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Thursday, December 17, 2009

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

7TH GRADE

Tamaqua-St. Clair

Tamaqua won its season opener over St. Clair, 54-8.

Leading the way for the Raiders was the trio of Brett Kosciolek, Connor Hartung, and Zachary Wargula with 10 points each.

8TH GRADE

Tamaqua-St. Clair

Tamaqua opened its season with a 33-18 victory over St. Clair.

Joe Marcin led the Raiders with eight points.

Tamaqua-Shenandoah

Tamaqua defeated Shenandoah, 29-23.

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Northern Lehigh's Lauren Oertner and Northwestern Lehigh's Coleen Suter get set to go after a loose ball in the paint. BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS

The Northern Lehigh girls' basketball team is fully aware of where the strength of its program stands.

Northwestern found out first hand that its Colonial League North Division rival doesn't lack anything as far as height goes.

The Bulldogs (4-0 overall, 2-0 CL) used its height to its advantage against a smaller Tigers' team to remain unbeaten with a a 65-21 league victory on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

WRESTLING

Panther Valley-Halifax-Upper Dauphin

Panther Valley split in Schuylkill League wrestling action, edging Upper Dauphin 41-36 and falling to Halifax 37-30.

Nick O'Donnell was in the center of both outcomes, winning one and dropping the other.

Against Upper Dauphin, his pin in the final bout turned a one-point deficit into a victory. Trailing Halifax by four points, O'Donnell moved up to 112 but lost a tight 2-0 decision to Derek Barber to clinch the victory for the Wildcats.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pleasant Valley picked up victories in boys and girls basketball on Tuesday night.

Also getting basketball victories were the Northwestern boys and the Northern Lehigh and Palmerton girls.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Northwestern-Pen Argyl

Northwestern held Pen Argyl scoreless in the second quarter and went on to post the 58-47 Colonial League win.

Leading the way in scoring for the Tigers were Kevin Oxley and Trevor German with 13 points apiece. Garrett Lerner chipped in with 10.

For Pen Argyl, Joe Wagner led the way with 15 points.

NORTHWESTERN

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
bob ford/times news Lehighton's JT Keer (right) pulls up with a jump shot as Nick Lewis of Notre Dame defends.

Lehighton did its best to force someone other than Stephen Lepre to carry the Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg offense.

Unfortunately for the Indians, the Spartans had plenty of players capable of doing that.

Tim Mullen dominated play inside and Notre Dame placed four players in double figures to defeat Lehighton, 59-44, in a non-league game on Tuesday.

Lepre's 27-point performance in a season-opening victory over Pen Argyl put him front and center on Lehighton's scouting report.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
steve shinko/special to the times news The Colts' Chris Barletta (3) drives past a Shenandoah defender on his way to the basket.

Marian head coach Mick Stefanek didn't feel his team played as well as it could have in the Panther Valley Tip-Off Tournament.

The Colts let Shenandoah Valley know about it last night.

Marian dominated both offensively and defensively and was in total control of the game from the opening tip, en route to a 71-34 Schuylkill League Division 3 victory over the Blue Devils (1-2).

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Panther Valley picked up boys and girls basketball victories over Freeland MMI on Monday.

Other local winners were the Marian girls basketball team and the Tamaqua boys swim team.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Panther Vy.-MMI

Eleven different players scored as Panther Valley cruised to a commanding 72-31 non-league victory over MMI Prep.

Logan Stano led the Panthers' prolific offensive attack with a game-high 18 points. Brock Mitchell and Zach Stanko followed with 15 and 13 points respectively.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
@$:RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Tyler Heffelfinger gets an escape while wrestling Kevin Piaskowski of North Schuylkill in the Jim Thorpe Dual Meet Tournament on Saturday.

Northern Lehigh and Lehighton finished second and fourth respectively in the Bullett Invitation at Brandywine over the weekend.

Palmerton finished seventh at New Hope-Solebury, while Tamaqua ended up seventh at Bloomsburg.

Lehighton, No. Lehigh

in Bullet Invitational

The Bulldogs ended up in second place behind tournament champion Central Dauphin, while the Indians finished fourth.

The Bulldogs crowned three individuals champions and one runner-up, while the Indians wound up with three members falling just short of titles.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Anthony Bumbulsky splits Palmerton defenders Jordan Reinhart (52) and Tyler Svetik (33) to put up a shot.

Tamaqua head coach Jay Daubert wasn't happy with his team's performance in last week's opener against Weatherly.

In his second year at the helm of the Blue Raider program, it was what he called a "lackluster performance" in what he termed a winnable game.

Daubert liked what he saw from a couple of his seniors on Monday night however, as Tamaqua used it's physical strength to outmuscle Palmerton 52-41 in a non-league contest on the Bombers' floor.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Northern Lehigh's boys and girls both posted tournament victories to highlight area basketball action on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs win gave them a tourney championship.

Other local winners were the Marian boys and Palmerton girls.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Marian-Panther Vy.

Marian jumped out to a double digit halftime lead and cruised to a 53-42 victory over host Panther Valley in the consolation game of the Panther Valley Tip-Off Tournament.

Chris Barletta led the Colts (1-1) with 16 points. Matt Yaich and Drew Sherkness added 14 and 10 points respectively.