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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Victories can't always be measured in medals.

Sometimes improvement is enough.

On Friday, five Tamaqua divers weren't among the elite at this year's Schuylkill League Championships. But considering the youth and inexperience that make up Blue Raider diving coach Mariann Shilko's squad, it looks as if this year's group have set the tone for future success.

Freshman Emma Rago was the lone Raider to garner a medal. However, Shilko stressed that something else weighed far more importance to her than a shiny gold, silver or bronze accolades.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
mike feifel/times news Northern Lehigh's Tyler Dibilio gets ready to go up with a shot as Palmerton's Nick Frey.

The first time Palmerton and Northern Lehigh met this season, the Bulldogs suffered a slow start and had to battle back to grab a win over the Blue Bombers. On Friday night, though, it was Palmerton that had the dismal start, scoring only two points in the first quarter.

The 'Dawgs pounced on their opponent and jumped out to an early advantage that proved to be too large to overcome Nolehi pulled out away for a 49-36 Colonial League win.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Lehighton, Pleasant Vy. boys and girls win

Pleasant Valley and Lehighton came up with boys and girls wins on the hardwoods on Friday night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marian-Weatherly

Marian used a balanced attack to blitz Weatherly, 70-24, in Schuylkill League action.

Abby Whildin and Lindsay Nemeth had 10 points apiece to lead the Fillies, who built a commanding 45-14 halftime lead. Vanessa Whitecavage added nine points and Gabby Green tossed in eight.

For Weatherly, Lexi Hartz led Weatherly with five points.

MARIAN

Saturday, February 8, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Brett Martinez is scheduled to have his next Mixed Martial Arts fight on April 12 at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem.

Shakedown.

Breakdown.

Takedown.

You're busted.

That's been the inevitable fate that's awaited challengers who have stepped into the ring with Mixed Martial Arts fighter Brett Martinez.

With a knack for take downs, Martinez has parlayed his wrestling background into a successful career in the no-holds-barred sport.

"I like to work on my feet," said Martinez, 26. "My comfort zone is wrestling."

Just six fights into his professional MMA career, Martinez who competes in the 145-pound and 155-pound weight classes sports a record of 5-1.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Talk about a potential teaching problem.

At the Palmerton Area Junior High School, the supplementary class called RTII is taught during the last period of the day to seventh graders, and it is also not graded. Despite that, my class had been behaving, volunteering, and working until the bell.

As Thanksgiving approached, however, the class lost a bit of its focus.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

OAKS – There is something special about attending an outdoors show and seeing the newest and latest products for the upcoming seasons.

At the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow, Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 13-16, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, attendees can better that. At this year's show they have the opportunity to touch and try the latest in sporting equipment, learn from the experts through seminars and hands-on demonstrations and discover great deals only available at the Expo.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The 2014 Tamaqua Area Adult Winter Basketball League, organized by the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC), will tip-off its season on Wednesday, February 12, at the Tamaqua Elementary School gymnasium.

All league games will take place on Wednesday evenings and will be held in the Tamaqua Elementary School gym and the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center.

Three games will be played each night, with tip-off times scheduled for approximately 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. This year's league has seven teams and 77 players.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

February 8, 2000 Brad Yuricheck drains four three-pointers in the final quarter to help Panther Valley rally for a 71-58 Schuylkill League win over Pine Grove. The Panthers, coached by Danny Matika, outscore their opponent 32-11 in the fourth frame to pull out the victory. Yuricheck finishes the contest with a game-high 25 points while Mike Vito contributes 15. PV also receives 12 points from both Scott Marek and Keith Gogal.

Friday, February 7, 2014
Marian's Nick Kubishin is guarded by Wetherly's Luke Figas. Kubishin came off the bench to score 17 points in the Colts' win over the Wreckers. @$: bob ford/times news

Take a minute and ask yourself a question – Who is Nick Kubishin?

If you don't know, you're probably not alone.

After all, the Marian sophomore had only played limited minutes in six games all season long.

Statistically, he hadn't even scored a point at the varsity level.

However, after last night, everyone knows the name Nick Kubishin.

Kubishin came off the bench midway through the first quarter and led Marian with a game-high 17 points, including five three-pointers.

Friday, February 7, 2014
@Caption Stand Alone:Yost heading to E. Kentucky Northwestern's Haley Yost will continue her academic and cross country career at Eastern Kentucky University. Joining her for the signing ceremony are, seated, from left, Tiger cross country head coach Chris Stitzel, her mom Heidi, Haley Yost and her father Jim Yost. Back row Northwestern principal Aileen Yadush and cross country and track assistant coach Tim Churetta.

Since Haley Yost took over as Northwestern's No. 1 runner three years ago, the Tigers have won three straight league titles and made three straigh trip to the state meet.

Yost shared the top spot on the Tiger cross country as a freshman, and has led the team ever since.

She earned individual and team accolades while helping to make Northwestern a perennial cross country powerhouse.

Over the next four years, she will attempt to do it all over again at the next level.