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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Tigers have been hit hard by impetigo

Dealing with injuries is one thing.

Being forced to overcome a highly infectious and contagious skin condition is another.

Unfortunately, that's the position the Northwestern wrestling team has been in throughout most of this season. The Tigers have dealt with an outbreak of impetigo, a bacterial infection obtained through broken skin, that has ravaged their lineup.

"It has definitely had a major impact on our season," said Northwestern coach Jim Moll. "The holes that it has caused in our lineup have been tough to overcome.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Zach Hunsberger controls Christian Gretzinger of Palisades during their 145-pound match on Monday.

Marian and Weatherly came out on top in boys basketball action on Monday night, while the Pleasant Valley girls were also able to hit the win column.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain rolled to a 54-30 Schuylkill League Division 1 win over Tamaqua.

Skyler Panchari paced the Blue Eagles with 17 points, while Will Bornstein followed with 15.

The Raiders' Bo Rottet led all scorers with a game-high 19 points.

TAMAQUA

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

(through Jan. 19)

(bout minimum: 5)

106 - 1. Kevan Gentile, Jim Thorpe, So. (17-2); 2. Colton Rex, Northern Lehigh, So. (14-8); 3. Ezra Neff, Lehighton, Fr. (13-5).

Honorable Mention - Baily Wehr, Northwestern, Fr. (11-10).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 21, 1958 Balanced scoring, led by Greg Posta's team-high 18 points, helps Coaldale claim a 58-56 Black Diamond League win over Summit Hill. The Tigers, coached by Tom Leonard, also receive double-digit scoring from Pete Cheplick (12) and Pal Evans (11). Jim Perchik contributes nine points to the winning cause with Burt Gbur adding eight. For the Hillers, Morgie Evans pours in a game-high 22 points.

Monday, January 20, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Emily Sofranko drives in for a layup against Notre Dame.

The Marian Fillies erupted with a late fourth-period spurt to defeat Notre Dame of Green Pond, 39-30, in a non-league contest.

The Fillies (13-1) trailed the Crusaders for much of the first three periods. Granted, Notre Dame never led by more than four (26-22 at the end of period three), but the Hometown squad was just not itself, making that four point deficit seem like a big gap.

With 4:30 remaining to play, Marian was trailing 30-29.

Then, the calvary came to the rescue.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Weatherly picked up wins in both boys and girls basketball over the weekend.

In other action, Panther Valley and Lehighton's boys were victories, while Northwestern and Palmerton notched non-league girls wins.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Panther Vy.-Schuylkill Haven

Jake Szczecina's buzzer-beater down the lane proved to be the game-winner for Panther Valley as they defeated Schuylkill Haven.

Leading the Panthers (9-6), were Szczecina with a game-high 17 points and Kyle Ferryman with 10.

For the Hurricanes (0-13), Zavier Webb scored a team-high 13.

Monday, January 20, 2014

January 20, 1972 Panther Valley posts wins in the final five bouts to pull out a 28-18 upset over Blue Mountain in Tri-County Wrestling League action. Trailing 18-6, the Panthers start their comeback run by getting a pin from Pete Spinelli at 145 pounds. Jake Maurer follows with a decision at 154 while Jake Richards gives PV a lead with a 12-2 win at 165. Mike Matsick keeps the Panthers on top with a decision at 180, and Dave Fignar secures the match with a fall at heavyweight. Other PV wins come from Vic Koshuta (103) and Mike McConnon (112).

Monday, January 20, 2014
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Colin Mashack (top) tries to

A highlight for any coach is to see his team, and his athletes achieve success.

On Saturday night at the Schuylkill League Wrestling Championships, Tamaqua mentor Jon Mashack got to experience both.

The Blue Raiders claimed two gold medals, with Colin Mashack winning the title at 126 pounds and Dylan Rynkiewicz doing the same at 132 pounds just minutes later.

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Spartans edge Tamaqua

Similar to their first meeting back on December 30, Tamaqua baited North Schuylkill in with a dominant first half and had the Spartans right where they wanted them at halftime.

Then, just like last time, as soon as the Blue Raiders were ready to reel them in and catch a huge League win, they let them off the hook with a disastrous third quarter, which resulted in North Schuylkill escaping with a 54-48 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

They are simple words, so if you possess the ability to read this column, you probably know the definitions of "better" and "easier." Yet too many in our society and too many parents in particular blur these words together.

While there is nothing more admirable than parents working overtime, attending night school, or making any other sort of sacrifice to create a situation where their children "have it better" than they did as children, there's an inherent danger in doing the same or parenting in a way so children "have it easier."