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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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Marian Colts pulled a game within .500 with a victory at Schuylkill Haven, while Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua dropped Schuylkill League contests on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Marian-Sch. Haven

The Colts notched a win over Schuylkill Haven 53-36 in league play, keeping playoff hopes alive.

Alden Whah led the way with 16 points, while Ryan Karnish followed with 15 and teammate Anthony Pilla got 10 in the well-rounded effort.

Brandon Weiser had 10 points for the Hurricanes in the loss.

Monday, January 23, 2012
Ron gower/times news Tamaqua's Colin Mashack controls Lenny Ogozalek of Panther Valley during their 106-pound Schuylkill League semifinal match at Blue Mountain on Sunday. Mashack won the match and went on to win the title.

ORWIGSBURG - For the final five minutes of his Schuylkill League championship bout at 106 pounds, Tamaqua's Colin Mashack couldn't register a point.

That was no problem for the Raider sophomore, though, because after jumping out to comfortable lead against Caleb Bordner of Tri-Valley, he didn't allow any either.

Mashack used a pair of takedowns and a three near-fall points in the opening minute of his finals matchup to gain a 7-1 advantage, and from there he rode out his opponent the rest of the way to earn the only TIMES NEWS title Sunday at Blue Mountain.

Monday, January 23, 2012

at Blue Mountain HS

TEAM SCORING & LEGEND

1. Tri-Valley (TV) 198; 2. Blue Mountain (BM) 191; 3. Pine Grove (PG) 170.3; 4. North Schuylkill (NS) 132.5; 5. Upper Dauphin (UD) 127.5; 6. Tamaqua (T) 114; 7. Pottsville (P) 106.5; 8. Panther Valley (PV) 73.5, 9. Mahanoy Area (MA) 58; 10. Schuylkill Haven (SH) 56; 11. Halifax (H) 54.5; 12. Williams Valley (WV) 54; 13. Jim Thorpe (JT) 38.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

106 - Colin Mashack (T) dec. Caleb Bordner (TV), 7-1.

113 - Derrick Garber (UD) dec. Bailey Roos (PG), 11-4.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Northern Lehigh matmen picked up four wins at the Buckley Duals this weekend while the Weatherly boys and Northwestern girls both suffered last-second losses on the hardwoods.

BOYS BASKETBALL

MMI Prep-Weatherly

The Wreckers held a slim four-point lead going into the fourth, but MMI rallied for a 41-39 non-league victory.

MMI was led in scoring by Cory Rogers and Alex VanHoeken with 10 points apiece.

The Wreckers received a team-high 11 from Samson Walton and eight from Brett Stallone.

MMI PREP

Friday, January 20, 2012
Panther Valley's Nick McArdle (10) weaves his way through a number of Jim Thorpe defenders, including Ben Moore (left), Connor Ennis (44) and Darius Clark (right).

During the course of a season, most teams come across "must win" games on their schedule.

That exact scenario applied to Panther Valley and Jim Thorpe on Thursday night as both teams fight to earn a spot in the District 11 AAA playoffs.

When everything was said and done it was the Panthers who moved one step closer to their post-season dreams, surging past the Olympians in the second half en route to a 46-41 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Neither squad was exactly lighting it up from the field in the first half with Jim Thorpe leading 22-18 at intermission.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Northwestern's girls came away with a win in action on the hardwood on Thursday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Saucon Vy.-Northwestern

Northwestern defeated Saucon Valley, 57-47, in Colonial League action.

Sara Jones led the Tigers with 20 points while Caileigh Landrigan added 10.

For Saucon Valley, Karine Polgar scored a team-high 19.

SAUCON VALLEY

Polgar 5-6-8-19, Okken 0-0-0-0, Spirk 0-0-0-0, Wean 2-0-0-5, O'Donnell 4-0-2-8, Mowrey 3-0-0-8, Martin 2-3-4-7. TOTALS: 16-9-14-47.

NORTHWESTERN

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lehighton and Pleasant Valley picked up wrestling victories to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports card.

WRESTLING

ES South-Lehighton

Colton Davidson scored a forfeit victory in the final bout of the match to lift Lehighton to a 39-34 Mountain Valley Conference win over visiting East Stroudsburg South.

The Indians' Pat Verrastro (113), Alex Rankovich (138), Zachary Coleman (170) and Michael Balliet (182) all scored pins for wins.

Lehighton 39, ES South 34

106 - Jacob Hoats (L) won by forfeit

113 - Pat Verrastro (L) pinned Phil Nunes in 4:19