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Friday, January 13, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Kayla Hope drives past Treyvonda Rice of Panther Valley en route to the basket during Thursday's Schuylkill League game.

The Lady Raiders didn't exactly get off to the start they wanted to this season recording just a 1-4 record after five games. A new look for Tamaqua, one that lacks size, might have attributed to the slow start for the Lady Raiders, who haven't been used to fielding small line-ups over the years.

Friday, January 13, 2012
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Caitlyn Landrigrin corrals a rebound in front of Meagan Erepret of Salisbury.

For one half, Salisbury gave Northwestern all it could handle Thursday night in New Tripoli. But when the Lady Tigers clamped down on defense in the second half, they pulled away for a 47-38 win.

"We knew we had to pick it up in the second half," said freshman guard Sabrina Mertz. "We did that. We came out really aggressive and that's what we needed to do."

Holding a 25-21 lead at halftime, Northwestern forced nine Falcon turnovers in the first six minutes of the second half. The defense sparked an 18-0 run and got the Tigers a 43-21 lead with 2:11 left in the third quarter.

Friday, January 13, 2012
Palmerton flags win football title

The Palmerton Flag Football team completed the regular season undefeated at 7-0 and went on to win its fourth consecutive Lehigh Valley Youth Football League championship. The Bombers outscored their opponents 251-77 over a stretch of nine straight victories en route to winning the championship game against Lehighton. Members of this year's championship team are, front row , from left, Marcus Islas, Koby Reinhart, Nicholas Reichard, Ty Sander, Carter Recker, Trey Sterling, Wyatt Engle, Devin Spadt, Dylan Picone and Justin Sebelin.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A lot goes into the kind of turnaround that the Northwestern girls' basketball team has pulled off this year.

After going 7-15 last year and 3-19 in 2009-10, the Lady Tigers (9-2 overall, 5-2 Colonial League) are already just two wins away from qualifying for a district playoff berth with half the season still in front of them.

Thursday, January 12, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek (left) and Northern Lehigh's Thatcher George battle for a loose ball.

The two biggest focal points written on Tamaqua's lockerroom chalkboard were "Defense" and "Rebounding."

The Blue Raiders' hands were going to be full against a tall and offensively-gifted Northern Lehigh squad in a non-league contest. Those focal points were the hosts' trouble areas, as Northern Lehigh's "Twin Towers" Lucas Pierce and Caleb Johnson combined for 39 points and nearly 20 rebounds in leading the 'Dawgs to a 62-44 win.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

January 12, 1962 George Armbruster scores nine first quarter points to help Jim Thorpe jump out to an early lead, and the Olympians go on to post a 65-49 Black Diamond League win over Summit Hill. Armbruster finishes the contest with a game-high 28 points while Paul Hydro tallies 12. The winners, coached by Kenny Kline, also receive nine points from Jack Morgan.

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Panther Valley's Lenny Ogozalek pins Halifax's Lucas Burke 18 seconds into the first period.

Panther Valley, Palmerton and Lehighton all recorded wrestling victories on Wednesday.

WRESTLING

Halifax-Panther Valley

Panther Valley took advantage of additional bonus points in all nine of the contested bouts it won to score a 49-28 win over visiting Halifax.

Lenny Ogozalek (106), Czar Founds (138), Stephen Snyder (182) and Rian Shubeck (285) recorded pins for the Panthers. Dustin Marblestone added a technical fall at 145.

Panther Vy. 49, Halifax 28

106 - Lenny Ogozalek (PV) pinned Lucas Burke in :18

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
JT drops fifth straight

The Jim Thorpe Olympians boys basketball squad took a different approach to the first quarter against Pottsville than they did in their last contest. The Olympians, who in the previous game against Northern Lehigh dug themselves a 17-point hole before coming back to challenge the Bulldogs at the end of the night.

Tuesday night, Jim Thorpe trailed undefeated Pottsville by just four points after one quarter.

Unfortunately for the Olympians, they only managed to score single digits in the remaining three frames as the Tide rolled to a 66-39 Schuylkill League Division I.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January 11, 1992 Damian Fritz and Todd Rottet combine for all 19 of Tamaqua's points in the fourth quarter to help the Blue Raiders hold on for a 73-68 Schuylkill League Division I win over Mount Carmel. Fritz finishes with a game-high 27 points for the winners, who shoot an impressive 25-of-34 at the free throw line. Mike Ruggeri contributes 14 points while Rottet and Tom Edwards each end with 10 for Tamaqua, coached by Ray Edwards.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Harris leads Pleasant Valley to win

With a record hovering around the .500 mark at the midway point of the season, every game is crucial for Pleasant Valley.

Against Lehighton on Tuesday night, the Bears played like a team well aware of their situation.

Pleasant Valley displayed intensity on defense and on the boards as it rolled to a 60-36 Mountain Valley Conference victory.

"We're trying to qualify for both the league and district playoffs," said Pleasant Valley coach Nadia Gauronsky. "We need all the wins we can get. Every game is important for us right now."