Sunday, December 21, 2014

Local Sports

Saturday, December 20, 2014

For many Pennsylvania deer hunters, the time between the close of last Saturday's statewide firearms deer season and the opening of the statewide flintlock muzzleloader and late archery seasons is a time of transition.

Bolt-, lever- and pump-action centerfire rifles have been cleaned and racked until next year's practice sessions at the shooting range. Attention has now turned to making sure a supply of sharp flints, roundballs, cleaning and loading patches and all the other extras needed for a flintlock hunt are accounted for and in order.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last week you read about a bike ride that should've ended badly. I should've never been able to ride 77 miles in just over four hours after fasting for 13 hours one Sunday in October, but I did.

I decided to share that story with you as an example of how dieting is more than just science and as a way to introduce a study published about two months ago in the Lancet. The study seemingly shatters a prior scientific belief about dieting. The research found little difference between the effectiveness of weight loss and the rate at which that weight loss occurred.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
bob ford/times news Kirstin Jones (11) of Tamaqua dribbles the ball up the court as Chole Markovich of Panther Valley defends.

Tamaqua coach Joe Berezwick still calls his Lady Raiders a "work in progress," but last night's convincing 47-23 win over Panther Valley proved his team made progress with hard work at both ends of the court to earn their first win of the season.

"We had a good game plan against their 3-2 zone and that was to spread the floor and be aggressive to the basket," said Berezwick.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pleasant Valley proved to hang tough with Liberty Friday night at Bethlehem's Memorial Gymnasium, but the Bears just ran out of gas in the final five minutes, falling to the Hurricanes 71-55 in East Penn Conference action.

The Bears fought back and forth through the first three and a half quarters to stay within striking distance of Liberty and saw that hard work pay off with 5:12 left in the fourth, when Kevin Wisser (11-points) hit one of his three treys on the night to even the game at 50, but from there it was all Liberty.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Marian and Northwestern girls basketball teams picked up victories on Friday.


Marian-Mahanoy Area

Marian rallied from a two-point halftime deficit to come away with a 34-32 Schuylkill League Division 3 victory over Mahanoy Area.

Madison Stoyer's 10 points led the way for the Fillies, while Mahanoy Area's Megan Babinsky chipped in with a game-high 12 points.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 20, 1979 Cindy Miller's steal and basket with 4:09 left in the game allows the Tamaqua cage star to reach the coveted 2,000-point mark. Miller enters the contest 23 points shy of the milestone and finishes the game a 77-16 win over Pottsville with 24. Miller tallies just two points in the opening quarter before hitting for 10 in the second frame. After adding six more in the third period, the senior scores off a rebound with 5:14 to play and drains a jumper from the corner moments later to set up her memorable field goal.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Pilla big part of Fillies' success

The Marian volleyball program has experienced a ton of success over the past couple of years, and there are certainly statistics and accolades to prove it:

Ÿ 25-match win streak in 2014

Ÿ 39-game win streak through the 2013 and '14 seasons

Ÿ 0 sets lost in the 2014 season until its state championship game vs. Greensburg CC

Ÿ Two back-to-back PIAA Class A championship appearances in 2013 and '14

Ÿ One PIAA Class A championship title in 2013.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
ron gower/times news Payton Kovac of Jim Thorpe (left) and Lehighton's Riley Durishin (center) and Celina Fital watch a loose ball head out of bounds.

Teams don't typically rely on freshmen to take over down the stretch. But Kayley Kovac isn't your typical freshman.

Kovac scored 33 points, including nine points in the game's final 2:25, to help Jim Thorpe hold off a furious Lehighton rally and post a 65-55 Schuylkill League victory on Friday night.

"It was a heck of a performance from Kayley," said Jim Thorpe coach Rob Kovac. "I thought she did a nice job of being patient early and not forcing things. She was taking the ball to the basket and drawing fouls and also doing a nice job of getting her teammates involved."

Saturday, December 20, 2014
ap filephoto Penn State's Shep Garner jumps on teammate Ross Travis to celebrate the win over Duquesne earlier this season. The Nittany Lions play at the PPL Center in Allentown today.

Excitement is buzzing for today's Penn State-Drexel men's basketball contest at Allentown's PPL Center, which hopes be continued momentum for fans of the blue and white.

With Villanova and Lehigh squaring off in an early season opener at the PPL Center back on November 14, today's affair should have a hometown feel for the Nittany Lions (10-1), who are off to their best start since the 1995-96 team opened their year at 13-0.

Friday, December 19, 2014
Quick start propels Northern Lehigh

Wrestling their third dual match in four days, it wouldn't have been surprising if Northern Lehigh looked somewhat lethargic against Lehighton last night.

The same concern could have been raised for the Indians, who were coming off a tough loss to North Schuylkill less than 24 hours earlier.

But it was the Bulldogs that quickly dismissed any notion of a slow start, racing out to an early lead on their way to a 42-20 non-league win.