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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

(Through Jan. 30)

106 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, So. (29-2); 2. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, So. (26-1); 3. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Sr. (19-6).

Honorable Mention - Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, So. (28-6); Ryan Rubio, Northern Lehigh, Fr. (11-9).

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's (left) Nate Mathewson lays up a shot as North Schuylkill's Brandon McCloskey defends.

The effort was there for the Panther Valley boys' basketball team.

For 31 minutes, the Panthers gave North Schuylkill all it could handle.

In the final minute of play, however, the Spartans pulled away to deny Panther Valley's upset bid.

The 66-57 Schuylkill League loss means the Panthers now need to win three of their final four games to earn a District 11 playoff spot.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tamaqua and Weatherly both dropped boys basketball contests on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pottsville-Tamaqua

Pottsville flexed its muscles and rolled to a 60-33 Schuylkill League victory over Tamaqua.

The Tide, now 17-1 on the season, were led by Brandon Bridy's 17 points.

Brett Kosciolek led the Blue Raiders (5-14) with 16 points.

Tamaqua won the JV game, 47-45.

POTTSVILLE

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
bob ford/times news Marian's Damian Richards (left) tries to wrestle the ball away from Mahanoy Area's Jimmy Baker.

Fighting for a spot in the District 11 Class A playoffs, Marian's magic number to qualify was two heading into its match-up with Mahanoy Area. In front of a packed house in Hometown, the Colts (10-9) have now reduced that number to one after they shocked the Bears on Monday night 42-39 for the Schuylkill League Division 3 win.

The win for the Colts couldn't have come at a better time. Sitting at 9-9 before their contest with Mahanoy (16-3), Marian had to win two out of its last four games all against opponents it previously lost to this season.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Rich George/Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton fans react during Skyler Rosenberry's recent matchup with Bangor's Andrew Lumsden. The Blue Bombers are hoping to reach the initial Colonial League wrestling playoffs, which will take place on Feb. 18.

Many times in years past the Colonial League wrestling title was already determined by the last week of the season. The league championship trophy was given to the team with the best win-loss record at the end of the season or shared among teams that tied for the best record.

But that's all changed. This year, for the first time in league history, a four-team tournament will be held to determine the league's team champ.

Two division winners and two wild cards will square off next Saturday, February 18, with the winner taking home the league trophy.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Weatherly boys and girls both picked up wins as did the Lehighton and Pleasant Valley girls in non-league basketball action over the weekend.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Weatherly-CMVT

couple of free throws by Luke Reiner gave the Wreckers a 52-51 non-league win over Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech.

Samson Walton finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Reiner added 11 points in the win. Ed Donnelly had a game-high 25 points, with five three-pointers for CMVT.

WEATHERLY

Monday, January 30, 2012
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Kyle Ruch (23) looks toward the basket as Brett Kosciolek of Tamaqua moves in to defend. Referee Ed Wise is in the background.

All it took was a few words from coach Mick Stefanek to inspire the Palmerton boys' basketball team prior to its non-league match-up with Tamaqua.

As they walked on to the court for the tip-off, the Bombers' starting five, which consisted of seniors Tyler Svetik, Cody Geist, Brett Snyder, Kyle Ruch, and junior Matt Leaver, looked as if every single one of them were on a mission.

Svetik said it was the motivating words from their first year coach that pushed them to the limits in earning a 60-48 victory Saturday afternoon.

Friday, January 27, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Marian's Alden Whah goes up for a jumper over Samson Walton of Weatherly Thursday during their Schuylkill League Division 3 game.

A first-quarter run got Marian off to a good start.

A third-quarter run by Weatherly made the Colts' comfortable 15-point halftime lead a little uncomfortable.

But in the end, the Colts did what was needed to pull out a 46-35 Schuylkill League victory.

"We said at halftime that we needed to keep them from coming out and getting a run because they're a very good team," Marian coach John Patton said. "Ron (Cann) does a great job with them. They come out and they play hard.

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Tamaqua girls swim team remained undefeated in Schuylkill League action by cruising to a win over North Schuylkill.

The win sets up a showdown for the league title as the Lady Raiders (10-1; 4-0) travel to Blue Mountain (8-2; 4-0) on Thursday.

In other local action, the Palmerton girls basketball team qualified for the district playoffs with a win over Catasauqua.

SWIMMING

Tamaqua-No. Schuylkill

Tamaqua swept North Schuylkill in swimming action on Thursday afternoon with the men gaining an 84-48 decision and the women cruising to a 132-32 victory.

Thursday, January 26, 2012
rich george/special to the times news Palmerton's Zach Graver (left) recorded a close decision over Bangor's Cody Dockry at 145 pounds.

Palmerton needed a win over Bangor to stay in position for a spot in the Colonial League Duals. And the Bombers got it, rolling up a 35-point lead before winning 38-15 on senior night in Palmerton.

"I looked at this match and saw very similar match ups record-wise," said Blue Bomber head coach Dave Lavin. "And we won all those swing matches. It could have been close, but they just separated themselves.

"This solidifies a spot in district duals. We should be good for the league tournament as well."