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Friday, December 13, 2013
RICH GEORGE/Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Logan Lesher tries to put up a shot despite the pressure of Catasauqua defender Paryss Marshall.

The Northwestern and Palmerton girls basketball teams cruised to easy victories in scholastic sports action on Thursday.



Catasauqua started strong and had no trouble dispatching Palmerton, 67-45, in Colonial League play.

Paryss Marshall paced the Rough Riders (2-0, 1-0) with 16 points while teammates Dakota Schiffer (13) and Brandon Purrone (10) also reached double figures.

Mark Quinn paced the Bombers (0-2, 0-1) with 17 points.

Palmerton won the JV game, 55-54.


Thursday, December 12, 2013
mike feifel/TIMES NEWS Players for Lehighton and Marian go after a loose ball. Lehighton's James Farano and Vince Mele are in the middle of the action and are surrounded by Marian's Matt Karnish, Anthony Agosti (42), Mike Vercusky (10) and Nico Agosti (14).

If you look at the box score from last night's Marian-Lehighton boys basketball game and see that the Indians didn't score a point in the third quarter, it wasn't that the Colts played outstanding defense or the Indians just went cold offensively.

After Kyle Sweitz hit a jumper 30 seconds into the second half to pull the Colts within 11, the Indians decided to hold the ball and let their opponent sit back in a zone defense.

And the way the Indians came out firing in the final eight minutes, Marian head coach John Patton might have made the right move.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

December 12, 1994 Joe Ligenza and Brian Boyer combine to score 35 of Tamaqua's 38 second-half points to help the Blue Raiders, coached by Jim Woodring, hold off Pleasant Valley for a 72-69 victory. Ligenza finishes with a game-high 34 points, with nine of them coming during the crucial fourth quarter. Boyer adds eight in the final frame and ends the contest with 23 points. For the Bears, Mark Versuk tallies a team-high 17 points.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

After the Northern Lehigh-Bangor Colonial League boys' basketball game, Slater head coach Bron Holland said, "It's not easy coming in here and beating (Northern Lehigh) like we did."

Yet the Slaters sure made it look that way, playing near-flawless ball for four frames, en route to an 89-47 rout of the Bulldogs.

Great three-point shooting, an effective fast break, a havoc-causing defense, strong offensive rebounding, and a fatigue-inducing full-court press all added up to the cruise control victory.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Raider swimmers split with Eagles

Tamaqua and Schuylkill League rival Blue Mountain are getting used to tight swim meets and Wednesday's early-season clash was no different.

"Our matches against Blue Mountain were very close the last two years," said Tamaqua head swimming coach Ashley Stanek. "I spent a lot of time figuring out what my lineup would be tonight."

Stanek seemed to put together two very competitive squads as the Tamaqua girls were victorious, 101-79, and the boys dropped a tight decision, 98-88.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 11, 1970 Billy Zahora and Andy Pero both have big games to lead Panther Valley to a 68-59 North Schuylkill League win over Shenandoah Valley. Zahora finishes with a team-high 21 points and also pulls down 22 rebounds. Pero, meanwhile, contributes 20 points and collects 12 boards. The Panthers, coached by John Harkins, also receive eight points from Tim Cadden and seven from Pete Radocha.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Nicole Carroll, a St. Joseph's of Jim Thorpe third grader, has had quite a career in running cross country already.

In the middle of a pack of child, teen, and adult cross country runners, Nicole Carroll is difficult to see because she stands only four foot tall and weighs 50 pounds.

And when the race starts, no one can see the spirit of her dog that runs beside her.

But many times when she finishes a race, spectators can clearly see her trademark, a blonde ponytail bouncing across the finish line as she breaks the tape to win first place.

When Nicole was two-years old, she gave her mother a glimpse of what was to come.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tamaqua swept Allentown Central Catholic in swimming and Northwestern cruised to an easy wrestling victory in scholastic sports action on Monday.



Tamaqua swept Allentown Central Catholic in swimming action.

The Lady Raiders dominated the Vikettes, 118-66, while the Blue Raider guys pulled out a close, one-point decision, 93-92.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Senior girls on the team are, front row, from left, Alyssa Wagner, Christy Digiandomenico, Amanda Srinivasan and Cassidy DeCosmo. Back row, Brianna Kubishin, Arianna Srinivasan, Monica Wasik, Emily Fannick and Becca Paulshock.

The Marian golf team was recently honored at a banquet held at Mountain Valley Golf Course in Barnesville.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Weather has played havoc with the local scholastic sports schedule thus far this week.

Yesterday's postponements included the Panther Valley at Minersville girls basketball game has b een moved to Monday, December 30 with JV's starting at 6 p.m. with varsity to follow.

The Marian at Lehighton boys basketball game (JV's 5:30 p.m., Varsity 7 p.m.) and the Jim Thorpe at Schuylkill Haven girls basketball game (JV's 6 p.m., Varsity 7:30 p.m.),, originally scheduled for Monday have been moved to this Wednesday, Dec. 11.