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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Harris leads Pleasant Valley to win

With a record hovering around the .500 mark at the midway point of the season, every game is crucial for Pleasant Valley.

Against Lehighton on Tuesday night, the Bears played like a team well aware of their situation.

Pleasant Valley displayed intensity on defense and on the boards as it rolled to a 60-36 Mountain Valley Conference victory.

"We're trying to qualify for both the league and district playoffs," said Pleasant Valley coach Nadia Gauronsky. "We need all the wins we can get. Every game is important for us right now."

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Six-foot seven-inches of height provides a basketball player plenty of inside advantage over defenders. Now, imagine that same player can stick the 10 to 15 foot jumper with consistency and the scoring threat becomes more lethal.

Such is the case with Northern Lehigh senior, Lucas Pierce. In Tuesday night's 47-27 win over visiting Saucon Valley, Pierce led the offensive charge for the Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1) as they pulled away down the stretch for the Colonial League win.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
mike feifel/times news Pleasant Valley's Marques Brown (00) splits a pair of Lehighton defenders on his way to the basket.

Lehighton and Pleasant Valley's play in the first quarter was far from admirable.

Fortunately for the Bears, they got things turned around in the next three quarters and showed why they are a team to be taken seriously in the Mountain Valley Conference.

After shooting a dismal 2-for-12 in the opening quarter, Pleasant Valley got things rolling in the second quarter behind strong play from guard Selwyn Wright and center Marquis Brown. The pair combined to score 35 points on the night and helped lead the Bears to a 59-37 victory.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
PV girls roll; Lady Tigers drop showdown

It was a rough night on the hardwoods for local basketball teams as the lone winner was the Panther Valley girls, who played a non-league game against Lincoln Leadership Academy.

BOYS BASKETBALL

So. Lehigh-Northwestern

Trailing by one point after the first eight minutes, Southern Lehigh seized control of the game in the second quarter and never looked back, as the Spartans posted a 48-40 Colonial League victory over Northwestern.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

(Through Jan. 9)

106 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, So. (14-2); 2. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Sr. (10-3); 3. Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley (18-5).

Notes - Yanovich, who is ranked third in the state in AAA by Pennsylvania Wrestling Rankings, remains on top despite 3-0 upset loss to Nazareth's Tyrone Klump, who is ranked 12th. Hoats went 5-0 the past week, including a 5-3 decision over Ogozalek, to take over second. Ogozalek currently leads his team in wins.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Jim Thorpe, Pleasant Valley and Weatherly all posted girls basketball victories on Monday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Pleasant Valley-Easton

Pleasant Valley outscored Easton in every quarter en route to a 50-33 non-league victory.

Senior Amber Chieffo burried three triples on her way to a game-high 15 pointsfor the Bears (5-6). Kelecia Harris added 11.

PLEASANT VALLEY

Meckes 2-2-6-6, Cisluycis 3-2-2-9, Stanovick 0-0-0-0, Dekmar 1-2-4-4, Chieffo 5-2-4-15, Harris 5-1-7-11, Miller 1-0-0-2, Dorney 0-0-1-0, Frigiola 0-0-0-0, Craig 1-1-2-3. TOTALS: 18-10-26-50.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
ron gower/times news Marian's Kelly Shober drives to the basket for two points as Minersville's Lauren Leshko (30) and Alyssa Ryan (13) defend.

Marian knew it had to find a way to slow down Minersville's Reighley Melochick.

The Battlin' Miners' sophomore guard had just scored 25 points over the weekend against Shenandoah Valley and came into the game with a 21.0 point per game average.

The Fillies not only slowed down Melochick, but they practically brought the entire Minersville offense to a stop.

The result was a 40-26 victory that kept Marian unbeaten in Schuylkilll League play.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS The scoreboard displays the start of a 195-pound wrestling bout at one of the area schools. The 195-pound class is just one of 10 new weight classes in high school wrestling this season.

Change comes whether we like it or not.

And for high school wrestlers across the nation, it came last spring when the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee approved a shift in weight classes.

For those who haven't noticed, 10 of the 14 weight classes have changed and the general trend was upward.

The new weights are now 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 170, 182, 195 and 220. Those that stayed the same are 145, 152, 160 and 285.

Monday, January 9, 2012
mike feifel/times news Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson (44) is trapped by Jim Thorpe's Robert Freeman and Dane Ciavarella (24).

Both coaches agreed the first quarter was the key to the game.

If you asked any of the fans in the stands, I am sure 'stunned' would be the reaction to what they saw in the opening period. But If anyone left the Northern Lehigh gym early, they missed a great finish.

Using a 17-0 first quarter advantage, the Bulldog boys basketball team held off a furious comeback to defeat Jim Thorpe 49-44 in non-league competition Saturday night.

Monday, January 9, 2012
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Dillon Masington rides Midwest's Chris Shaefer in 126 pound bout at the Anthracite Duals held at Panther Valley High School. Masington won the match.

The Palmerton wrestling team turned in a strong showing in the Panther Valley Duals on Saturday.

WRESTLING

Anthracite Duals

Saucon Valley captured the championship of the Anthracite Duals.

Three local teams Palmerton, Lehighton and host Panther Valley took part in the tournament.

Palmerton compiled the best record of the trio going 4-1 overall, while Lehighton ended up 3-2 and Panther Valley rattled off a 2-3 mark.