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Friday, January 8, 2016

Three and a half quarters of solid basketball is usually good enough to win a game.

But it wasn’t for Northwestern on Friday.

The Tigers dug themselves an early 13-0 hole against Catasauqua and could never get out.

Despite being outscored by Northwestern in the final three periods, the Rough Riders held on and earned a critical, 57-48, Colonial League victory

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Panther Valley boys recorded their first league win of the season by defeating Pine Grove on the road.

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Panther Valley-Pine Grove

Panther Valley gained its first league win of the season, defeating Pine Grove by a 53-48 score.

The Panthers’ Anthony Micholik led all scorers with 16 points, while Matt Hudicka chipped in with 11.

PV improved to 3-9 overall and 1-5 in Division 1 of the Schuylkill League.

Jake Leininger paced the Cardinals with 14 points.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

January 9, 1962 - Ed Kassak scores the first 10 points of the second half to help propel Coaldale to a 60-50 Black Diamond League win over Pleasant Valley. Kassak’s third quarter outburst helps the Tigers break a tie game and gives his team a double-digit lead. Kassak finishes with a game-high 23 points while the winners, coached by Geno Poli, also receive 10 points from George Priggins and nine from Metro Ketz. The Bears, playing in their first BDL contest, are led by Don Rinker’s 20 points.

Friday, January 8, 2016
Bears down West

A quick start doesn’t always guarantee a win.

But it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Pleasant Valley made the most of an early lead in its Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game against Pocono Mountain West Friday night en route to a 56-45 win.

The Lady Bears (4-7, 2-5) held a commanding 17-3 advantage after the first quarter, a deficit that was too much for the Lady Panthers to overcome.

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Stasko propels Palmerton

After a disappointing start for Palmerton Friday night, Mike Stasko and the Blue Bombers “flexed their muscles” in the second half.

Stasko provided a spark off the bench to help his team rebound from an early 15-point deficit. Then, with the score tied late in the fourth quarter, the junior drilled a crucial three-pointer and hit a driving layup to help lift Palmerton to a 58-52 comeback win over rival Northern Lehigh.

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Palmerton’s Erika Beers (32) gets ready to go up with a shot as Northern Lehigh’s Morgan Thomas defends. RICH GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Palmerton head coach Rodney Strohl and Northern Lehigh head coach Tony Thomas have a lot in common this basketball season.

Neither team has a junior varsity squad, neither varsity squad has much depth and both teams lean on a couple of standouts when it comes to both offense and defense.

The two teams met in a Colonial League matinee on Friday with the Lady Bombers hanging on for a 42-37 victory.

It was the third of the season for Palmerton (3-10), with one of the other two also coming against Northern Lehigh (1-12).

Friday, January 8, 2016

Northern Lehigh High School will induct two individuals and a team into its Ring of Honor.

The 2015-16 Ring of Honor class will be honored tonight at halftime of the Bulldogs’ boys basketball game against Palmerton.

1996 PIAA State Champion Softball Team

The 1996 Northern Lehigh softball team had a record of 26-4. The team captured the District 11 Class AA championship, and the PIAA Class AA state championship. They were also the Morning Call Co-Team of the Year.

Friday, January 8, 2016
Marian’s Brenna Karnish (33) drives to the basket against Minersville’s Maura Bentz. The Fillies fell to the Miners in a battle of unbeaten teams on Thursday night. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

HOMETOWN – If you were a spectator in the Marian High School gym Thursday evening, you knew something had to give.

With two undefeated girls teams and one of them ranked as high as No. 4 in the Class AA state polls, the anticipation was high.

But Minersville turned the showdown into a blowout.

The Miners’ daunting defense provided an exclamation point to the victory and also left a question mark: If the Battlin’ Miners are fourth in the polls, who the heck are the three teams ranked in front of them?

Friday, January 8, 2016
Jim Thorpe’s Kayley Kovac protects the ball as Blue Mountain’s Makayla Umbenhaur (43) defends. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

“Basketball is a game of runs” is an often used saying.

That’s because it’s just simply very true.

The Jim Thorpe girls basketball team found that out the hard way against Schuylkill League Division 1 opponent Blue Mountain on Thursday.

The Lady Olympians hung tough for the first 14 minutes of the game, but the Eagles used a 13-2 run at the end of the second quarter to come away with a 57-36 victory.

Thorpe was able to stay neck and neck with Blue Mountain (11-1) for most of the first and second quarter.

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Seth Andress of Palmerton (30) lays up a shot as Notre Dame’s Matt Panella attempts to draw a charging foul. RICH GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A big game from Zach Moon helped Weatherly gain a win over Columbia-Montour Vo Tech on Thursday.

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Weatherly-CMVT

Zach Moon drained seven three-pointers to help lead Weatherly to a 53-23 non-league win over Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech.

Moon finished with 27 points, while the Wreckers (2-7) also received 14 points from Jake Stover.

In the JV game, Steph Yurchak’s 11 points helped the Wreckers gain a 30-18 win.

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