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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Panther Valley’s Christina Dacey dribbles around a Pine Grove defender during Tuesday’s Schuylkill League contest. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua and Marian boys both earned Schuylkill League wins on Tuesday.

The Weatherly girls also picked up a victory over Tri-Valley.



Tamaqua used a 22-point third quarter to help earn a Schuylkill League victory over Minersville, 61-53.

Brayden Knoblauch sparked the Blue Raiders (10-6; 4-5) with a game-high 23 points. Zeke Wassell added 11 points.

Aaron Snyder finished with 21 points for Minersville.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday's local scores that were reported to the Times News:

Tamaqua 61, Minersville 53
Saucon Valley 68, Palmerton 44

Pine Grove 57, Panther Valley 27
Weatherly 56, Tri-Valley 39

Upper Dauphin 60, Panther Valley 18

Tamaqua-Blue Mountain
Girls: Blue Mtn 101, Tamaqua 17
Boys: Blue Mtn 140, Tamaqua 37

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Three Phantoms received their jerseys for the upcoming all-star game. From left are Phantoms executive vice president Chris Porreca, Taylor Leier, T.J. Brennan, AHL president David Andrews, and Jordan Weal. Photo courtesy of JustSports Photography

The Phantoms reached the midway point of the season Friday night, playing their 38th game of the season, and beating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5-3 to put their record at 26-10-2.

In addition to the win over the Penguins, Lehigh Valley added a key win over Hershey Sunday on the road, but suffered a 9-1 loss to Providence, their worst defeat of the season.

The games against division foes left Lehigh Valley with sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division, seven points behind the Penguins and one point ahead of Providence.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

You’d be hard-pressed to find a team in the Colonial League that has gone through a tougher stretch than the one the Northwestern girls’ basketball team just did.

That difficult spurt came to an end on Monday night with a league game against Bangor, the Colonial League’s East Division leader. Northwestern battled until the final whistle and nearly pulled off the upset, but the Slaters kept their distance atop the division standings with a 45-42 victory.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Northern Lehigh fell to Notre Dame of Green Pond in both boys and girls basketball on Monday.


Notre Dame-No. Lehigh

Notre Dame defeated Northern Lehigh in a Colonial League game, 63-45.

Titus Wilkins had 17 points to lead Notre Dame. Matt Anthony tallied 14.

For Northern Lehigh (6-11; 4-9), Joe Egan dropped a game-high 20 points and Gio Colon added eight.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

STATE COLLEGE — The first question tossed James Franklin’s way at essentially the first press conference of the 2017 Penn State football season seemed as obvious as it was direct.

How many scholarships do you have handed out right now?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 24, 2003 — Nate Phillips scores 10 of his 14 points in the third quarter to help Marian pull away and claim a 93-54 Schuylkill League victory over Shenandoah Valley. The Colts, coached by Mick Stefanek, lead by just six at halftime before using a 24-9 third frame to take control. Eddie McLaughlin tallies a game-high 20 points for Marian, which clinches a district playoff berth with the victory. Jared Holly contributes 13 points, while Zane Hadzick and Joe Herman each reach double figures with 10.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Foundation will hold its annual banquet on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Northampton Community Center at 5:30 p.m. Boys and girls from seven Times News area schools will be among the scholar athletes honored at the banquet.

Jim Thorpe

Margaret Holloway

Holloway is a three-year varsity player and senior captain. She has played eight years of recreational soccer. Holloway is involved in NHS and plans to study Animal Science and become a veterinarian. She is the daughter of Garth and Laura.

Cameron Condly

Monday, January 23, 2017

The threat of inclement weather has caused several high school sporting events in the area to be postponed.

The following postponements have been received by the Times News:


Jim Thorpe at Lehighton (ppd. to 1/24, 7 p.m.)

Panther Valley at Tamaqua (ppd. to 1/28, 6:30 p.m.)

Tri-Valley at Weatherly (ppd. to 1/24, 7:30 p.m.)

Schuylkill Haven at Marian (ppd. to 1/25, 6:30 p.m. varsity only)

Palmerton at Saucon Valley (ppd. No new date)


Saucon Valley at Palmerton (ppd. to 1/24)

Monday, January 23, 2017
Tanner Kennedy of Panther Valley and Cody Scherer of Lehighton (top) battle in the 152-pound championship bout at the Schuylkill League Wrestling Tournament. Kennedy posted a 4-3 decision. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tanner Kennedy’s drive has made him one of the top wrestlers in the area.

On Saturday, that determination got the Panther Valley junior a gold medal.

Kennedy used a late takedown in the waning seconds of the 152-pound final at the Schuylkill League Wrestling Tournament to top Lehighton’s Cody Scherer, 4-3.

“He doesn’t stop,” Panthers’ head coach Tim Robb said of Kennedy. “He has that competitive edge.”

Against Scherer, he needed every bit of it, as Kennedy’s takedown with 11 seconds left lifted him to his first league title.