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Monday, January 16, 2012

East Stroudsburg University won eight of the nine individual events and both relays, including two victories each from Panther Valley grads Sami Vavra and freshman Karoline Vavra, to record a 121-82 dual win over Ramapo on Saturday at Koehler Fieldhouse.

The Warriors competed for the third time in eight days and turned in solid performances across the board.

Sami Vavra won the 50 free (26.19) and 100 breast (1:10.03) and Karoline Vavra won the 100 free (54.81) and 200 free (2:02.74).

Monday, January 16, 2012
Thorpe holds off N'western

Jim Thorpe's 41-36 non-league victory over Northwestern on Saturday left both coaches talking about the postseason.

For the Olympians, who improved to 11-1, it was the second of three consecutive games against top flight competition. Thorpe opened a demanding five-day stretch with Pine Grove, follwed that with Northwestern and will close it out against Tamaqua. It had to fight through Saturday's game without flu-ridden starter Kristin Lawrence.

Monday, January 16, 2012
ron gower/times news Panther Valley's Shannon Phillips (left) looks for an opening as Chrstina Green (right) and Maria Mageyar of Lehighton defend.

Both the Panther Valley boys' and girls' basketball teams sent a strong message on Saturday that they're both alive in the quest for playoff spots. Both squads won convincingly against Lehighton.

Boys

Panther Valley did what was expected of it against Lehighton.

With the Panthers' flirting with a.500 record and the Indians having just one win on the season, it was anticipated that PV would emerge victorious.

Monday, January 16, 2012
Larry Neff/Special to the TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Tamaqua football seniors honored Senior members of the Tamaqua football team were recognized at an awards program. They included, front row from left, Lance Williams, Josh Nemeth, Anthony Iacoviello, Peter Conforti and Sal Merenda. Second row, Collin Leibensperger, Jarred Muffley, Tylor Wolfe, Michael Sweigert, Tyler Gromer and Matt Delborello. Head coach Sam Bonner is in the back.
Monday, January 16, 2012

Redshirt senior Adam Hluschak went 3-0 with two pins and a major decision of the No. 3-ranked wrestler at 141 pounds in Division II to lead East Stroudsburg University at the Mid-Atlantic Duals on Sunday in Ashland, Ohio.

Hluschak, a Northern Lehigh grad and national qualifier as a sophomore – majored Nick Wykoff of West Liberty, 12-1, in his first match of the day and won by fall in 15 seconds and five minutes, 22 seconds in his bouts against Gannon and Belmont Abbey to improve to 21-6 on the season.

Monday, January 16, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Zach Coleman grabs the leg of Pennridge's Tom Roeder in the 160-pound match between the two teams at Saturday's Lehighton duals before recording a first period fall. Pennridge won the match 42-36.

Marian, Northern Lehigh and Weatherly picked up boys basketball wins over the weekend, as did the Palmerton, Tamaqua and Weatherly girls.

Panther Valley also managed a victory on the mats.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Moravian Academy-Marian

The Colts outscored the Lions in every frame of action to pull out a 47-22 non-league win.

Ryan Karnish scored a game-high 12 points to lead the locals to the win, while Alden Whah added nine.

For Moravian, Chris Anderson and Luke Gutekunst both scored eight.

Marian also won the JV contest, 51-43.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Northern Lehigh, Marian, and Pleasant Valley posted boys basketball wins Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pocono Mountain West-Lehighton

Pocono Mountain West cruised to a 72-22 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton.

The Panthers' Jon Amoroso led all scorers with a game-high 13 points, while Joe Wiggins chipped in with 10.

Nate Kresge finished with an Indians' high five points.

In the JV game, Pocono Mountain West scored a 69-23 win over Lehighton.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012
Panther Valley's Nate Mathewson drives the lane against Tyler Krell of Tamaqua during Friday night's Schuylkill League Division 1 matchup.

For Nate Mathewson and Panther Valley, it was deja vu all over again.

A year ago, Mathewson scored a season-high against Tamaqua to help the Panthers break out of a slump.

With the Raiders in town Friday night and PV in the midst of a five-game losing streak, the senior center was hoping for a similar result.

Fortunately for him and the Panthers, he delivered again.

Mathewson owned the inside, as the athletic 6-5 player tallied a game-high 25 points to lead his team to a 71-57 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 14, 1987 A key pin from Brad Klotz helps Lehighton rally for a 32-25 Centennial League wrestling win over Pleasant Valley. The Indians trail by 18 after six bouts but use a forfeit, a major decision from Greg Holland at 145 pounds and a decision by Corey Kerschner at 155 to pull within five. Klotz gives Lehighton the lead with his 1:14 fall at 167. After another forfeit, heavyweight Dave Eubanks seals the match when he draws with his opponent. The Indians, coached by George Ebbert, also receive a decision win from Vince Gigliotti at 98.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Four Mile Outfitters and the Keystone Wounded Warriors Project have teamed with Clover Hollow Hunting Preserve, Lime Kiln Road, Slatington, to provide U.S. Marine Sgt. Jonathan Tompkins, a Berks County native, the opportunity to hunt pheasants, quail and chukars, Saturday, Jan. 28.