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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tamaqua and Marian both posted victories in girls basketball action on Monday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Panther Vy.

Tamaqua used the strength of a prolific second quarter to post a 42-26 Schuylkill League victory over upset-minded Panther Valley.

Amy Zehner netted 11 of her game-high 14 points in the second quarter for the Lady Raiders (10-0). Teammate Cassie Eroh posted nine of her 10 points in the final stanza.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Jim Thorpe boys' basketball team had not been playing to its potential as of late.

After losing games to North Schuylkill and Northern Lehigh this past weekend, the Olympians finally got back on track Monday night.

Forwards Rashid Epps and Corey Cinciola combined to score 47 points and helped lead Jim Thorpe to a 79-61 victory over non-league foe Lehighton. Although they were sloppy at times, the Olympians (8-3, 3-1) scored at least 20 points in three of four quarters and went on to win big thanks to a lopsided second quarter.

Monday, January 11, 2010
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's P.J. Johnson tries to power his way for a shot against the defense of North Schuylkill's Zach Hogan.

Some losses are much harder to swallow than others.

Losing a lead at home against a league opponent definitely falls into that category.

With a chance to remain undefeated in Schuylkill League Division I play Friday night, Jim Thorpe instead fell victim to a North Schuylkill rally and a last-second shot by Steve Ennis.

Ennis received a screen from a teammate and drove the lane for his game-winning bucket with .7 seconds left, giving the Spartans a 55-53 victory.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The rest of the Colonial League might not like it, but the Northern Lehigh Bulldog basketball team is putting things together.

In their second meeting in just over a week, a 10-point second quarter run led Northern Lehigh to a 61-39 non-league win over Jim Thorpe.

Just like the Rotary Tournament game, Jim Thorpe edged out the Bulldogs 13-12, through the first quarter despite the Bulldogs Jordan Waylan scoring 10 points.

Monday, January 11, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Matt Dorward tries a single leg takedown on Ian Gimbar of Saucon Valley in their 189-pound matchup Saturday during the Anthracite Dual Meets held at Panther Valley. Gimbar managed to overcome Dorward and scored a second period pin, handing Dorward his only loss of the tourney.

Colonial League wrestling powerhouse Saucon Valley invaded the second annual Anthracite Duals, a wrestling tournament held at Panther Valley High School on Saturday, and easily unseated defending champion Lehighton.

The Panthers met the Indians in the championship final of the tourney that involved 10 teams.

Saucon won 11 of the 14 bouts seven of them by pins and one by a forfeit to beat the Indians by a 58-18 margin.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Championship Match

Saucon Valley 58, Lehighton 18

103-Bryan Israel (SV) pinned Jacob Hoats in 1:08.

112-Brody Bisson (SV) pinned Jason McEvoy in 2:28.

119 - Paul Sloand (SV) dec. Jeremy Gornick, 7-2.

125 - Adam Phillippi (SV) pinned Zach Zellers in 42 sec.

130 - Tyron Deschler (SV) won by forfeit.

135 - A J Chernaskey (SV) dec. Anthony Farole, 11-5.

140 - John Lynch (SV) maj. dec. Zach Coleman, 18-8.

145 - Travis Buddock (SV) pinned Brian Piekarski in 1:08.

152 - David Lucykanish (L) pinned Richard York in 1:29.

Friday, January 8, 2010
steve shinko/special to the times news Marian’s Kaysi McLaughlin looks past Mahanoy Area’s Steph Price for an open teammate

The Marian girls basketball team rolled to an easy victory over Mahanoy Area on Thursday.

Other local winners were the Northern Lehigh wrestlers and the Tamaqua boys swim team.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Mahanoy Area-Marian

Marian jumped out to a big first-quarter lead and cruised to a 58-21 Schuylkill League victory over Mahanoy Area.

Friday, January 8, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua sophomore Kayla Hope takes a shot at the basket while Blue Mountain's Jillian Grapsy unsuccessfully tries to block it during Schuylkill League Division I basketball action last night. The Raiders won the game, 48-42, to remain undefeated so far this season.

In a game of runs with Blue Mountain, Tamaqua came up with its biggest first, and made it last.

The host Lady Raiders reeled off 11 straight points in the first quarter to open up a 14-3 cushion, then held on for a 48-42 Schuylkill League Division I victory Thursday night.

Tamaqua remained undefeated at 8-0 (3-0 league), but it wasn't easy against the scrappy Eagles.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wednesday night was all about Stroudsburg's Matt Transue and his wrestling teammates.

The Mounties went into Lehighton and handled their business in Mountain Valley Conference play, as they won by a score of 50-21. Transue picked up his 100th victory in the process and helped Stroudsburg improve to 3-0 on the young season.

"I thought we did really well tonight," said Stroudsburg head coach Matt Kleinle. "Every single one of our kids went out and wrestled tough. We worked really hard this week and I think it showed out there on the mat tonight."

Thursday, January 7, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's Bobby Clymer pins Palisades' Joseph Campbell in the 145 lb bout during Wednesday night wrestling action at Northwestern.

Northern Lehigh, Northwestern and Pleasant Valley all won in wrestling, while Panther Valley picked up a non-lague boys basketball triumph on Wednesday night.

WRESTLING

Southern Lehigh-Northern Lehigh

Northern Lehigh used the strength of seven total takedowns to roll to a 68-6 Colonial League victory over Southern Lehigh.

Connor Hedash (119), Zane Heller (125), Chris Christ (135), Nikko Stevens (145), Zach Fleming (160), Colin Hedash (189) and Brandon Loch (285) all scored pins for wins for the Bulldogs.