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Friday, December 16, 2011

I saw the hit that the Steelers James Harrison put on the Browns Colt McCoy and immediately I was angered.

My first thought was, "He did it again!".

My anger is oddly not directed towards the hit as it was my thinking about what will happen, and did happen, in the coming days.

I pictured Harrison playing the victim and vowing not to change and former NFL players and coaches who are now 'experts' defending him.

Friday, December 16, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Devin Glose

Wins can't always be pretty. And Northern Lehigh's 36-22 victory over Northwestern Thursday sure does fit that description.

The Bulldogs shot 30 percent from the field, but used defense and rebounding to control the low-scoring game.

"Tonight we got the turnovers, we just didn't finish," said Northern Lehigh head coach Jeff Miller. "We had many, many lay ups and didn't finish. Give Northwestern credit. They battled and battled."

Friday, December 16, 2011
bob ford/times news

Chris Deutsch was tired of hearing it.

"When I hear about Northwestern, I hear a lot of people say we are a one-player team," Deutsch said. "It's Sara Jones and nobody else that's not true."

Thursday night, in a showdown with Colonial League rival Northern Lehigh, Jones lived up to her credentials.

It was the contributions by a number of other Tiger players, however, that made sure Jones big game wasn't wasted. Thanks to all their efforts, Northwestern was to post a 48-36 victory over the Bulldogs.

Friday, December 16, 2011
Tamaqua's Gage Whalen swims the backstroke during the 200 Individual Medley in Thursday's meet against Mahanoy Area. Whalen won the race in a time of 2:39.58. Ron Gower/ TIMES NEWS

Joann Butkus set a school record as Tamaqua swept Mahanoy Area in a swim meet on Thursday.

In other action, the Marian and Panther Valley girls basketball teams both rolled to easy victories.


Tamaqua-Mahanoy Area

Tamaqua swept Mahanoy Area in a Schuylkill League meet. The Lady Raiders cruised to a 114-53 win while the Raiders boys posted an 85-31 victory.

Friday, December 16, 2011

December 16, 1972 Tamaqua receives four pins en route to a 39-13 wrestling win over Jim Thorpe. Perry Breiner earns the first mat slap at 105 pounds, while Bruce Steigerwalt records a 28-second fall at 126. The Blue Raiders also receive pins from Dino Ciccuzzi at 185 and Larry Fritzinger at heavyweight. Contributing to the victory with decisions are Bill Johnson (98 pounds), Manuel Paulo (119), Barry Fritz (132) Eugene Frantz (155) and Dave Kunkle (167).

Thursday, December 15, 2011
ron gower/times news Jeo Dalessio of Panther Valley

Panther Valley head coach Pat Crampsie has seen one important constant in his team during the first week of the season defense.

So, despite some offensive struggles in their first three games, the Panthers have been able to record a pair of victories.

Wednesday night, the Panthers defeated Freeland MMI, 46-29, thanks in large part to their defensive effort.

"Absolutely, our defense has been solid," Crampsie said. "We thought our 1-3-1 would be effective tonight. It put pressure on MMI, denied passing lanes and cut off penetration opportunities."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Jim Thorpe girls basketball team and the Northwestern wrestling team both posted victories on Wednesday.


Weatherly-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe used a big first half to run away with a 60-35 non-league victory over Weatherly.

Celeste Robinson scored 16 of her game-high 28 points in the first quarter to lead the Olympians. Chelsea Smelas added 13 points for the Thorpe.

Alicia Panzarella went off in the fourth quarter to score all of her team-high 11 points for Weatherly.

Jim Thorpe moves to 2-0 on the season. Weatherly drops to 1-2.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

December 15, 1998 Tony Jordan's offensive rebound and putback as time expires lifts Palmerton to a 41-39 Colonial League win over Wilson. The Blue Bombers, coached by Todd Gombos, trail by two points before Matt Beck ties the game with an inside bucket with 42 seconds left, setting up the dramatic finish. Beck ends with 18 points and 10 boards while Jordan and Danny Wentz each tally seven points.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
@Caption Stand Alone:Fillie seniors Senior members
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Lindsay Nemeth goes up for a shot from in close as Lehighton's Maria Magyar defends.

When you think Marian Fillies basketball, you think defense.

The Fillies did nothing to damage that reputation Tuesday against Lehighton.

Marian forced 14 first quarter turnovers and went on to post a 67-26 non-league victory over the Indians.

"I thought we did a nice job of turning defense into offense," said Marian coach Paul Brutto. "That's what we're hoping to get out of our press. We forced a lot of turnovers and then converted them into points."