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Saturday, January 14, 2012
bob ford/times news Dane Ciavarella of Jim Thorpe (24) drives to the basket against Larry Zimmerman of Pine Grove.

Jim Thorpe looked poised on Friday night to snap out of its five-game skid and take with them a very important Division I victory.

Pine Grove on the other hand had a different idea on how the Olympians night should end. The Cardinals rallied in the final quarter to solidify a 60-56 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

From the onset the Cardinals and Olympians went hoop for hoop and neither squad showed signs of slowing down offensively. Pine Grove at times became timid on the offensive end, but its ability to shoot the three-ball eventually got them going.

Friday, January 13, 2012

SWIMMING

Tamaqua-Schuylkill Haven

Tamaqua split its meet with Schuylkill have as the Lady Raiders girls won 120-60 while the boys fell 124-44 to the Hurricanes.

Tamaqua's Joann Butkus broke a record in winning the 200 freestyle in 2:01.91. She also placed first in 100 freestyle and was part of two winning relays. Teammate Danielle DeCindio also won two events, the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while helping her team sweep the relays.

For Schuylkill Haven, Austin Bayliff, Sean Spotts and Dylan Slotterback all won two individual events.

BOYS

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Marian and Jim Thorpe girls both registered their 10th win of the season by gaining Schuylkill League road wins Thursday.

The Fillies defeated Lourdes in a Division 2-3 crossover game while the Olympians edged Pine Grove in Division 1 action.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marian-Lourdes

Marian remained undefeated in league play by posting a 41-36 victory over host Lourdes.

The Fillies, who used a 10-2 run to close the game and earn the win, improved to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in Schuylkill League Division 3.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Penn State's new head man in charge Bill O'brien has put together his coaching staff for the hopefully new look Nittany Lions. The present New England Patriots offensive coordinator promised he would put together the best staff for Penn State and that he would do it swiftly. He wasn't lying about the time frame, but as far as the best staff for Penn State is concerned, only time will tell on that subject. Until then, there's only one thing left to do, which is to analyze O'brien's hirings.

Friday, January 13, 2012

January 13, 1950 A big fourth quarter rally by Coaldale lifts the Tigers to a 43-38 victory over Summit Hill. Led by Steve Bitsko and George Welsh, Coaldale uses a 15-2 final period to pull out the win. Bitsko finishes with a team-high 14 points while Welsh contributes 11. The winners, coached by Andy Kalen, also receive eight points from Lauriano Paulo. Earning game-honors was the Hillers' Bill Risavy, who netted 17 points.

Friday, January 13, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Kayla Hope drives past Treyvonda Rice of Panther Valley en route to the basket during Thursday's Schuylkill League game.

The Lady Raiders didn't exactly get off to the start they wanted to this season recording just a 1-4 record after five games. A new look for Tamaqua, one that lacks size, might have attributed to the slow start for the Lady Raiders, who haven't been used to fielding small line-ups over the years.

Friday, January 13, 2012
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Caitlyn Landrigrin corrals a rebound in front of Meagan Erepret of Salisbury.

For one half, Salisbury gave Northwestern all it could handle Thursday night in New Tripoli. But when the Lady Tigers clamped down on defense in the second half, they pulled away for a 47-38 win.

"We knew we had to pick it up in the second half," said freshman guard Sabrina Mertz. "We did that. We came out really aggressive and that's what we needed to do."

Holding a 25-21 lead at halftime, Northwestern forced nine Falcon turnovers in the first six minutes of the second half. The defense sparked an 18-0 run and got the Tigers a 43-21 lead with 2:11 left in the third quarter.

Friday, January 13, 2012
Palmerton flags win football title

The Palmerton Flag Football team completed the regular season undefeated at 7-0 and went on to win its fourth consecutive Lehigh Valley Youth Football League championship. The Bombers outscored their opponents 251-77 over a stretch of nine straight victories en route to winning the championship game against Lehighton. Members of this year's championship team are, front row , from left, Marcus Islas, Koby Reinhart, Nicholas Reichard, Ty Sander, Carter Recker, Trey Sterling, Wyatt Engle, Devin Spadt, Dylan Picone and Justin Sebelin.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A lot goes into the kind of turnaround that the Northwestern girls' basketball team has pulled off this year.

After going 7-15 last year and 3-19 in 2009-10, the Lady Tigers (9-2 overall, 5-2 Colonial League) are already just two wins away from qualifying for a district playoff berth with half the season still in front of them.

Thursday, January 12, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek (left) and Northern Lehigh's Thatcher George battle for a loose ball.

The two biggest focal points written on Tamaqua's lockerroom chalkboard were "Defense" and "Rebounding."

The Blue Raiders' hands were going to be full against a tall and offensively-gifted Northern Lehigh squad in a non-league contest. Those focal points were the hosts' trouble areas, as Northern Lehigh's "Twin Towers" Lucas Pierce and Caleb Johnson combined for 39 points and nearly 20 rebounds in leading the 'Dawgs to a 62-44 win.