Sunday, December 28, 2014

Local Sports

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
bob ford/times news Marian's Aaron DeAngelo (left) drives the the basket against Weatherly's Dillion Bizarre.

No matter how ugly a basketball game is offensively, defense can bail a team out of any situation.

Although Marian manufactured just 40 points in its Schuylkill League affair with Weatherly

,the Colts were absolutely stout defensively over the duration of the first three periods.

The Colts held the Wreckers to single digits in each of the first three quarters (3, 7, 3 respectively) on their way to a 40-29 victory.

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22, 1992 Marian's Brad Shanfelt scores his 1,000th career point in the first quarter and then hit a three-pointer with three seconds left to play to lift his team to a 54-53 upset win over Lourdes. Shanfelt enters the contest four points shy of the milestone and hits on the Colts' first five points to quickly reach the milestone. The senior finishes with a game-high 29 points, including the game-winner from the top of the key. The winners, coached by Neil Kennedy, also receive nine points and 11 rebounds from Mark Makovec while Terry McLaughlin chips in with eight points.

Monday, December 22, 2014
Segan leaves her mark with Lady Tigers

Just hours before tipoff of an early, yet critical, rivalry game in the Colonial League basketball landscape, Sarah Segan sported a different jersey for the first time in over a month.

In a long hallway just outside the Northwestern gymnasium, just feet away from where a 7 p.m. tipoff was set against rival Southern Lehigh, Segan was there, wearing the No. 9 girls soccer jersey she donned throughout the fall.

Monday, December 22, 2014
ron gower/times news Northern Lehigh Jill Olewin tries to protect the ball from Northwestern's Megan Landrigan

The Tamaqua boys won their seventh straight game, while Marian and Northwestern Lehigh chalked up wins on the girls side of the ledger over the weekend.



Tamaqua used a powerful start to set the tone and never looked back, cruising to a 65-16 non-league win over Hamburg.

Bo Rottet led the Blue Raiders (7-0) as he poured in 25 points, while Russell Blaker's 11 and Brett Kosciolek's 10 provided the back-up.

In the JV contest, Tamaqua pulled out the sweep of the night with a 40-30 win, as Dylan Scott scored 13.


Monday, December 22, 2014
ron gower/times news Pleasant Valley's Kiki Russell lays up a shot in front of Palmerton's Jade Farquar (left) and Lyndsey Nemeth (44).

Rodney Strohl had seen it before.

After watching his Palmerton girls' basketball team start slow against Saucon Valley just days earlier, Strohl saw the Lady Bombers suffer the same fate during Saturday's game against Pleasant Valley.

Just like Thursday, however, Strohl witnessed yet another spirited Palmerton comeback, as the Lady Bombers erased an early deficit to claim an impressive 53-33 non-league win over the Lady Bears to stay undefeated.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

For many Pennsylvania deer hunters, the time between the close of last Saturday's statewide firearms deer season and the opening of the statewide flintlock muzzleloader and late archery seasons is a time of transition.

Bolt-, lever- and pump-action centerfire rifles have been cleaned and racked until next year's practice sessions at the shooting range. Attention has now turned to making sure a supply of sharp flints, roundballs, cleaning and loading patches and all the other extras needed for a flintlock hunt are accounted for and in order.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last week you read about a bike ride that should've ended badly. I should've never been able to ride 77 miles in just over four hours after fasting for 13 hours one Sunday in October, but I did.

I decided to share that story with you as an example of how dieting is more than just science and as a way to introduce a study published about two months ago in the Lancet. The study seemingly shatters a prior scientific belief about dieting. The research found little difference between the effectiveness of weight loss and the rate at which that weight loss occurred.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
bob ford/times news Kirstin Jones (11) of Tamaqua dribbles the ball up the court as Chole Markovich of Panther Valley defends.

Tamaqua coach Joe Berezwick still calls his Lady Raiders a "work in progress," but last night's convincing 47-23 win over Panther Valley proved his team made progress with hard work at both ends of the court to earn their first win of the season.

"We had a good game plan against their 3-2 zone and that was to spread the floor and be aggressive to the basket," said Berezwick.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pleasant Valley proved to hang tough with Liberty Friday night at Bethlehem's Memorial Gymnasium, but the Bears just ran out of gas in the final five minutes, falling to the Hurricanes 71-55 in East Penn Conference action.

The Bears fought back and forth through the first three and a half quarters to stay within striking distance of Liberty and saw that hard work pay off with 5:12 left in the fourth, when Kevin Wisser (11-points) hit one of his three treys on the night to even the game at 50, but from there it was all Liberty.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Marian and Northwestern girls basketball teams picked up victories on Friday.


Marian-Mahanoy Area

Marian rallied from a two-point halftime deficit to come away with a 34-32 Schuylkill League Division 3 victory over Mahanoy Area.

Madison Stoyer's 10 points led the way for the Fillies, while Mahanoy Area's Megan Babinsky chipped in with a game-high 12 points.