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Thursday, February 16, 2012
ron gower/times news Marian's Kelly Shober handles the ball in the lane while surrounded by Jim Thorpe defenders, from left, Celeste Robinson, Chelsea Smelas, Chasity Mosteller and Kristin Lawrence. The Fillies' Emily Sofranko (13) is also in the lane.

POTTSVILLE - The Schuylkill League semifinal match-up last night between Jim Thorpe and Marian showed that the game of basketball is most certainly a game of runs.

The Lady Olympians trailed the Fillies as much as 14 in third quarter, but stormed back to close within one late in the fourth.

That's as close as Jim Thorpe would get however, as Marian held on and pulled out a 38-36 victory to advance to the Schuylkill League Championship.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Sekou Jones leaves his feet to lay up a shot against Stroudsburg.

POCONO SUMMIT – After playing in two barnburners earlier this season, Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley's Mountain Valley Conference semi-final matchup did not disappoint.

Things didn't start out very well for Pleasant Valley, as it found itself down by 14 points after the first quarter. Still, the Bears never quit and thanks to a spark from senior Selwyn Wright, fought their way back into the game. The Bears went on to hit their free throws late and defeated the Mounties in overtime, 48-41 to advance to their first MVC championship game under the new playoff format.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Amber Chieffo (14) goes up for a shot as Pocono Mountain East's Cheyanne Ruggiero defends.

Pocono Mountain East and Pleasant Valley have played each other twice throughout the course of the regular season, with the teams splitting the decisions, as both took home a win against the other. When the two teams met again in last night's Mountain Valley Conference semifinals, there should have been no need for a scouting report. The two opposing coaching staffs had all they would need heading into the game.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ /Special to THE TIMES NEWS Sara Jones of Northwestern dribbles around Melann Amory of Southern Lehigh on her way to the hoop. So. Lehigh won, 57-48

CATASAUQUA - The defending Colonial League champs are headed back to the girls championship game.

Top-seeded Southern Lehigh got a big night from Bridgette Dougherty and some well-timed three-pointers from her teammates in a 57-48 win over Northwestern and advance to Friday's finals.

"They're a good team," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "There's a reason why they're Colonial League champs. They can score inside. They can score outside."

Monday, February 13, 2012

POTTSVILLE - Matthew Cullen and Alex Sirkot became the first two Weatherly High School swimmers to win gold medals at the Schuylkill League Swimming Championships at the D.H.H. Lengel Natatorium on Saturday.

Cullen won the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.65 and Sirkot took first place in the 50 breaststroke with a 29.77 time.

Sirkot also finished second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.27 and Cullen was fourth in the 100 freestyle.

Monday, February 13, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Chelsea Smelas, white uniform on floor, knocks ball away from Blue Mountain's Anne Schu, while looking on are the Olympians' Celeste Robinson (22) and Blue Mountain's Joelle Moyer.

Jim Thorpe girls' basketball team turned a 'monster' loose Saturday night in Martz Hall, Pottsville.

That monster helped the Lady Olympians power their way to a 52-44 win over Blue Mountain for the Schuylkill League Division 1 championship.

That monster was Chelsea Smelas.

Smelas doesn't look like a monster. She's pretty, she's articulate, and she's congenial.

But against Blue Mountain, she turned into a monster, especially under the boards. Just ask her.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Mike feifel/times news Pleasant Valley wrestlers, coaches and managers celebrate after beating Stroudsburg for the Mountain Valley Conference championship.

In any match between two good teams, the deciding factors come down to swing matches, bonus points, and unsung heroes.

Last night, the Pleasant Valley Bears had their share of all three as they reclaimed the Mountain Valley Conference championship with their 30-27 win over Stroudsburg on senior night.

"The big bonus was at heavy weight. That was a huge turning point," Coach Mark Getz said. "That was a toss-up bout it could have gone either way."

Thursday, February 9, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's John Horvath takes down Schuylkill Haven's Nick Ingraham before pinning him in 44 seconds in the 195-pound bout.

Panther Valley proved to be the only local winner on the mats on Wednesday night.

WRESTLING

Schuy. Haven-Panther Vy.

The Panthers took advantage of seven forfeit wins won all five bouts that were wrestled in taking a 60-6 victory over the Hurricanes.

Zachary Glassic, Dustin Marblestone, Matt Buss and Rian Shubeck all won by decisions and John Horvath added a pin for PV.

Panther Vy. 60, Schuylkill Haven 6

106 - Lenny Ogozalek (PV) won by forfeit

113 - Seth Oriel (PV) won by forfeit

126 - Zachary Glassic (PV) dec. Shay Mattern (SH), 3-2

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Kayla Hope (4) drives the lane as Panther Valley's Trayvonda Rice defends.

Entering last night's rivalry matchup between the Tamaqua and Panther Valley girls, the Lady Raiders had already punched their ticket to the district playoffs, while the Lady Panthers still needed a win.

When the final buzzer sounded, it was Tamaqua that picked up a 52-35 victory. With the loss, Panther Valley's chance is now down to winning on the road Friday at Pine Grove.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tuesday night's boys' basketball game between Pocono Mountain East and Pleasant Valley wasn't the prettiest game to watch, but it was definitely full of excitement.

The Mountain Valley Conference tilt came down to the final minutes despite some sloppy play. After East's Jok Asiyo scored with 55 seconds to go to give his team a two-point lead, Pleasant Valley had one last chance to tie or win. However, after using up all of the time and getting their final shot blocked, the Bears came up short.