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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Teams don't go 20-0 without surviving some scares.

Palmerton gave Northwestern as good a test as any team has this season Friday night in New Tripoli. The Tigers came out unscathed, securing a 52-47 win in the game's final two minutes.

"We told our girls this is going to be a tight game," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "This is good for us. Everybody wants to knock us off. Give Palmerton credit. They did a lot of things well. We were fortunate."

The teams exchanged leads 17 times in the game and neither ever led by more than four.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
NW tops Palmerton

Any time that Northwestern can garner a win in the Colonial League, their head coach, Dan Eddinger will be content. However, his happiness was tested in last night's 55-44 win over Palmerton, as the game was marred with fouls, turnovers, blown layups and missed free throws from both sides.

The Tigers outscored the Bombers in each of the first three frames, building a lead that proved all too insurmountable for the winless hosts. However, that did not stop Palmerton (0-19 overall, 0-14 CL), from making a run at the come-from-behind win.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

On Wednesday night, the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) tipped-off its annual adult winter basketball league in the Tamaqua Elementary School gymnasium.

The triple-header was highlighted by Shawn's Construction knocking off three-time defending champion Ryan's Oil & Heating.

Joey B's/Joe's Place-Lucky's Deli

Joey B's/Joe's Place used a 14-0 run early in the game to take home a 58-42 victory over Lucky's Deli.

Zach Freed scored 13 points to lead Joey B's/Joe's Place while Tom Kresge and Andy Steinmetz chipped in with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

I don't think the comment came from jealousy. Someone who has seen the guy's girlfriend, however, might say otherwise.

What I'd like to think is that my brain was distracted still processing the amazing research I had read before meeting a group of about a dozen cyclists in a grocery store parking lot when what sounded like an insult just came out.

Big Jim, the ride leader introduced me to the new guy, a dentist from the Philly area. The dentist said, "You rode with my girlfriend last fall. The dental hygienist going on the cycling vacation. Remember?"

Did I ever.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Liberty defeats Bears in quarters

BETHLEHEM - Pleasant Valley head coach Mark Getz felt his team didn't wrestle bad, despite a 39-19 loss to Bethlehem Liberty in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class 3A Team Duals on Friday at Freedom High School.

When you get to the post-season, everyone you face is going to be good competition.

Losing the coin toss, didn't help either since the Bears didn't get some of the matchups they had hoped for.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Marian grid team honored The 2012 Marian football team was honored at a banquet on Saturday, Jan. 26 held at Capriotti's in Tresckow. Senior members of the program, include, front row, from left, Dylan Quirk, manager Molly Balliet, Mike Cataldo, John Julian and Ryan Karnish. Back row, guest speaker Dr. John Chuma, Corey Quick, Damian Richards, Dominic Montero, Mark Mlynek, Eric Swankowski, JP O'Connor, Derich Holman and head coach Stan Dakosty.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Outstanding field goal and foul shooting from both teams highlighted Mahanoy Area's 57-53 win over the Lady Wreckers of Weatherly Thursday night.

In the first half, the Lady Bears' Shaina Leshko was five-for-five from three point land while Anne Swokel added eight points on perfect shooting from the floor and the line to pace Mahanoy to a 14-point advantage at the break.

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Tamaqua boys and girls both posted wins over Lincoln Leadership Academy on Thursday.

In other action, the Jim Thorpe and Panther Valley girls both dropped Schuylkill League games.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Lincoln LA

Brett Kosciolek scored a game-high 22 points and Tamaqua hit a season-high nine three-pointers to help earn a 58-52 non-league win over Lincoln Leadership Academy.

The Blue Raiders (12-7) also received 14 points from Zach Wargula and 10 from Tyler Krell.

Jean Pierre D'Meza paced the Lions with 12 points.

Friday, February 1, 2013
brad hurley/times news Panther Valley's Richie Smith (front, center) is flanked by his parents Rich and Lisa Smith as he accepts an appointment to attend West Point and play football for Army. Also taking part in the announcement were, back row, from left, Panther Valley Athletic Director Kristin Black, PV High School Principal Joseph Gunnels and Panther head football coach Lon Hazlet.

When Panther Valley head coach Lon Hazlet took his team on a trip to West Point, N.Y., a representative from the football team explained the rigorous schedule of an Army football player. The coach explained that Army was the only place in the country where you have to wake up at 4:30 in the morning to attend practice. After he said that, the coach then asked, "Now who wants to come to Army?"

Panther Valley running back Richie Smith was the lone person to raise his hand on that day and proclaim that he wanted to go to Army.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
bob ford/times news Hunter Davidyock (top) of Panthers Valley has North Schuylkill's Lorenzo Fisher in trouble during their at 132 pound bout. Davidyock went on to record a fall.

On a night where the Panther Valley wrestling team honored the past, it also showed how bright the future is.

The Panthers (10-6) earned a tightly contested, 36-31 victory over Schuylkill League rival North Schuylkill on Alumni Night, assuring itself a spot in District Duals this coming weekend.

The contest went back-and-forth form the very beginning, with neither team winning more than two consecutive bouts through the first 10 matches. Both teams knew each point was crucial.