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Saturday, December 14, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Keri Dekmar (5) drives past East Stroudsburg North's Taylor Turentine. defends

In a season opening loss to Northwestern, Pleasant Valley missed 54 shots from the field. With three other games postponed this past week due to inclement weather, the Lady Bears needed a 'shot in the arm of adrenaline.'

After the Bears missed their initial nine shot attempts in the opening three minutes of the game, sophomore guard, Kiki Russel came off the bench to provide her team with that dose of pep, scoring the game's first six points and injecting her teammates with the 'gusto' to go on and defeat East Stroudsburg North, 54-18.

Friday, December 13, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Abby Whildin drives to the basket against Keegan White of Nativity during Schuylkill League girls basketball action Thursday.

Despite what the final box score might look like, some wins just aren't pretty.

In last night's Schuylkill League Division III opener against Nativity, Marian earned a huge 48-40 victory over the Golden Girls; however, they also earned the criticism of head coach Paul Brutto.

With high expectations heading into this season and a proverbial target on their backs, the Fillies just never seemed to get in a groove despite holding the lead from start to finish.

Friday, December 13, 2013
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Deonte St. Hill goes up for a shot against Pine Grove on Thursday.

Since his basketball team has had trouble scoring, first-year Jim Thorpe head coach Grant Whary decided to make one thing a priority in his practice planning.

Defense.

Thursday night the Olympians (2-2) forced 12 turnovers and held Pine Grove to just 10 field goals and only 1-for-9 from the floor in the fourth quarter en route to a 43-29 victory.

"We only scored 30 points against Mahanoy Area and just 37 against Marian," said Whary. "So we have been stressing defense. We held Schuykill Haven to 40 and tonight was even better against Pine Grove."

Friday, December 13, 2013

December 13, 2000 Marian uses a big second half to pull away from rival Panther Valley and claim a 72-39 victory. The Colts, coached by Mick Stefanek, switch to a press to start the third quarter and the move results in a 29-8 third quarter. Tom Teprovich scores 10 points in the frame and finishes with a team-high 16. Marian also receives 13 points from Matt Murphy, while Terry Whalen contributes 10 points and eight rebounds. For the Panthers, P.J. Yurick scores a game-high 18 points.

Friday, December 13, 2013
RICH GEORGE/Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Logan Lesher tries to put up a shot despite the pressure of Catasauqua defender Paryss Marshall.

The Northwestern and Palmerton girls basketball teams cruised to easy victories in scholastic sports action on Thursday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Catasauqua-Palmerton

Catasauqua started strong and had no trouble dispatching Palmerton, 67-45, in Colonial League play.

Paryss Marshall paced the Rough Riders (2-0, 1-0) with 16 points while teammates Dakota Schiffer (13) and Brandon Purrone (10) also reached double figures.

Mark Quinn paced the Bombers (0-2, 0-1) with 17 points.

Palmerton won the JV game, 55-54.

CATASAUQUA

Thursday, December 12, 2013
mike feifel/TIMES NEWS Players for Lehighton and Marian go after a loose ball. Lehighton's James Farano and Vince Mele are in the middle of the action and are surrounded by Marian's Matt Karnish, Anthony Agosti (42), Mike Vercusky (10) and Nico Agosti (14).

If you look at the box score from last night's Marian-Lehighton boys basketball game and see that the Indians didn't score a point in the third quarter, it wasn't that the Colts played outstanding defense or the Indians just went cold offensively.

After Kyle Sweitz hit a jumper 30 seconds into the second half to pull the Colts within 11, the Indians decided to hold the ball and let their opponent sit back in a zone defense.

And the way the Indians came out firing in the final eight minutes, Marian head coach John Patton might have made the right move.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

December 12, 1994 Joe Ligenza and Brian Boyer combine to score 35 of Tamaqua's 38 second-half points to help the Blue Raiders, coached by Jim Woodring, hold off Pleasant Valley for a 72-69 victory. Ligenza finishes with a game-high 34 points, with nine of them coming during the crucial fourth quarter. Boyer adds eight in the final frame and ends the contest with 23 points. For the Bears, Mark Versuk tallies a team-high 17 points.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

After the Northern Lehigh-Bangor Colonial League boys' basketball game, Slater head coach Bron Holland said, "It's not easy coming in here and beating (Northern Lehigh) like we did."

Yet the Slaters sure made it look that way, playing near-flawless ball for four frames, en route to an 89-47 rout of the Bulldogs.

Great three-point shooting, an effective fast break, a havoc-causing defense, strong offensive rebounding, and a fatigue-inducing full-court press all added up to the cruise control victory.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Raider swimmers split with Eagles

Tamaqua and Schuylkill League rival Blue Mountain are getting used to tight swim meets and Wednesday's early-season clash was no different.

"Our matches against Blue Mountain were very close the last two years," said Tamaqua head swimming coach Ashley Stanek. "I spent a lot of time figuring out what my lineup would be tonight."

Stanek seemed to put together two very competitive squads as the Tamaqua girls were victorious, 101-79, and the boys dropped a tight decision, 98-88.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 11, 1970 Billy Zahora and Andy Pero both have big games to lead Panther Valley to a 68-59 North Schuylkill League win over Shenandoah Valley. Zahora finishes with a team-high 21 points and also pulls down 22 rebounds. Pero, meanwhile, contributes 20 points and collects 12 boards. The Panthers, coached by John Harkins, also receive eight points from Tim Cadden and seven from Pete Radocha.