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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

(through Feb. 9)

(bout minimum: 5)

106 - 1. Kevan Gentile, Jim Thorpe, So. (26-3); 2. Colton Rex, Northern Lehigh, So. (18-9); 3. Ezra Neff, Lehighton, Fr. (16-8).

Honorable Mention - Baily Wehr, Northwestern, Fr. (13-10).

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 11, 1975 Panther Valley runs off 16 straight points in the third quarter to help pull away from North Schuylkill and claim a 53-44 victory. The Panthers, coached by "Pip" Rader, use the run to extend a four-point advantage to 20. Terry Bonner, a key contributor during the spurt, finishes the contest with a game-high 18 points. Bob Melnick follows close behind with 17 while Kerry Lesniak chips in with seven.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley head coach Tim Robb (left), seen with assistant coach Rich Bower, likes to make sure his squad scrimmages other schools during the layoff between the regular season and the District 11 tournament.

Like any sport, wrestling is built on routine and repetition.

Whether its practicing technique or doing conditioning drills, wrestlers are constantly working on their craft, preparing for their next match.

And in the case of many regular season tournaments, that next match might be a matter of minutes away, with many wrestlers competing several times in one day.

But what happens when that next match isn't a matter of minutes…or hours…or days away?

Monday, February 10, 2014
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Allie Rossino wrestles with Marian's Savanna Krusinsky (front) and Lindsay Nemeth during Saturday's non-league contest at Lehighton.

Palmerton, Jim Thorpe and Marian picked up wins in girls' basketball action over the weekend.


No. Schuylkill-Marian

North Schuylkill proved to be too much for Marian, as it pulled out a 68-47 Schuylkill League win.

The Spartans (16-6 overall, 8-4 league), were led by Matt Manbeck with 16 points, while Tevin Murray followed with 13. Bobby Grigas' 11 and Jake Damiter's 10..

For the Colts (9-12, 7-6), Dominic Mussoline led the way with 11 points, while Nick Wesner followed with 10. Nico Agosti added with six points, 12 rebounds and five steals.

Monday, February 10, 2014
rich george/special to the times news Mike Stasko (41) of Palmerton lays up a shot over Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek.

Tamaqua head coach Caszy Kosciolek was hoping for a win to take some momentum into the post-season playoffs.

Palmerton head coach Leigh Keenan was hoping for a signature win to carry into what he hoped would be a positive off-season.

In what turned out to be a physical contest with 47 fouls called and 60 free throws attempted, it was the Blue Bombers (3-19) who came away with a surprising 66-54 non-league boys basketball win ending the regular season.

Monday, February 10, 2014
The Tamaqua girls swim team captured the Schuylkill League championship on Saturday. Team members include, front row, from left, Coach Nate Leibensperger, Nichele Pucklavage, Carly Trovinger, Miranda Amey, JulieAnn Koscak, Joann Butkus and Coach Ashley Stanek. Back row, Abby Brickler, Savannah Szabo, Hannah Betz, Makayla Boyle, Amber Gulick, Melanie Kostecky, Emma Rago, Rebecca Kanaskie, Danielle DeCindio, Victoria LaBar and Chelsea Frantz.

POTTSVILLE It was a gold rush for TIMES NEWS area athletes at the Schuylkill League swimming championships Saturday.

Led by four first-place finishes from Tamaqua's Joann Butkus, local swimmers captured 40 medals, including 18 gold.

Butkus was joined on the top of the medal podium by teammates Miranda Amey, Makayla Boyle, Carly Trovinger, Danielle DeCindio and Rebecca Kanaskie. In addition, Marian's Katie Kurzinsky and Timothy Dando and Weatherly's Jacob Sirkot also won gold.

Monday, February 10, 2014

It's that time of year again, it's time for some postseason basketball.

The district playoffs are still a week away, but the chance for teams who performed well within their league, to improve their district ranking and earn league bragging rights is just around the corner. Four TIMES NEWS area teams have earned the right to compete in their league playoffs this week.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The adage "home is where the heart is" goes along perfectly with the personality of new Panther Valley head coach Matt Davis. Davis, who was announced as the new leader of the Panther Valley football program radiated nothing, but pride and genuine care for his alma mater at a press conference on Friday.

The 30-year old Davis, also spoke of a team motto that he hopes will motivate his players for the off-season. That motto is "why not us" and after hearing Davis speak on Friday, it seems that he absolutely believes in that mission statement.

Monday, February 10, 2014

February 10, 1967 Weatherly scores the final five points of the game, four of them by John Hartz, to give the Wreckers a 59-57 Anthracite League comeback win over Jim Thorpe. The winners, coached by Bill Knepper, actually trail by 13 points in the third quarter before beginning their rally. Hartz and Henry Panckeri both finish the contest with a game-high 17 points. Weatherly also receives 11 points from Charlie Potter. The Olympians are led by Clem McGinley's 17 points.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Paige Demetriades brings the ball upcourt while trying to pull away from Madison Blasko of Panther Valley.

Friday night proved to be a special birthday for Tamaqua's Vanessa Solt.

Not only did the Raiders' junior set a career high by scoring 18 points, but her performance helped her team gain a 40-37 victory over Panther Valley and avoid a winless season.

"This was a really good birthday present," said Solt, who turned 17 years old. "Last time we played them it was really close. And of course, they're a rival of ours and that motivates us even more to win. Our season is coming to end and we were really looking for a win.