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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jim Thorpe, Palmerton, Panther Valley and Pleasant Valley all picked up boys basketball wins, while the Bombers, Panthers and Bears also added wins on the girls side in action on Tuesday night.

In other action, the Northern Lehigh and Tamaqua girls were also victorious.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jim Thorpe-Schuylkill Haven

Jim Thorpe had four players score in double-figures and went on to defeat Schuylkill Haven, 63-52.

The Olympians (1-2) were led by Dean DiBonifazio and his 16 points. JT Otto (12), PJ Coleman (12) and Darius Clark (10) also scored in double digits.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

For first-year Marian head coach John Patton, he couldn't have asked for a better start to the season.

For Lehighton head coach Michael O'Brien, he couldn't have asked for a worse start to last night's game.

The Colts scored the first 17 points of the contest and upped their record to 3-0 with a 76-49 victory over the Indians.

Lehighton (0-2) missed its first eight shots of the game and finally got on the scoreboard at the 3:50 mark of the first quarter on a Josiah Evans basket.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It wasn't Pen Argyl's first shots that hurt Northwestern.

It was the second and third chances the Green Knights got off of their own misses that led them to a 63-58 win over Northwestern on opening night of the 2010-11 Colonial League basketball season.

"The difference in the game was their ability to offensive rebound," said Northwestern head coach BJ Dugan.

"We got beat up on the inside. We can't let that happen. We have to be more physical. We have to box out more effectively."

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
NL to induct six into 'Ring of Honor'

This Friday, Dec. 17, Northern Lehigh will honor six individuals in its annual Ring of Honor induction.

The ceremony will take place at halftime of the boys' varsity basketball game between Northwestern and Northern Lehigh in the Northern Lehigh High School gym in Slatington.

Below are profiles on all six inductees:

Barry Eckhart

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 15, 1964 Four Lehighton players reach double figures in scoring and the Indians rally from an early deficit to gain a 67-64 victory over Bangor. Dan Bock leads the way for the winners, coached by Tom Schaeffer, with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Lehighton, which trails by nine points after the first quarter, also receives 15 points from Mike Miller and 13 from Ron Long. Craig Hofford chips in with 12.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

In the first half of last night's non-league girls' basketball match-up, Jim Thorpe utilized an impressive full-court press to eventually wear down visiting Weatherly en route to a 56-34 win.

"That's our identity with the press," Jim Thorpe head coach Rob Kovac mentioned. "With Celeste (Robinson) there at the point of that press, she's pretty tough. But it's the other girls that have a huge part of the press working in (Nina) Batts, (Kristin) Lawrence and (Jeanna) McElmoyle. A lot of havoc is created by those three."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December 14, 1956 Don Unger scores eight of his game-high 18 points in the third quarter to help Tamaqua rally from a halftime deficit and post a 56-51 Black Diamond League win over Lansford. The Blue Raiders, coached by Eli Purnell, outscore their opponent 27-20 over the final two frames to earn the victory. Marlin Tirpak also contributes 13 points while Dan Hess chips in with eight.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It wasn't the best of shooting nights for either Lehighton or Marian.

While the Indians shot a measly 18-percent (7-for-40) from the floor, the Fillies didn't shoot that much better as they hit only 21 of their 64 shots in the non-conference showdown.

When it came down to earning what counted most though a victory, Marian had no trouble posting a decisive 53-27 win to remain unbeaten on the season.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Weatherly picked up a boys basketball win, while the Tamaqua swimmers swept Central Catholic in local action on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Minersville-Tamaqua

Spencer Bennett scored 18 points while Mike Streisel added 14, but it wasn't enough as the Blue Raiders (1-1) dropped a 57-52 decision to Minersville.

The Raiders jumped out to a 10-6 lead in the first quarter, but the Miners battled back to outscore them in the middle periods for the win. Dave King had a game-high 22 points for the Battlin' Miners.

Cole Weachock added 12 points.

MINERSVILLE

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Griffiths receives Bnosky 3-D Award

Tamaqua Area High School senior running back Grif Griffiths has been named of the winner of this year's Captain Jeffrey Bnosky 3-D Award.

The award is presented by Joe Bnosky, Hometown, in memory of his son. Captain Jeffrey Bnosky was a 1983 graduate of Tamaqua High who was a member of the Blue Raiders football and track and field teams. Captain Bnosky died on Jan. 13, 1991 while serving in with Desert Storm/Desert Shield.

The award represents Desire, Determination and Dedication. The winners' names are engraved on a plaque on display at the high school.