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Thursday, January 23, 2014

One thing you won't see while glimpsing at the match results between Pine Grove and Tamaqua is a decision.

Each bout in this Schuylkill League clash was either decided by forfeit or pin.

However, four early forfeits didn't help the Raiders as they fell to Pine Grove, 54-30.

Tamaqua came roaring back after the four consecutive forfeits.

Dylan Rynkiewicz pinned his opponent in the eighth bout to tie the score up at 24-24.

The Raiders received four consecutive victories from Jasper Stocker, Tanner McHugh, Colin Mashack, and Rynkiewicz.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Williams Valley got the jump on Marian at the start of the first, third and fourth quarters and rolled to a 62-46 Schuylkill League Division II/III crossover boys basketball contest.

Mike Vercusky led the Colts (6-9, 5-4) with a double-double (15 points, 15 rebounds) and John Wotko added 13.

Jake Paluck hit a game-winning three-point shot to give the Colts a 53-52 win in the JV game.

MARIAN

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
AP PHOTO9 Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, right, talks to defensive back Lamarcus Joyner as his they play Wake Forest this past season. Fisher heads another outstanding group of speakers for this year's Eastern PA NIKE Coach of the Year Clinic set for Feb. 27-March 1 in Fogelsville.

Jimbo Fisher, head coach of the Florida State Seminoles National Championship football team, headlines the list of speakers for this year's NIKE Coach of the Year Clinic to be held in the Lehigh Valley from Thursday, February 27 through Saturday March 1 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Fogelsville.

Featured guest speakers joining Fisher on this year's schedule include Ball State head coach Pete Lembo, who coached at Lehigh from 2001 through 2005; Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads and University of Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Inducted into the Weatherly Area High School sports Hall of Fame on Saturday are, l-r, Donna M. (Tarapchak) Carlson; Lauren Kelshaw James; 1976 boys' basketball team members Carl Neidlinger, assistant coach Rick Weidick, Charlie "Chink" Scott, assistant coach Bob Thomas, Dan "Foster" Gerhard, George Wood, Brian Pfeiffer, Tim "Hooks" Wagner, Joe Kurtz, Randy "Wolfey" Richardson, Brent Pfeiffer, Don Gerhard, and inductees Dick Ritter and Dan Andrews.

Four individuals and a basketball team were inducted into the 23rd Weatherly Area High School Sports Hall of Fame, Saturday.

The induction occurred prior to the varsity basketball game between the Wreckers and Columbia Mountour Vo-Tech.

The inductees are:

Ÿ Dan C. Andrews.

Ÿ Donna M. (Tarapchak) Carlson.

Ÿ Lauren Kelshaw James.

Ÿ Dick Ritter.

Ÿ The 1976 boys basketball team.

The induction was conducted by Superintendent Thomas McLaughlin and Athletic Director Scott Zoscin.

Dan C. Andrews

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dave Warner, a Lehighton Area High School graduate, has been coaching college football for 29 seasons.

For the past seven years he has been at Michigan State University where he is co-offensive coordinator.

In those three decades, no season has been like this past one.

He helped guide Michigan State to a Big Ten championship, defeating then undefeated Ohio State in the title game.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January 22, 1980 Jim Thorpe outscores Freeland in every quarter to record an 86-60 Anthracite League victory. The Olympians, coached by Dan Novey, use a 34-point fourth quarter to pull away for the win. Chuck McGowan leads the winners with 25 points and 15 rebounds while teammate Don Reis pours in 21 points. Thorpe also receives 12 points from Dennis Luckenbill and 16 rebounds from Jim Macalush.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Palmerton head coach Leigh Keenan has become reluctantly familiar with his team's 'one bad quarter' through the first 14 games of the season. Like that one pesky relative at holiday dinners, this poor period has been known to ruin the entire game's outcome.

Last night proved to be no different, as Notre Dame of Green Pond blitzed Palmerton in the second and went on to post a 73-58 Colonial League victory.

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).