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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February 3, 2006 Kurt Reichert pours in a game-high 24 points to help Jim Thorpe defeat Tamaqua, 64-43, and earn a District 11 playoff berth. The Olympians, coached by Damian Fritz, lead by just four points late in the third quarter but go on a 14-0 run to take control. Eric Busocker collects eight of his 16 points during that stretch. For the Blue Raiders, Mark Mazur tallies a team-high 15 points.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
bob ford/times news filephoto Panther Valley's Darren Goida will be attending this year's NCAA Wrestling Championships thanks to a tradition started by a former Panther wrestler.

Former Panther Valley wrestler Victor Koshuta wanted to find a way to give back to the program that had given so much to him.

Koshuta, who wrestled for the Panthers from 1970-74, was looking for a way to continue to help those coming through the system in a way his coaches had supported him.

What better way to do it than to take one student to an event most high school wrestlers dream of competing in The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Monday, February 2, 2015
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Brandon Mohammed goes after a loose ball as Jim Thorpe's shane Snisky and Dave Everitt close in. Marian's Nick Wessner (24) also looks on.

When Marian arrived at Jim Thorpe on Saturday afternoon, the Colts fell into a well-designed trap.

Orchestrated by the Olympians' pressure defense, the trap baited Marian into 18 turnovers, and the rest was history, as Jim Thorpe came away with a 57-45 victory.

Finding his team trailing 12-11 after the first quarter, Olympians head coach Jason McElmoyle sensed his team needed a spark.

Monday, February 2, 2015

February 2, 1980 Four consecutive pins help Tamaqua pull away from West Hazleton for a 44-17 Schuylkill Wrestling League victory. The Raiders lead 14-11 after six bouts but Evan Willing, Mark Throne, Joe Lakitsky and Jerry Semasek all record falls from 141-170 pounds to seal the team win. Willing decks his opponents in 59 seconds at 141 pounds while Throne's mat slap at 148 comes at 2:58. Lakitsky stops his 158-pound opponent in 1:43 with Semasek gaining his 170-pound win in 1:35.

Monday, February 2, 2015
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Kiki Russell (32) drives to the hoop as teammate Renee Milos sets a screen.

The history between Pleasant Valley and Lehighton is extensive, dating back decades, and producing some high quality games over time. As members of the old Centennial League and Mountain Valley Conference, the two rivals battled hard and produced excitement. With the two teams now participating in seperate leagues, their nonleague tilts will still manage to produce the same intensity.

Saturday night's match-up on the Tribe's 'Senior Night,' proved to be no exception, as Pleasant Valley built a second half lead and held on down the stretch for the 56-44 win.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Northwestern received wins from both its boys and girls basketball teams this weekend.

Other area winners included Tamaqua and Lehighton in boys action, and Palmerton and Panther Valley in girls play.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pen Argyl-Northwestern

Parker Jones' last-minute three-pointer helped lift Northwestern to a 54-50 Colonial League win over Pen Argyl.

The Tigers (8-11; 5-9), were led in scoring by Jones, Taylor Breininger and Cam Richardson, who each finished with 11 points. Brady Mengel also chipped in with 10.

Monday, February 2, 2015
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to The Times News Northern Lehigh's Cameron Kates keeps control of Saucon Valley's Trey Polak en route to a major decision (17-5) in their match. The Bulldogs went on to win the Distriact 11 AA Team Championship.

BETHLEHEM - Refuse to lose.

Throughout the District 11 team tournament, Northern Lehigh has exhibited an unrelenting will to win.

It started with a first round, 30-29, win over Northwestern, and continued during a second round, 28-22, triumph over top-seed Saucon Valley, a team the Bulldogs lost to in the Colonial League team championship match earlier in the week.

Monday, February 2, 2015

The following athletic events have been postponed for today and have been rescheduled as follows.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Northwestern at Wilson, 7 p.m. (ppd. to 2/4)

Pocono Mountain West at Pleasant Valley, 7 p.m. (ppd. to 2/4)

North Schuylkill at Jim Thorpe, 7:15 p.m. (ppd. to 2/5)

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Blue Mountain at Jim Thorpe, 6 p.m. (ppd. to )

Pottsville at Lehighton, 7:30 p.m. (ppd. to )

Pine Grove at Panther Valley, 7:30 p.m. (ppd. to )

North Schuylkill at Tamaqua, 7:15 p.m. (ppd. to )

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Pleasant Valley handed Pocono Mountain East girls their fourth loss of the season, while the Lehighton girls wound up on the short end in action on Friday night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

PM East-Pleasant Vy.

The Bears jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 41-36 Eastern Pennylvania Conference win over the Cardinals.

Pocono Mountain East downed the Bears 62-31 in their first meeting.

Sullivan had 14 points and Russell 10 for PV. Parker led the Cardinals with 15 points.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

A "Map and Compass Orienteering Workshop" is being held at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Visitor Center, Saturday, Feb. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. This is a beginner's workshop appropriate for ages 14 and older and is free for Hawk Mountain Members.

Both members and non-members must pre-register by calling Hawk Mountain at 610-756-6961 during business hours. Cost includes trail fee for the rest of the day.