Friday, October 28, 2016

Local Sports

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Vince Mele stops in the lane before going up for a shot in Tuesday's game against Pocono Mountain West. Defending on the play is the Panthers' Sean Cooper.

And then there was one … as in one last chance for the Lehighton boys basketball team to qualify for the District 11 playoffs.

Tuesday night's 87-46 loss to Mountain Valley Conference power Pocono Mountain West dropped the Indians' record to 10-11 on the season.

In order for Lehighton to reach the .500 mark and qualify for districts for the first time since 2007, it will have to beat Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg in its regular season finale next Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

At halftime of Tuesday's Colonial League clash between Catasauqua and Northern Lehigh, the Bulldogs not only held a commanding 32-21 lead but they also held the game's momentum.

Instead of quitting and allowing the advantage to be in favor of the locals, the Rough Riders made things quite 'rough' for the 'Dawgs in the second half, and rallied for a 52-49 victory.

"At halftime, we challenged the guys," said Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder. "I asked them, 'What do we have in us?"

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek powers through an attempted block by Jim Thorpe's Dave Everitt. Kosciolek scored a game-high 16 points in the Raiders' 20-point victory. Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua had a couple things they needed to work on after their seven point loss to Lehighton over the weekend.

The Raiders struggled to run successful offensive sets against the Indians. Along with that they also had some defensive breakdowns throughout the game that definitely gave Lehighton momentum.

However, last night against Jim Thorpe the Raiders (13-8, 6-5 Schuylkill League) have seemed to work out some of the kinks. Tamaqua dominated Jim Thorpe from the tip to come away with a 57-37 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
RON GOWER/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Marian's Nick Kwedar looks for help as Mahanoy Area's Kyle mcGee (21) gets up close to guard him.

When Marian and Mahanoy Area meet on the hardwoods, you know you're going to get your money's worth.

Back on December 8, the Colts used an Alden Whah buzzer-beater at the end of regulation to claim the Panther Valley Tip-Off Tournament Championship with a 45-43 victory over the Golden Bears.

Last night in Hometown provided even more suspense, excitement and late-game heroics between the two Schuylkill League rivals, as Marian defeated Mahanoy Area for the second time (in three games) this season with a 49-47 Schuylkill League Division 3 double-overtime thriller.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Kelsey Follweiler looks to pass the ball around the defense of Catasauqua's Samantha Schnabel on Tuesday.

Weatherly punched its ticket for the district playoffs with a 50-44 Schuylkill League win over Shenandoah Valley in local boys action last night, while the Northern Lehigh girls got their first league win this season.



Brett Stallone paced the Wreckers with a 19-point performance, while Josh Reiner and Charlie Wallish followed with 13 and 10 respectively to up their record to 11-7 overall and 5-7 in the league.

The Blue Devils' Nick Merva finished with 14 points.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

BANGOR – The Lady Slaters have been looking for a statement win. They got it Tuesday night with a 50-40 win over previously unbeaten Northwestern.

"It was a big game for us," said Bangor head coach Bill Bisci. "We needed a game to set the tone for the next two or three weeks. We've beaten every team in the Colonial League except Southern Lehigh and that's who we play in the first round of the playoffs."

The Slaters (17-4 overall, 13-2 Colonial League) set the tone with defense, leading the whole way and holding off several charges from Northwestern.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February 6, 1981 Bob Anthony scores a career-high 19 points and also pulls down 15 rebounds to help Palmerton register a 71-60 Centennial League win over Stroudsburg. The Blue Bombers also receive 18 points, seven boards and six assists from Jerry Snyder. The winners, coached by Peter Delich, use a 10-0 run late in the third quarter to take control of the contest. Robby Endres contributes to the victory with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
bob ford/times news Kori Kabilko (11) of Tamaqua looks for an open teammate as Jim Thorpe's Cat Condly defends.

Tamaqua Lady Raiders coach Joe Berezwick certainly has had his fair share of talented players over they years. Maybe none greater than the nucleus of players that formed the 28-1 squad in 2010-11 that defeated perennial power Allentown Central Catholic to win the the District 11 title.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Lenny Ogozalek works toward a pin during the Panther Valley Duals earlier this season. Ogozalek started the year at 113 pounds but has recently dropped to 106.

The concept of weight classes in scholastic wrestling is something that may seem straightforward and self-explanatory. But there are many factors surrounding weight class distinctions and why someone finishes the season at a lighter weight than he/she started.

One of the reasons an individual will cut down to a lower weight is to be competing in a class they feel much bigger and stronger in. A wrestler may feel a competitive advantage facing lighter opponents later in the season after dropping down a weight class.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February 5, 1946 Tamaqua scores the final 16 points of the game to turn a deficit against Coaldale into a 57-44 Black Diamond League win. Dick Young's putback and Sammy Miller's free throw ties the game at 44-44. The Blue Raiders, coached by Fred Graham, then rely on Young and Curt Steigerwalt down the stretch. Steigerwalt scores seven of his 22 points in the final minutes while Young adds six of his 22 during Tamaqua's late run.