Saturday, January 31, 2015

Local Sports

Saturday, January 10, 2015
RICH GEORGE/Special to the times News Palmerton's Abby Reimer goes up for a shot from in close as Notre Dame's Cailee Murphy, left, and Sam Cabone (12) defend.

In its last game, Palmerton held a 12-point halftime lead over Southern Lehigh, only to see the Lady Spartans storm back, tie the score, and eventually claim a 10-point victory.

On Friday night, the Lady Bombers were faced with a similar situation against Notre Dame of Green Pond. Palmerton held a 37-29 lead after three frames, only to see the Lady Crusaders go on a 10-0 run to take a 39-37 edge with 6:34 remaining in the contest.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

January 10, 2004 The Marian girls use a big run to pull out a 45-42 victory over Tamaqua. The Fillies, coached by Paul Brutto, trail by 12 points late in the third quarter but go on a 19-0 spurt to capture the win. Jen Blasko collects eight points and six rebounds during that stretch while Tricia McElmoyle also tallies eight points. McElmoyle finishes with 18 points with Blasko adding 12 points and a dozen boards. Jodi Searfoss contributes 15 rebounds to the winning effort. For the Lady Raiders, Tracy Yatsko and Erika Barron each score nine points.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

His goal: rather unusual. His question: pretty typical.

A younger cycling teammate has decided to enter a five-day stage race this May and will compete in the toughest category. This stage race follows the same concept as the Tour de France, but is only a quarter of the days and a tenth of the distance.

Yet it really couldn't be any longer than that. Really. For the course is not only exceptionally hilly but also rocky, rutted, and ridiculously narrow at spots.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pleasant Valley's Kiki Russell gets a charge out of playing defense.

And if Friday night is any indication, so do the rest of her teammates.

The Lady Bears forced numerous turnovers early and contested plenty of shots to race to an early lead against East Stroudsburg South. PV had no trouble maintaining the advantage and cruised to a 37-17 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Volunteer spotters get a briefing on raptor identification from a Hawk Mountain Sanctuary biologist at the North Lookout during last year’s Autumn Hawk Watch.

DREHERSVILLE – One of the highlights of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary celebrating its 80th anniversary was having two season records recorded during the annual Autumn Hawk Watch held from August 15 to December 15.

According to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary director of communications Mark Linkevich, season records were record with a total of 88 peregrine falcons and 936 turkey vultures, and a single-day record was recorded with a total of 247 turkey vultures. In all, 17,382 were recorded during the annual raptor count, with 17,379 being spotted during the official count period.

Friday, January 9, 2015

January 9, 1990 Scott Blose hits a three-pointer with five seconds to play to give Northern Lehigh a 63-62 Centennial League comeback win over Lehighton. The Bulldogs, coached by Dave Oertner, trail by five points with 1:27 to play but outscore the Indians 8-2 down the stretch. Todd Masiar scores a team-high 15 points for the winners while Jamie Abraham contributes 14. Nolehi also receives 13 points from Jason Plotsko and 10 from Ryan Mohrey. For Lehighton, Joe Gower pours in 36 points and pulls down 10 rebounds.

Friday, January 9, 2015
linda rothrock/special to the times news Lehighton's Celina Fital (12) tries to go up with a shot as Catasauqua's Selina Safadi (21) defends.

Lehighton's boys and girls basketball teams both lost in overtime games last night as the Lady Indians went into two extra frames against Catasauqua.



Catasauqua defeated Lehighton in a nonleague, double-overtime thriller, 55-46.

Catty won its second game in a row behind MaKenzie Bradley's career-high 18 points.

Riley Durishin had 11 points to lead the Lady Indians.


Friday, January 9, 2015
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Dalton Webster (top) tries to turn Christian Butz of Salisbury in their 132 pound bout. Webster went on to record a fall in 2:49.

The past 48 hours have been a thing of excitement for the Northwestern wrestling program.

Prior to Northwestern's 44-27 victory over Pen Argyl on Wednesday night, Tiger alum Scott Clymer was inducted into the Northwestern Lehigh Wrestling Booster Club Hall of Fame. Clymer, a 2007 graduate, finished his career with 152 wins (second all-time) and a 2006 state championship.

Roughly 24 hours later, the Tigers were back on the mat looking to carry that excitement against Salisbury. And there was little doubt the Tigers would do so.

Thursday, January 8, 2015
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Nathan Kemmerer looks to escape from Pottsville's Ryan Green in their 106-pound bout. Kemmerer won by a 13-3 major decision.

Both sides matched up closely and both teams knew that the outcome would come down to a couple points in either direction. It proved to pan out in that exact manner as Pottsville came from behind and snuck out a 33-31 win iver Lehighton.

Following a Tegan Durishin decision at 138, the Tribe had a 31-21 lead with two bouts remaining. However, the Indians knew that they would have a forfeit in the 152-pound bout.

That lit the pressure cooker for the 145-pound match-up between Tide freshman Cole Painter and Lehighton's Dylan Schock, a first-year wrestler.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Having not played a game in nearly two weeks was a concern for Marian coach Paul Brutto coming into last night's match up against Nativity.

Not until the third period did the Fillies hit their stride in running away with a 46-27 victory over the Golden Girls.

Marian's rust was evident at the start. The Fillies missed their first 11 shots from the field through the first six minutes, but found themselves down only 8-0.