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Friday, February 24, 2017
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The Tamaqua Jr. Raiders recently captured the championship of the North Schuylkill Spartans 2nd Grade Basketball Tournament. Tamaqua fought through the loser’s bracket, winning three straight games. The Raiders defeated North Schuylkill Red in the loser’s bracket final and followed that up with a pair of wins over previously unbeaten North Schuylkill Blue to win the title. Tamaqua team members include, from left, Kaden Krajcirik, Quinn Coleman, Greg Tirpak, Ethan Brown, Jakin Tamajini and Cole Knox. Also on the team were Conner McCabe and Daunte Krapf.

Friday, February 24, 2017

February 24, 1981 — Dan Smith tallies a game-high 21 points to help Tamauqa trim Nativity, 59-58, and reach the Schuylkill League championship game. Smith accounts for five of his team’s final 11 points to help the Blue Raiders hold on for the victory. The winners, coached by Bob Fulton, also receive 16 points from Bill Plasko, while Joe Urenovitch contributed eight points and pulls down 13 rebounds. John Zimardo chips in with eight points, with Todd McLaughlin adding six.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The brackets for this weekend’s District 11 wrestling tournament were released Wednesday night.

Tamaqua’s Tanner McHugh (132), Northwestern’s Caleb Clymer (152), Northern Lehigh’s Ryan Farber (160) and Palmerton’s Jared Mooney (182) all earned No. 1 seeds in the Class 2A tournament.

Panther Valley’s Hunter Kennedy (160), Palmerton’s John Iles (195) and Northern Lehigh’s Jason Schaffer (285) are all seeded second the the 2A bracket.

Northwestern’s Bailey Wehr (120) and Palmerton’s Kyle Kralik (170) both earned No. three seeds.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
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CLASS 4A BOYS QUARTERFINALS

No. 3 Lehighton (16-6) vs.

No. 6 Jim Thorpe (12-10)

TIPOFF:Friday, Feb. 24 at Pleasant Valley, 7:30 p.m.

COACHES:Lehighton – Rich Oertner (16th season) ; Jim Thorpe – Jason McElmoyle (3rd season)

LEADING SCORERS:Lehighton – Andrew McDowell (10.0), Damian Mele (9.14), Addison Howland (8.95), Caine Carpenter (8.86), Donnie Buchinsky (8.73) Jim Thorpe – Chris Micciche (13.36), Matt Elmore (12.55), Brendan Carroll (9.55), Aaron Joyce (4.55)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 23, 2010 — Brock Mitchell scores 22 points and pulls down 11 rebounds to help Panther Valley gain a 50-49 double overtime win over North Schuylkill in a District 11 Class 3A opening round game. Kyle Picht takes the opening tap of the second OT and turns it into a three-point play. The Panthers, coached by Pat Crampsie, don’t score the rest of the period but allow just two points to hang on for the victory. Picht earlier hit a three-pointer in the final minute of the first overtime to force the second OT. Logan Stano also contributes to the PV victory by scoring 10 points.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The brackets for this weekend’s District 11 wrestling tournament were released Wednesday night.

Tamaqua’s Tanner McHugh (132), Northwestern’s Caleb Clymer (152), Northern Lehigh’s Ryan Farber (160) and Palmerton’s Jared Mooney (182) all earned No. 1 seeds in the Class 2A tournament.

Panther Valley’s Hunter Kennedy (160), Palmerton’s John Iles (195) and Northern Lehigh’s Jason Schaffer (285) are all seeded second in the 2A bracket.

Northwestern’s Bailey Wehr (120) and Palmerton’s Kyle Kralik (170) both earned No. 3 seeds.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Northern Lehigh’s Ezra Neff, left, and Seth Fronheiser wrestle during practice on Tuesday. The Bulldogs, like many teams, have had a long layoff and are now preparing for districts. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

Times News area basketball teams aren’t the only ones dealing with a long layoff between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs.

Several area wrestling squads have been forced to bridge a gap that for some will be nearly a month without competition by the time the District 11 Class 2A and 3A individual tournaments kick off Friday night.

Northern Lehigh’s last match was Jan. 24 against Palmerton, while Pleasant Valley (Jan. 28) and Palmerton (Feb. 7) both had their most recent contests against Whitehall.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tamaqua Area School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the following coaching positions:

• Jillian Barron, head softball coach, $3,028

• Terry Knoblauch, assistant softball coach, $1,940

• Donna Malaska, junior varsity softball co-coach, $1,206

• Pete Malaska, junior varsity softball co-coach, $1,206

• Jordan Nowacki, volunteer softball coach

• Michael Sakash, assistant track and field coach #1, $2,126

• Frank Wenzel, assistant track and field coach #2, $1,811

• Andrew Smarr, assistant track and field coach #3, $1,706

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February 22, 1972 — Brian Metzger pours in a game-high 31 points to help Lehighton knock off Northampton, 74-64, and claim the Lehigh Valley League’s second-half title. Dave Long’s basket midway through the second quarter gives the Indians, coached by Ray Koons, a lead they will never relinquish. Kevin Seltzer hits for 17 points, including a 9-of-9 showing at the free throw line, and pulls down 15 rebounds to aid the winning effort. Long finishes with 12 points, while Rick Stroup adds seven points and 10 boards.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Pleasant Valley’s Joyce Sullivan (5) and Stroudsburg’s Allana Powlette collide while going after a loose ball. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

STROUDSBURG — Rivalry game. Rubber match. Elimination game.

The contest between Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg in the opening round of the District 11 Class 6A playoffs was all three of those things on Tuesday night.

After the teams split during the regular season, each with a narrow two-point victory, it was the Mounties whot found the winning recipe when it mattered most, defeating the Bears 42-22.