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Friday, January 29, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson (left) tries to get around Panther Valley defender Abby Markovich.

The Jim Thorpe girls' basketball team had no trouble forcing Panther Valley turnovers.

Once the Olympians started cashing in on them, they pulled away for a 55-40 Schuylkill League victory.

"We talked at halftime about turnovers and points off turnovers," said Jim Thorpe coach Rob Kovac. "We were unhappy with the fact that we weren't scoring off of those turnovers. Finally, we got some buckets to drop in the second half."

The Olympians' full court press created havoc up-and-down the court, but the Panthers still managed to stay within reach in the first half.

Friday, January 29, 2010

It was Senior Appreciation Day Thursday at the Tamaqua Area natatorium.

That made it a perfect time to celebrate the accomplishments of Tamaqua's senior class swimmers and divers.

For the Blue Raiders' boys squad, its latest achievement is its second Schuylkill League championship in three years.

The Raiders clinched the swim crown by coasting to a 139-19 triumph over visiting Mahanoy Area. The Lady Raiders made it a sweep with a 111.5-70.5 victory.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Jim Thorpe girls basketball team and the Panther Valley wrestlers both recorded victories on Wednesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Williams Vy.-Jim Thorpe

The Lady Olympians jumped out to a 18-4 lead after the first quarter of play and went on to post an easy 57-35 non-league victory over Williams Valley.

Celeste Robinson led Jim Thorpe (6-9) with 16 points. Teammate Hillary Reis added 14, while Chelsea Smelas chipped in with 11.

Jim Thorpe won the JV game, 42-20.

WILLIAMS VALLEY

Thursday, January 28, 2010
steve shinko/special to the times news Marian's Cody Decker (22) goes over Zack Chesney of Lourdes Regional to get off a shot. Looking on is Lourdes' Joe Gownley (24).

When the opportunity presented itself, the Marian boys' basketball team acted upon it.

After both Mahanoy Area and Weatherly lost Tuesday night, it opened the door for the Colts to clinch their third straight Division 3 title.

The Colts got the job done with a 57-44 victory over Lourdes Regional to wrap up a spot in the Schuylkill League playoffs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Ben Andrews (4) drives in for a shot as Trevor Kalinkos of Palisades watches at right.

It was a night that Palmerton basketball had to live with for a year.

Last January, Palisades visited the PHS gym with a 85-game losing streak. The Pirates, two games short of a state record 87 losses, picked up a 45-35 win over the Bombers.

On Tuesday night, the two teams squared off againand this time, it was the Bombers who were looking for their first Colonial League win of the season and third overall.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Jordan Waylen, right, gets a screen from teammate Joey Seremula (10) to get around Salisbury defender Alec Ressler.

All Salisbury wanted was a victory to improve its District 11 playoff possibilities.

All Northern Lehigh wanted was a victory to remain in the Colonial League playoff hunt.

With his Bulldogs having already punched their district playoff ticket over the weekend, coach Rich Oertner knew the significance of the meeting with Salisbury Tuesday night.

"It was a big game for us," Oertner said. "They're (Salisbury) still playing hard and anybody who's playing hard, you got to respect them and hopefully play as well as you can.

Monday, January 25, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/special to the times news Marian's Drew Sherkness (44) goes over Lehighton's JT Keer with a shot.

The Marian girls and boys both posted double figure victories over Lehighton in a non-league doubleheader on Saturday.

The key for the Fillies was a first half defensive display that showed no mercy.

Meanwhile, the Colts used an impressive first half offensive performance that led to a mercy rule win.

Girls

Sometimes a boxscore can be very misleading.

The Fillies' Angela Bellezza didn't score a point in her team's 51-36 victory over Lehighton.

But the contribution by the reserve guard definitely didn't go unnoticed.

Monday, January 25, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Tyler Svetik looks for help as he is double-teammed by Panther Valley's Damien Lewis (30) and Kyle Picht.

Panther Valley, Pleasant Valley, Jim Thorpe and Northern Lehigh all came up with boys basketball wins over the weekend.

In girls action, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton and Jim Thorpe picked up victories, while Northwestern and Northern Lehigh also won in wrestling.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Panther Vy.-Palmerton

After holding a slim two-point lead at halftime, the Panthers outscored the Bombers 38-16 and pulled away for a 62-38 non-lerague win.

Saturday, January 23, 2010
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Tina Bastardi drives to the basket against Southern Lehigh Friday night. Bastardi scored 19 points as the Bulldogs posted a 53-38 win.

She may be one of the smallest players on the floor.

But in Friday night's Colonial League showdown, her performance was huge.

Northern Lehigh's Tina Bastardi came up with her biggest effort of the season in one of her team's biggest games of the season. The 5-1 guard not only scored a game-high 19 points but she added outstanding defense and tremendous hustle in leading the undefeated Bulldogs to a 53-38 victory over Southern Lehigh.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Panther Valley rolled to an easy boys basketball victory over Minersville on Thursday.

In other scholastic sports action, Northern Lehigh and Northwestern both picked up wrestling victories and Tamaqua swept a swim meet.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Minersville-Panther Vy.

Panther Valley outscored Minersville in every quarter and went on to win easily, 60-27.

Brock Mitchell led Panther Valley (10-5) with a game-high 18 points. Fellow Panthers Zach Stanko, Kyle Picht and Logan Stano each added eight.

Panther Valley won the JV game as well, 48-43.

MINERSVILLE