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Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Tamaqua football team award winners were, from left, Kyle Oliphant (Top Defensive Lineman); Collin "Bud" Moyer (Top Offensive Back; 1,000 yards rushing); Ernie Shilko (Francis M. "Spirit" Inama Memorial Award); Malik Roper (Top Defensive Back); Tyler Skripko (Tom Butterworth Memorial Scholarship Award in recognition of outstanding performance on the football field and strong academic achievement); Dylan Baddick (Top Offensive Receiver and Sportsmanship Award); Nathan Bastanzi (Top Offensive Lineman); Trevor Skripko (Top Linebacker; Captain Jeffrey Bnosky Memorial Award for the player with the most Desire, Dedication, and Determination)
Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29, 1982 Cathi Evans scores 14 points and adds five steals to lead Northern Lehigh to a 48-45 Centennial League upset win over Pocono Mountain. Trailing by five points with 1:19 to play the Bulldogs, coached by Dick Jones, score the final eight points of the contest to pull out the victory. Evans hits the go-ahead bucket with 10 seconds left and her steal and two free throws seals the contest. Doreen Martinez contributes 12 points to the winning cause while Amy Niemkiewicz adds 10 points, six rebounds and five blocked shot. Paula Noakes also chips in with 10 points.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Several local basketball teams picked up crucial wins, as the regular season nears its end.

Pleasant Valley's boys and girls teams nabbed victories over East Stroudsburg South, while the Palmerton boys and Northwestern girls each earned triumphs.



Palmerton picked up a non-league victory over Brandywine Heights in convincing fashion, 61-43.

Leading the Blue Bombers (9-10) in scoring were Mark Quinn with 14, while Spencer Hay and Mikey Stasko both notched 10 points.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Northwestern's Sarah Segan is guarded by Jess Olewine of Northern Lehigh during Tuesday's Colonial League game. Nancy Scholz/ Special to the Times News

The Northwestern girls clinched a district playoff berth with a win Tuesday.


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Northwestern rolled to a 54-32 Colonial League victory over Northern Lehigh.

The win clinched a district playoff berth for the Tigers (11-7; 7-6), who received 12 points from Erika Thomas and Sabrina Mertz.

For the Bulldogs (1-17; 0-13), Jess Olewine and Jill Olewine each had 13 points.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to the times news Northern Lehigh's Austin Hemingway keeps control of Bangor's Gaelen Happel during the Colonial League semifinal match last night between the Bullodgs and Slaters. Hemingway won by a 5-3 decision in their 138-pound bout.

CATASAUQUA - It was never going to be easy.

In order to capture the title at last night's Colonial League team wrestling championships, there was a good chance Northern Lehigh would have to go through top-seed Saucon Valley to do it.

The Panthers entered the four-team tournament as the top seed, going 8-0 in league competition with an average margin of victory of over 48 points.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 28, 1997 Palmerton trails by eight points with a minute and a half to play, but the Blue Bombers score the final 11 points of the game to pull out a 53-50 Colonial League win over Pen Argyl. Three-pointers by Greg Bulishak and Travis Bolton trim the deficit to two points and Matt Hager's hook shot ties the contest with 50 seconds left. Hager hits a free throw to give his team the lead and Bulishak adds two more foul shots. Bulishak finishes with a team-high 12 points while Nick Samok contributes 11. Palmerton, coached by Todd Gombos, also receives nine from Hager.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
RICH GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Jade Farquhar throws up an underhanded shot to score two of her 30 points as Salisbury's Meagan Eripret tries to block it.

Palmerton head coach Rodney Strohl looks at senior Jade Farquhar sometimes as another coach out on the floor.

Farquhar took control early and helped keep the Lady Bombers focused for a 47-40 victory over Salisbury in a key Colonial League contest for both teams, who look for a shot at the overall league title when playoffs get underway in just over a week.

The Bombers, who have compiled a 17-2 overall record and 12-2 in the league were anxious to get revenge from the loss the Falcons handed them in their first meeting.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Aaron Hofmann goes up for a shot in between Northwestern's Brady Mengel (10) and Cam Richardson.

It would have been understandable – maybe even expected – for Northern Lehigh to pack it in when things got tough.

Winding down a season that has produced far more losses than wins, playing an opponent that had blown them out just a few weeks earlier, and seeing a double digit lead wiped out late in the game, there was no reason to expect the Bulldogs to grind out a victory.

But that's exactly what they did.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Bethany Shaud dribbles the ball as she faces a Mahanoy Area double-team. The Fillies went on to beat the Lady Bears by a 48-29 score.

Following a tough loss, there's usually no grey area in terms of how a young team will respond it's either going to be positive or negative.

After coming up short against rival Shenandoah Valley on Saturday, Marian was able to convincingly respond in a positive fashion against Mahanoy Area in a Schuylkill League game. The Fillies eventually pulled away from the Lady Bears in another competitive contest and were victorious, 48-29.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

District 11 Chairman Robert Hartman Jr. has announced the launch of the district’s new website — After approximately five months of planning, production, and implementation, Tuesday marked the first day of the new site.