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Thursday, January 5, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Jake Fegley (center) tries to split Pine Grove defenders Chris Rossi (5) and Adam Gerber.

Rebuilding a program isn't an easy task, and the road to becoming a successful team usually has a lot of bumps on the way.

For the Tamaqua Blue Raiders, it looks like their route still has a few rough patches, but signs of a smoother road look to be on the horizon.

The Raiders almost hung on to beat a tough Pine Grove squad, losing 50-48 in an early season Schuylkill League Division I contest.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Palmerton wrestling team and Jim Thorpe girls basketball team both posted victories on Wednesday.

WRESTLING

No. Dame-Palmerton

The Blue Bombers had an easy time of it as they won all but one match in a 63-3 victory over Notre Dame of Green Pond in Colonial League action.

Palmerton used seven falls, two decisions and a couple of forfeits in the win.

Andrew Strauss, Kane Kralik, Josh Evans, Sam Oberlander, Joey Bubble, Zach Graver and Cody Grohotolski all pinned their opponents with Oberland (:29), Kralik (:40) and Grohotolski (:54) all under a minute.

Thursday, January 5, 2012
mike feifel/times news Lehighton's Anthony Farole (right) works to escape the hold of Stroudsburg's Kevin Merle. Farole went on to pin Merle.

Stroudsburg entered their matchup with Lehighton undefeated and highly touted in the Mountain Valley Conference this season.

The Mounties lived up to their reputation as they ran away after a brief test from the Indians for a 55-18 win.

Lehighton's Zack Coleman snagged a nice decision from Stroudsburg's Keith Howle at 170-pounds to tie the team points up at 15-15. However, from then on, it was all Mounties, as they reeled off four straight wins to take the commanding lead and pull away from the Tribe.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson

Northern Lehigh picked up some momentum by winning the Slatington Rotary Tournament last week and carried it through the Blue Mountain Gap on Tuesday night to hand Palmerton a 73-38 thumping as both resumed Colonial League action.

The Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1) exploded for 25 points right out of the gate and after Palmerton (1-7, 0-5) cut it to five with a little run to start the second quarter, the flood gates really opened.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
JT drops battle of unbeatens

The secret to the Jim Thorpe Lady Olympians success on the court this season has undoubtedly been due to two things.

First, Thorpe's up-tempo style of play and full-court pressure. Second, the play of Celeste Robinson.

Robinson has been scoring the basketball consistently and leading the Schuylkill League in scoring averaging 27.0 points per game.

However, on Tuesday night in a big-time Division I match-up of unbeatens, the Blue Mountain girls handled the Lady Olympians pressure throughout and held Robinson to 15 points en-route to a 41-35 victory.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Bears hold off ESS

First, it was their focus that slipped. And then it was the huge advantage they had gained.

But fortunately for Pleasant Valley, the lead never escaped and the Bears hung on to earn a 58-51 Mountain Valley Conference win over visiting East Stroudsburg South.

"For whatever reason, we lose focus," said PV head coach Ken Piontkowski, whose team led by 15 points with under six minutes to play. "One of the things I said before the season started was we have to make sure we're focused and play entire games, because if we don't it's going to cost us.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

On paper, Palmerton had the advantage against host Northern Lehigh.

The Bombers won the rebounding battle and turned the ball over seven fewer times. However, the Bulldogs overcame those deficits and prevailed in the most important statistical category points to post a 42-37 Colonial League girls basketball victory on Tuesday.

"We had good shots," a dejected Palmerton coach Don Delich said. "I'm just very frustrated that we out-rebounded a team, created more turnovers than we committed, and we still came up short."

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Marian and Northwestern posted victories in girls basketball action on Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Shenandoah-Marian

Marian turned in a dominating defensive performance to defeat Shenandoah, 37-21, in Schuylkill League action.

The Fillies, who played the game without double-figure scorer Danielle Trinstani, didn't allow Shenandoah (3-4, 1-2) more than six points in any quarter.

Gabby Green led Marian (6-2, 3-0) with 11 points. Kelly Shober added nine points and Lindsey Nemeth chipped in eight.

Marian won the JV game, 26-21.

SHENANDOAH

Monday, January 2, 2012

If you need any further proof that Palmerton's wrestling team is making strides, their performance at the Tony Iasiello Christmas City Tournament last Thursday and Friday is evidence that the program is moving in the right direction.

Bethlehem Catholic, which crowned seven champions in the event, ran away with the team title with a total of 308 points, but Kane Kralik's 2-1 overtime rideout decision over Wallenpaupack's Victor Steffen in the 220-pound finals helped clinch second place for Palmerton.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Jim Thorpe and Northwestern both finished out on the losing end in boys basketball contests played last Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jim Thorpe-Salisbury

Salisbury (8-0) outscored the Olympians in every frame to pull out a 73-45 non-league win.

Chris Uhl led the winners with a team-high 17 points, while teammate Brent Maron added 11.

Darius Clark scored a game-high 22 points on four three-pointers to keep things respectable for the Olympians (6-3).

Salisbury also won the JV game, 46-40.

JIM THORPE