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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Lehighton wrestling team and the Tamaqua girls basketball squad both posted win in action Monday.

The Indians downed neighboring Palmerton in a non-league matchup, while the Raiders defeated Blue Mountain in a Schuylkill League contest.

WRESTLING

Palmerton-Lehighton

Lehighton gained a 47-22 non-league wrestling win over visiting Palmerton.

David Lucykanish, Mike Balliet and Zach Borger registered falls for the Indians, while Anthony Farole added a tech fall.

The Bombers received a major decision from Mike Englert.

Lehighton 47, Palmerton 22

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

TIMES NEWS

Wrestling Rankings

(through Feb. 1)

103 - 1. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Jr. (23-6); 2. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (13-8); 3. Jake Hoats, Lehighton, So. (14-12).

Honorable Mention - Michael Ortiz, Northwestern, Fr. (6-0); Brian Ohl, Jim Thorpe, Fr. (12-12); Samantha Klingel, Pleasant Valley, Jr. (4-0).

Notes - O'Donnell was the only one of the top three to see action last week, going 3-0. Klingel has been seeing some action for Pleasant Valley.

Monday, February 1, 2010
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Nikko Stevens puts Palmerton's Tony Gardo on his back for a fall in 37 seconds.

Northern Lehigh and Panther Valley rolled to wrestling wins over the weekend, while Tamaqua got wins in both boys and girls basketball.

In other action, Panther Valley and Palmerton also notched girls basketball victories.

WRESTLING

Palmerton

-Northern Lehigh

Northern Lehigh showed their strength against Palmerton, downing the Bombers 62-10 on the mat.

The 'Dawgs got pins from Lucas Dise, Conner Hedash, Zane Heller, Nikko Stevens and Kyle Greenawald.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission's winter basketball league tipped-off its season on Wednesday night at the Tamaqua Elementary School gym.

Joe's Place, Matika's Lawn Care/Blazosky Funeral Home, R.R. Frey Services and Service Electric all posted opening night victories.

RESULTS

Service Electric-Cuz-N-Joe's Place

Service Electric scored 52 first-half points and took down defending League Champion Cuz-N-Joe's Place by a final score of 88-62.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Northwestern needs every win it can to climb back over .500 and secure a district playoff spot. That's why the Tigers had to avoid a trap game against a one-win Pen Argyl team Friday night in New Tripoli.

The best way to do it was to jump out to an early lead and take away any hope the Knights might have had to pull off an upset.

Northwestern used a 20-point run through the first quarter and the beginning of the second en route to a 65-40 win.

Saturday, January 30, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe’s Rashid Epps (21) pump fakes to get Panther Valley’s Kyle Picht into the air.

Jim Thorpe's relentless style of play and its offensive firepower make it a ticking time bomb.

The Olympians are an explosion ready to happen. Their myriad of weapons and frenetic pace can produce game-changing runs in the blink of an eye.

Thorpe has what CBS' basketball analyst Clark Kellogg calls "spurtability."

One of those spurts was the difference on Friday night as Jim Thorpe beat Panther Valley, 65-51, in a critical Schuylkill League Division I showdown.

Saturday, January 30, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's D.J. Rossino moves in front of Kwamaine Blake of East Stroudsburg North to keep the ball away from him.

The Marian Colts picked up their 10th win in a row and the Palmerton girls qualified for the District 11 playoffs with a victory in local action on Friday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

East Stroudsburg North

-Lehighton

East Stroudsburg North doubled-up Lehighton for an 82-41 Mountain Valley Conference victory. The loss drops the Indians to 0-17 on the season (0-9 MVC).

Mike John scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the first half, including four three-pointers, to lead the Timberwolves. Anthony Baker also tallied 15 points for North.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

As the regular season winds down on the Northern Lehigh girls basketball season, head coach Dave Oertner seems to get more intense.

With four games remaining, the Bulldogs' mentor seems to know when to push the right buttons to get his team to do what it needs to get a win.

That held true again on Friday night as Northern Lehigh pulled away from a stubborn Bangor team for a 39-27 Colonial League win, to run its record to 18-0 on the season.

The victory also clinched a spot in the Colonial League playoffs for the Bulldogs who are 12-0 with four games remaining.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ten wrestlers from THE TIMES NEWS coverage area are ranked among the top 16 in their respectrive weight classes in this week's Off The Mat Class AA State Rankings compiled by Mark Dugan of Clearfield.

Northern Lehigh has three ranked wrestlers while Lehighton and Tamaqua have two each and Jim Thorpe, Northwestern and Panther Valley one apiece.

103 - Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley (15th)

112 - Dylan Long, Northwestern (6th)

130 - Kolby Mashack, Tamaqua (5th)

140 - Nikko Stevens, Northern Lehigh (15th)

Friday, January 29, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Amy Zehner goes in for a layup to make her first two points of the night against Minersville. She ended the evening with 34 points, which bring's the junior's career total to 1,018 points.

Tamaqua's Amy Zehner topped the 1,000 career point mark in a victory over Minersville on Thursday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Minersville-Tamaqua

With 5:45 remaining in the second quarter, Zehner scored her 1,000th career point on a drive and lay-up, propelling Tamaqua to a 68-48 victory non-league triumph over visiting Minersville.

Zehner went on to score a career-high 34 points on the night. She is now ninth on Tamaqua's all-time scoring list and the third to hit the 1,000 point plateau as a junior. Zehner also pulled down 14 rebounds.