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Saturday, January 15, 2011

First it was bad.

Then it got worse.

Now, Northern Lehigh head coach Jeff Miller hopes it will be forgotten.

The Bulldogs fell behind early against visiting Notre Dame Friday night, and the deficit only continued to swell after that as the Crusaders cruised to an easy 81-48 Colonial League victory.

"We don't have a choice, we have to forget about this since we play again right away," said Miller. "Once things snowballed, it got away from us.

"They're a tough matchup. Their defensive transition is the key and we struggle at times at the other end."

Saturday, January 15, 2011

It was a long, unsettled week for the Palmerton boys basketball team.

With its head coach Mike Snyder being suspended indefinitely on Monday, the team didn't get to practice until yesterday when JV and varsity assistant Mark Maholick was appointed interim coach.

The Bombers (5-5, 3-3) fell behind by 13 points in the first quarter, cut it to single digits a couple of times, but suffered a 55-40 Colonial League loss to Wilson.

"We had to get back on the court," said Maholick afterwards. "it was a tough team to get back on it against. They're a very athletic team.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Northern Lehigh School Board unanimously agreed to the following appointments on Monday:

Coaches for the 2011-12 school year

- Joe Tout, head football coach, $6,876.

- Steve Hluschak, assistant football coach, $4,469.

- Mark Lavine, assistant football coach, $4,469.

- Andrew Lynn, assistant football coach, $4,469.

- Dan Blazosky, assistant football coach, $4,469.

- Mark Hoffman, assistant football coach, $4,469.

- Terry Bowman, assistant football coach, shared stipend, $2,235.

Friday, January 14, 2011

January 14, 2005 Leo Lunney scores 13 of his team-high 16 points in the second half to help Pleasant Valley pull away from Pocono Mountain East and claim a 50-35 victory in the Mountain Valley Conference First Half tiebreaker game. The Bears, coached by Ken Piontkowski, receive 15 points and seven rebounds from Tom Kresge while Blair Meixsell also chips in with nine points.

Friday, January 14, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Britany Cunfer (40) scores two points. Behind her is Tamaqua's Amy Zehner (25) and in front of her is Allison Updike (34).

Tamaqua and Marian picked up girls basketball victories on Thursday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Panther Valley

Tamaqua received a combined 46 points from Amy Zehner and Cassie Eroh and went on to defeat host Panther Valley, 55-33, in a Schuylkill League Division I match-up.

The Lady Raiders remained unbeaten at 11-0, clinching a District 11 Class AAA playoff berth.

Zehner scored a game-high 27 points, while Eroh added 19. Together they scored 16 of the Raiders' 20 third-quarter points.

Madison Blasko led Panther Valley (2-8, 0-5) with nine points.

Friday, January 14, 2011
bob ford/times news Jeremy Gornick (top) of Lehighton tries to turn Anthony Ayr of East Stroudsburg North. Gornick eventually picked up a pin.

Jacob Hoats spent most of Lehighton's match with East Stroudsburg North waiting for his turn to wrestle.

Once he took to the mat, the 103 pound junior didn't waste any time, dispatching Nate Caraballo in a swift 40 seconds to seal the host Indians' 41-30 Mountain Valley Conference victory Thursday night.

Lehighton (9-4 overall) picked up its initial MVC win against two losses by capturing eight of 13 contested bouts.

The Indians earned bonus points in six of those wins, racking up five pins and a technical fall to hold off the Timberwolves (1-8, 0-3).

Friday, January 14, 2011

The 18th annual induction class for the 2011 Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame has been announced.

The banquet will be held Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe. Doors will open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35.00 and $15 for children 6-12 years old.

Following are the members of the class of 2011:

PALMERTON Ernest Kun, Clarence Albert Heffelfinger, Dennis Lentz, Steve Kun

LEHIGHTON Alison Semanoff, Dennis Semmel, Carl Wolter

JIM THORPE Joseph Thear, Randolph 'Randy' Rabenold

Friday, January 14, 2011
bob ford/times news Brittany Holland of Jim Thorpe goes strong to the basket against Pine Grove's Alicia Kimmel.

Rob Kovac remembers all too well what happened last season when his Jim Thorpe girls' basketball team faced Pine Grove at home.

"A year ago we played Pine Grove here right before Christmas and it was over by halftime," Kovac said.

Last night, Kovac, as well as those in attendance inside the Jim Thorpe High School gymnasium, watched an entirely different Schuylkill League Division 1 showdown.

Rather than witnessing a 30-point blowout like a year ago, this meeting between the Olympians and Cardinals produced four ties and 13 lead changes.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Palmerton Area School District released a statement Thursday announcing that effective immediately, the boys basketball games will continue to be played as scheduled under the direction of interim coach Mark Maholick.

The Blue Bombers began the season with Mike Snyder as their head coach. Snyder guided the team to a 5-4 record in their first nine games.

Recently, the school postponed games with Saucon Valley and Notre Dame.

Friday, January 14, 2011

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