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Thursday, January 6, 2011

January 6, 1949 Ted Lithgow's big game propels Coaldale to a 45-39 victory over Mahanoy Township. Lithgow hits for a game-high 22 points for the Tigers, who outscore their opponent by a 13-0 margin in the first quarter. The winners, coached by Tom Raymer, also receive nine points from Bill Firman while Joe Lopez chips in with seven.

Thursday, January 6, 2011
ron gower/times news Len Ogozalek (top) of Panther Valley closes in on a pin of Upper Dauphin's James Lesh.

After sustaining a season-ending foot injury during football, Mike Weaver has spent the first month of the wrestling season working to get back into condition.

The Panther Valley junior 160-pounder is showing signs of rounding back into form, flattening Upper Dauphin's James Lesh Wednesday night to put the exclamation point on the host Panthers' 39-24 victory over the Trojans in the Schuylkill League Division II opener for both teams.

Thursday, January 6, 2011
bob ford/times news Casey Rinfret of Palmerton heads to the basket after getting past Northern Lehigh's Tina Bastardi (on floor).

The last time the Northern Lehigh girls' basketball team lost to another Colonial League team was when it fell to Palmerton during the 2008-09 season.

Wednesday night, the Lady Bulldogs had a sour case of déjà vu.

After losing to Northern Lehigh in the championship game of the Lady Indian Holiday Classic, Palmerton exacted revenge on its home court and topped its rival 49-46. The Bombers trailed for only a few seconds throughout the night and cheered as Casey Rinfret blocked Aimee Oertner's last-second three-point attempt to tie the game.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

After winning a District 11 title as the head coach of the Panther Valley girls' basketball team in 1998-99, Rob Kovac later took over Jim Thorpe's program and is now in his fourth year at the helm.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

January 5, 1959 Joe Holubek pours in a game-high 28 points to help lead Marian to a 66-51 win over Immaculate Heart of Fountain Springs. Holubek scores nine points in the opening quarter as the Colts, coached by Hugh "Wink" Gallagher gain a 13-5 lead. Jeff Kantor contributes to the winning cause with 14 points while Bob Canter chips in with eight and Dave Lewis adds seven.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blue Mountain and Jim Thorpe both started slow offensively last night, but in the end, it was the Eagles taking advantage of their inside presence and outscoring the Olympians 23-9 in the fourth quarter for a 61-47 Schuylkill League Division I win.

It took about two minutes for a basket to fall, but things started to click for the Olympians, as they turned a 5-5 tie into a 13-5 lead off an 8-0 run as J.T. Otto scored five. The Olympians held a 14-7 lead after one period. Otto finished with eight points, while the Eagles' Tyler Hartranft hit a three to keep the visitors close.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson (44) goes up for two as he drives the lane in between Palmerton's Bretty Snyder and Tyler Svetik (11).

Northern Lehigh head coach Jeff Miller hasn't seen his team in many close games yet this season. So he really didn't know how the Bulldogs would react when the time actually came.

The Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1) found themselves trailing Palmerton (5-3, 3-2) with less than two minutes remaining in the first half on Tuesday night and Miller got his answer.

An 8-0 run to end the half gave them the lead and they went on to keep the momentum in the third period en route to a 49-36 Colonial League victory.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

January 4, 1983 A powerful inside game, led by Ed Titus and Todd Tracy, propels Tamaqua to a 61-50 Schuylkill League win over West Hazleton. Titus finishes with a game-high 20 points and also collects 10 rebounds. The Blue Raiders, coached by Ed Wise, also receive 18 points and 10 boards from Tracy. Also reaching double figures for the winners is Howie Miller, who nets 11 points and also pulls down eight rebounds.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Tamaqua pulls away from PG

On their way out of the locker room at halftime, the Tamaqua Lady Raiders took a quick peak at the final results from last year's two Schuylkill League Division I losses to Pine Grove.

It set the tone for the second half and the Lady Raiders quickly returned the favor this time around with a 53-36 victory.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

(through Jan. 3)

103 - 1. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, So. (9-3); 2. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (10-2); 3. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (9-2).

Honorable Mention - Len Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (9-6); Beniamino Mazzella, Jim Thorpe, So. (4-2).

Notes - Hoats placed second at the Brandywine Heights tournament; Mashack was runner-up at tournaments in Bloomsburg and Mt. Carmel. Yanovich placed second at Pleasant Valley's tournament and third at the Battle at the Beach at Indian River, Delaware.