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Friday, December 30, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

It was a shot at redemption that Michael Balliet wanted ever since he got pinned by Big Spring's Cody Seibert Wednesday night at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School.

Balliet returned on Thursday and got his revenge on the lanky Seibert, using a five-point move in the second period en route to claiming a 10-6 victory to take third place at 170-pounds.

Balliet was joined by Northwestern's Levi Veppert as the two bronze medalists from the prestigious tournament, as Veppert knocked off Martin Strenk of Delaware Valley 3-1 at 182.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Tamaqua boys' and Panther Valley girls' basketball teams notched wins, while Palmerton, Panther Valley and Tamaqua took to the wrestling mats.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Schuylkill Haven-Tamaqua

The Blue Raiders held a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to the win over Schuylkill Haven, 58-35.

Zach Wargula's 14 points, Brett Kosciolek's 13 and Jake Fegley's 10 led the scoring for Tamaqua.

Brandon Weiser led the 'Canes in the losing effort.

Tamaqua won the JV game, 57-18, as Mike Weinert's 12 points and Drew Chartier's 11 led the way.

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

The Jim Thorpe girls' basketball team simply had enough.

The Olympians were tired of watching Palmerton walk away with a victory every time they faced each another in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic.

Monday night, Jim Thorpe finally changed that.

The Olympians gave themselves a late Christmas present by posting a 59-52 overtime victory over the Bombers.

It was a present that wasn't easy to unwrap, but it felt good once they did.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

The Northern Lehigh girls basketball team has enjoyed immense success in recent years at the annual Lady Indians Holiday Classic.

In fact, it has been able to capture the Classic the last three seasons, with center Aimee Oertner winning the tournament MVP in each of those years.

Oertner and the Lady 'Dawgs once again showed no signs of giving up their spot as Classic champs, routing Lehighton 50-9 in the opening round of tournament play on Monday night.

Northern Lehigh attacked Lehighton right from the tip, using Oertner to dismantle the Lady Indian defense inside.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Panther Valley girls took Shenandoah Valley to the wire before falling in overtime on Monday night.

With nine seconds left, Ali Semanchick hit a open shot from underneath to lift Shenandoah Valley to a thrilling a 47-46 overtime victory over the Lady Panthers in the opening game of the Second Annual Senator James Rhoades Tournament.

Semanchick was also fouled on the play, but missed the bonus shot. Panther Valley (3-2) rebounded the miss and pushed the ball up the court. A walking violation ended any hopes it had of earning a berth in tonight's title game, however.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Palmerton girls were the only area winner in Friday's scholastic basketball action.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Northwestern-Bangor

Bangor defeated Northwestern in a battle of unbeatens, 40-34.

A slow start was responsible for the Tigers' Colonial League setback as the Slaters raced out to a 15-6 first quarter edge and then held on down the stretch.

Morgan McCollian and Sam Hopkins both had 11 points for Bangor.

For Northwestern (5-1 overall, 3-1 CL), Trista Cunningham had 11 points.

Bangor remains undefeated at 5-0.

NORTHWESTERN

Friday, December 23, 2011
mike feifel/times news

Northwestern hadn't been tested in a tight game all season.

That changed on Thursday night when Pleasant Valley gave the undefeated Lady Tigers all they could handle in a nonleague contest.

Northwestern passed the test as it held on for a 49-47 win.

"You're going to be in tight games," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "We got a couple defensive stops at the end of the game, got some rebounds and made some foul shots. And that was the game."

Friday, December 23, 2011
bob ford/times news

Jim Thorpe looked good on Thursday night in their Schuylkill League Division I clash with North Schuylkill.

Unfortunately, for the Olympians (4-2) they only looked good in spurts and couldn't piece together a consistent offensive attack the rest of the ball game. The Spartans took advantage and bounced back from a 12-2 first quarter deficit to post a 62-52 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Devin Glose dribbles down court as Catasauqua's James Snyder tries to catch up from behind. BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS

Northern Lehigh and Marian recorded victories in both boys and girls basketball action on Thursday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Catasauqua-No. Lehigh

Clinging to a three-point lead at intermission, the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half for the 67-51 Colonial League win over Catasauqua.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs were Lucas Pierce (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Caleb Johnson (19 points and 12 rebounds). Josh Pristash chipped in 12 points.

CATASAUQUA

Thursday, December 22, 2011
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Both Pleasant Valley and Delaware Valley have plenty of youth throughout their rosters. But it was the Lady Bears whose young talent shone brighter, as they downed the Lady Warriors, 60-32, in a non-league battle.

The intense pressure defense of the hosts forced Delaware Valley into committing 29 turnovers in the contest. Those miscues gave way to plenty of easy baskets in transition for the Lady Bears. That advantage, along with Pleasant Valley's prowess on the glass where it held a 42-18 edge in rebounds, spelled certain doom for the visitors.