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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Jim Thorpe’s Devon Lignore protects the ball as Pottsville’s Kyra Schenk (41) defends. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe’s offensive problems were obvious.

Olympian girls basketball coach Rob Kovac said the solution is too.

After watching his team turn in its lowest scoring output of the season in a 41-26 Schuylkill League Division I setback to Pottsville, Kovac wasn’t hesitant to talk about the problem.

“We need to get a lot more out of players other than Kayley (Kovac),” coach Kovac said. “We need to do a lot better job of that and that’s what we talked about in the locker-room.”

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Scores received from Tuesday night's games.
Pick up Wednesday's Times News for more coverage.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Pottsville 41, Jim Thorpe 26
Pocono Mountain East 58, Pleasant Valley 30
North Schuylkill 66, Tamaqua 44

BOYS BASKETBALL
Marian 47, Western Wayne 36
Panther Valley 50, Columbia Montour AVTS 42
Pleasant Valley 68, Pocono Mountain East 56

WRESTLING
Northwestern 51, Palisades 24
Notre Dame Green Pond 47, Northern Lehigh 27
Pen Argyl 53, Palmerton 16

SWIMMING
BOYS
Pottsville 137, Tamaqua 33
GIRLS
Pottsville 105, Tamaqua 64

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Jim Thorpe girls picked up a 57-56 non league win over Lake Lehman Monday night. The Palmerton girls, along with the Marian, Lehighton and Tamaqua boys’ basketball teams, also earned wins in scholastic action.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Jim Thorpe-Lake Lehman

Jim Thorpe rallied for a 57-56 non-league win over Lake Lehman.

Kayley Kovac paced the Olympians with 32 points, while Payton Kovac added 13.

Thorpe used a 19-8 third quarter to offset an eight-point halftime deficit.

JIM THORPE

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The Phantoms Danick Martel scored two goals in his team's recent win against Providence. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUSTSPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY Copyright - © JustSports Photography

The Phantoms dominated the Providence Bruins Saturday night, winning 7-1 for their fifth win in a row.

On a stretch like that, you wouldn’t think there would be much worry or pressure on the players, but in the case of Danick Martel, that wasn’t the case coming into the game with the Bruins.

Martel, 22, scored four goals in the first six games of the season and then went 12 games before scoring his fifth. He had gone another five games without a goal coming into Saturday.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Marian’s Kyle Plesh, seen here in action during this past season, was named to the All-State team on Monday. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The play of Marian’s Kyle Plesh this past season was hard to ignore.

Plesh was a force for the Colts on both sides of the ball, proving to be as dynamic on offense as he was disruptive on the defensive front.

That versatility didn’t go unnoticed, as Plesh was named Monday to the 2016 Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 1A All-State football team.

Plesh, who had 120 tackles for the Colts this past fall, including five sacks and 16 tackles for loss, was selected to the team as a defensive lineman.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Jim Thorpe’s Aaron Joyce bumps into Justin Abdo of Pottsville. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Through the sands of time in sports, the ability to play good defense has always given a team a high probability to be successful.

And defense is a big part of what the Pottsville boys basketball program have put together over the last decade in the Schuylkill League. The Tide were impressive once again on Monday night against Jim Thorpe, dominating on both sides of the floor and picking up a 55-29 Division 1 victory.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December 20, 1991 — Tom Edwards scores a game-high 28 points and pulls down nine rebounds to help Tamaqua earn a 71-55 victory over Marian. The Blue Raiders, who trail by six points at the half, use 15 points from Edwards in the third quarter to go on a 23-6 run and take control of the game. The winners, coached by Ray Edwards, also receive 12 points from Damian Fritz, while Mark Onushco contributes 11. Todd Rottet chips in with 10 points, and Walt DiSante collects 11 boards. For the Colts, Shawn McGinley finishes with a team-high 14 points.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Weatherly defenders Jeremy Moser, left, and Zach Moon (21) try to trap Panther Valley’s Rene Figueroa during their Schuylkill League game on Monday. The Panthers gained a 67-50 victory as Figueroa scored a game-high 21 points. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Perhaps Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers said it best.

“R-E-L-A-X.”

Well, Panther Valley’s interim head coach Keith Gogal had the same message to his team during the first quarter of a Schuylkill League Division 3 contest with Weatherly.

After trailing by a 12-6 margin halfway through the initial period, Gogal burned a timeout to rally the troops.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Palmerton’s Jevon Nelson drives to the basket as Max Kukla of Pen Argyl defends. RICH GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pen Argyl’s size and speed proved to be too much for Palmerton in Monday’s 65-38 Colonial League victory, showing that outside of their name and color, these Knights are anything but “green.”

The winners, who improved to 2-3 overall, have suffered some hard-fought losses at the hands of Moravian Academy, Southern Lehigh and Bangor.

Their victory allowed head coach Kyle Hutnik to enjoy his squad’s first league win.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Scores received from Monday's games:
Check out Tuesday's Times News for more coverage.

BOYS BASKETBALL
Panther Valley 67, Weatherly 50
Pottsville 55, Jim Thorpe 29
Pen Argyl 65, Palmerton 38
Marian 55, MMI Prep 34
Tamaqua 54, North Schuylkill 47

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Jim Thorpe 57, Lake Lehman 56
Wilson 37, Northern Lehigh 29
Palmerton 48, Pen Argyl 39
Blue Mountain 60, Panther Valley 7

WRESTLING
Pottsville 72, Tamaqua 9
Pen Argyl 41, Lehighton 40