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Monday, January 24, 2011

January 24, 1967 Dennis Balliet tallies a game-high 33 points to lead Jim Thorpe to a 72-62 comeback victory over Marian. Balliet shoots 14-of-26 from the field and helps the Olympian rally from a 19-6 first-quarter deficit. Gene Sweeney contributes to the win with 16 points and 12 rebounds while teammate Mike Tessitore chips in with eight points and eight boards. For the Colts, Francis "Flip" Flaim scores a team-high 27 points.

Monday, January 24, 2011
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Sonya Josephson goes up for a shot as Blue Mountain's Corinne Foster tries to block it. Josephson scored her 1,000th point in the game won by the Lady Bulldogs by a score of 66-57.

Not playing games for a week due to the weather can affect teams in different ways.

Northern Lehigh's Sonya Josephson was bothered at all by the layoff.

Josephson's first quarter outburst on Saturday against Blue Mountain not only put her above the 1,000-point plateau, but sparked her team to a 66-57 non-league win.

Blue Mountain rolled into Slatington looking to make a statement. Two turnovers put the Lady Eagles up 6-2 early prompting a time out.

Monday, January 24, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Sara Jones (10) uses a head fake before taking a shot as Emmaus' Leah Horton defends from behind.

The Lehighton boys ended a long losing streak and Jim Thorpe returned to winning ways in boys basketball over the weekend.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Catasauqua

-Lehighton

The Indians had lost 47 games in a row prior to a 66-51 non-conference victory over visiting Catasauqua (3-10).

DJ Rossino led the Indians (1-12) with a 21-point performance, while Nate Kresge and Aaron Szacska both added 12 apiece.

The Roughies' Zak Edwards recorded a team-high 11 points, while Jarad Strong netted 10 points.

CATASAUQUA

Monday, January 24, 2011
Tamaqua's Kayla Hope (4) looks for a teammate as Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson applies defensive pressure. The Raiders won the game to remain undefeated on the season.

Tamaqua's Amy Zehner casts a huge shadow on the basketball court.

A Division I recruit and the area's leading scorer, Zehner's multi-dimensional talent dominates games.

But Saturday night against Jim Thorpe, the Raiders' Cassie Eroh stepped out of that shadow and into the spotlight.

Eroh scored a career-high 26 points to lead Tamaqua to a 61-43 Schuylkill League victory over the Olympians.

"Cassie really stepped up tonight," said Tamaqua coach Joe Berezwick. "She is a great shooter and as the season goes on, her game just keeps getting better and better.

Monday, January 24, 2011
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Tyler Svetik grabs a loose ball in front of Panther Valley's Joe Revell and Bomber teammate Brett Snyder.

Early in the season when Panther Valley lost starting center Brock Mitchell to a season ending injury, head coach Pat Crampsie had the enviable task of pulling his troops together and making them believe their season wasn't over despite losing a player who could carry them on their back.

It took a while, but the Panthers have shown they are in the midst of answering the challenge with the latest evidence coming Saturday in a 47-43 non-league win over Palmerton at the PV gym.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Public input is being sought by the Pennsylvania Game Commission on a draft beaver management plan, which can be reviewed on the agency's website at www.pgc.state.pa.us by clicking on the "Draft Beaver Management Plan" icon under the large photo in the center of the homepage.

Public comments on the agency's beaver management plan will be accepted until Thursday, March 3, via the website or by mail at: Beaver Management Plan, Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg 17110-9797.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

January 22, 1999 Curtis Stevens scores 10 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter to help Pleasant Valley pull away from Whitehall for a 63-45 Mountain Valley Conference victory. The Bears, coached by Ken Piontkowski, outscore their opponent 22-10 in that final frame to secure the win. Tim Lunn and Chris Lloyd contribute to the victory by each scoring 12 points while Mike Gratale chips in with 10.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Structure can be a student's greatest ally.

Because of this, there's a designated spot on my chalkboard where all homework is listed every day. I begin class by referring to the list and frequently end class by saying, "Don't leave the room unless you're sure how to do the assignment."

Despite these daily routines, I've been hearing this declaration more and more over the last few years: "I didn't know we had homework."

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tamaqua earned victories in girls basketball and swimming Friday.

The Lady Raiders crushed North Schuylkill on the hardwood while both the boys and girls swim team defeated Shamokin.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

No. Schuylkill-Tamaqua

Amy Zehner returned to the starting lineup and poured in 23 points to help Tamaqua roll to a 50-29 Schuylkill League Division I win over North Schuylkill.

Zehner, who also pulled down eight rebounds and had five steals, had missed the Raiders' previous game due to an ankle injury.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

More than ever, outdoors sportsmen's and conservation clubs and organizations are providing programs especially designed for youth. Just as important as learning outdoors activities, however, is learning how to protect the rights to enjoy them.