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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tamaqua coach Jay Daubert felt his team's ability to play trapping zone defense would be a strength this season.

Against visiting Weatherly, the Blue Raiders' defense succeeded beyond Daubert's wildest expectations.

The ball-hawking Raiders clamped down on the Wreckers, holding them to single digits in three quarters and scoreless in the third period.

The Raider offense then found the range in the second half, resulting in a 58-14 season-opening rout of the Wreckers on Stadium Hill Friday night.

Saturday, December 11, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Brittany Holland shoots over Northwestern's Sara Jones, left, and Nycole Everett (34).

On the first night of a new basketball season, there are normally plenty of unexpected aspects of the game. In last night's initial outing for Northwestern and Jim Thorpe's girls' squads, it was those unexpected elements that pleased both coaches as the Lady Olympians pulled out a 46-39 non-league win.

Olympian head coach Rob Kovac was happy with his team's efforts to come back from an early deficit and hang on down the stretch, after being challenged late.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

With the temperatures plummeting outdoors lately, it's quite difficult to think about swimming. However, at Panther Valley High School, the athletes that participate in the winter sport have been doing more than imagining it…they're doing it and doing it well.

Saturday, December 11, 2010
Ryan named first-team All-Big East lineman

University of Connecticut junior offensive tackle Mike Ryan was named to the All-Big East First Team that was announced earlier this week.

Ryan, a Marian High School graduate, is a two-year starter for the Huskies. He started the team's first 11 games this season before a leg injury sidelined him for UConn's final game of the regular season against South Florida.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"I might not be able to define it, but I certainly know it when I see it." Years ago, when a lawyer demanded a definition of pornography in a court of law, that's supposedly what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said.

I often borrow those words when I'm asked to define something far different.

Excellence.

Sure, I can tell you exactly what makes a meal or a workout excellent if your goal is health and fitness, and the same is true for a novel or a newspaper column, but there's no way I can express what makes one song so much better than the other.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December 11, 2001 Craig Steigerwalt scores a team-high 17 points to help Palmerton record a 53-51 Colonial League win over Salisbury. Steigerwalt also contributes eight rebounds and picks up three steals. The Blue Bombers, coached by Mike Snyder, receive 15 points, seven assists and six boards from Tony Chupa while Jon Nigito chips in with nine points.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

When six of the eight Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners voted to make dramatic changes to this year's bear seasons, it was hoped that the hunter success of recent years would continue.

Instead, hunters took an unofficial total of 3,039 bears, which, while ranking No. 7 overall, represents the fewest since 2,362 were taking in 2007, and last year's total of 3,512 bears taken was No. 2 to the all-time total of 4,164 taken in 2005. In 2008 3,460 bears were taken and in '06 3,124 bears were taken.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Pleasant Valley boys opened the season with a win over Northampton.

In other action, the Marian and Northern Lehigh advanced to the finals of their respective tournaments.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pleasant Valley-

Northampton

Nick Stanovick and Mike Sharpe combined to lead Pleasant Valley to a 49-45 non-league victory over Northampton.

Stanovick led the Bears (1-0) with 17 points while Sharp added 15, including six in the final period.

Northampton won the JV game, 60-48.

PLEASANT VALLEY

Saturday, December 11, 2010
Tamaqua boys swim team mebers for the 2010-11 season include, front row from left, Jacob Kropp, Jacob Beers, Zachary Yachera, Tho Duc Le and Devin Smith. Second row, Matthew Stanek, Daniel Starry, Calvin Troxell, Evan Stoll and Jordan Frank. Back row, Nate Leibensperger, Tyler Butkus, Sam Tuckett, Zachary Oliveria and Dane DeWire. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua came within one win of sweeping the Schuylkill League boys and girls swimming titles last season.

Both teams were 12-2 overall, but the Blue Raider boys were a perfect 8-0 in capturing their second league championship in three seasons. The Lady Raiders finished 7-1 in the league, with their lone loss to champion Pottsville.

The Raider boys lost a solid quartet of swimmers from a year ago, as did the girls, but both squads have aspirations to contend for Schuylkill crowns this year.

Saturday, December 11, 2010
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Thad Ogozalek (left) and Marian's Chris Barletta go after a loose ball.

Three TIMES NEWS area teams tipped off their seasons last night in the Panther Valley Tip-Off Tournament, but only one started their year off on a winning note. Marian rallied from a one-point halftime deficit to defeat Panther Valley 55-42, while Mahanoy Area raced out to a 14-point third quarter lead, en route to a 52-39 victory over Jim Thorpe.

With the wins, the Colts and Golden Bears will lock up later tonight (7:30 p.m.) for the Tournament Championship, while Panther Valley and Jim Thorpe will meet in the consolation game at 6 p.m.

Mahanoy Area-Jim Thorpe