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Friday, February 3, 2017

Tamaqua rallied in the second half to earn a Schuylkill League win over Lehighton.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Lehighton

Tamaqua topped Lehighton in a Schuylkill League battle, 45-42.

Brayden Knoblauch paved the way for Tamaqua (12-8; 5-7) with 14 points. Zeke Wassell added a dozen.

Caine Carpenter led the Indians (15-5; 8-4) in scoring for the third straight game, knocking down 14 points. Andre McDowell had 11.

TAMAQUA

Friday, February 3, 2017

SHENANDOAH — Only the strong shall survive.

In this case, one of the smallest players on the basketball floor may have been the strongest of all.

Noah Stauffer, all of 5-foot-7 inches of him, did it once more for Marian.

Earlier this week, Stauffer poured in a huge basket late in the game to help the Colts to a sensational come-from-behind win over Jim Thorpe.

Friday night, the gutty guard, who was called a warrior by his head coach John Patton, did it again.

Friday, February 3, 2017

It may have been a different starting lineup.

But it was exactly the kind of start Jim Thorpe was hoping to receive.

With a number of reserves on the floor to open Friday’s Schuylkill League game against North Schuylkill, the Olympians didn’t miss a beat.

Thorpe jumped out to an early lead on Senior Night and ended up cruising to a 52-39 victory. The win also clinched a district playoff berth.

Friday, February 3, 2017
Skylynn Faust of Lehighton (23) drives to the basket as Tamaqua’s Emma Kuczynski and Emily Titus (22) defend. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua may start three freshmen, but these Raiders know how to rise to the occasion.

Tamaqua entered Friday night’s game at Lehighton knowing it was one victory away from punching a ticket to the District 11 playoffs.

Coach Erika Davis’ squad then went out and played like it was on a mission.

The Raiders (11-9, 6-6) connected on eight of 12 shots from the floor and built a huge first quarter advantage on their way to a 60-43 Schuylkill League win over Lehighton.

Friday, February 3, 2017
Tigers advance to semis

The start of the District 11 Team Wrestling Championships featured a mostly familiar refrain for Northwestern.

Coming off a first-round bye in the Class 2A bracket, Northwestern was pushed by Notre Dame-Green Pond.

But the Tigers have been here before, specifically last season, when they withstood the grind of the district tournament to advance to the PIAA Championships by winning the true second place match after a marathon day of competition.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Pleasant Valley basketball coach Matt Gould knew that his team had won a tough game at Pocono Mountain East the previous night. He also knew that the 5:30 tip-off for the Bears’ game on Thursday against East Stroudsburg South was an unusual starting time.

Gould also knew that neither of those facts should be used as excuses.

Excuses or not, the Bears struggled early and never recovered as they dropped a 48-28 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference decision.

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Pleasant Valley and Northwestern girls both posted wins in action Thursday.

The Bears defeated East Stroudsburg South, while the Tigers downed Salisbury.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Northwestern-Salisbury

Northwestern doubled up on Salisbury for a 50-25 Colonial League win.

The Tigers’ Leighanna Lister led all scorers with 16 points, while Sage Christopher ended up with 10.

NORTHWESTERN

Friday, February 3, 2017

A special time in Jim Thorpe High School’s basketball history will be recognized on Friday, Feb. 3 in the high school gymnasium.

At that time, the 1966 Olympian basketball team will be recognized for winning the PIAA Eastern Class C Championship.

The team was coached by Phil “Pip” Rader and assisted by John Suran and Randy Rabenold. Nine of the 12 players and assistant coach Suran will be present. In addition, Mrs. Betty Rader will represent her late husband Phil, and a family member will represent assistant coach Rabenold.

Friday, February 3, 2017
Marian’s Ethan Kuczynski (front row, center) signs a Letter of Intent to continue his football and academic career at Division II Assumption College in Massachusetts. Kuczynski, who will major in Economics, was recruited as a wide receiver. Sitting next to him for the signing are from left, his mother Paula, his sister Emma, and father Zigmond. Standing behind them are, from left, Marian Athletic Director Stan Dakosty, and Marian Principal Jean Susko. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Marian’s Ethan Kuczynski (front row, center) signs a Letter of Intent to continue his football and academic career at Division II Assumption College in Massachusetts. Kuczynski, who will major in Economics, was recruited as a wide receiver. Sitting next to him for the signing are from left, his father Zigmond, sister Emma, and mother Paula. Standing behind them are, from left, Marian Athletic Director Stan Dakosty, and Marian Principal Jean Susko.