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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The term quicksand in sports isn't all that different from the scientific definition.

The harder you fight and the harder you claw to get out the deeper you sink, till eventually you're buried in the sand.

That's exactly how the second half went Monday night for the Tamaqua girls basketball team. Tamaqua took a seven-point lead into the half, but North Schuylkill out-scored the Lady Raiders 25-11 in the third quarter to take home a 61-49 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December 20, 1993 Brian Boyer scores 16 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds left, to lift Tamaqua to a 65-60 win over Minersville. The Blue Raiders, coached by Jim Woodring, trail by four points with 28 seconds to go but score the final nine points of the contest. Brad Novey contributes 12 points to the victory while Joe Ligenza adds 11 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Marian Fillies held Mahanoy Area to just four points in the first half and rolled to a win in the Schuylkill League opener for both last night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Mahanoy-Marian

Kaysi McLaughlin and Kelly Shober paced Marian with 11 points a piece to help down Mahanoy Area 55-16.

The Fillies locked things up by the half-way point, out-scoring Mahanoy 30-4 in the first two quarters.

Mahanoy was held to single-digits in every quarter of the ball game.

MAHANOY

Monday, December 19, 2011
ron gower/times news

Brian Carroll asked.

Darius Clark took it upon himself to answer.

With his Jim Thorpe boys' basketball coach looking for someone to compliment PJ Johnson's efforts at the offensive end of the floor, the Olympian senior has responded to Carroll's request over the last week.

Coming off double figure scoring performances in the Olympians' two previous games, Clark capped an impressive week with a career-high 32 points on Saturday against Lehighton.

Clark's big game provided a huge spark as Jim Thorpe posted a 67-58 victory over the Indians.

Monday, December 19, 2011
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Chelsea Smelas reaches for a loose ball in front of Maura Kreiser of Williams Valley during Saturday's game, won by the Olympians.

Pleasant Valley boys basketball coach Ken Piontkowski picked up his 200th career win as the Bears' head coach on Saturday.

PV also enjoyed a first-place finish from wrestler Michael Dahlstrom at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Nazareth-Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley head coach Ken Piontkowski picked up his 200th career win as the Bears posted a 47-39 non-league victory over Nazareth.

Marquis Brown's team-high 16 points was followed closely by teammate Selwyn Wright's 15. Nick Stanovick added 10.

Monday, December 19, 2011

December 19, 1969 Bob McMichael tallies six of his game-high 21 points in the third quarter to help Panther Valley pull away from Mount Carmel for a 74-53 North Schuylkill League win. The Panthers, coached by John Harkins, lead by just four points at halftime before using a 22-10 third frame to gain a double-digit advantage. Bob Fredericks aids the winning cause with 16 points while Bill Zahora adds 10 points and 14 rebounds. The winners also receive 10 points from Juve Crampsie and Bruce Perbetsky.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

2009 TIMES NEWS Tennis Player of the Year and Tamaqua Alum Kristin Zwolenik is still tearing up the tennis courts for the Penn State Hazleton tennis team.

Zwolenik has attained some pretty amazing accolades since joining the Nittany Lions. In two years, she hasn't lost a match going 22-0. Zwolenik has won the PSACU Championship the last two seasons in doubles and singles competition and has been named the PSACU Tennis Player of the Year the last two seasons as well.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

As a member of the Hunter's Specialties pro-staff, Matt Morrett of Harrisburg has the opportunity to hunt deer from the Northeast to the Great Plains to the Deep South.

That said, one of the most enjoyable times of the year for Morrett to hunt deer is during his native state's post-Christmas flintlock muzzleloader season. This year, the statewide season opens Monday, Dec. 26, and in order to give many hunters the opportunity to take advantage of an extra day off from work and school, ends Monday, Jan. 16.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Without a doubt, there's never been a better time to be alive if you want to achieve optimal health. Compared to just three generations ago, we probably have three times the health-and-fitness information available to us, yet there's a big problem with that.

There's three times the misinformation.