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Friday, January 22, 2010

Another win... another milestone... another entry into the Tamaqua record books.

That seemed to be the "theme of the week" for the Tamaqua girls basketball program.

On Monday night, Joe Berezwick picked up his 200th career coaching victory at the helm of the Lady Raiders. Three days later, he proudly inducted his team into "The 500 Club" with a 70-52 Schuylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.

The win marked the 500th career victory for Tamaqua dating back to 1971. In their 39-year history, the Lady Raiders have compiled an overall record of 500-447.

Thursday, January 21, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Dale Wakefield takes a hand to the face from Schuylkill Haven's Charles Schrader. Wakefield went on to post a 7-1 decision.

Lehighton, Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley all rolled to wrestling victories on Wednesday.

WRESTLING

Schuy. Haven-Jim Thorpe

The Olympians won three of four bouts wrestled, but still dropped a 33-27 Schuylkill League match to the Hurricanes.

Justin Mazzella, Dale Wakefield and Tyler Mangold all picked up victories for Jim Thorpe, while Brian Ohl and James Denny grabbed victories by forfeit.

Schuy. Haven 33, Jim Thorpe 27

103 - Brian Ohl (JT) won by forfeit

112 - Double forfeit

119 - Tyler Hartz (SH) won by forfeit

Thursday, January 21, 2010
RICH GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Levin Veppert of Northwestern (top) works to put Palmerton's Travis Verzino on his back in the 160-pound bout. Veppert went on to pick up the fall in 1:24.

Despite heading into Wednesday night's Colonial League match at Palmerton with five wins in seven league matches, Northwestern Lehigh wrestling coach Jim Moll thought that there were at least five bouts that could go either way.

Little did he know that his team, missing a few starters in Michael Ortiz, Dylan Long and Eddie Faust, would win all of the tossups and grab a 42-24 victory from the host Blue Bombers.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Jordan Waylen takes a jump shot over Wilson's Chris Cooper (10).

It might have been the best timed musical sound bite ever.

"Baby don't hurt me. Don't hurt me, no more."

Those lyrics from the Haddaway song 'What is Love' blared over the loudspeaker between the first and second quarter of Tuesday's Colonial League boys basketball game between Wilson and Northern Lehigh.

The lyrics had to be exactly what the Warriors were thinking about Northern Lehigh's Jordan Waylen.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/special to the TIMES NEWS Weatherly's Keith Barna celebrates with his family after scoring the 1,000th point of his high school career in a game against Nativity. Pictured with Keith (center) are, from left, his sister Kristin, his mother Stephanie,his father John, his sister Dianna, and his sister Kelly.

During his career at Weatherly, Keith Barna has done a little bit of everything and he's done it extremely well.

Barna has excelled at a number of different positions and in a variety of roles.

But the one constant during his four-year varsity career has been his ability to put the ball in the basket.

On Jan. 8, during a game against Nativity, the 5-foot, 10-inch senior became the first player in six years and only 22nd Wrecker in the school's history to score 1,000 points during his high school career.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Logan Stano gets trapped between the double-team of Pottsville's Brandon Bridy and Nick Schlitzer.

Panther Valley had a prime opportunity to come away with a win over Pottsville on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, the Panthers let it slip away.

First, the lead...

Then, the game...

The Panthers controlled the entire first half and led 26-20 at the break; however, Pottsville turned the Tide in the third quarter and forced Panther Valley into nine second half turnovers, as they escaped Lansford with a key 53-49 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Having a star player or a big-time scorer is nice. But sometimes it's better to get a solid effort from all five guys on the floor.

Northwestern got that and then some Tuesday in a 56-41 win over Palisades.

The Tigers had four players score in double digits and had five players with five or more rebounds.

"I thought it was a balanced victory," said Northwestern head coach BJ Dugan. "We all rebounded. We all got on the glass. We certainly were scrappy tonight."

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to the TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Joseph Rudy goes up for two in front of North Schuylkill defenders Stephen Ennis (2) and Kody Flail (32) during Tuesday's game at Tamaqua.

Jim Thorpe, Marian and Weatherly all notched boys basketball wins, while Lehighton, Northern Lehigh and Northwestern all grabbed victories on the girls side in scholastic action on Tuesday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Blue Mountain

-Jim Thorpe

The Olympians (10-3, 5-1) used a strong first half showing and held on down the stretch for the 65-55 win over Blue Mountain to remain in a first-place tie with North Schuylkill in Schuylkill League Division I.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

(through Jan. 18)

103 - 1. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Jr. (17-5); 2. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (14-8); 3. Jake Hoats, Lehighton, So. (12-12).

Honorable Mention - Michael Ortiz, Northwestern, Fr. (5-0).

Notes - O'Donnell captured the 103-pound title at the Schuylkill League championships. Keep an eye on Ortiz, who was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Parkland Duals, going 5-0 with five falls in his first action of the season.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
steve shinko/special to the times news Marian's Kelly Shober goes over Williams Valley defenders, Rachel Nestor (3) and Randi-Lynn Kolva (32) with a shot.

The Tamaqua girls gave coach Joe Berezwick his 200th career victory by posting a 63-53 Schuylkill League Division I triumph over host North Schuylkill.

In other local action, Marian and Panther Valley nabbed girls wins, while Weatherly got a triumph on the boys side.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-No. Schuylkill

Amy Zehner scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead Tamaqua.

Cassie Eroh added 15 points, Elissa Streisel connected for 11 points and Allison Updike contributed 11 rebounds for the Lady Raiders (12-1; 5-1).