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Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Lehighton boys and girls dropped decisions to East Stroudsburg South, while the Pleasant Valley and Jim Thorpe girls were both tagged with losses in Friday action.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lehighton-ES South

Kingsley Amoa Kobene scored all four points for East Stroudsburg South in overtime to give the Cavaliers a 51-49 Mountain Valley Conference win over Lehighton (5-5, 2-2).

Trailing 37-29 after three quarters, Kobene scored nine of his game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead ES South (4-4, 2-1) back to force overtime.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

For flintlock muzzleloader and late-season archery hunters, one of the all-too-often overlooked areas to hunt is Pennsylvania State Parks.

Many times, State Parks simply are overlooked and fail to get as much hunting pressure – especially for deer – as other public land, such as State Game Lands and State Forest Land. State Parks are also an ideal destination for the winter small-game season after muzzleloader and archery closes Saturday, Jan. 12.

Friday, January 4, 2013
mike feifel/times news Catasauqua's Derrick Bond drives past Northwestern defender Cam Richardson (42).

Despite a huge early deficit, the door was open for Northwestern to close the gap and challenge Catasauqua for the win.

The Tigers cut what was once a 19-point Catasauqua lead down to less than 10 three times in the third quarter before falling 63-49 to the Rough Riders Thursday night in New Tripoli.

"We missed a lot of lay ups and free throws," said Northwestern head coach Dan Eddinger. "We had blown assignments on defense. You can't do that and expect to be in a game. You can't spot a team a 15-2 lead. It's very frustrating on a lot of levels."

Friday, January 4, 2013
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Josh Eden (left) tries to drive around Palmerton's Austin Luers.

The Palmerton boys' basketball team found out Thursday evening just how well Northern Lehigh can use its size to its advantage.

Whether it on offense or defense, the Bombers found themselves continuously running into tall trouble at both ends of the court as the Bulldogs used their height to run away with a 61-24 Colonial League victory.

"We knew we had the size advantage and probably the strength advantage tonight," Miller said. "It's obviously a big part of what we try to do because it's one of the pluses we have over a lot of other teams.

Friday, January 4, 2013

January 4, 1984 Palmerton uses 21 points from Jason Balliet and a big second-half effort to gain a 61-50 victory over host Panther Valley. George Schmidt tallies five quick points midway through the third quarter to help the Bombers turn an eight-point halftime deficit into a four-point advantage. Balliet nets seven points in the final frame to secure the win. Schmidt and Rob Mlkvy both finish with 11 points to back up Balliet. The winners, coached by Pete Delich, also receive 10 from Rick Mlkvy.

Friday, January 4, 2013
ron gower/times news Tamaqua's Maria Streisel (13) drives for a layup against Pottsville.

The old saying slow and steady, steady and slow, that's the way to always go is not an adage that usually pertains to the Tamaqua girls basketball program. The Lady Raiders have been known over the last few seasons as a team that likes to push the basketball and speed up the tempo.

It might have took the Raiders a quarter to get their engines warmed up, but once they did they took control, finishing strong and coming up with a 47-35 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory.

In the first quarter, Tamaqua (5-3) did not play their brand of basketball and it showed.

Friday, January 4, 2013
Tigers, Fillies and Bears keep rolling

Northwestern, Marian and Pleasant Valley continued their winning ways in girls basketball action on Thursday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Northwestern-Catasauqua

Northwestern remained undefeated by cruising to a 61-13 Colonial League win over Catasauqua.

The Lady Tigers (10-0; 4-0) received a game-high 12 points from Trista Cunningham while Sara Jones added 10.

NORTHWESTERN

Friday, January 4, 2013
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Tegan Durishin (front) and Catasauqua's Nate Caraballo battle at 106 pounds. Durishin went on to post a 9-0 victory.

The Lehighton wrestling team dug deep to earn its first win of the season, 42-30, over East Stroudsburg North in Mountain Valley Conference action on Thursday.

The Timberwolves took an early 12-0 advantage after the Indians were forced to forfeit the opening bouts at 220 and 285.

Lehighton coach Dan Williams knew the forfeits would cost his team and that it would have to make up for it elsewhere.

"We knew it was going to be a close match, especially giving up a few forfeits," Williams said. "But it was nice to get a win.

Thursday, January 3, 2013
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Brett Kerschner (23) goes over Blue Mountain defenders Adam Jones (22) and Skyler Pancheri to get off a shot.

The Blue Mountain boys basketball squad might have been flying under the radar a bit entering this season. The Blue Eagles lost four starters from last year's 15-8 squad and it was unknown what kind of noise they could make in the Schuylkill League.

Well, eight games into the 2011-12 season and the Blue Eagles (7-1) have shown that they are certainly a force to be reckoned with. They kept things rolling last night in Summit Hill as they downed Panther Valley 66-30 for their third straight Schuylkill League Division 1 victory of the season.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

January 3, 1990 Four Marian players score in double figures and the Colts hold off Weatherly to post a 70-68 Schuylkill League win. Joe Marsilio tallies 17 points for the winners while Mark Coassolo finishes close behind with 16. Marian, who hands head coach Sid Llera his 100th career victory, also receives 12 points from Mike Makovec and 11 from Terry McElmoyle. The Wreckers are led by Troy Gregory and Jeff Pleban, who both finish with 17 points.