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Thursday, January 27, 2011

January 27, 1948 Bill Brown scores a game-high 21 points and Tamaqua rebounds from a slow start to post a 52-49 Black Diamond League win over Nesquehoning. Brown also comes up with a key shot with under a minute to play to help secure the victory. The Raiders, who trail 11-4 after the first quarter, also receive 16 points from Charley Baer while Franklin Knotts chips in with seven points.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January 26, 1996 Tom Vermillion scores seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter to help rally Panther Valley to a 51-47 Schuylkill League Division III victory over Freeland MMI. The Panthers, coached by Cas Kosciolek, trail by four points entering the final frame before outscoring their opponent by a 19-13 margin. Mike Shefcyk leads PV with 17 points while Matt Engler contributes 10 points and nine rebounds.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Jessica Albright (front) of Northwestern battles to hang on to the ball as Notre Dame's Tara Gorman battles her for it.

After struggling offensively for the first half, Notre Dame (Green Pond) heated up in the third quarter to turn the game around and pull out a 44-34 win over Northwestern.

The Lady Crusaders made just five of 26 shots in the first half and went 0-for-9 from three-point range to fall behind by nine points. They made five of eight three-point shots in the third quarter and six of 12 shots from the field.

At the same time, they dug into their man-to-man defense after halftime and didn't allow a Northwestern field goal until the final two minutes of the third period.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Richie Irving (21) finds tough defense from East Stroudsburg South's Brandon Lane (4) and Andre Franklin. The Bears defeated ESS, 67-46.

Entering this week, the Pleasant Valley boys' basketball team was in the midst of a four-game losing streak and was in danger of watching its season slip away.

Two days and two conference games later, the Bears' post-season hopes are back on the rise.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Kristen Romano (12) goes in for an easy layup in Tuesday night's Colonial League win over Salisbury.

Marian, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton, Pleasant Valley, Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe all came away as winners in girls basketball on Tuesday night, while the local boys teams didn't fair out as well.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marian-Schuylkill Haven

The Fillies rallied to the easy 40-16 Schuylkill League win over Schuylkill Haven.

Leding the way in scoring for the locals were Gillian Ferko and Danielle Tristani with eight points apiece.

For Haven, Lauren Rhody led the way with six points in the losing effort.

Marian also won the JV game by a 31-8 score.

MARIAN

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
bob ford/times news Marian's Gillian Ferko (left) drives to the basket as Juli Weber defends for Tri-Valley.

While Marian is putting together another fine season on the hardwoods, the Fillies had been seeking a signature victory in the Schuylkill League race.

The Fillies got one Monday night, shutting down visiting Tri-Valley 44-33 in a key Schuylkill Division II-III crossover contest.

Marian improved to 13-2 overall (6-2 league) with another strong defensive effort, this time against a Tri-Valley team that has most of its cast back from last year's District 11 Class A championship club that advanced to the PIAA State semifinals.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

TIMES NEWS Rankings

(through Jan. 24)

(Bout minimum - 8)

103 - 1. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Sr. (22-5); 2. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (21-3); 3. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (10-4).

Honorable Mention - Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Jr. (20-5); Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (14-8); Benny Mazzella, Jim Thorpe, So. (5-5).

Notes - O'Donnell's loss was up at 119 pounds. Yanovich-Hoats is a possible marquee match-up for Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Jarrett Kleintop locks up with an opponent during a recent match. Kleintop is one of the Bomber wrestlers with a winning record at 11-10.

Coming into this season, Palmerton coach Dave Lavin was optimistic his wrestlers could improve on their performance from last year.

The second year mentor has watched the Blue Bombers exceed expectations so far.

After years near the bottom of the Colonial League standings, Palmerton has jumped a number of rungs up the ladder this year. Last week, the Bombers knocked off Northwestern and Wilson on consecutive days, a feat that wouldn't have been possible for them in past years against two clubs that have traditionally been among the Colonial upper echelon.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Eric Baker drives to the hoop as Schuylkill Haven's Jesus Carmona defends.

Pleasant Valley and Marian picked up boys basketball wins, while Northern Lehigh, Northwestern, Panther Valley and Pleasant Valley all won on the girls side in hoop action on Monday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pleasant Valley-ES North

Nick Stanovick's three-pointer at the end of regulation put Pleasant Valley into an extra session, where they ended up pulling out a big Mountain Valley Conference win over East Stroudsburg North, 66-61.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January 25, 1972 Joe Balascik scores a game-high 19 points and pulls down 10 rebounds to help Marian record a 60-55 victory over Bishop Hafey. The Colts, who take control of the contest with a 16-4 second quarter, also receive 11 points and seven boards from Mike Prekopa while Wally Yext contributes 10 points and three steals. The win allows Marian to tie MMI for first place in the Anthracite League first-half standings.