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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Starting three sophomores, one junior and one senior, Tamaqua is considered a relatively young team.

However, if the past 48 hours are any indication, the Blue Raiders are growing up in a hurry.

One day after opening the season with a 13-point victory over Minersville, Tamaqua cruised to its second double-figure win in as many days with last night's 58-46 victory over Shenandoah Valley (2-1).

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Northern Lehigh senior Caleb Johnson has given a verbal commitment to continue his academic and football careers at Harvard University.

Johnson has been a standout two-way performer for the Bulldogs the past three season.

This past season, Johnson played both tailback and linebacker. He excelled on both sides of the ball, rushing for over 1,000 yards on offense and making over 100 tackles on defense. He was a two-way Colonial League first team all-star.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Cat Condly floats through the lane to get off a shot.

The loss of six seniors from last year's Jim Thorpe Schuylkill League Division 1 championship team was realized immediately last night as the Lady Olympians lost their opening game to Schuylkill Haven 46-20. The highlight for Thorpe may have been Nikki Ennis' three pointer with barely three minutes gone by in the first quarter.

"We didn't think we'd be good tonight," said Thorpe coach Rob Kovac. "We're disappointed, but it's only night one."

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Agosti, Karnish lead Colts

Marian found itself in yet another early season battle last night, but for the third consecutive game surged in the fourth quarter to come away with a non-league victory over Lehighton.

The Colts backcourt duo of Anthony Agosti and Ryan Karnish spurred Marian's run with the two combining for 25 points in the second half, helping to down the Indians 57-48.

It took a little while for the Colts to warm their engines once again, not shooting it well in the first quarter. Lehighton took advantage of some Marian miscues as well, holding a one-point lead at the end of the first.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December 11, 1956 Coaldale races to a big halftime lead and cruises to an eventual 96-42 victory over Northwestern. Lou Gregus leads the way for the Tigers with 22 points while Bobby Parfitt follows close behind with 21. The winners, who hold a 62-17 advantage at the break, also receive 17 points from Joe DeMatto. Jim Dougherty chips in with nine points for Coaldale, coached by Bob Wear, and Greg Posta contributes eight.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The upcoming PIAA Football Championships don't lack for storylines.

Without question, the most compelling is District 7 Class A champion Clairton (15-0), the three-time defending Class A state champion which is seeking to become the third school in state history to win a fourth consecutive football championship.

Should the Bears defeat District 2 champion Dunmore (14-1) in Friday afternoon at Hersheypark Stadium, they will join Berwick and Southern Columbia in the Four-Straight Club.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tamaqua picked up victories in both boys and girls basketball action on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Minersville

Tamaqua placed three players in double figures and went on to post a 60-47 season-opening victory over Minersville.

Brett Kosciolek led the Blue Raiders to the non-league win with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He got plenty of support as Adam Frantz scored 14 points and Bo Rottet added 11 points.

For Minersville (1-1), Issac Melochick led the way with 20 points.

Monday, December 10, 2012
Whah buzzer-beater lifts Colts

This year's Panther Valley Tip-Off Tournament certainly wasn't an offensive showcase, but it definitely provided area hoop fans with some exciting basketball over the weekend.

The Colts, who edged rival Panther Valley in Friday's semifinal, went to battle with another rival on Saturday night when they played Mahanoy Area for the tourney crown. An 18-point second quarter effort, along with some late game heroics from big man Alden Whah, gave the Colts a 45-43 victory, earning Marian two hard fought victories in as many days.

Monday, December 10, 2012

December 10, 1988 Mike Barclay's last-second three-pointer forces overtime and Joe Gower tallies 10 points in the extra period to lift Lehighton to a 57-52 comeback win over Nazareth. The Indians, coached by Dan Novey, trail by nine points with two minutes left in regulation before rallying for the victory. Gower finishes with a game-high 24 points and 17 rebounds. Wayne Dietrich contributes 11 points while Jim Barclay adds nine points and 14 boards.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Defense and foul shooting are two key ingredients at any level of basketball. In the high school girls game, there might not be two more important strengths for a team to possess.

Northwestern showed off both of them Friday night at Pleasant Valley. The Lady Tigers used their defense to build a lead. They hit foul shots down the stretch to seal a 59-42 nonleague win over the Lady Bears.