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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December 17, 1954 Dave Raabe's jumper with 31 seconds left in the game lifts Lansford to a 58-57 comeback win over Jim Thorpe. The Panthers had trailed the entire second half before Raabe's eventual winning basket. Bob Montgomery leads Lansford with a game-high 22 points while Ron Daldos and Jack Marshall both finish with nine. The winners also receive eight points from Stan Ogozalek. For the Olympians, Mike Hurley tallies a team-high 16 points.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Madison Blasko (4) brings the ball up the court against Jim Thorpe's Cat Condly.

Technique and finesse took a back seat on Monday night at Panther Valley's Middle School gymnasium, as Schuylkill League rivals Jim Thorpe and Panther Valley met for the first time this season.

In a physical contest that saw nearly 40 fouls called and just as many turnovers, the Lady Panthers outmuscled the Lady Olympians for a 43-31 victory.

"Anytime you can get a league win against a rival team (like Jim Thorpe) early in the season, it's nice for your program," said Panther Valley coach Brad Hurley. "It's nice to start 2-0. It gets the girls' confidence up."

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Hluschak, Hoffman, Merkle to be inducted

Northern Lehigh will induct three individuals into the Ring Of Honor on Thursday, Dec. 19. The ceremony will take place at halftime of the Catasauqua at Northern Lehigh boys' varsity basketball game in the Northern Lehigh High School Gymnasium.

Following are the inductees:

Ryan Hluschak

Hluschak graduated from Northern Lehigh High School in 2003.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Panther Valley and Pleasant Valley took part in wrestling tournaments over the weekend.

WRESTLING

Panther Valley in

Penn Manor Tourney

The Panthers traveled to Penn Manor High School in Lancaster County over the weekend and finished 23rd in the team standings.

Lenny Ogozalek and Rian Shubeck both came away with fifth place finishes, while Dylan Moyer ended up seventh.

Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16, 1986 Dave Brown scores a game-high 18 points and Jim Thorpe hits its foul shots down the stretch to secure a 58-47 victory over Saint Clair. The Olympians, coached by Don Herman, tally the final five points of the contest to seal the win. John Searfoss contributes 11 points to the victory while teammate Tony Wolfe chips in with 10. The winners also receive eight points from Scott Lazorick.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Amy Smith of Lehighton drives to the basket during Friday night's game against Pocono Mountain East.

The Lehighton and Tamaqua boys basketball teams posted convincing wins on Friday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lehighton-PM East

Lehighton used an offensive explosion to defeat Pocono Mountain East 75-58 in Mountain Valley Conference play.

Tyler Crum and Jordan Knappenberger combined for eight three-pointers and led the Indians (3-0; 1-0) with 25 points each. Anthony Rossino was also in double figures, scoring 11 points.

Jake Steckel paced the Cardinals with 15 points.

LEHIGHTON

Saturday, December 14, 2013
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Janel Tracy goes up for a shot as Bangor's Chandler Zungolo goes up from behind to try and block it.

Rodney Strohl knew coming into the season that his Palmerton Lady Bombers would have to play tough defense and score off of turnovers because of their lack of size.

Trailing by three at the half, the Bombers made some adjustments and turned it up a notch to pull away for a 57-44 Colonial League win over perennial power Bangor.

Palmerton's full court pressure caused the Slaters to commit 38 turnovers. The Bombers also went to the line to take 41 foul shots and converted 24 and 16 of them were in the second half.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The after-school meeting caught me by surprise. And then I surprised those attending the meeting.

Not only did I arrive a bit late, but I was also carrying a partially consumed 16-ounce bottle of Pepsi Max.

My principal, who was relatively new at the time but well aware of my nutritional beliefs, remarked that she never thought she'd ever see me drink a diet soda. When someone else echoed that sentiment, I felt the need to explain.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Northern Lehigh tops Tigers

It was just a two-minute stretch.

But for all intents and purposes it meant the ballgame.

Locked in a tight contest with its Colonial League rival, Northern Lehigh upped its defensive pressure at the end of the first half. The move led to a huge run that gave the Bulldogs a lead and control. It also gave them their first victory of the season, a 63-51 decision over Northwestern.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) – North Catholic won its first state football championship in school history Friday by executing a two-point conversion in overtime to edge Old Forge 15-14 in the PIAA Class A title game at Hersheypark Stadium.

Junior quarterback P.J. Fulmore pushed his way into the end zone for the two-point conversion that gave North Catholic (16-0) a stunning come-from-behind victory.

Fulmore, who finished with 109 rushing yards on 33 carries, scored on a 10-yard run in overtime. Brandon Yescavage scored first in the extra session on a five-yard run for Old Forge (14-2).