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Thursday, January 7, 2010

BOYS

1. No. Lehigh (7)..........78 .....Bulldogs have a 6-game win streak and Rotary Tourney title

2. Jim Thorpe (1) .........73 ....Olympians have rematch with Nolehi, only team that beat them

3. Panther Valley ........62 .... Panthers had 5-game winning streak snapped by Jim Thorpe

4. Marian ....................54 .... Colts head to Mahanoy Area for Schuylkill Div. III showdown

5. Weatherly ................ 48 .... Wreckers have now lost two straight after winning six of first seven

Thursday, January 7, 2010
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Tamaqua's Amy Zehner continues to be the sparkplug for the unbeaten Lady Raiders this season.

Amy Zehner doesn't wear a blue shirt with a red "S" under her uniform, but the Tamaqua junior does possess super determination and a will of steel to go with her talent.

On Dec. 1, Zehner discovered she would have to undergo an appendectomy, and Lady Raiders coach Joe Berezwick contemplated preparing his team to go without his 5-11 scoring leader.

Tamaqua proved to have the ability to circle the wagons under adversity last season, regrouping after starting guard Allison Updike went down with a knee injury and winning its first District 11 Class AA championship since 1978.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Panther Valley's Kory Lopata (left) and Tamaqua's Kyle Boyer battle at 125 pounds. Lopata pulled out a 13-11 decision.

With the return of Kory Lopata from an injury, Panther Valley can now put a full line-up out on the wrestling mat.

That was the difference in the Panthers' 42-30 non-league victory over undermanned Tamaqua at the Panther Valley High School gym Tuesday night.

The Blue Raiders, who had been forfeiting two weight classes at 103 and 119, were also without 145 pounder Matt Edmonds (9-3), who is out with an injury.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Jennifer Gulick (left) drives around Catasauqua defender Laura Gerhard.

Pleasant Valley picked up a boys basketball victory on Tuesday night while Northwestern, Tamaqua and Lehighton all registered girls victories.

In swimming action, Tamaqua swept Moravian Academy.

BOYS BASKETBALL

ES South-Pleasant Vy.

Pleasant Valley jumped out to an early 23-12 first quarter lead and never looked back en route to a 57-45 Mountain Valley Conference victory over East Stroudsburg South.

The win improves Pleasant Valley to 4-4 on the season while the Cavaliers fall to 1-7.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Jim Thorpe's Corey Cinicola (left) takes the ball to the basket against Panther Valley's Logan Stano.

In a game where it appeared that no lead would be safe, Corey Cinicola found a way to make sure Jim Thorpe's final lead of the night was.

Cinicola drilled a clutch three-pointer and made three free throws in the final two minutes to preserve the Olympians' wild 56-48 Schuylkill League Division I victory over Panther Valley on Tuesday.

On a night where both teams let double figure leads slip away, Cinicola's play down the stretch was a welcome relief to Jim Thorpe head coach Brian Carroll.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Exactly one week from its Slatington Rotary Holiday Tournament championship, Northern Lehigh got back to business last night and used a crushing defense to hand Palmerton a 59-21 setback.

In a return to Colonial League play, the Bulldogs kept the Bombers (2-7, 0-5) from hitting double figures in any of the four quarters and made sure no Palmerton player finished with higher than seven points on the night.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Panther Valley expected to see the pressure.

The Panthers anticipated it so much that they prepared for Jim Thorpe's defensive attack for three straight days.

All that preparation didn't help, however, as Jim Thorpe's fullcourt 1-3-1 defense created numerous problems for Panther Valley.

The pressure produced the Olympians' first win of the season on Monday, a 51-35 Schuylkill League Division I triumph.

The Olympians, who stuck to the same defensive format for the entire 32 minutes, forced the Panthers into 27 turnovers in the game.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Marian girls and Northwestern wrestlers pulled out victories in local scholastic sports action on Monday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marian-Weatherly

The Fillies darted out to a 13-0 lead after one frame and never looked back en route to a 38-22 win over Weatherly.

Kaysi McLaughlin led the winners with 12 points.

For the Lady Wreckers, Alexa Figas had six points.

Marian also posted a 34-22 JV win with Kelly Shober scoring 14.

MARIAN

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
mike feifel/special to the times news Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner (33) takes the ball to the bucket against Palmerton's Kelsey Hay.

There was nothing pretty about the Colonial League match-up between Palmerton and Northern Lehigh Monday night.

Although both schools are two of the better teams in the league, neither took care of the ball well nor converted on many shot attempts. Still, there was no second-guessing the effort put forth by either team.

The Bombers gave unbeaten Northern Lehigh all it could handle and then some, but came up short in overtime, 57-46.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

TIMES NEWS Wrestling Rankings

(through Jan. 4)

103 - 1. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (11-4); 2. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Jr. (8-4); 3. Jake Hoats, Lehighton, So. (7-5).

Notes - Bianco placed 1st at Pleasant Valley's season-opening tournament. O'Donnell placed 5th at Bethlehem Catholic's Christmas City tournament. Hoats was 2nd at Jim Thorpe Christmas tournament and 3rd at the Brandywine Heights tourney.

112 - 1. Dylan Long, Northwestern, Sr. (12-2); 2. Ernest Klingel, Pleasant Valley, So. (13-5); 3. Ty Herzog, Northern Lehigh, Fr. (8-4).