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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Whitehall athletic director Bob Hartman released the schedule for the 2015 Whitehall Duals, scheduled for this Saturday at Whitehall High School.

Two Times News Area teams, Northern Lehigh and Northwestern Lehigh, are competing in the event.

The 16-team dual meet wrestling event will get underway at 8:30 a.m. and end with championship and third/fifth/seventh-place matches at 7 p.m. Quarterfinal matches will be at 12:45 p.m. and semifinals at 3:45 p.m., with consolation matches for 9th, 11th, 13th and 15th at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lehighton ran its record to 8-1with a win over Catasauqua in a non-league boys basketball contest on Tuesday night

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lehighton

-Catasauqua

The Indians earned a non-league victory over the Rough Riders, 79-63.

Lehighton's Tyler Crum, Nick Chambers, and Jordan Knappenberger combined for 58 of the team's 79 total points. Knappenberger had five three-pointers. The Indians also got to the foul line 21 times and made 15 of their attempts.

Dave Wetherhold led Catty with 12 points.

LEHIGHTON

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December 30, 1969 Karl Andreas scores a game-high 20 points to help Slatington gain a 45-38 victory over Weatherly. The Bulldogs, coached by Dick Jones, limit their opponents to just 15 points in the middle two frames to take control of the game. Mike Trainer contributes eight points to the winning cause while Don Rubright chips in with five. For the Wreckers, Dennis Zink tallies a team-high 14 points.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
ROB MERCHANT/Special to The times News Northern Lehigh's CJ Young tries to get away from Adam Evans of Freedom in their 152-pound bout.

BETHLEHEM It was a different tale for the likes of Northwestern and Northern Lehigh at this year's Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic. Both programs were shutout of the medal contention last year, but emerged from Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium with plenty of positives following the completion of wrestling Monday evening.

Northern Lehigh took home four medals from the tournament to lead all Times News participants, while Northwestern took home three medals to give both programs a boost heading in the new year.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Hall eats, breathes, sleeps football

When Harry Hall takes the field for a Tiger football game, the linebacker/running back doesn't get a whole lot of down time.

When the games end, the Northwestern junior might take off his cleats and shoulder pads, but other than his attire, not much changes. On and off the field, he eats, breathes and sleeps football.

"I feel like I watch film and then I go to football and then I watch film and then I go to football," Hall said. "(Tiger quarterback) Frank Dangello is one of my best friends and he's 24/7 football, too. It gets a little old, but I love it."

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Bombers' Nelsonnamed Small SchoolDefensive POY by EasternPAFootball.com

Palmerton senior Tre Nelson has been named Pennsylvania Small School Defensive Player of the Year by EasternPAFootball.com.

Nelson was a four-year starter on defense at linebacker and three-year starter on offense at running back.

"Tre is a tremendous leader," Palmerton head football coach Chris Walkowiak said. "He is a two-year captain. His on the field and off the field work ethic is second to none."

This year, Nelson was the team leader with 124 tackles (school record), 62 solo, six tackles for a loss, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Nyiem Nevarez (5) of Pleasant Valley makes a move to the hoop as Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek moves in to defend. The Bears beat the Raiders in overtime.

A thrilling overtime finish between Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua was truly a tale of two halves.

The Bears were as hot as it gets in the first half, draining eight three pointers and enjoying a second period which they outscored the Raiders by a 24-6 margin.

The hot shooting of Pleasant Valley ended after intermission, as the Raiders remarkably came back from an 18-point halftime deficit and grabbed a brief lead late in the game.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Pleasant Valley girls basketball team used a second half surge to pick up a win in non-league action.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Crestwood

-Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley erased a first half deficit with a strong third quarter to prevail 55-51over non-league foe Crestwood.

Renee Milos led the Lady Bears (3-6, 1-4) with 18 points. Shante Benjamin added 14 points, while Kiki Russell chipped in 13.

Maddie Ritsik scored a game-high 27 points for the Comets.

CRESTWOOD

Monday, December 29, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Woody Johnson was tired of all the losing, the four straight seasons without going to the playoffs.

So, the New York Jets owner decided to completely clean house.

Johnson fired coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik on Monday, one day after completing one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history.

"We're in the win business, and we're not winning," Johnson said at a jam-packed news conference at the team's facility. "So, I thought this was something I had to do."

Monday, December 29, 2014

Lehighton's 69-60 win over Palmerton in Friday night's opener of the 34th Annual Slatington Rotary Basketball Tournament showed that the team was more than capable of grinding out a victory when it needed to.

In Saturday's title game against Jim Thorpe, the Indians showed that they could win with a little bit of flair, too.

After working on getting the ball inside against the Blue Bombers, Lehighton found its shooting touch against the Olympians, connecting on 11 three-pointers en route to an 82-45 victory, giving the Indians their second straight title in the event.