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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Although the statewide flintlock and late archery deer seasons close today, properly licensed hunters can continue hunting in Wildlife Management Units 5C and 5D through Saturday, Jan. 25.

For flintlock and bowhunters who fail to fill their back tags today on the final day of the statewide seasons, they still have two more weeks to hunt regionally in Wildlife Management Units 5C and 5D.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
mike feifel/times news Lehighton's Vince Mele (43) goes up with a shot as AJ Simon of Pocono Mountain West defends.

Pocono Mountain West presents matchup problems for many teams.

On Friday night, it was Lehighton's turn.

Blessed with quickness, depth and in-your-face defense, the Panthers are looking to once again challenge for the Mountain Valley Conference championship. And after cruising past the Indians 77-47, Rich Oertner is a believer.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

January 11, 1984 Cathi Evans pours in a game-high 27 points to help Northern Lehigh edge rival Palmerton, 61-57, and claim the Centennial League first half championship. The Bulldogs, coached by Dick Jones, benefit from a 23-of-35 performance at the free-throw line. Evans hits for eight fourth-quarter points including her final two from the stripe with seven seconds to play. Nolehi also receives 13 points from Mel Frohnheiser while Michelle Christman contributes 10 points. The Bombers gain a team-high 12 points from both Anne Searles and Pam Schanstine.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Raiders' Rottet takes charge

It happens in sports all the time.

One of the best players on the team gets hurt and the coach goes to another player and says to him any of these time-classic phrases.

* You have to be in charge now.

* I'm asking you to carry the load.

* It's time that you step up to the plate.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Last night's Schuylkill League contest between Marian and Minersville had all the makings of an instant classic – a close hard-fought game with back-and-forth action, a feisty crowd, a desperation last second shot, and a nail-biting overtime session.

When all was said and done, players, coaches and fans were taken on a roller-coaster ride of physical and emotional exertion that saw Minersville escape with a 53-49 overtime victory over the host Colts.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Rich George/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Jade Farquhar drives to the basket against Wilson during Colonial League action Friday night.

Pleasant Valley (4-4, 2-3 MVC) got a big Mountain Valley Conference win over Pocono Mountain East on Friday, helping their district playoff aspirations. Marquis Brown scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Bears.

The Palmerton girls also kept their solid season going with a 13-point Colonial League victory over Wilson.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pleasant Vy.-PM East

Marquis Brown had a big night for Pleasant Valley, scoring a game-high 21 points en-route to a 51-44 MVC victory over Pocono Mountain East.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Tigers' Miller saves his best for last

Cole Miller's earliest golf memory is from when he was 5 years old.

He was in his yard playing with a club his father Carl had designed when he surprised himself as well as his parents and caught one on the sweet spot.

"I wasn't paying attention to where I was aiming," said Miller. "I hit it right into my mom's Durango. I hit it just perfect. I thought my parents were going to yell and scream at me. My dad came out. He had seen the shot and he actually gave me a high five."

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain East both entered Friday's match-up in unfamiliar scenarios.

The Lady Bears had only one win in the Mountain Valley Conference, while the Cardinals entered with an unblemished 3-0 record in the league.

However, it was PV that rose to the challenge and came out with a 54-44 win, handing East their first loss. The victory also allowed the Bears to get back on track and take another step toward their goal of reaching the playoffs.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

When inheriting a team accustomed to losing, the biggest battle any new coach wages is creating a winning culture.

Invariably, winning teams possess certain habits. So do losing teams. Fortunately for the traditional winners and unfortunately for the traditional losers these habits are hard to break.

It takes a strong-willed and patient coach to teach players used to losing, not necessarily better skills and strategies, but the mental approach of winners.

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Marian and Northwestern girls basketball teams both suffered their first losses of the season on Thursday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Salisbury-Northwestern

Salisbury jumped out to an early lead and held on for a thrilling 42-41 Colonial League victory over Northwestern.

The Falcons (7-5), who led 22-10 after the first half, got a game-high 18 points from Meagan Eripret.

Sabrina Mertz paced the Lady Tigers (10-1) with 14 points, while Trista Cunningham chipped in 13.

SALISBURY