Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Local Sports

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Rebecca Cressman drives to the hoop in front of Tamaqua's Bailey Hartung as she goes in for a layup.

After last night's 64-37 victory by Jim Thorpe over the Tamaqua Lady Raiders, both coaches described their teams as "a work in progress."

Obviously JT coach Rob Kovac and Tamaqua coach Joe Berezwick used this phrase from different perspectives after considering several factors that affected the one -sided outcome.

"We need to learn how to play with a lead better than we did tonight," said Kovac. "We scored in spurts and we were standing around too much in our half court game."

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Stolarz strong in net for LV

For Anthony Stolarz, being in front of a goal in the Lehigh Valley area is nothing new. He's been in that position since he was a kid and traveled here from his parent's home in Jackson, New Jersey often to play in youth tournaments and leagues. Now, Stolarz is again playing goalie in the Lehigh Valley, but this time, it's for the home team Phantoms.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16, 1987 Palmerton uses six falls, including four straight between 112 and 132 pounds, to record a 49-20 victory over Panther Valley. The Blue Bombers, coached by Rick Anderson, trail after the first two bouts but pins from Ryan Heimbach (112), Jerry Eckhart (119), Rich Musselman (126) and Eugene Eckhart (132) give the winners the lead for good. Jay Zelinsky (145) and Blake Campbell (167) also record falls for Palmerton, while Brian Slivka adds a superior decision at 155.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Blaker leads Raiders

When it comes to offense, the Tamaqua boys' basketball team has no shortage of options.

Over their past two games, the Blue Raiders have averaged 73 points in commanding wins over Shenandoah Valley and Nativity, respectively.

A key to that success has been the ability of head coach Caszy Kosciolek to get multiple players involved in the game plan, which has allowed for three double digit scorers in each of those contests.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tom Ruzicka (5) drives to the basket against Panther Valley's Charles Nase.

Just 48 hours after tying a school record for three-pointers in a game, Lehighton proved it can be a force in the paint as well.

The Indians shot layup after layup to build a commanding first half lead against Panther Valley and rolled to a 75-31 mercy rule victory in the Schuylkill League opener for both teams on Monday.

The performance came on the heels of a rout of Pen Argyl on Saturday during which the Indians drilled 14 threes, including 10 by Jordan Knappenberger.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pleasant Valley's girls basketball team used a big first quarter to build up a lead and then held off Northampton for the win.


Northampton-Pleasant Valley

The Bears defeated the Konkrete Kids in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference match up, 32-28.

Although the Lady Bears scored just 16 points in their final three quarters, a 16-point first quarter of 16 points propelled them to victory.

Masani Francis led Pleasant Valley with 13 points. Kiki Russell added eight.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Matt Wolfe tries to keep control of Northern Lehigh's Conrad Young during their 152-pound bout. Young wound up winning by a 14-4 major decision.

Knowing his team would collect four forfeit wins for 24 points to end the match, Northern Lehigh head coach Steve Hluschak Jr. had all eyes on a couple of tough individual bouts when it visited Palmerton for a Colonial League meeting on Monday night.

The Bulldogs actually won the first five bouts and cruised to a 56-12 victory.

Austin Hemingway and Jakob Connell won by falls, Matt Schmall and Conrad Young by major decisions and Ryan Farber by decision to put the Bulldogs in front 23-0.

Monday, December 15, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Bethany Schaud looks for room to shoot as Holy Redeemer's Melissa Corridoni (21) and Rebecca Prociak (44) defend.

All six local boys' basketball teams that were in action prevailed over the weekend, as Lehighton, Marian, Pleasant Valley, Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe and Northwestern notched wins.

Lehighton's Jordan Knappenberger poured in 40 points to lead the Tribe over non-league opponent, Pen Argyl, to highlight the action.


Pen Argyl-Lehighton

Knappenberger's 40 points led Lehighton to a 71-50 non-league win over Pen Argyl.

Monday, December 15, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Charles Nase, left, gets pressure from Palmerton's Zach Svetik (10) and Mark Quinn.

Coming into the season, Leigh Keenan knew that if his team was to succeed, it needed to believe it could.

Keenan, now in his second year as the head coach of the Palmerton boys' basketball team, felt confident that if the Blue Bombers got a taste of success early, memories of last season's 3-19 finish would quickly be washed away.

After claiming its first win of the season against Northwestern on a last second Ben Weber put back less than 24 hours earlier, Palmerton kept the momentum going by earning a 64-44 non-league victory over Panther Valley on Saturday afternoon.

Monday, December 15, 2014
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Sabrina Mertz (3) goes in for a layup as Jim Thorpe's Kayley Kovac (21) and Rebecca Cressman (22) defend.

With two tough losses in the Colonial League last week, defending league champion Northwestern was looking to bounce back.

In a non-league battle against Jim Thorpe on Saturday afternoon, the Tigers did just that.

It was apparent that Chris Deutsch's crew took out some frustration on the young Olympians as Northwestern built a 24-2 first quarter lead en route to a 62-34 win.

Following defeats from Saucon Valley and Palmerton last week, the Tigers utilized their staple pressure defense to force the young Jim Thorpe guards into miscues on their way to the rout.