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Friday, January 20, 2012

Northwestern's girls came away with a win in action on the hardwood on Thursday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Saucon Vy.-Northwestern

Northwestern defeated Saucon Valley, 57-47, in Colonial League action.

Sara Jones led the Tigers with 20 points while Caileigh Landrigan added 10.

For Saucon Valley, Karine Polgar scored a team-high 19.

SAUCON VALLEY

Polgar 5-6-8-19, Okken 0-0-0-0, Spirk 0-0-0-0, Wean 2-0-0-5, O'Donnell 4-0-2-8, Mowrey 3-0-0-8, Martin 2-3-4-7. TOTALS: 16-9-14-47.

NORTHWESTERN

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs lead the nation in minor league baseball attendance. They play in one of the newest and fan-friendliest parks in the nation. And in just their third season they now field a competitive team.

Rather than resting on its laurels, the organization is still doing all it can to provide fans the best experience in minor league baseball.

Friday, January 20, 2012

University of Connecticut senior offensive lineman Mike Ryan will play in the AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday.

Ryan, a Marian High School graduate, was a three-year starter for the Huskies amd was twice named to the All Big East team.

Saturday's game will start at 6 p.m. and be played in Carson, California. The game will be televised by the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus).

The game will feature 100 of the country's top draft prospects. Legendary coaches Dick Vermeil and Tom Flores will be in charge of the teams.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

January 19, 1971 Wade Bittner scores nine points in both the third and fourth quarters to help Northwestern gain a 57-50 Lehigh-Northampton League win over Pleasant Valley. Bittner finishes with a game-high 28 points for the Tigers, who also receive 19 from Dean Phillips. The Bears are led by Tim Meyer, who tallies 15 points.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lehighton and Pleasant Valley picked up wrestling victories to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports card.

WRESTLING

ES South-Lehighton

Colton Davidson scored a forfeit victory in the final bout of the match to lift Lehighton to a 39-34 Mountain Valley Conference win over visiting East Stroudsburg South.

The Indians' Pat Verrastro (113), Alex Rankovich (138), Zachary Coleman (170) and Michael Balliet (182) all scored pins for wins.

Lehighton 39, ES South 34

106 - Jacob Hoats (L) won by forfeit

113 - Pat Verrastro (L) pinned Phil Nunes in 4:19

Thursday, January 19, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Zach Christman (bottom) of Palmerton and Northwestern's Cole Moyer battle at 132 pounds. Christman went on to post a 5-3 decision.

With only six of 14 matches actually being contested, Palmerton head coach Dave Lavin and Northwestern head coach Jim Moll were just hoping for some good signs from those that took the mat on Wednesday night in a Colonial League battle.

As it turned out, the Blue Bombers won four of the six matches that were wrestled and picked up five forfeit wins for a 51-21 triumph against the undermanned Tigers.

"It's a small group, but they're hard workers and a tough bunch of kids," Moll said.

Thursday, January 19, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Steven Matukonis turns North Schuylkill's Lorenzo Fisher to his back for a first period pin in 1:35.

The Tamaqua wrestling team has been suffering through a season marred with adversity. Whether it is injuries, participants that have left the program mid-season, or any other reason, numbers have dropped and the Blue Raiders need all the points that they can get throughout the course of a match.

In last night's Schuylkill League battle with North Schuylkill, three straight forfeits began the meeting, placing the locals in a 18-0 hole right out of the gates.

Despite their efforts to erase the deficit, the Spartans pulled away down the stretch for a 51-30 decision.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The high school basketball season is quickly approaching the home stretch. With just three weeks of regular season play remaining, I thought I'd take a look at how our local teams have fared.

I'll group them into three categories based on what they have accomplished so far.

Consider this an in-season report card, but without passing or failing grades. Instead it will be a look at the highlights and lowlights of each team's season so far and what to expect in the weeks ahead.

I'll put teams into one of three categories the "best", the "bubbles" and the "rest."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson (left) prepares to make a pass as Tamaqua's Kayla Hope defends.

Resiliency is the term that may best describe the play of the Tamaqua girl's basketball team this season. The Lady Raiders (7-5) have been hot, winning five straight games after a 2-5 start. Tamaqua showed their fight once again last night storming back from a 29-16 half-time deficit to challenge the Olympians in the fourth quarter getting as close as two points in the fourth. Thorpe's transition game proved to be too much however, as the Lady Olympians pulled away to get the 52-45 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Payton Bachman goes up for a shot between Palisades defenders Tyler Krchnavi, left, and Luke Caughney.

One of the Cardinal Rules of sports is to never take an opponent lightly.

Northwestern might have expected an easy time against a Palisades team that headed into this week winless for the season. But the Tigers fell victim to the visiting Purple Pirates, who went on a 24-0 run in the second half and took home a 41-26 win.

"This one's extremely frustrating," said Northwestern head coach Dan Eddinger. "We walked into this gym expecting to win tonight and we just didn't do it. We were bad in all facets of the game tonight."