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Monday, January 16, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Zach Coleman grabs the leg of Pennridge's Tom Roeder in the 160-pound match between the two teams at Saturday's Lehighton duals before recording a first period fall. Pennridge won the match 42-36.

Marian, Northern Lehigh and Weatherly picked up boys basketball wins over the weekend, as did the Palmerton, Tamaqua and Weatherly girls.

Panther Valley also managed a victory on the mats.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Moravian Academy-Marian

The Colts outscored the Lions in every frame of action to pull out a 47-22 non-league win.

Ryan Karnish scored a game-high 12 points to lead the locals to the win, while Alden Whah added nine.

For Moravian, Chris Anderson and Luke Gutekunst both scored eight.

Marian also won the JV contest, 51-43.

MORAVIAN ACADEMY

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Northern Lehigh, Marian, and Pleasant Valley posted boys basketball wins Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pocono Mountain West-Lehighton

Pocono Mountain West cruised to a 72-22 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton.

The Panthers' Jon Amoroso led all scorers with a game-high 13 points, while Joe Wiggins chipped in with 10.

Nate Kresge finished with an Indians' high five points.

In the JV game, Pocono Mountain West scored a 69-23 win over Lehighton.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

SWIMMING

Tamaqua-Schuylkill Haven

Tamaqua split its meet with Schuylkill have as the Lady Raiders girls won 120-60 while the boys fell 124-44 to the Hurricanes.

Tamaqua's Joann Butkus broke a record in winning the 200 freestyle in 2:01.91. She also placed first in 100 freestyle and was part of two winning relays. Teammate Danielle DeCindio also won two events, the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while helping her team sweep the relays.

For Schuylkill Haven, Austin Bayliff, Sean Spotts and Dylan Slotterback all won two individual events.

BOYS

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Marian and Jim Thorpe girls both registered their 10th win of the season by gaining Schuylkill League road wins Thursday.

The Fillies defeated Lourdes in a Division 2-3 crossover game while the Olympians edged Pine Grove in Division 1 action.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marian-Lourdes

Marian remained undefeated in league play by posting a 41-36 victory over host Lourdes.

The Fillies, who used a 10-2 run to close the game and earn the win, improved to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in Schuylkill League Division 3.

Friday, January 13, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Kayla Hope drives past Treyvonda Rice of Panther Valley en route to the basket during Thursday's Schuylkill League game.

The Lady Raiders didn't exactly get off to the start they wanted to this season recording just a 1-4 record after five games. A new look for Tamaqua, one that lacks size, might have attributed to the slow start for the Lady Raiders, who haven't been used to fielding small line-ups over the years.

Friday, January 13, 2012
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Caitlyn Landrigrin corrals a rebound in front of Meagan Erepret of Salisbury.

For one half, Salisbury gave Northwestern all it could handle Thursday night in New Tripoli. But when the Lady Tigers clamped down on defense in the second half, they pulled away for a 47-38 win.

"We knew we had to pick it up in the second half," said freshman guard Sabrina Mertz. "We did that. We came out really aggressive and that's what we needed to do."

Holding a 25-21 lead at halftime, Northwestern forced nine Falcon turnovers in the first six minutes of the second half. The defense sparked an 18-0 run and got the Tigers a 43-21 lead with 2:11 left in the third quarter.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A lot goes into the kind of turnaround that the Northwestern girls' basketball team has pulled off this year.

After going 7-15 last year and 3-19 in 2009-10, the Lady Tigers (9-2 overall, 5-2 Colonial League) are already just two wins away from qualifying for a district playoff berth with half the season still in front of them.

Thursday, January 12, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek (left) and Northern Lehigh's Thatcher George battle for a loose ball.

The two biggest focal points written on Tamaqua's lockerroom chalkboard were "Defense" and "Rebounding."

The Blue Raiders' hands were going to be full against a tall and offensively-gifted Northern Lehigh squad in a non-league contest. Those focal points were the hosts' trouble areas, as Northern Lehigh's "Twin Towers" Lucas Pierce and Caleb Johnson combined for 39 points and nearly 20 rebounds in leading the 'Dawgs to a 62-44 win.

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Panther Valley's Lenny Ogozalek pins Halifax's Lucas Burke 18 seconds into the first period.

Panther Valley, Palmerton and Lehighton all recorded wrestling victories on Wednesday.

WRESTLING

Halifax-Panther Valley

Panther Valley took advantage of additional bonus points in all nine of the contested bouts it won to score a 49-28 win over visiting Halifax.

Lenny Ogozalek (106), Czar Founds (138), Stephen Snyder (182) and Rian Shubeck (285) recorded pins for the Panthers. Dustin Marblestone added a technical fall at 145.

Panther Vy. 49, Halifax 28

106 - Lenny Ogozalek (PV) pinned Lucas Burke in :18

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
JT drops fifth straight

The Jim Thorpe Olympians boys basketball squad took a different approach to the first quarter against Pottsville than they did in their last contest. The Olympians, who in the previous game against Northern Lehigh dug themselves a 17-point hole before coming back to challenge the Bulldogs at the end of the night.

Tuesday night, Jim Thorpe trailed undefeated Pottsville by just four points after one quarter.

Unfortunately for the Olympians, they only managed to score single digits in the remaining three frames as the Tide rolled to a 66-39 Schuylkill League Division I.