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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lanny Buck of Kutztown has been named the PSAC Men's Co-Indoor Field Athlete of the Week.

The Palmerton graduate recorded his second NCAA qualifying mark in as many tries this season at the Golden Bear Invitational.

The senior cleared 4.85m (15-11) on his way to first place, topping his previous standard of 15-9 set in the season opener at Bucknell. Buck's clearance is currently tied for first in the PSAC and sixth in Division II.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Freshman Lenny Ogozalek won all three of his matches last week for Gettysburg College, earning him the school's Wrestler of the Week award.

Ogozalek, a Panther Valley High School graduate, secured a 7-6 decision against nationally ranked Messiah at 133 pounds. Ogozalek followed that up with first-period pins at 125 pounds as part of wins over Penn College and King's College. He ripped through his first foe in 54 seconds and then pinned his next opponent in 1:58.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Marian earned a Schuylkill League win in girls action Monday while Weatherly dropped its league contest.


Marian-Sch. Haven

Marian defeated Schuylkill Haven 46-33 in a Schuylkill League Division II-III crossover contest.

Abbey Whildin led the Fillies (10-4, 6-1) with 12 points, including eight in the third period. Vanessa Whitecavage added 10 points, and Brenna Karnish had eight.

Amanda Farr scored a game-high 15 points for the Lady Hurricanes (5-10, 1-6).


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 20, 1955 Jim Thorpe jumps out to a big lead and cruises to a 69-45 Mountain League win over Rock Glen. Kenny "Bumpty" Kuhn leads the way for the Olympians, coached by Ossie Maehrer, with a game-high 16 points. Marvin "Mike" Hurley contributes 10 points to the winning effort while Dale "Gus" Carter finishes with nine. Thorpe, which also receives seven points from Kuhla, opens a 20-8 advantage after the first quarter and maintains its double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley head coach Tim Robb motions to one of his wrestlers during this weekend's Schuylkill League tournament.

There's an old adage about what proper planning and preparation will do for one's performance.

That axiom may not be entirely appropriate for this publication, but it is relatable, in a sense.

With the completion of Saturday's Schuylkill League Wrestling Championships, many schools gained some perspective on where their program is with the season slowly winding down.

But many teams, such as those in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, don't have the luxury of competing in such an event, one that offers many similarities to what they'll see in the postseason.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
ron gower/times news Panther Valley's Brianna Picht (11) protects the ball underneath the basket as Lehighton's Skylynn Faust defends.

Everyone knows the cliché, "it's not how you start, it's how you finish."

Sometimes in the complex game of basketball, a team can start strong, finish strong, and still end up on the losing side of the scoreboard.

Panther Valley outscored Lehighton by three points in the both the first and fourth frames.

However, Lehighton capitalized on a ton of Panther Valley turnovers that propelled the Lady Indians to a 51-32 Schuylkill League victory.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

With the District 11 wrestling tournament getting set for a January 29 start, teams are entering their final week of competition that will count towards their power points for the 12 team tournament in both classifications.

That means this week is a race to the finish line, as six teams have already qualified in both AAA and AA, leaving six teams in both classifications vying for seeding and qualification. This year's entrants will solely be compiled by the power point system, rather than having committee involvement.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Dylan Rynkiewicz recently recorded his 100th victory for the Blue Raider wrestlers.

Saturday's Schuylkill League championship was just the latest in a long line of accomplishments for Tamaqua's Dylan Rynkiewicz.

Coming into this year, Rynkiewicz had already won a Schuylkill League title in addition to qualifying for the Class AA Southeast Regional tournament after a third-place finish in the District 11 tournament.

But the senior's greatest achievement may have come earlier this season, when he captured his 100th career victory against Bloomsburg during Central Columbia's Bob Rohm Memorial Wrestling Tournament.

Monday, January 19, 2015
@Caption Stand Alone:

The Anthracite Volleyball Club Blackhawks recently opened their Winter season by capturing the Volleyball East U18 tournament. Team members were, front row, from left, Josh Fallabel. Danielle Spillman, Emily Pilla, Courtney McCall, Maureen Kloap and Abby Pilla. Back row, coach Chris Fallabel, Lauren Nietz, Abby Stankiewicz, Abby O'Donnell, Alex Stroia, Makenzie Walck and coach Doc Fallabel.

Monday, January 19, 2015
ron gower/times news Jim Thorpe's Rebecca Cressman (22) dribbles past Tamaqua's Emily Pratka.

Much has changed since the first time that Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua met earlier this season. Both teams have developed and improved and, due to injuries, there have been some changes in personnel for both sides.

With the Olympians and Raiders at contrasting positions at this point of the season, the desire to win remains the same.

Both sides displayed that desire, as they battled for the victory. However, it was Kayley Kovac and the rest of the Lady Olympians who triumphed in this Schuylkill League contest, 46-36.