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Monday, January 4, 2010
steve shinko / special to the times news Tamaqua's Michael Taylor goes up for two as Salisbury's Mike Schantz defends. Looking on is Salisbury guard Jake Kovach (14).

Without its leading scorer and with two of its starters in foul trouble, Tamaqua came up just short in its upset bid of Salisbury Saturday.

The Blue Raiders were unable to take advantage of Salisbury's 2-for-10 foul shooting in the fourth quarter, losing 59-57 on their home court.

"I'm happy with our effort, but I'm not happy with the outcome," said Raider head coach Jay Daubert. "A couple mental mistakes, a couple missed shots that we thought we should have had and the game goes the other way."

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Panther Valley boys and Marian girls rolled to basketball victories on Saturday.

Panther Vy.-SV

Panther Valley went on an 18-1 run during the second quarter and cruised to a 47-37 non-league victory over Shenandoah.

Brock Mitchell scored seven of his team-high 14 points to lead the Panthers' second quarter spurt. Logan Stano added 10 points for the Panther Valley (5-2), which won its fifth straight.

PANTHER VALLEY

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Tamaqua girls stayed unbeaten by winning the Southern Lehigh Holiday Tournament on Wednesday night.

In other action, the Panther Valley girls picked up a win, while the Tamaqua boys fell to Hamburg.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua

-So. Lehigh

Tamaqua defeated host Southern Lehigh in its own tournament, as the Lady Raiders won the championship by a score of 46-35.

Amy Zehner led the locals with 19 points. Fellow Raiders Elissa Streisel and Cassie Eroh added 12 and 11 points respectively.

Thursday, December 31, 2009
Steve Shinko/Special to the TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Kyle Picht goes up for two as Marian's Cody Decker (22) and the Panthers' Brock Mitchell (33) look on during Wednesday's game at PV.

It's first meeting with Marian in the consolation game of its own Tip-Off Tournament served as a lesson learned for Panther Valley.

Unfortunately for the Colts however, the Panthers had enough time to do their homework in turning an initial loss on its home floor into a 40-29 victory this time around.

"In our first game against them, they got out in a lot of transitions," Panthers' coach Pat Crampsie said. "We were really concerned on getting back on defense and stopping their transition and force them to play a half-court game."

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
steve shinko/times news Northern Lehigh's Aimee Ortner takes a shot over a pair of Lehighton defenders.

Early on in its game against Lehighton, things weren't going as easy as the Northern Lehigh girls' basketball team would have liked.

Fortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, they got back to their bread-and-butter in the second half and ran away from the Lady Indians.

Northern Lehigh's three forwards Aimee Oertner, Sonya Josephson and Lauren Oertner combined to score 33 of the team's 39 second-half points and helped lead the Bulldogs to a 59-39 victory in the tenth annual Lady Indian Holiday Classic championship game on Tuesday.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Tamaqua girls advanced to the finals of the Southern Lehigh Holiday Tournament with a convincing win over Harriton Tuesday.

In other basketball action, Weatherly and Palmerton both gained victories from their boys and girls teams.

Other winners included the Northwestern and Pleasant Valley boys, while the Tamaqua swim team gained a sweep.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Mahanoy Area-

Northwestern

Northwestern rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime and outscored Mahanoy Area 9-4 in the extra frame to garner a 46-41 overtime victory.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Colin Hedash (top) rides Pen Argyl's Dylan Evans in the semifinals of the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School. Hedash won with a 13-3 major decision.

It took Colin Hedash 6:48 to finally score a takedown against Hazleton's Jared Kay Tuesday night in the 171-pound finals at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic. Fortunately, for Hedash, that one takedown in overtime was just enough to knock off the defensive Kay 3-1.

Hedash's tournament title was the glowing light from a two-day wrestling festival at Liberty, where Northern Lehigh came away with the best finish of the three Times News area participants, taking 13th overall with 91.5 points.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
mike feifel/times news Northern Lehigh's Nick Pappas (left) blocks the shot of Jim Thorpe's Rashid Epps.

Northern Lehigh coach Rich Oertner knew his team had its hands full. Jim Thorpe's athleticism and the talented Rashid Epps in the middle made the Slatington Rotary Tournament Championship a tall order.

Things seemed even more imperiled in the third quarter when Bulldog big men Evan Biegley (fouled out) and Nick Pappas (four fouls) both found themself on the bench.

But Bobby Hahn scored 18 of his game-high 23 points in the second half and two freshmen came off the bench to help propel Northern Lehigh to a 75-62 win over previously undefeated Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Marian boys and Weatherly girls came out on the winning end of non-league basketball games on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pius X-Marian

Chris Barletta hit four of six free throw attempts in the second overtime to help lift Marian to a nail-biter of a 54-53 non-conference victory over visiting Pius X.

Barletta ended up surpassing double figures with 12 points, while teammate Drew Sherkness led the Colts with a 16-point performance.

The Royals' Sean O'Neill finished with a game-high 22 points, while David Hills followed up with 11.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
STEVE SHINKO/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Sonya Josephson and Jim Thorpe's Chelsea Smelas battle for a rebound during Monday's opening round of the Lady Indian Holiday Classic at Lehighton.

Northern Lehigh was dominant. Lehighton was resilient. They were both triumphant

The Bulldogs and Indians took totally different paths, but both arrived at the same destination. The two teams will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the championship game of the 10th Annual Lady Indian Holiday Classic.

Northern Lehigh jumped on Jim Thorpe early and breezed to a 53-20 victory. Lehighton rallied from a seven-point third quarter deficit to edge Palmerton, 43-39.

Jim Thorpe

-No. Lehigh