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Monday, December 26, 2011

December 26, 1984 Brett Jones sinks two free throws with five seconds left to play to help seal Northern Lehigh's 64-63 win over Parkland in the opening round of the Slatington Rotary Tournament. The Bulldogs, coached by Glenn Rissmiller, lead by one when Jones is sent to the line. After Jones converts both free throws, the Trojans score a meaningless bucket at the buzzer. Jones finishes with a team-high 22 points while Jeff Jones tallies 18. Randy Howell also chips in with 10.

Monday, December 26, 2011
Yost motivated by disappointment

Haley Yost didn't mind how she finished at the Colonial League meet last year, but it was the way she finished at the District 11 Class AAA meet that struck a nerve.

Yost followed a fifth-place finish in her first-ever league meet with a 17th place finish at districts, just one spot away from qualifying for the PIAA State championship meet.

Yost used that disappointment as a motivational tool for this season.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Palmerton girls were the only area winner in Friday's scholastic basketball action.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Northwestern-Bangor

Bangor defeated Northwestern in a battle of unbeatens, 40-34.

A slow start was responsible for the Tigers' Colonial League setback as the Slaters raced out to a 15-6 first quarter edge and then held on down the stretch.

Morgan McCollian and Sam Hopkins both had 11 points for Bangor.

For Northwestern (5-1 overall, 3-1 CL), Trista Cunningham had 11 points.

Bangor remains undefeated at 5-0.

NORTHWESTERN

Friday, December 23, 2011
High-scoring Shiffert wins award

Two years ago, Northern Lehigh's Channing Shiffert set a school record for goals in a season, which led to him being named the TIMES NEWS Boys' Soccer Player of the Year.

An injury (dislocated patella), kept him from repeating those accolades last year.

Through long, hard rehabilitation, Shiffert returned to top form and broke his own record with 28 goals, added nine assists and helped lead the Bulldogs to their first ever District 11 playoff berth. He finished an outstanding career with 61 goals and 35 assists.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Well, it's almost that time to say goodbye to 2011 and usher in 2012, but before I do that, Good Ol' Santa has decided to make his usual stop here at THE TIMES NEWS Sports Department to find out who's been naughty or nice since he stopped here last time around.

Friday, December 23, 2011
mike feifel/times news

Northwestern hadn't been tested in a tight game all season.

That changed on Thursday night when Pleasant Valley gave the undefeated Lady Tigers all they could handle in a nonleague contest.

Northwestern passed the test as it held on for a 49-47 win.

"You're going to be in tight games," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "We got a couple defensive stops at the end of the game, got some rebounds and made some foul shots. And that was the game."

Friday, December 23, 2011
bob ford/times news

Jim Thorpe looked good on Thursday night in their Schuylkill League Division I clash with North Schuylkill.

Unfortunately, for the Olympians (4-2) they only looked good in spurts and couldn't piece together a consistent offensive attack the rest of the ball game. The Spartans took advantage and bounced back from a 12-2 first quarter deficit to post a 62-52 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Friday, December 23, 2011

December 23, 1943 Lansford's Joe Sarabok and Paul Kucan are both named to the Associated Press All-State football team. Sarabok, nicknamed "Coco", was a 5-10, 175-pound guard for the Panthers. Kucan, nicknamed "Corp" made the team as a 6-0, 176-pound end on offense. Five other Lansford players are named as Honorable Mentions. They include Bernie Sniscak, Jackie Chuckran, Andy Lukac, John Krauchick and Steve Orachko. Coaldale's Jackie McGeehan also earns honorable mention status.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Devin Glose dribbles down court as Catasauqua's James Snyder tries to catch up from behind. BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS

Northern Lehigh and Marian recorded victories in both boys and girls basketball action on Thursday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Catasauqua-No. Lehigh

Clinging to a three-point lead at intermission, the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half for the 67-51 Colonial League win over Catasauqua.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs were Lucas Pierce (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Caleb Johnson (19 points and 12 rebounds). Josh Pristash chipped in 12 points.

CATASAUQUA

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Mission accomplished for Stelmack

Northwestern's Tyler Stelmack had some unfinished business to attend to after the 2010 Cross Country season.

After going undefeated in his sophomore campaign in Colonial League play, he finished a disappointing 14th in the field. The reasoning for Stelmack's poor finish came in the form of an illness, where he participated in the meet with a 102-degree fever.