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Saturday, January 28, 2012

January 28, 1986 Marian jumps out to a quick 18-6 lead and then coasts to a win over Cardinal Brennan. Tom McLaughlin's 18 points lead the way for the Colts, who finish with a 75-50 victory. Bob Agosti tallies 13 points, including six during a third-quarter 13-0 run that extends the Marian advantage. The winners, coached by Sid Llera, also receive 10 points from both Joe Gurzenda and Erick Hackenberg.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Abbey Whildin drives past Meghan Boran of Pottsville during Friday's Schuylkill League Division 1 game.

It was just a matter of time.

Despite being saddled with a 25-game Schuylkill League losing streak, conventional wisdom said the Panther Valley girls would eventually get that coveted win.

During the first half of the league schedule the Lady Panthers had numerous close calls, one of them being a one-point loss to Pottsville.

Last night, Josh Wank's club faced the Crimson Tide again and this time they finally got the monkey off their back by earning a hard-fought 46-44 victory.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

When a parent said to me, "I don't know what to do anymore," she meant that she didn't know what to do to get her son to apply himself in school. But her declaration caused me to consider a broader context: all aspects of parenting.

Like teaching, parenting has changed dramatically in the last 60 years. While many of the rules and strategies employed by teachers and parents before this time can still work, their presentation has had to change.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tamaqua coach Joe Berezwick had a curveball thrown his way just prior to Friday night's game against Pine Grove.

His senior leader Kayla Hope (10.9 ppg.) was a last minute scratch due to some knee issues and would not be able to compete. The news before the game was not good, but the result of the game was surprisingly great as the Raiders took down Pine Grove, 49-32, for the Schuylkill League Division I win.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Offensive droughts have plagued Northwestern all season. And they were the cause of the Tigers' problems again Friday night.

Northwestern made just two field goals over the first 15 minutes of the second half as visiting Pen Argyl came from behind to win 48-37.

After giving up 21 points in the first quarter, the Knights allowed less than that for the next three.

"We came out pretty bad," said Pen Argyl's Kyle Muller, who scored 15 points in the game. "We picked it up. We only gave up 16 points in the last three quarters combined. We turned up the defense."

Friday, January 27, 2012

Northwestern graduate Evan Yenolevich leads the Kutztown University wrestling team with 15 wins this season.

The redshirt sophomore is 13-5 at 133 and 2-0 at 141. He's recorded four pins, and three technical falls. In December, Yenolevich, a former high school state champ and three-time state medal winner, earned fifth place at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships. He also placed fifth at the Penn State Open.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Indiana University's Allysa Vavra was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season after posting victories in all of her individual races against Purdue on Jan. 21.

Vavra, a Panther Valley High School graduate, took first in the 1,000 freestyle (9:51.23), a time that ranks in the top 20 nationally. Her win in the 200 breaststroke came with an NCAA provisional time of 2:15.67. Vavra then added a win in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:03.84.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Panther Valley grad Lexi Follweiler a breakthrough week for the Lycoming College swim team to earn Middle Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week.

The freshman posted four individual wins and three relay wins while finishing second to her own teammate just once, as the Warriors closed the season on a four-meet winning streak.

Friday, January 27, 2012

January 27, 1975 Northwestern's Rick Fritzinger earns a pin at heavyweight to lift the Tigers to a dramatic 31-29 victory over rival Slatington. Fritzinger, celebrating his 18th birthday, registers his fall 29 seconds into the second period to offset his team's 29-25 deficit. The winners also receive pins from Bryan Billig (100 pounds), Chris Wentz (107) and Dan Blose (169). Mike Kobordo adds a decision win at 147.

Friday, January 27, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Marian's Alden Whah goes up for a jumper over Samson Walton of Weatherly Thursday during their Schuylkill League Division 3 game.

A first-quarter run got Marian off to a good start.

A third-quarter run by Weatherly made the Colts' comfortable 15-point halftime lead a little uncomfortable.

But in the end, the Colts did what was needed to pull out a 46-35 Schuylkill League victory.

"We said at halftime that we needed to keep them from coming out and getting a run because they're a very good team," Marian coach John Patton said. "Ron (Cann) does a great job with them. They come out and they play hard.