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Friday, December 30, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Trevor Yashur, second from left

It's becoming quite common this time of the year.

Select a football all-star team and you're bound to have a host of Northern Lehigh players on it.

After another successful season (the Bulldogs have reached postseason play in 13 of the last 14 years), it shouldn't come as a shock that Joe Tout's club once again dominated the TIMES NEWS First Team.

In all, nine players received mention on our top team. Leading the way is TN Football Player of the Year Trevor Yashur. Two other Bulldogs were recognized on the Second Team.

Friday, December 30, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

It was a shot at redemption that Michael Balliet wanted ever since he got pinned by Big Spring's Cody Seibert Wednesday night at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School.

Balliet returned on Thursday and got his revenge on the lanky Seibert, using a five-point move in the second period en route to claiming a 10-6 victory to take third place at 170-pounds.

Balliet was joined by Northwestern's Levi Veppert as the two bronze medalists from the prestigious tournament, as Veppert knocked off Martin Strenk of Delaware Valley 3-1 at 182.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Tamaqua boys' and Panther Valley girls' basketball teams notched wins, while Palmerton, Panther Valley and Tamaqua took to the wrestling mats.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Schuylkill Haven-Tamaqua

The Blue Raiders held a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to the win over Schuylkill Haven, 58-35.

Zach Wargula's 14 points, Brett Kosciolek's 13 and Jake Fegley's 10 led the scoring for Tamaqua.

Brandon Weiser led the 'Canes in the losing effort.

Tamaqua won the JV game, 57-18, as Mike Weinert's 12 points and Drew Chartier's 11 led the way.

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN

Friday, December 30, 2011

December 30, 2002 Dave Conway and Eddie McLaughlin each score six first-quarter points as Marian jumps out to an early lead and then cruises to a 57-40 win over Northwestern. Conway finishes with a team-high 17 points for the Colts, who hold an 18-6 advantage after the opening frame. Zane Hadzick adds 13 for the winners, coached by Mick Stefanek, while McLaughlin ends with 11. Marian also receives 10 points from Jim Mansell, while Northwestern's TJ Stellar scores a game-high 20.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

It wasn't the type of opening day that Times News area wrestlers had hoped for from the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School.

Only four TN area wrestlers are alive as they head into today's final day of action.

Lehighton leads the local charge with Anthony Farole (152) and Michael Balliet (170) guaranteeing themselves medals with wins in the fourth round of consolations Wednesday night.

Farole knocked off Dylan Hoffman of Abington Heights 3-2, while Balliet beat Charlie Prince of North Penn 7-2.

Thursday, December 29, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe head coach Brian Carroll knew in order to defeat Northern Lehigh, his team would need to neutralize the Bulldogs' inside dominance.

That is easier said then done.

The host Bulldogs compiled a huge rebounding advantage and rolled to a 48-30 victory in the finals of the Slatington Rotary Tournament on Wednesday.

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Colts get big win at Panther Valley

The Marian Colts were coming into Wednesday's match-up against rival Panther Valley with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder.

The reason being, the Colts suffered a one-point loss to the Panthers in the PV Tip-Off Tournament in the first weekend of the season. Add the fact that North Schuylkill handed the Colts a bad 17-point loss the night before and all of a sudden their game against Panther Valley became all that more important.

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Barron welcoming new challenge

It is not uncommon for a man to coach a women's' basketball team.

In fact, out of the ten TIMES NEWS area girls' teams, nine are coached by men.

It is when one tries to think of a woman on a men's coaching staff that it becomes difficult to come up with a single example. However, thanks to Panther Valley boys' head coach Pat Crampsie asking former Tamaqua superstar Erika Barron to be a part of his staff, that task has become a lot easier.

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Yashur makes most of opportunity

Not a lot of people know it, but Northern Lehigh's coaching staff seriously considered running a spread offense last season.

That's right. The program known for its smash-mouth running game was going to open it up. The coaches weren't sure they had a running back that could take the pounding that a Northern Lehigh running back gets exposed to.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 29, 1966 Dave Honzo hits a 20-footer at the buzzer to lift Palmerton to a thrilling 63-61 victory over Jim Thorpe at the Slatington Lions Club benefit at Smith Hall. Andy Krawchuk hits a pair of baskets to tie the contest with 45 seconds to play and set up Honzo's heroics. Honzo finishes with 22 points for the Bombers, coached by Don Holland, while Mike Samok nets 11. For the Olympians, Dennis Balliet tallies a game-high 35 points.