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Friday, December 23, 2011
mike feifel/times news

Northwestern hadn't been tested in a tight game all season.

That changed on Thursday night when Pleasant Valley gave the undefeated Lady Tigers all they could handle in a nonleague contest.

Northwestern passed the test as it held on for a 49-47 win.

"You're going to be in tight games," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "We got a couple defensive stops at the end of the game, got some rebounds and made some foul shots. And that was the game."

Friday, December 23, 2011
bob ford/times news

Jim Thorpe looked good on Thursday night in their Schuylkill League Division I clash with North Schuylkill.

Unfortunately, for the Olympians (4-2) they only looked good in spurts and couldn't piece together a consistent offensive attack the rest of the ball game. The Spartans took advantage and bounced back from a 12-2 first quarter deficit to post a 62-52 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Friday, December 23, 2011

December 23, 1943 Lansford's Joe Sarabok and Paul Kucan are both named to the Associated Press All-State football team. Sarabok, nicknamed "Coco", was a 5-10, 175-pound guard for the Panthers. Kucan, nicknamed "Corp" made the team as a 6-0, 176-pound end on offense. Five other Lansford players are named as Honorable Mentions. They include Bernie Sniscak, Jackie Chuckran, Andy Lukac, John Krauchick and Steve Orachko. Coaldale's Jackie McGeehan also earns honorable mention status.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Devin Glose dribbles down court as Catasauqua's James Snyder tries to catch up from behind. BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS

Northern Lehigh and Marian recorded victories in both boys and girls basketball action on Thursday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Catasauqua-No. Lehigh

Clinging to a three-point lead at intermission, the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half for the 67-51 Colonial League win over Catasauqua.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs were Lucas Pierce (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Caleb Johnson (19 points and 12 rebounds). Josh Pristash chipped in 12 points.

CATASAUQUA

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Mission accomplished for Stelmack

Northwestern's Tyler Stelmack had some unfinished business to attend to after the 2010 Cross Country season.

After going undefeated in his sophomore campaign in Colonial League play, he finished a disappointing 14th in the field. The reasoning for Stelmack's poor finish came in the form of an illness, where he participated in the meet with a 102-degree fever.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas is a time for giving, sharing and spending time together with loved ones.

In the sports world, the holidays are also the time for local basketball tournaments.

Eleven area basketball teams will compete in Christmas tournaments next week. All 11 figure to play two games regardless if they win or lose on the first day, as they will either move on to their respective championship or consolation games.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
bob ford/times news

Both Pleasant Valley and Delaware Valley have plenty of youth throughout their rosters. But it was the Lady Bears whose young talent shone brighter, as they downed the Lady Warriors, 60-32, in a non-league battle.

The intense pressure defense of the hosts forced Delaware Valley into committing 29 turnovers in the contest. Those miscues gave way to plenty of easy baskets in transition for the Lady Bears. That advantage, along with Pleasant Valley's prowess on the glass where it held a 42-18 edge in rebounds, spelled certain doom for the visitors.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

December 22, 1978 Weatherly's 6-6 center Matt Romberger scores 16 points and pulls down 13 rebounds to help lead the Wreckers to a 68-51 victory over Freeland. The winners, coached by Tony Antinozzi, race to a 28-12 first-quarter advantage and are never threatened. Barry Wargula and Craig Reiner each contribute 11 points to the win while Jeff Gerhard and Modero both chip in with seven.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Bomber, Bulldog, Bear wrestlers win

Palmerton, Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley posted wrestling victories to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports card.

WRESTLING

So. Lehigh-Palmerton

Palmerton picked up six pins and rolled to a 50-25 Colonial League victory over Southern Lehigh.

Sam Oberlander (120), Dillon Masington (126), Zack Christman (138), Cody Grohotolski (152), Peter Dex (182), and Kane Kralik (220) all had pins for the Bombers. Jake Christman (170) added a technical fall.

Palmerton 50, So. Lehigh 25

106 - Daniel Russo (P) won by forfeit

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tigers top Palmerton

Northwestern Lehigh's Dan Eddinger and Palmerton's Mick Stefanek are two head coaches in the first year trying to find winning ways for both of their programs.

Both teams picked up wins in their first games this season. Since then, both hadn't tasted a "W".

Eddinger challenged his team after a crushing loss to North Schuylkill over the weekend for someone to step up.

It was the Tigers who picked it up a notch in the final minutes and pulled out a 53-48 victory over the Bombers, scoring the final five points in the last minute.