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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Palmerton head coach Don Delich needed a spark.

After watching his team get in foul trouble and blow a 18-point lead in the second quarter, Delich asked sophomore Kelsey Hay, the Lady Bombers' leading scorer if she could give him some minutes.

Hay, who dislocated her knee in last week's win over Saucon Valley, didn't play Tuesday in a loss to Notre Dame of Green Pond and sat out the entire first half last night against Wilson.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Jim Thorpe and Weatherly both pulled off girls basketball wins in local action on Thursday night.

The Panther Valley and Tamaqua swimmers also swept their Schuylkill League meets.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Pottsville-Jim Thorpe

The Lady Olympians outscored the Crimson Tide 33-9 in the middle periods and went on to post a 45-23 Schuylkill League victory.

Celeste Robinson netted six of her game-high 11 points in the 19-point third quarter for Jim Thorpe (2-6, 2-3), while Chelsea Smelas scored all 10 of her points in the second and third periods.

Friday, January 15, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to the TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Allison Updike goes for two as Pine Grove's Corrine Ryan reaches for a block during Thursday's basketball game at Tamaqua.

Alicia Kimmel responded to the defensive challenge, but it was her offense that put Pine Grove over the top.

The junior forward netted eight of her game-high 18 points in overtime and added 11 rebounds to lift the Lady Cardinals to a 62-56 victory over host Tamaqua Thursday night in a Schuylkill League Division I showdown.

In handing the Lady Raiders (10-1) their first setback of the season, Pine Grove (11-1), which clinched a District 11 playoff berth, tightened the D-1 standings. The Cardinals (5-1) are one-half game in front of Tamaqua (4-1) and Blue Mountain (4-1).

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Dawgs, Tigers, Panthers win on mat

Northern Lehigh, Northwestern and Panther Valley all picked up wrestling victories to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports schedule.

WRESTLING

Wilson-No. Lehigh

Northern Lehigh walked off the mats with a 58-15 Colonial League win over visiting Wilson.

Lucas Dise (130), Dylan Hofmann (145), Zach Fleming (160) and Kyle Greenawald (171) all posted pins for the Bulldogs. Craemer Hedash recorded some additional bonus points with a major decision at 152.

The Bulldogs improve to 5-1 in the CL, while the Warriors slip to 1-4.

No. Lehigh 58, Wilson 15

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jordyn Homyak said she was well aware of how important Tuesday's night game was for the Lehighton girls basketball team.

Her performance left little doubt that she was determined to do something about it.

Homyak scored a career-high 31 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists to lead Lehighton to a 65-56 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Pleasant Valley.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Pat Kregeloh (center) tries to fight through the double team of Lehighton's Heath Markley (21) and Nate Kresge.

It has been a rough season for the Lehighton boys' basketball team.

Unfortunately for the Indians, it didn't get any easier Tuesday night.

One night after matching the Jim Thorpe Olympians for three quarters, Lehighton was manhandled by the Pleasant Valley Bears. The Bears slowly but surely built a big first-half lead and never looked back, as they went on to win 56-27 in Mountain Valley Conference play.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Marian boys and Northern Lehigh girls both posted basketball victories on Tuesday.

In swimming action, the Tamaqua and Panther Valley girls picked up wins.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Marian-Schuylkill Haven

Drew Sherkness scored nine of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter to help Marian post a 64-55 Schuylkill League victory over Schuylkill Haven.

The Colts held a 30-25 lead at the half, but the Hurricanes scored the first five points of the third quarter to tie and keep things close until Marian pulled away down the stretch.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Michael Streisel is surrounded by Panther defenders Damian Lewis (30), Kyle Picht (25), and Brock Mitchell (33).

One of life's oldest axioms is that "it's not how you start, it's how you finish."

Case in point...Panther Valley's 50-31 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory last night over Tamaqua.

The Blue Raiders (2-7), marred in a four-game losing steak, came out on fire and took a 15-8 lead after one quarter. However, Panther Valley (8-3) flipped the switch at the start of the second quarter and held Tamaqua to just 16 points the rest of the game, as they outscored the hosts 42-16 over the final 24 minutes.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Just about every basketball coach preaches defense first. Solid shooting nights come and go, but defense is something a team can do well every night.

That philosophy was on display Tuesday night in New Tripoli as Southern Lehigh's defense was in Northwestern's face all night. The result was plenty of easy baskets inside for the Spartans and a 50-35 Colonial Leauge win.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

(through 1/11/2010)

103 – 1. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Jr. (13-4); 2. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (12-5); 3. Jake Hoats, Lehighton, So. (9-9).

Notes – O'Donnell takes over top slot with a 4-0 showing at Anthracite Duals, including a major decision over Hoats.

112 – 1. Dylan Long, Northwestern, Sr. (17-2); 2. Ernest Klingel, Pleasant Valley, So. (15-6); 3. Ty Herzog, Northern Lehigh, Fr. (11-4).

Honorable Mention – Tyler Heffelfinger, Panther Valley, Fr. (7-6); Cody Garner, Palmerton, Sr. (5-5).

Notes – Long went 4-0 at Zephyr Duals at Whitehall.