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Thursday, December 13, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Connor Frey (right) takes down Nick Price of Pocono Mountain East during their 160-pound bout. Frey went on to post a 6-0 decision.

Palmerton and Pleasant Valley picked up wrestling wins, while the Jim Thorpe girls got their first basketball win on Wednesday night.

WRESTLING

Notre Dame -Northwestern

Mike Williams scored a forfeit in the last bout of the Colonial League match to lift Notre Dame over the top for a 37-32 win over host Northwestern.

The Tigers built themselves as much as a 17-0 lead to start things off then rebounded to take a 32-21 lead with four matches to go. The Crusaders took advantage of bonus points and a Dennis Atiyeh pin to pull out the win.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December 12, 1995 Kyle Rehrig records a double-double while Kody Fedorcha leads his team in scoring as Northern Lehigh holds off Southern Lehigh for a 55-54 Colonial League victory. Rehrig scores 11 points and pulls down 12 rebounds while Fedorcha finishes with a game-high 22 points. The Bulldogs, coached by Dave Oertner, build a 17-point advantage before hanging on at the end. Sean Conley also aids the winning cause with 11 points.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Northwestern, Palmerton, Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua all picked up wins in girls basketball on Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Northwestern-Pen Argyl

Northwestern outscored Colonial League foe Pen Argyl 31-14 in the first half and went on to double up the Green Knights, 48-24.

Sarah Segan (14), Sara Jones (10) and Sabrina Mertz (10) each scored in double figures for the Lady Tigers.

Samm Firestone led Pen Argyl with 10 points.

NORTHWESTERN

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Josh Williamson looks for a teammate as he moves the offense against Pen Argyl.

It was exactly the kind of game that plagued Northwestern last year. But this time it went the other way.

Pen Argyl climbed back from an early deficit and took its first lead in the third quarter. The Tigers responded, battling through a tight fourth quarter and sealing the 52-48 win in the final minute.

"When they kept coming back it was like a flashback to last year," said Tigers senior guard David Wagner. "We gave up games in the second half last year. This year we're a totally different team."

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Savanna Krsinsky looks to make a move to the hoop while Lehighton's Schyler Cordova defends.

With the Marian girls basketball team losing 32 points per game of scoring due to graduation the talk of Hometown was how Coach Paul Brutto going to replace the scoring void left behind by his seniors. The Fillies showed last night against Lehighton that they have a simple response to that question and the answer is defense. Marian's full court pressure stifled the Indians from the onset, helping them cruise to a 60-17 non-league victory.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Weatherly's Erin Dougherty gets set to pass the ball through the lane as Panther Valley's Sam Zlock.

A streaky shooter needs only a small spark in order to get started and once that spark is lit, certain doom seems inevitable for the opponent.

Such was the case last night, as Panther Valley's Abbey Whildin nailed three treys in the second frame to blow open a tie game and help the winners take a 13-point lead at intermission, on their way to a lopsided 65-41 win over Weatherly.

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.