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Saturday, January 28, 2012

ORWIGSBURG – The Schuylkill League basketball playoffs begin on February 14, more than two weeks away.

Yet last night in Orwigsburg, Jim Thorpe and Blue Mountain put on a show that felt just like "Martz Madness."

Playing in a hostile playoff atmosphere on the road, the Olympians not only avenged their lone loss of the season (a 41-35 setback to Blue Mountain on January 3), but they also made the race for the Schuylkill League Division 1 Championship a lot more interesting with a 45-41 victory over the Eagles.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Walton

The annual Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Banquet will take place on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Fullerton Fire Co. hall.

Kris Holland

Lehighton

Holland is a defender with one career goal. He ranks 42nd in a class of 193 and has a GPA of 3.71 out of 4.0.

He played soccer all four years as well as baseball for three years. He has play eight year for Franklin Township.

James Bilger

Northern Lehigh

Bilger is a forward with 30 career goals and 27 assists. He ranks 28th in a class of 148 and has a GPA of 5.504 out of 3.5.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
ron gower/times news Lehighton's Alex Guyn prepares to take a shot over East Stroudsburg North's Joshua Ortiz. The Indians' Nate Kresge (11) is in the background.

The determination and will power to never quit and keep fighting to the end of a contest is a quality every coach wants to see in their team.

The Lehighton boys' basketball team entered its battle with East Stroudsburg North with a 1-16 record overall, but that didn't stop the Indians from putting on a display of "never say die" attitude, as they fought back from deficits the entire game before falling just short in overtime, 66-63.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
bob ford/times news Marian's Kelly Shober (32) goes up to grab a rebound over Weatherly's Alexis Boyarski (31)

Marian rolled to an easy victory over Weatherly on Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

No. Lehigh-Bangor

In a matchup of two of the Colonial League's top teams, Bangor got off to a quick start and rolled to a 51-42 victory over Northern Lehigh.

Alx Cohen led a trio of double digit scorers for the Slaters with 15 points.

For the Bulldogs, who trailed by double digits after the opening quarter, Lucas Pierce had 12 points and Caleb Johnson added 11.

Northern Lehigh saw its record slip to 14-3 overall and 9-3 in the league. Bangor is now 11-1 in CL play.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

January 28, 1986 Marian jumps out to a quick 18-6 lead and then coasts to a win over Cardinal Brennan. Tom McLaughlin's 18 points lead the way for the Colts, who finish with a 75-50 victory. Bob Agosti tallies 13 points, including six during a third-quarter 13-0 run that extends the Marian advantage. The winners, coached by Sid Llera, also receive 10 points from both Joe Gurzenda and Erick Hackenberg.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Abbey Whildin drives past Meghan Boran of Pottsville during Friday's Schuylkill League Division 1 game.

It was just a matter of time.

Despite being saddled with a 25-game Schuylkill League losing streak, conventional wisdom said the Panther Valley girls would eventually get that coveted win.

During the first half of the league schedule the Lady Panthers had numerous close calls, one of them being a one-point loss to Pottsville.

Last night, Josh Wank's club faced the Crimson Tide again and this time they finally got the monkey off their back by earning a hard-fought 46-44 victory.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

When a parent said to me, "I don't know what to do anymore," she meant that she didn't know what to do to get her son to apply himself in school. But her declaration caused me to consider a broader context: all aspects of parenting.

Like teaching, parenting has changed dramatically in the last 60 years. While many of the rules and strategies employed by teachers and parents before this time can still work, their presentation has had to change.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tamaqua coach Joe Berezwick had a curveball thrown his way just prior to Friday night's game against Pine Grove.

His senior leader Kayla Hope (10.9 ppg.) was a last minute scratch due to some knee issues and would not be able to compete. The news before the game was not good, but the result of the game was surprisingly great as the Raiders took down Pine Grove, 49-32, for the Schuylkill League Division I win.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Offensive droughts have plagued Northwestern all season. And they were the cause of the Tigers' problems again Friday night.

Northwestern made just two field goals over the first 15 minutes of the second half as visiting Pen Argyl came from behind to win 48-37.

After giving up 21 points in the first quarter, the Knights allowed less than that for the next three.

"We came out pretty bad," said Pen Argyl's Kyle Muller, who scored 15 points in the game. "We picked it up. We only gave up 16 points in the last three quarters combined. We turned up the defense."

Friday, January 27, 2012

Northwestern graduate Evan Yenolevich leads the Kutztown University wrestling team with 15 wins this season.

The redshirt sophomore is 13-5 at 133 and 2-0 at 141. He's recorded four pins, and three technical falls. In December, Yenolevich, a former high school state champ and three-time state medal winner, earned fifth place at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships. He also placed fifth at the Penn State Open.