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Thursday, January 19, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Zach Christman (bottom) of Palmerton and Northwestern's Cole Moyer battle at 132 pounds. Christman went on to post a 5-3 decision.

With only six of 14 matches actually being contested, Palmerton head coach Dave Lavin and Northwestern head coach Jim Moll were just hoping for some good signs from those that took the mat on Wednesday night in a Colonial League battle.

As it turned out, the Blue Bombers won four of the six matches that were wrestled and picked up five forfeit wins for a 51-21 triumph against the undermanned Tigers.

"It's a small group, but they're hard workers and a tough bunch of kids," Moll said.

Thursday, January 19, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Steven Matukonis turns North Schuylkill's Lorenzo Fisher to his back for a first period pin in 1:35.

The Tamaqua wrestling team has been suffering through a season marred with adversity. Whether it is injuries, participants that have left the program mid-season, or any other reason, numbers have dropped and the Blue Raiders need all the points that they can get throughout the course of a match.

In last night's Schuylkill League battle with North Schuylkill, three straight forfeits began the meeting, placing the locals in a 18-0 hole right out of the gates.

Despite their efforts to erase the deficit, the Spartans pulled away down the stretch for a 51-30 decision.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson (left) prepares to make a pass as Tamaqua's Kayla Hope defends.

Resiliency is the term that may best describe the play of the Tamaqua girl's basketball team this season. The Lady Raiders (7-5) have been hot, winning five straight games after a 2-5 start. Tamaqua showed their fight once again last night storming back from a 29-16 half-time deficit to challenge the Olympians in the fourth quarter getting as close as two points in the fourth. Thorpe's transition game proved to be too much however, as the Lady Olympians pulled away to get the 52-45 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Payton Bachman goes up for a shot between Palisades defenders Tyler Krchnavi, left, and Luke Caughney.

One of the Cardinal Rules of sports is to never take an opponent lightly.

Northwestern might have expected an easy time against a Palisades team that headed into this week winless for the season. But the Tigers fell victim to the visiting Purple Pirates, who went on a 24-0 run in the second half and took home a 41-26 win.

"This one's extremely frustrating," said Northwestern head coach Dan Eddinger. "We walked into this gym expecting to win tonight and we just didn't do it. We were bad in all facets of the game tonight."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The game of basketball is often times decided by runs and momentum. In last night's Colonial League battle between Northern Lehigh and Wilson, it was the Bulldogs who took advantage of the runs more effectively to pull out a 39-34 win.

The Bulldogs darted out of the gates with a 12-0 run and later had to withstand a 15-0 spurt by the Warriors, before holding on down the stretch for the victory.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
ron gower/times news Tamaqua defenders Jake Fegley (left) and Matt Kurek (right) try to steal the ball away from PJ Johnson of Jim Thorpe.

Losing has a tendency to become contagious, and if left untreated, it can certainly infect a program with a sense of frustration and futility.

Just ask Tamaqua head coach Caszy Kosciolek and Jim Thorpe head coach Brian Carroll.

Coming into last night's Schuylkill League Division 1 contest, Tamaqua had managed to win just once in the past 36 days (losers of 9 of its past 10 games), while Jim Thorpe had dropped six straight games after starting the year 5-2.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Tyler Svetik drives the lane for a shot against Southern Lehigh on Tuesday. Defending for the Spartans is Kyle Brown.

Pleasant Valley pulled out a dramatic buzzer-beating victory over Stroudsburg to highlight Tuesday scholastic sports card.


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Don' Dre Shivers scored the game-winning basket at the buzzer to lift Pleasant Valley to a 43-41 Mountain Valley Conference win over Stroudsburg.

The Bears' Nick Stanovick led all scorers with 12 points. With the win, PV improved to 8-5 overall and 5-1 in the MVC.

Langston Northern led the Mounties with 11 points.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Longtime sports fan Harry Brown of Palmerton has attended Palmerton Area School District athletic events for 45 years.

Over the past half century, Palmerton has produced its share of star athletes, championship-caliber teams, and record-breaking performances.

Through it all, a familiar face has witnessed those triumphs and tribulations from his perch high up in the stands as the district's quintessential "sixth man".

Indeed, few have become as synonymous with Palmerton athletic events and displayed as much sheer "Bomber Pride" as borough resident Harry Brown.

It's been that way since Brown's days as a student in the district, despite the fact he didn't play any organized sports.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Saturday was a good night for the Weatherly girls' basketball team as it picked up its third win of the season.

Last night's Schuylkill League game against Schuylkill Haven turned out to be far from that, however.

If anything could have went wrong for his team it surely did, and Weatherly head coach Paul Hadzick had no problem saying it after his players dropped a 32-26 decision to the Hurricanes.

"We didn't shoot," Hadzick said. "We didn't play good defense. We didn't rebound.

"All of the fundamental things of the game of basketball we didn't do tonight."

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

(Through Jan. 16)

106 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, So. (15-2); 2. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Sr. (13-4); 3. Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley (20-5).