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Friday, December 19, 2014

December 19, 1958 Billy Bechtold pours in a game-high 31 points to help Jim Thorpe register a 71-57 victory over Lehighton. The Olympians, coached by Kenny Kline, fall behind after the first quarter but Bechtold tallies 10 points in the second frame to give his team the lead for good. Gary Hiller contributes 11 points to the winning cause while Kenny Ackerman chips in with eight. For the Indians, Art Dietz finishes with a team-high 21 points.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Trent Thomas turns over East Stroudsburg North's Jay'ln Smoot before pinning him in 2:31 in their 195-pound bout.

Many psychologists claim that mankind's most natural phobia is the 'fear of the unknown.' However, Pleasant Valley head wrestling coach Justin Micklos, claimed to have no fear at a crucial stage of his team's EPC match against East Stroudsburg North.

Following a spurt of four straight bouts by the Timberwolves that gave them a 21-17 lead midway through the match, Micklos had faith and confidence in his upper-weight class wrestlers' abilities to regain the lead and eventually win.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Gary Goodhile pushes Tri-Valley's Dawson Boltz to the mat for a 1:33 fall in their 106-pound bout.

Despite conceding four bouts via forfeit, Panther Valley head coach Tim Robb had no trouble getting his team ready to face perennial Schuylkill League powerhouse Tri-Valley last night.

With the Bulldogs coming off a second place finish in the 19-team Top Hat Tournament and sporting a lineup that features multiple PIAA state qualifiers from a year ago, Robb knew that if his squad could hang around, and maybe even steal a match, the evening would be a success.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to The Times News Northwestern Lehigh's Matt Peters keeps control of Catasauqua's Anthony Stahl in their 106-pound bout. Peters won by a fall in 2:35.

Northern Lehigh and Northwestern Lehigh picked up wins in wrestling, while Lehighton's girls basketball team won its second game in as many night.

WRESTLING

Lehighton-No. Schuylkill

In a heavily heated Schuylkill League match, it was North Schuylkill that pulled out a 34-26 victory over visiting Lehighton.

Tegan Durishin (138) and Dustin Koons (152) posted the lone pins for the Indians.

Teammate Tyler Cann ended up with a major decision at 160.

No. Schuylkill 34, Lehighton 26

106 - Owen Boyer (NS) dec. Nate Kemmerer, 7-5

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 18, 2007 Keith Barna scores 18 points and pulls down nine rebounds to lead Weatherly to a 49-43 Schuylkill League victory over Mahanoy Area. The Wreckers, coached by Ron Cann, use a 16-6 third quarter to take control of the contest. Matt Mitchell contributes 10 points and 11 boards to the win while teammate Jason Hall adds 10 points and nine rebounds.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Gesiskie inducted intoWayne Area Hall of Fame

Pleasant Valley High School volleyball coach John Gesiskie was recently inducted into the Wayne Area Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Oct. 25.

Gesiskie was a standout basketball player during his high school days at Western Wayne High School, playing three years of varsity ball.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Eric Marbury gets inside to go up for a layup against Parkland.

An overwhelming favorite to win the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship, Parkland entered this season with a clear understanding that it would get each team's best shot every time out.

The Trojans, however, embrace their status and have seemingly everything - size, quickness, balance, depth and experience - to succeed.

They also know how to win, as evidenced by back-to-back District 11 titles and a dominant performance in every tournament they entered throughout the summer.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 17, 1994 Pleasant Valley gains comeback wins against both Parkland and Palmerton as Keith Kutzler, Brandon Mueller and Jason Farissier all register victories in both of their bouts. Trailing the Trojans 23-3, PV receives falls from J.J. Jennings (140) and Mueller (160) to close the gap. Farissier (171) and Dave Iandoli (189) post majors before Jon Regina's pin at heavyweight gives the Bears a 33-31 triumph.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PARKLAND The new Eastern Pennsylvania Conference can make for some long bus rides, but it figures that the ride back to Pleasant Valley from Parkland was a lot longer than the trip that took the Bears to their game Tuesday.

The Trojans got points from 12 different players in downing Pleasant Valley 46-12, dropping the Bears to 2-3 on the season.

Parkland took advantage of early turnovers to build a 25-6 lead at half-time as the Bears turned the ball over 18 times in the first half alone and 32 times in the game, keeping their offense from getting into any consistent flow.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Nancy Scholz/Special to the Times News Northern Lehigh's Joe Egan drives the lane against Salisbury on Tuesday.

Palmerton received wins from both its boys and girls basketball teams in scholastic action Tuesday night.

Both Bomber squads defeated Catasauqua in Colonial League action.

Also picking up a win was the Lehighton girls team. The Lady Indians rolled past Panther Valley for their first-ever Schuylkill League victory.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Catasauqua-Palmerton

Palmerton placed four players in double figures to hand Catasauqua a 76-64 Colonial League loss.