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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Whether it's on a court, a field or the ice, playing at home should give a team an advantage.

With a brand new, state of the art arena and near futuristic facilities on their side, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms figured to have a distinct home ice advantage this season, but that hasn't been the case.

The team opened up with two straight wins at home, but then dropped their next two home games. The longest home win streak this season has been four games, with one other streak of three straight home wins.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 24, 1953 Steve Vitek pours in a game-high 24 points to help Lansford rally from an early deficit and post a 76-54 victory over Coaldale. The Panthers, coached by Johnny Chuckran, trail by three points after the first quarter but use a 20-10 second frame to take the lead for good. Frank Radocha contributes 20 points to the winning effort while Bob Popik adds 12 and Zlock chips in with 10. For the Tigers, Joe Zaleha tallies a team-high 15 points.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CLASS AAA BOYS

SEMIFINAL ROUND

No. 4 Tamaqua (21-5, 11-3 SL) vs. No. 1 Pottsville (25-0, 14-0 SL)

TIPOFF: Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Minersville

COACHES: Tamaqua - Caszy Kosciolek; Pottsville - Dave Mullaney

LEADING SCORERS: Tamaqua – Bo Rottet (Sr, 16.6 ppg), Brett Kosciolek (Sr, 16.5 ppg), Russell Blaker (Jr, 8.8 ppg), Nate MacDonald (Sr, 5.6 ppg), Tyler Skripko (Sr, 3.2 ppg); Pottsville – Travis Blankenhorn (Sr, 16.36 ppg), Eli Nabholz (Sr, 12.16 ppg), Jordan Melochick (Jr, 9.44 ppg), Jordan Abdo (So, 6.08 ppg), Connor Hinchliffe (Sr, 4.40 ppg).

Monday, February 23, 2015
bob ford/times news Northwestern's Caleb Clymer gets behind Tamaqua's Dylan Rynkiewicz for a reversal during their 138-pound bout in the District 11 AA semifinals.

BETHLEHEM - Less than a month after winning a district dual title, Northern Lehigh proved to once again be the class of the field during Saturday's District 11 Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships.

The Bulldogs left Freedom High School with three individual champions a year after not having any wrestler finish above fifth place.

"It's a testament to their hard work," said Northern Lehigh head coach Steve Hluschak, who was also named District 11 AA Coach of the Year. "Some of these guys went from fifth to first, and that just doesn't happen overnight.

Monday, February 23, 2015
don herb/times news Pleasant Valley's Ahmad Curtis (top) wrestles Jahan Worth of Parkland during Friday's AAA quarterfinals. Curtis went on to finish second at 285 pounds.

BETHLEHEM - Of all the Pleasant Valley wrestlers to advance to regionals, Jason Jacobi might have pushed himself into the second weekend of post-season wrestling with the most momentum.

Jacobi took fifth at 126 following a stunning 6-4 decision over Parkland's Andrew Mastrangelo in the consolation finals.

The PV junior trailed 4-2 inside of 10 seconds left, when he ankle picked Mastrangelo off the restart and took him to his back for a four-point move that gave him the win at the buzzer.

Monday, February 23, 2015
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to The Times News Tamaqua's Emma Ragp completes a dive at District 11 competition on Saturday. She finished fourth.

EMMAUS - Tamaqua divers Emma Rago and Thorn Devlin knew they would be facing some stiff competition coming into the District 11 Diving Championships held this past Saturday at Emmaus High School, but they both left feeling like they gave a fair representation of themselves.

Monday, February 23, 2015

February 23, 1967 Four players score in double figures to help Jim Thorpe end its regular season with an 83-54 victory over Marian. The Olympians, coached by Phil Rader, lead by just five points at halftime but outscore their opponent 49-25 over the final two quarters. Dennis Balliet finishes with a game-high 22 points, while Eugene Sweeney contributes 19. The winners also receive 16 points from both Mike Tessitore and Clem McGinley. For the Colts, Joe Petravage ends with a team-high 17 points.

Monday, February 23, 2015
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to The times news Northwestern's Sabrina Mertz jumps high in the air to complete a pass underneath to a teammate as Saucon Valley's Elyssa Okken defends.

NORTHAMPTON - It wasn't quite the start Northwestern got against Saucon Valley in the Colonial League quarterfinals, but when the two teams met in the first round of districts, the Tigers got off to a quick start once again.

The result was particularly similar to the Tigers' dominant 21-point victory against the Panthers in the league tournament.

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Mike Feifel/Times News Marian's Abbey Whildin dribbles past the defense of Minersville's Abby Schoffstall.

POTTSVILLE – Youth and inexperience can often times be a recipe for failure, especially in the postseason.

However, don't tell that to Minersville.

With four sophomores and one freshman in the starting lineup, and no juniors or seniors even on the roster, the Battlin' Miners have been cooking up plenty of success recently with a few key ingredients.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

POTTSVILLE - Last week during Tamaqua's overtime Schuylkill League championship loss to Pottsville, the Blue Raiders decided to play the "chess match" and hold the ball for most of the first quarter. In result, the strategy kept Pottsville off of the scoreboard for the most part, as the score was 2-0 headed into the second frame.

Last night it is was North Schuylkill who wanted to control the early tempo and slow the game down. The Spartans held the ball for a majority of the first quarter, as the two teams were tied at 6-6 apiece headed into the second period.