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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Sean Nagle dribbles over the time line as Palmerton's Brett Snyder commits a foul.

When things aren't going well, you need a spark to get things going.

After racing out to a 7-0 lead early, the Northwestern Tiger basketball team turned the ball over again and again. That gave Palmerton the edge to outscore the visitors 19-6 over a ten-minute period of the first half to take a 19-17 lead at half.

That is where Kevin Oxley steps in.

"We came out flat, we had fifteen turnovers and that shouldn't happen," Oxley said. "They came out and they were beating us up."

Head coach B.J. Dugan agreed.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Northern Lehigh picked up wins in both boys and girls basketball, while Palmerton and Tamaqua also notched wins on the girls side on Monday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pen Argyl-No. Lehigh

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 10-point first frame lead and eventually kept the Green Knights at bay for the 80-38 win.

NL (3-2, 2-1), received 24 points from Nick Pappas and 21 from Jordan Waylen to cruise.

Kyle Muller tallied 15 for the winless Green Knights, with Joey Wagner adding ten.

The 'Dawgs pulled out the JV win, 64-26.

PEN ARGYL

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Steve Shinko/Special to the TIMES NEWS Marian's Danielle Tristani takes a shot as Nativity's Gabrielle Nabholz defends during Monday's game at Marian.

The Marian Fillies found out where theyt stand as far as being a quality girls basketball team right now when they faced fellow Schuylkill League Division III archrival Nativity on Monday night.

The Golden Girls, who experienced an appearance in last year's PIAA State Class A Championship game, handed the Fillies a 37-25 setback and it wasn't obviously what head coach Paul Brutto wanted to see happen.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Tamaqua and Pleasant Valley got some outstanding individual performances in wrestling tournaments over the weekend.

In the only dual meet wrestled on Saturday, Palmerton crushed Salisbury.

WRESTLING

Tamaqua at Mount Carmel Individual Tournament

Tamaqua finished fourth as a team out of a field of six teams at the the Mount Carmel round-robin based Individual Tournament.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Corey Cinicola is used to leading the Olympians on the gridiron.

Last night, the Jim Thorpe senior quarterbacked his team on the hardwoods to a 67-48 Schuylkill Division 1 victory over Tamaqua.

The win keeps Jim Thorpe unbeaten on the season at 4-0, while the Raiders fall to 1-2.

"We were able to chalk up another victory tonight, but there's still a lot of room to improve," stated Jim Thorpe head coach Brian Carroll. "Tamaqua definitely brought its A-game, but our kids played hard and I was pleased with the effort."

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Marian and Weatherly picked up wins in boys basketball, while Lehighton suffered losses in boys and girls hoops in its Mountain Valley Conference openers.

In other action, Pleasant Valley dropped a MVC boys contest to East Stroudsburg North, 49-40, but no boxscore was received.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lehighton-PM East

The Cardinals scored 33 points in the third quarter to hand the Indians a 84-32 setback in the Mountain Valley Conference opener for both.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A young Pleasant Valley girls basketball team is quickly learning that the best offense is an outstanding defense.

The Bears' pressure 'D' gave not only gave visiting East Stroudsburg North fits Friday night but it created chances at the other end of the floor.

It also led to a 47-22 victory in both team's Mountain Valley Conference opener.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tamaqua defeated Jim Thorpe in girls basketball action on Thursday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Palmerton-Bangor

The Slaters jumped out to a 26-point halftime lead and went on to roll over the Blue Bombers, 74-25, in Colonial League play.

Matt Carey finished with 15 points for the Slaters.

The Bombers (1-3, 0-2) were led by Tyler Kravetz's eight points.

Bangor won the JV game, 40-32.

PALMERTON

Friday, December 18, 2009

On Wednesday Northern Lehigh head coach Rich Oertner asked his team to improve its defense. And it responded Thursday.

The Bulldogs gave their best defensive performance of the season Thursday in New Tripoli, beating Northwestern 74-39.

"We had a serious talk yesterday about playing defense," Oertner said. "We're going to worry more about defense than offense."

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Jim Thorpe b oys and Weatherly girls picked up wins on the hardwood on Wednesday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Schuylkill Haven-Jim Thorpe

Rashid Epps scored 11 of his game-high 23 points in the fourh quarter and led his Olympians to a 62-55 victory over Schuylkill League foe Schuylkill Haven.

Sam Lux chipped in 15 for the locals and connected on two three-pointers. Corey Cinciola added eight.

Jim Thorpe improves to 3-0 on the year.

The Olympians also won the JV contest by a score of 51-27.

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN