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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Payton Bachman goes up for a shot between Palisades defenders Tyler Krchnavi, left, and Luke Caughney.

One of the Cardinal Rules of sports is to never take an opponent lightly.

Northwestern might have expected an easy time against a Palisades team that headed into this week winless for the season. But the Tigers fell victim to the visiting Purple Pirates, who went on a 24-0 run in the second half and took home a 41-26 win.

"This one's extremely frustrating," said Northwestern head coach Dan Eddinger. "We walked into this gym expecting to win tonight and we just didn't do it. We were bad in all facets of the game tonight."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The game of basketball is often times decided by runs and momentum. In last night's Colonial League battle between Northern Lehigh and Wilson, it was the Bulldogs who took advantage of the runs more effectively to pull out a 39-34 win.

The Bulldogs darted out of the gates with a 12-0 run and later had to withstand a 15-0 spurt by the Warriors, before holding on down the stretch for the victory.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
ron gower/times news Tamaqua defenders Jake Fegley (left) and Matt Kurek (right) try to steal the ball away from PJ Johnson of Jim Thorpe.

Losing has a tendency to become contagious, and if left untreated, it can certainly infect a program with a sense of frustration and futility.

Just ask Tamaqua head coach Caszy Kosciolek and Jim Thorpe head coach Brian Carroll.

Coming into last night's Schuylkill League Division 1 contest, Tamaqua had managed to win just once in the past 36 days (losers of 9 of its past 10 games), while Jim Thorpe had dropped six straight games after starting the year 5-2.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Tyler Svetik drives the lane for a shot against Southern Lehigh on Tuesday. Defending for the Spartans is Kyle Brown.

Pleasant Valley pulled out a dramatic buzzer-beating victory over Stroudsburg to highlight Tuesday scholastic sports card.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pleasant Vy.-

Stroudsburg

Don' Dre Shivers scored the game-winning basket at the buzzer to lift Pleasant Valley to a 43-41 Mountain Valley Conference win over Stroudsburg.

The Bears' Nick Stanovick led all scorers with 12 points. With the win, PV improved to 8-5 overall and 5-1 in the MVC.

Langston Northern led the Mounties with 11 points.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Longtime sports fan Harry Brown of Palmerton has attended Palmerton Area School District athletic events for 45 years.

Over the past half century, Palmerton has produced its share of star athletes, championship-caliber teams, and record-breaking performances.

Through it all, a familiar face has witnessed those triumphs and tribulations from his perch high up in the stands as the district's quintessential "sixth man".

Indeed, few have become as synonymous with Palmerton athletic events and displayed as much sheer "Bomber Pride" as borough resident Harry Brown.

It's been that way since Brown's days as a student in the district, despite the fact he didn't play any organized sports.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Saturday was a good night for the Weatherly girls' basketball team as it picked up its third win of the season.

Last night's Schuylkill League game against Schuylkill Haven turned out to be far from that, however.

If anything could have went wrong for his team it surely did, and Weatherly head coach Paul Hadzick had no problem saying it after his players dropped a 32-26 decision to the Hurricanes.

"We didn't shoot," Hadzick said. "We didn't play good defense. We didn't rebound.

"All of the fundamental things of the game of basketball we didn't do tonight."

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

(Through Jan. 16)

106 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, So. (15-2); 2. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Sr. (13-4); 3. Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley (20-5).

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Marian girls basketball team and the Palmerton wrestling squad both posted wins in scholastic action on Monday.

The Fillies rolled past Williams Valley, while the Bombers defeated North Schuylkill.

WRESTLING

Palmerton

-No. Schuylkill

Palmerton used four falls and three forfeits to help gain a 45-30 non-league victory over North Schuylkill.

The Blue Bombers gained pins from Josh Evans (113 pounds), Dillon Masington (126), Kane Kralik (220) and Tyler Rosenberry (285).

Zack Christman also contributed to the win with a decision at 132.

Monday, January 16, 2012
Thorpe holds off N'western

Jim Thorpe's 41-36 non-league victory over Northwestern on Saturday left both coaches talking about the postseason.

For the Olympians, who improved to 11-1, it was the second of three consecutive games against top flight competition. Thorpe opened a demanding five-day stretch with Pine Grove, follwed that with Northwestern and will close it out against Tamaqua. It had to fight through Saturday's game without flu-ridden starter Kristin Lawrence.

Monday, January 16, 2012
ron gower/times news Panther Valley's Shannon Phillips (left) looks for an opening as Chrstina Green (right) and Maria Mageyar of Lehighton defend.

Both the Panther Valley boys' and girls' basketball teams sent a strong message on Saturday that they're both alive in the quest for playoff spots. Both squads won convincingly against Lehighton.

Boys

Panther Valley did what was expected of it against Lehighton.

With the Panthers' flirting with a.500 record and the Indians having just one win on the season, it was anticipated that PV would emerge victorious.