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Saturday, January 31, 2015

January 31, 2005 Tom Kresge scores a game-high 20 points and Pleasant Valley rallies in the second half to pull out a 59-48 victory over Pottsville. The Bears, coached by Ken Piontkowski, trail by 11 points at halftime before starting their comeback. Leo Lunney contributes 18 points to the winning cause while Ryan Sassano chips in with 11. PV, which uses a 22-7 third quarter to turn the game around, also receives eight points from Blair Meixsell.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Indians breeze to win

Lehighton coach Rich Oertner was looking for a spark.

He got a raging inferno.

Looking to shake things up after a rough stretch of games, Oertner made a couple of lineup changes on Friday night against Blue Mountain.

The Indians responded with one of their most impressive performances of the season as they routed the Blue Eagles, 74-58, in Schuylkill League action.

Friday, January 30, 2015

January 30, 1962 Mike Hudock finishes with a game-high 20 points to help Palmerton cruise to a 66-41 Lehigh Valley League win over Stroudsburg. Hudock's basket in the first quarter gives the Blue Bombers a 7-6 lead they will never relinquish. The winners, coached by Mike Marcellino, lead by nine at halftime before using a 22-11 third quarter to take control. Billy Hedyt contributes 18 points while Terry Balliet finishes with 10.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Every high school team honors their upperclassmen with a "Senior Night."

But very few are as eventful as the one Marian had Thursday night.

During a 61-38 victory over Weatherly, the Fillies added another member to their 1,000-point club, gave an injured player a moment to cherish, and reveled in the scoring of a popular teammates' first points.

"It was a big night, we had a lot of good things happen for our seniors," said Marian head coach Paul Brutto. "It was really nice to have our seniors go out with something they'll probably remember for a very long time.

Friday, January 30, 2015
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Ryan Farber (front) and Northwestern's Dave VanBlargen battle at 145 pounds. Farber posted a 14-4 decision.

Two Times News area wrestling teams were in action at Panther Valley High School in the District 11 duals last night.

Fifth-seeded Northwestern battled 12-seeded Williams Valley in the opening round of action. The Tigers rallied after a strong Vikings' start to defeat Williams Valley, 40-30.

Northwestern earned the opportunity to square off against rival Northern Lehigh in the quarterfinal match immediately after its opening round victory.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Panther Valley's Macey Markovich set a new girls school record for most three-pointers in a season.


Panther Valley-Pottsville

Pottsville scored early and often in a 55-20 Schuylkill League win over Panther Valley.

Hannah Bernhauser and Sadie Cresswell both scored 11 points apiece for the Tide.

Macey Markovich scored 10 points for the Lady Panthers. She entered the game tied for the school's single-season three-point record and broke it with three in the game to bring her season total to 51.

Pottsville also won the JV contest, 24-6.

Friday, January 30, 2015

WHITEHALL Panther Valley head coach Tim Robb had one goal in mind as his team took the mat in the opening round of the District 11 Class 2A Team Duals at Whitehall High School on Thursday night: advance to Saturday's round.

Robb got his wish when the Panthers handed Palisades a 36-30 setback in the first match of the evening.

Despite a 59-18 loss to Saucon Valley in the nightcap, the Panthers move on to Saturday's consolation round at Freedom and will wrestle Northwestern Lehigh at 9 a.m.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Mike feifel/times news Cody Scherer of Lehighton (standing) pinned Luke Fleck of Wilson in the 138-pound bout.

ORWIGSBURG Working with little room for error, upset-minded Wilson and Pottsville proved to be more than up to the challenge on the opening night of the District 11 Team Wrestling Tournament at Blue Mountain High School.

Battling No. 6 Lehighton in their Class AA first round match, the 11th-seeded Warriors were able to avenge an early season loss by claiming a 39-31 victory over the Indians.

In the Class AAA bracket, the 11th-seeded Tide used a torrid start and held off a late surge from No. 6 seed Pleasant Valley to claim a 38-36 win, the first in program history.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
AVC Black Diamonds win tournament

The Anthracite Volleyball Club Black Diamonds team recently captured the 16U championship at a tournament in Palmyra, Pa. The team went 8-0 in pool play and 12-1 overall. Team members include, front row, from left, Maureen Kloap, Courtney McCall, Toni Galasso and Danielle Spillman. Back row, coach John "Doc" Fallabel, Jenna O'Donnell, Abby Stankiewitch, Miranda Antiga, Kelsey Carroll, and coach Natalie Klecha.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Bob Ford/Times News Freshman Kayley Kovac of Jim Thorpe currently leads the Times News area in scoring. Kovac is one of many freshmen girls players who are making impacts on their teams this season.

In the traditional progression of athletic talent at the high school level, a varsity basketball team's roster is comprised of juniors and seniors, sprinkled with a few sophomores, while freshmen are relegated to play at the junior varsity level.

Several area girls' teams have thrown that tradition out the window.

Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, and Pleasant Valley are three schools that are not only starting freshmen game after game, their "rookies" are performing with above average success.