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Thursday, January 16, 2014
The Pleasant Valley girls basketball team were among the hardest hit from the winter weather this season. So far, the Lady Bears have had eight games postponed.

The recent snowstorms and below zero temperatures have our local residents telling stories of how they have dealt with some of the worst weather conditions in recent history.

Area high school basketball coaches, with a multitude of scheduled games postponed because of the icy hammer dropped by the snow gods and Jack Frost (make that Jack Frigid), have also had to figure out ways to keep their teams prepared and motivated.

Here's a short list.

* Zumba dancing.

* Egg roulette.

* Players against coaches' games.

* Two for one practices.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Mark Quinn goes up high for a bucket in Tuesday night's contest against Southern Lehigh. The Spartans held on for a 59-50 win.

The Marian boys team, Pleasant Valley girls, and the Tamaqua boys swim team were all able to pick up victories on Tuesday. The Marian boys picked up a very important win over Tri-Valley, while the Lady Bears continued their solid play, winning their fourth consecutive contest.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Marian-Tri Valley

Marian used a strong first half to move ahead early and grab a 42-27 win over Tri-Valley.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January 15, 1965 Five Panther Valley players reach double figures in scoring as the Panthers cruise to a 93-73 North Schuylkill League win over Mount Carmel. Charlie Williams finishes with a game-high 19 points, with 12 of them coming during a 30-point third quarter. John Mikulsky and Vince Busavage both contribute 17 points while John Davidyock adds 12. PV, coached by John Harkins, also receives 10 from Dave Padora while Busavage and Padora each pull down 15 rebounds.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Kevin Markovich (44) takes a jump shot from in close over a Palisades defender.

Defensive intensity was on full display in last night's Colonial league clash between Palisades and Northwestern and neither team was able to eclipse the 40-point mark.

Taylor Breininger of Northwestern hit a pair of clutch foul shots with 28 seconds left to give the Tigers a one-point advantage.

But it was Austin Krauss hitting a floater in the paint with two seconds remaining that gave the Pirates an impressive 39-38 victory.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Trevor Skripko looks for help as Panther Valley's Cee Keo (left) and Luke Stano (right) move in.

The Tamaqua boys' basketball team needed a spark.

With Panther Valley trailing by two and on the verge of seizing momentum and its first lead of the game late in the third, the Raiders needed someone to make a play.

Enter Ben Miller.

Miller's only basket of the contest in the closing moments of the third period proved to be one of the most important shots in the game, as the Raiders made the most of Miller's contribution to pull away for a 61-38 Schuylkill League Division 1 win over the Panthers.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Marian and Palmerton continued their string of girls basketball wins in local scholastic sports action on Monday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tri Valley-Marian

Marian used a big first quarter and finished off strong in the fourth quarter to hand Tri Valley a 63-33 Schuylkill League loss.

Savanna Krusinsky led the way for the Colts with 14 points. Abby Whildin and Emily Sofranko each chipped in with 11.

TRI-VALLEY

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Lady Panthers streak by Raiders

January 7, 2003.

On that date, Panther Valley's girls' basketball team defeated Tamaqua, 51-44.

It was the last time the Panthers would defeat the Lady Raiders until last night when they ended a 19 game losing streak to Tamaqua with a 50-42 victory.

The "streak" was not the only streak to mention as both teams went on scoring runs and scoring droughts to keep the game competitive until the end.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Schuylkill League Wrestling Tournament returns to Jim Thorpe this weekend for the first time since 2006.

For the first time since 2009 and the second time since 2006, Jim Thorpe will host this weekend's Schuylkill League Wrestling Championships.

The annual tournament is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday night at the high school gymnasium with preliminary bouts. Quarterfinal and consolation matches will follow later in the evening, with the semis and finals scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

The event will feature 14 teams from throughout the Schuylkill League, including wrestlers from Panther Valley and Tamaqua.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

(through Jan. 12)

(bout minimum: 5)

106 – 1. Kevan Gentile, Jim Thorpe, So. (12-1); 2. Ezra Neff, Lehighton, Fr. (11-5); 3. Baily Wehr, Northwestern, Fr. (9-9).

Honorable Mention – Colton Rex, Northern Lehigh, So. (8-6).

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Mackenzie Dorney (center) splits Lehighton defenders Tiff Thompson and Celina Fital (12).

It was a tough start to the season for the Pleasant Valley girls basketball team.

Losses, postponements and the holiday break combined to send the Lady Bears into the second week of January with just one victory.

In desperate need of a cure for its winter blues, the last four days have been just what the doctor order for Pleasant Valley.

Monday night's 46-20 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton was the Bears' third straight double figure victory.