Sunday, December 28, 2014

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 20, 1979 Cindy Miller's steal and basket with 4:09 left in the game allows the Tamaqua cage star to reach the coveted 2,000-point mark. Miller enters the contest 23 points shy of the milestone and finishes the game a 77-16 win over Pottsville with 24. Miller tallies just two points in the opening quarter before hitting for 10 in the second frame. After adding six more in the third period, the senior scores off a rebound with 5:14 to play and drains a jumper from the corner moments later to set up her memorable field goal.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Pilla big part of Fillies' success

The Marian volleyball program has experienced a ton of success over the past couple of years, and there are certainly statistics and accolades to prove it:

Ÿ 25-match win streak in 2014

Ÿ 39-game win streak through the 2013 and '14 seasons

Ÿ 0 sets lost in the 2014 season until its state championship game vs. Greensburg CC

Ÿ Two back-to-back PIAA Class A championship appearances in 2013 and '14

Ÿ One PIAA Class A championship title in 2013.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
ron gower/times news Payton Kovac of Jim Thorpe (left) and Lehighton's Riley Durishin (center) and Celina Fital watch a loose ball head out of bounds.

Teams don't typically rely on freshmen to take over down the stretch. But Kayley Kovac isn't your typical freshman.

Kovac scored 33 points, including nine points in the game's final 2:25, to help Jim Thorpe hold off a furious Lehighton rally and post a 65-55 Schuylkill League victory on Friday night.

"It was a heck of a performance from Kayley," said Jim Thorpe coach Rob Kovac. "I thought she did a nice job of being patient early and not forcing things. She was taking the ball to the basket and drawing fouls and also doing a nice job of getting her teammates involved."

Saturday, December 20, 2014
ap filephoto Penn State's Shep Garner jumps on teammate Ross Travis to celebrate the win over Duquesne earlier this season. The Nittany Lions play at the PPL Center in Allentown today.

Excitement is buzzing for today's Penn State-Drexel men's basketball contest at Allentown's PPL Center, which hopes be continued momentum for fans of the blue and white.

With Villanova and Lehigh squaring off in an early season opener at the PPL Center back on November 14, today's affair should have a hometown feel for the Nittany Lions (10-1), who are off to their best start since the 1995-96 team opened their year at 13-0.

Friday, December 19, 2014
Quick start propels Northern Lehigh

Wrestling their third dual match in four days, it wouldn't have been surprising if Northern Lehigh looked somewhat lethargic against Lehighton last night.

The same concern could have been raised for the Indians, who were coming off a tough loss to North Schuylkill less than 24 hours earlier.

But it was the Bulldogs that quickly dismissed any notion of a slow start, racing out to an early lead on their way to a 42-20 non-league win.

Friday, December 19, 2014
Tigers' Herb an all-around player

No one can be in two places at the same time.

If that were possible, then Brandon Herb would have played both midfielder and defender at the same time for the Northwestern soccer team. He was that good and he was that versatile.

For his excellent overall performance, he has been selected as the 2014 Times News Boys' Soccer Player of the Year.

"Wherever our team needed me to play to give us the best chance to win, then that's what I would do," said Herb, a three-time First Team Colonial League All-Star.

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Tamaqua Area school board also approved some coaching assignments: Shane McCabe, assistant wrestling co-coach; Ron Szabo, volunteer assistant wrestling coach; Caroline Kanaskie, volunteer assistant swimming coach; and Nathan Kester, volunteer assistant baseball coach.

Friday, December 19, 2014
Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek (24) and Nate McDonald close in on Panther Valley's Sam Stanko (with ball) as the Panthers' Matt Hudicka (14) sets a screen.

It's basic basketball strategy. And it worked just as planned for Tamaqua in a 68-21 Schuylkill League win over Panther Valley.

The taller Blue Raiders took advantage of their size and got the ball inside, scoring 46 of their points on lay ups while going 27-for-61 from the field.

Friday, December 19, 2014
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Tyler Crum (11) slices between Jim Thorpe defenders Shane Snisky (33) and Brendan Carroll to put up a shot.

There were many questions about the 2014 version of the Lehighton Indians boys' basketball team coming into the season.

The team certainly looks conditioned, and one thing known for sure, is that the team can flat out score the basketball.

The Indians have scored at least 50 points in each of its games this year and had eclipsed the 70-point mark twice heading into Thursday evening.

Lehighton continued to roll in its Schuylkill League match against Jim Thorpe, earning a road victory, 72-51.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Palmerton and Panther Valley picked up girls basketball victories on Thursday.


Saucon Valley-Palmerton

Palmerton rallied to defeat Saucon Valley in a battle of Colonial League unbeatens, 60-51.

Jade Farquhar led the winners with 19 points, while Linnaea Leister followed with 15 and Madison Mummey had 13.

The Panthers' Abigail Omdahl led all scorers with 21 points, and Ally Small chipped in 13.

Palmerton improves to 5-0 overall, 4-0 in the league, while Saucon drops to 4-1, 3-1.