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Thursday, January 20, 2011

January 20, 1942 Joe Zwolenik scores a team-high 10 points to help lead Summit Hill to a 28-19 victory over Blythe Township. The Hillers jump out to a 9-4 first quarter advantage and manage to hang onto the lead the rest of the way. The winners also receive eight points from Vince Lisella while Nate Steigerwalt contributes seven.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
mike feifel/times news filephoto Nicole Kregeloh and the Pleasant Valley girls basketball team have already surpassed their win total from a year ago.

Sooner or later, Nadia Gauronsky was bound to become a head basketball coach.

With a father who coached a high school team, she was constantly around the game throughout her childhood even before her playing days. She was a very good youth player and throughout high school and college.

"Everyone has their own routine in the morning," Gauronsky said. "My routine growing up was brush your teeth, go eat cereal and then you were going to play basketball somewhere in some state, with some team. That's what I did. It was just second nature.

"It was definitely in my blood."

Thursday, January 20, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Palmerton's Joseph Bubble (top) battles Northwestern's Dylan Badesso in the 135 pound bout. Bubble eventually picked up a pin.

Joseph Bubble knows the feeling of having his team's match riding on his bout. It happened earlier this season and he won to help beat Catasauqua.

But this time there was even more pressure. Bubble and his teammates knew that beating Northwestern would almost secure the team's first ever berth into district duals.

With his team trailing 31-29, and two bouts to go, Bubble (135) didn't just win his match, he pinned his opponent, Northwestern senior Dustin Badesso, in the third period as Palmerton went on to win 38-31.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Taylor Yurasits (12) drives to the basket through Mahanoy Area defenders.

The Jim Thorpe girls and Marian boys basketball teams both locked up District 11 playoff berths with victories on Wednesday night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Shenandoah-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe clinched its first district playoff berth since 2002 with a 39-11 victory over Shenandoah.

Celeste Robinson scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the second half to lead the Olympians. Kristin Lawrence chipped in 12 points.

Shenandoah captured the JV game, 40-28.

SHENANDOAH

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
PHOTO BY GEORGE GOJKOVICH/COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

When Ty Tkach was finishing up his senior year at Northern Lehigh, there was no doubt in his mind that he wanted to play Division I football.

So with Dave Wannstedt finishing up his first year as head coach of the Pitt Panthers, he didn't have to think twice when they threw an offer his way.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Annual NIKE Coach of the Year Clinic comes to the Lehigh Valley on March 3, 4 and 5 this year with a pair of Big Ten head coaches headlining the three-day sessions.

Purdue's Danny Hope and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz will be joined by Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson, Syracuse's Doug Marrone and Yale's Tom Williams.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January 19, 1951 Slatington slips past Lehighton, 55-49, in Lehigh Valley League action behind a 15-point performance from Snyder. The winners build a narrow 40-34 lead after three quarters and then hold on for the victory. Bruce Kemmerer contributes 10 points to the win while Garrity chips in with nine. For the Indians, Charlie Stroup nets a game-high 19 points.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Dominic Richards (left) puts a head fake on Jay Maletz of Pius X as he moves towards the hoop.

The Marian boys and girls both picked up wins on the hardwood on Monday night, while the Weatherly girls won their second game in a row.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pius X-Marian

Marian avenged a loss from earlier in the month by defeating Pius X at home, 61-50 in non-league play.

Chris Barletta led the Colts (10-3) with a game-high 22 points, including 14 in the first half. Teammate Ryan Gimbi added 16.

Marian won the JV game as well, 44-18.

PIUS X

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January 18, 1973 Pins from Jeff Hill, Bruce Steigerwalt and Dave Kunkel help Tamaqua gain a 39-8 victory over Hazleton. Kunkel registers the quickest fall with a 27-second pin at 169 pounds while Hill records a 1:44 mat slap at 100 pounds. Steigerwalt decks his 128-pound opponent in 4:49. The Raiders' Scott Arner also earns bonus points with a superior decision at 187. Other decision wins come from Perry Breiner (107), Barry Fritz (134), Gene Frantz (149), Paul James (157) and Dino Ciccozzi (heavyweight).

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The starting lineup for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono Raceway in 2011 will be determined on Saturday, Raceway Officials announced today. "The move to Saturday qualifying, traditionally held on Friday, will allow more race fans to enjoy the competition to determine the pole position and the other starting positions ," stated Raceway President, Brandon Igdalsky."Our fans will enjoy a full day of racing action as Sprint Cup qualifying joins an already exciting Saturday schedule at Pocono Raceway."