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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tamaqua swept Allentown Central Catholic in swimming and Northwestern cruised to an easy wrestling victory in scholastic sports action on Monday.

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Tamaqua swept Allentown Central Catholic in swimming action.

The Lady Raiders dominated the Vikettes, 118-66, while the Blue Raider guys pulled out a close, one-point decision, 93-92.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Senior girls on the team are, front row, from left, Alyssa Wagner, Christy Digiandomenico, Amanda Srinivasan and Cassidy DeCosmo. Back row, Brianna Kubishin, Arianna Srinivasan, Monica Wasik, Emily Fannick and Becca Paulshock.

The Marian golf team was recently honored at a banquet held at Mountain Valley Golf Course in Barnesville.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Weather has played havoc with the local scholastic sports schedule thus far this week.

Yesterday's postponements included the Panther Valley at Minersville girls basketball game has b een moved to Monday, December 30 with JV's starting at 6 p.m. with varsity to follow.

The Marian at Lehighton boys basketball game (JV's 5:30 p.m., Varsity 7 p.m.) and the Jim Thorpe at Schuylkill Haven girls basketball game (JV's 6 p.m., Varsity 7:30 p.m.),, originally scheduled for Monday have been moved to this Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Tyler Skripko (left) looks to make a pass as Minersville's Aaron Fritz defends.

A team is typically characterized by having a group of physical players or a group of skill players.

Tamaqua is a rare team which possesses both of these components and that was on full display Monday night.

The Blue Raiders pounded Minersville on the boards enroute to a 66-55 victory.

Tamaqua head coach Caszy Kosciolek knew this Schuylkill League match up would be a great early test for his squad.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 10, 1963 Mike Misoda leads a second-half charge that lifts Nesquehoning to a 61-48 comeback win over Freeland. The Nesquers, coached by George Roscoe, trail by eight points at the break but outscore their opponent 42-21 over the final two frames. Misoda ends with a game-high 16 points while Vince Gogal and Joe Koval each finish with 11. The winners also receive nine points from Malaska.

Monday, December 9, 2013
nancy Scholz/times news Sarah Segan of Northwestern (right) drives past Pleasant Valley's Keri Dekmar

NEW TRIPOLI - Northwestern knows it needs to win league games as it hunts for the Colonial League title.

The Tigers also want to win their non-league contests as well and on Saturday they did just that.

Northwestern defeated Pleasant Valley 55-38 on Saturday in a non-league contest.

Northwestern (2-0) was able to capture the victory, despite allowing Pleasant Valley to stay in the game as the Bears cut the deficit to as little as nine in the second half until the Tigers pulled away late.

Monday, December 9, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Taylor Breininger (13) protects the ball from a Wilson defender.

EASTON - The Northwestern Tigers want to prove that they are worthy of a spot in the District 11 tournament.

They started making their case Saturday night by hanging with Wilson, who was the third seed in last season's District 11 Class AAA torunament, to the end in the championship game of the Wilson Tip-off Tournament.

The Tigers came up short as the host Warriors staved off a late rally by Northwestern to take the game 58-48 and claimed the tournament trophy as well.

Monday, December 9, 2013
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Lenny Ogozalek runs an arm bar to turn Conestoga Valley's Bradlee Ditzler.

The Jim Thorpe and Panther Valley wrestling squads got their seasons underway on Saturday, competing in the Jim Thorpe Duals.

The Olympians and Panthers had their struggles, but there was definitely some bright spots on the day for both teams.

Panther Valley returns some talent from last season with wrestlers Lenny Ogozalek, Richard Nase, and Rian Shubeck. Those three are all expected to make some postseason noise for the Panthers this season and they didn't disappoint at Jim Thorpe this weekend.

Monday, December 9, 2013

SHAMOKIN - For most of the first half, Marian's defense wasn't quite up to the program's standard. Because of it, the Fillies trailed host Lourdes Regional in the first half of the Red Raider Tip Off Classic girls title game.

But over the final two and a half minutes of the first half, Marian clamped down. The Fillies' second-half defense and the hot shooting of senior point guard Gabby Green led them to a 55-42 win and their first Red Raider Classic title since 2010.

Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9, 1988 Joe Gower pours in a game-high 28 points to help Lehighton hold off Panther Valley for a 61-57 victory. Gower tallies 10 points in the opening quarter as the Indians, coached by Dan Novey, jump out to an early lead. The high scorer adds six in the second frame to aid his team taking a 13-point advantage at the break. Trevor Miller contributes 15 points to the winning cause while Wayne Dietrich and Jim Barclay each chip in with six. For the Panthers, Matt Fritzinger tallies a team-high 20 points.