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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

(through Jan. 12)

(bout minimum: 5)

106 – 1. Kevan Gentile, Jim Thorpe, So. (12-1); 2. Ezra Neff, Lehighton, Fr. (11-5); 3. Baily Wehr, Northwestern, Fr. (9-9).

Honorable Mention – Colton Rex, Northern Lehigh, So. (8-6).

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Mackenzie Dorney (center) splits Lehighton defenders Tiff Thompson and Celina Fital (12).

It was a tough start to the season for the Pleasant Valley girls basketball team.

Losses, postponements and the holiday break combined to send the Lady Bears into the second week of January with just one victory.

In desperate need of a cure for its winter blues, the last four days have been just what the doctor order for Pleasant Valley.

Monday night's 46-20 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton was the Bears' third straight double figure victory.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Despite the fact that the Northwestern wrestling team is dealing with a contagious skin-infection hampering their lineup, Northern Lehigh head coach Steve Hluschak didn't want his team to lose any focus on getting the job done. When it came time to go to work, the Bulldogs stepped up for a 62-15 Colonial League wrestling win.

About a week ago, one of the Tiger matmen became infected with impetigo and in their past week of matches, they yielded numerous unfortunate forfeits.

Monday, January 13, 2014
ron gower/times news Celine Fital of Lehighton (left) and Jamey Mikovich of Panther Valley battle for control of the ball.

Early in the second half of Saturday's Lehighton-Panther Valley girls basketball game, it didn't look like the Indians would need clutch plays down the stretch to pull out the victory.

But that's exactly what they needed and exactly what they got.

Lehighton let a big lead slip away, but still found a way to pull out a 47-45 non-league victory.

For nearly 18 minutes of play, the Indians executed their game plan to perfection, allowing them to build a comfortable 17-point lead.

Monday, January 13, 2014
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Zack Christman takes down Northwestern Lehigh's Alex Schneck en route to a fall in 3:09 of their 152-pound match.

It would have been easy for the Palmerton wrestling team to overlook Northwestern.

The Tigers were, after all, giving up seven forfeits.

But Palmerton coach David Lavin made sure his squad was prepared, regardless of the circumstances.

That poise and focus paid dividends, as the Bombers picked up a 54-24 Colonial League win over the Tigers.

Monday, January 13, 2014

From 1966 to 2011, the Penn State football program never had to replace their head coach. Joe Paterno walked the sidelines as head coach for the Nittany Lions for 44 seasons. However, over the last two seasons the Penn State program has had to hire two new head coaches, which is something Penn State fans are obviously not accustomed to.

Monday, January 13, 2014

On Sunday afternoon at Northampton Memorial Community Center, the 2013 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Annual Awards Banquet was held to select this year's scholarship winners.

The Soccer Scholar Athlete Award was first established in 1975, and two more student-athletes would add their names to the list of past winners this season.

Leigham Breckenridge, a senior at Northwestern Lehigh, won the 2013 Frank D. Olszewski Memorial Scholarship Award. Southern Lehigh senior Abigail Kohler was awarded the 2013 Gary F. Toth Scholarship Award.

Monday, January 13, 2014
ron gower/times news Lehighton's Vince Mele (43) tries to dribble away from Panther Valley defenders Charles Nase and Chad Dubosky (2) as teammate Jordan Knappenberger moves in to help out.

Lehighton had its hands full last week, losing a heartbreaker at Pleasant Valley and then being blown out by a very talented Pocono Mountain West team Friday night.

Saturday night against Panther Valley, the Indians put the rough week behind them.

Lehighton bounced back and played efficient basketball in earning a 72-49 non-league victory over Panther Valley.

Monday, January 13, 2014

January 13, 1989 A strong second half allows Palmerton to pull away for a 58-40 victory over Northwewstern and claim the Centennial League's first half title. Kyle Kratzer tallies 19 of his game-high 25 points over the game's final two quarters as the Bombers outscore their opponent 33-16 during that span. The winners, coached by John Hrebik, also receive 11 points from Brian Morgan while Adam Steinmetz chips in with 10. For the Tigers, Steve Loch finishes with a team-high 11 points.

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Northwestern boys and girls came up with basketball wins in local scholastic action over the weekend.

Pleasant Valley also came away with a girls win.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Brandywine Heights-Northwestern

Northwestern used a strong second half to come from behind and pull out a 51-48 non-conference win over visiting Brandywine Heights.

Cam Richardson went on to score nine of his 13 points for the Tigers in the second half.

The Bullet's James Delong went on to post a game-high 24 points, while teammate Sean Ziegler finished with 12.