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Friday, December 27, 2013

December 27, 1973 Fourteen Palmerton players, led by Jim Hay, enter the scoring column as the Blue Bombers roll to an 84-50 victory over Jim Thorpe. Hay tallies a game-high 25 points and also pulls down 16 rebounds. Palmerton, coached by Art George, races to a 23-6 first-quarter lead and cruises the rest of the way. Mike Horvath contributes nine points, five assists and five steals while Jan Krawchuk adds eight points and eight boards. The winners also receive eight points from Ed Naab.

Friday, December 27, 2013
Bombers sharp against Thorpe

Sometimes all a team needs to regain its edge is a little break.

Playing its first game in six days, the Palmerton girls basketball team certainly looked to have recaptured its early season form in a convincing 59-24 win over Jim Thorpe in the opening round of the Lady Indian Holiday Classic.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Special to THE TIMES NEWS  Marian's Gabby Green (3) drives the lane to put up a shot during a game last season.

The old saying, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going" is definitely one that describes Marian's senior point guard, Gabby Green.

In last year's District 11 tournament game against Nativity, Green drove the lane and went airborne for a layup. She would have preferred not to come down because when she hit the floor, she felt an immediate and excruciating pain in her left knee.

"I first thought this isn't happening to me," said Green. "Then I realized, this is happening to me."

Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 26, 2003 Tamaqua uses a big fourth quarter to pull away from Panther Valley and earn a 69-51 win in the opening round of the Raider Holiday Classic Tournament. Mike Yocum connects for nine of his game-high 21 points in that final frame. Tamaqua, which outscores PV 24-13 in the period, also benefits from a 14-of-18 effort at the foul line during the fourth quarter. Chris McLaughlin and Allen Graver each contribute 15 points to the winning effort while Yocum adds 12 rebounds.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Russo did it all for Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley's Melissa Russo is the closest thing to a "team player" as anyone around local scholastic sports circles.

The senior forward has always put her team first, despite accomplishing some astonishing feats this past season and throughout her field hockey career.

The numbers she has put up and the victories that the team enjoyed are the reason that she was named the 2013 TIMES NEWS Field Hockey Player of the Year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Even on a night when it wasn't firing on all cylinders, the Mahanoy Area boys basketball team proved it was still tough to beat.

The Golden Bears kept their undefeated season intact with a 33-26 win over Schuylkill League rival Marian Catholic in a game that proved to be a defensive struggle for both teams.

The win moved Mahanoy's record to 6-0 this season, but coach Mickey Holland was quick to admit there remains plenty of room to improve.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ahhh, Christmas.

One of my most favorite times of the year.

It's amazing how much this column makes a lot of my sports friends nervous about what Ol' Santa has in his bag for them. I just don't understand why.

For the first time every I was asked to play Santa Claus this year for a private function. Didn't know if it was my rosy cheeks or what. Just paid a visit to my doctor last week and he said my weight was fine and never made mention that it could be spread out a little better.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Fillies' Boyle steps into spotlight

For three years, Grace Boyle has been the side story merely a spoke on the giant wheel that is Marian volleyball.

Despite contributing to a District 11 championship and an appearance in last year's state semifinals, Boyle still found herself getting lost in the enormous shadows set by Marykate Sherkness Marian's career kills leader and three-time TIMES NEWS Volleyball Player of the Year.

However, with Sherkness graduating last year, it was finally time for Boyle to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

Monday, December 23, 2013
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Joe Egan and Matt Egan converge on Palmerton's Spencer Hay after the latter pulled down a rebound. The Bulldogs made some crucial free throws down the stretch for a 54-50 win.

Northern Lehigh boys basketball coach Jeff Miller has watched his team come up with a couple of close wins after opening the season with a big loss to Bangor.

Add another one of those close wins to the Bulldogs ledger after they came from behind and held off arch rival Palmerton for a 54-50 Colonial League win on Saturday afternoon.

"First, we had to get back into the game because we came out kind ofsluggish," said Miller."That's a credit to Palmerton. They came out and were running on allcylinders, hit some shots and we got down early.

Monday, December 23, 2013
Unselfish play by Willis fueled Tigers

Kyle Willis admitted that people often told him he had a selfish mentality when it came to playing the sport he loved.

Instead of letting those negative gestures slow him down, the four-year Northwestern soccer player used it to fuel his love and passion for the game.

At first, it may have looked that way with Willis' ability to score goals. Looks can be undoubtedly be deceiving, especially since the two-time Colonial League First Team All-Star pointed out the fact that he had the full intent of playing his heart out for his team.