 138 pound bout.

The Tamaqua Blue Raiders wrestling team may not have the best team record on the planet in 2011-2012 standing at a mark of 4-12. In the case of the Tamaqua grapplers, records are most certainly deceiving. Plagued all season long by low numbers the Raiders have struggled to gain wins based on the amount of forfeits they've had in matches this season. Tamaqua however, didn't struggle at all on the mat Wednesday night as they defeated Jim Thorpe 56-24 in a Schuylkill League Division I contest.

Thursday, January 26, 2012
ron gower/times news Pleasant Valley's James Felipa (top) has control of Lehighton's Anthony Farano during their 120-pound bout. Felipa went on to record a technical fall.

Both coaches knew what to expect heading into the Mountain Valley Conference wrestling matchup between Lehighton and Pleasant Valley. The match was expected to favor the Bears in the lighter weights, the Indians were favored in the middle weights, and the heavier weights were a toss-up.

The match went according to form as Pleasant Valley built a commanding early lead and then put it away by winning the late tossup bouts.

The result was a 47-21 Mountain Valley Conference victory.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Panther Valley and Tamaqua both picked up wins in Schuylkill League boys basketball action on Wednesday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Panther Valley-Schuylkill Haven

Panther Valley outscored Schuylkill Haven 37-4 in the first half and went on to win easily, 61-35.

Nate Mathewson led the Panthers (8-8) with 18 points. Teammate Steve Romanchik added 13.

PANTHER VALLEY

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
mike feifel/times news Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson (44) is guarded by Austin Uhl of Salisbury.

After trailing the entire game, Northern Lehigh nearly had undefeated Salisbury on the ropes Tuesday night in Slatington.

The Bulldogs trimmed a 14-point third-quarter deficit down to three points with just over two minutes to go in the fourth quarter and Salisbury's leading scorer, Lloyd Irons, was playing with four fouls.

But a Tyler Brown foul shot and an Irons basket with 1:07 left put Salisbury back in front by six. The Falcons hit their foul shots down the stretch and took home with a 61-51 Colonial League win.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Pleasant Valley girls' basketball team knew what was on the line when it took the floor against East Stroudsburg South Tuesday night.

A win would have given the Lady Bears six victories in the Mountain Valley Conference, thus qualifying them for the District 11 playoffs. Knowing that, they went out and got the job done.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Kelsey Follweiler of Northern (3) looks for an open teammate as Salisbury's Megan Hrebik defends.

Northern Lehigh, Marian, Panther Valley and Palmerton posted girls basketball victories on Tuesday.

No. Lehigh-Salisbury

Aimee Oertner had a game-high 19 points to lead Northern Lehigh to a 42-39 Colonial League victory over Salisbury.

With the Bulldogs (8-8, 5-6) leading by a point, Jessica Olewine canned two free-throws with :02 left to secure the win.

Megan Hrebik had 18 points to lead Salisbury.

NORTHERN LEHIGH

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

It's no secret that Celeste Robinson is the main force that drives the Lady Olympians this season. Robinson leads the TIMES NEWS area and Schuylkill League in scoring with 25 points per game. Jim Thorpe showed last evening however, that they are much more than just a one woman show, downing North Schuylkill 59-42 for the Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Robinson no doubt showed her scoring ability once again leading all scorers with 30 points, but it was a total team-effort that silenced the Lady Spartans on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Blue Mt. edges Tamaqua

With 7:14 left in the game, Tamaqua head coach Joe Berezwick decided to take a gamble.

After playing his hand perfectly in rallying his troops from a 10-point halftime deficit, momentum and the lead was in the Lady Raiders' favor. However, in the span of the next two minutes, the odds quicky turned against him, and Blue Mountain cashed in a 50-46 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory.

With Tamaqua clinging to a 39-36 lead, Maria Streisel picked up her fourth foul of the game. At that point, Streisel was leading the team with 13 points, six steals and five assists.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

(Through Jan. 23)

106 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, So. (21-2); 2. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Sr. (18-5); 3. Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley (23-6).

Honorable Mention - Ryan Rubio, Northern Lehigh, Fr. (11-9).

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich is one of four TIMES NEWS area 106-pound wrestlers with outstanding records.  Pound-for-pound, the 106-pound grapplers may just be the best athletes around.

To many, the sight of Jake Hoats or Colin Mashack walking through the halls of their school doesn't trigger the phrase "outstanding athlete."

That's because for many, the perception of a superior competitor is someone who stands at least six-foot and weighs no less than 180 pounds.

But while Hoats and Mashack, who are small in stature and barely tip the scales at 100, may not give off the impression of your classic sports figure, to those that follow the sport of wrestling they know better.