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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December 22, 1998 Mike Murphy explodes for 33 points, including eight three-pointers, to help Marian gain an 86-74 Schuylkill League win over Minersville. Murphy scores 12 of his points in the second quarter as the Colts use a 23-14 frame to offset an early deficit. The winners, coached by Dave McAndrew, also receive 20 points from Joe Teprovich while Frank Gill chips in with nine.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Tomko's improvement lands her award

When reflecting back upon the past four years of Ellyn Tomko's high school tennis career, Jim Thorpe head tennis Coach Norb Lienhard had plenty of compliments to pay his senior number one singles player.

All of the typical lauds were there, but so was some very special praise.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Nina Batts (right) and Celeste Robinson sandwich Panther Valley's Olivia Markovich as all three players dive for a loose ball.

Celeste Robinson continued her early season scoring binge by completing an impressive hat trick Monday night.

For the third straight game, the Jim Thorpe 5-8 junior guard racked up 30 points.

Against Panther Valley, Robinson's most remarkable feat may have been hanging around long enough to seal the deal.

Saddled with her third foul with 10.5 seconds left in the first quarter, Robinson sat out all but 22 seconds of the second and had just two points as the Lady Olympians held a slim 15-11 edge at half.

The second half was a different matter, however.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December 21, 1984 John Chernansky scores 12 of his team-high 16 points in the first half to help Weatherly build a lead and then cruise to a 62-44 Schuylkill League Division II win over Cardinal Brennan. The Wreckers, who jump out to a 35-20 halftime cushion, also receive 14 points from Gary Walker while Bill Knepper contributes 10.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Marian and Tamaqua posted victories on Monday to remain unbeaten in girls basketball play.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marian-Mahanoy Area

Gillian Ferko and Kaycee Gutsie scored 14 and 11 points respectively and helped Marian knock off Mahanoy Area, 44-26, in a Schuylkill League Division III game.

Th Fillies (5-0, 2-0) Corrine Markiewicz chipped in with nine points. Marian led by 19 points at halftime.

Marian won the JV game, 27-19.

MARIAN

Monday, December 20, 2010
Jim Thorpe's PJ Coleman (left) tries to drive the baseline against Lehighton defender Nate Kresge.

The Jim Thorpe boys' basketball team knows where it wants to be by the end of the season.

A non-league meeting on Saturday night with Lehighton showed the Olympians that they still have a lot of work to do to get there.

That was evident as the Olympians struggled to a 69-62 victory against an Indian team that is also a work in progress.

In a game where there were eight different lead changes, Olympian senior guard Dean DiBonifazio's free-throw gave Jim Thorpe the lead for good and it hung on down the stretch.

Monday, December 20, 2010
Quick start lifts Bombers

Palmerton never let Northwestern get into its game plan on Saturday night.

The Blue Bombers ran off the first 18 points of the game, outscoring the Tigers 15-0 in the first eight minutes and coasted to a 53-31 Colonial League victory in the Northwestern gym.

"You've got to give credit to Palmerton," said Northwestern head coach B.J. Dugan. "They came out and were very aggressive. We struggle against pressure. We knew they were going to change it up. Coach Snyder likes to do that and keep you off balance.

Monday, December 20, 2010

December 20, 1946 Jackie Hine explodes for 26 points to help Mauch Chunk cruise to a 52-26 victory over Lehighton. Hine's point total is a new high in the gym on the Heights. The winners, who race to a 10-0 advantage and hold a 30-7 halftime lead, also receive 15 points from Artie Stermer. The Indians gain a team-high eight points from Friend.

Monday, December 20, 2010
BOBO FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Kelsey Hay (44) gives a head fake before going up for a shot as Northwestern's Nycole Everett (left) and Kaleen Suter (right) defend.

Tamaqua, Marian and Northern Lehigh all sswept both boys and girls hoop contests over the weekend in local scholastic sports action.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Marian-Meyers

A slow start for the Colts led to their eventual downfall, as they dropped a 65-50 non-league decision against Wilkes-Barre Meyers.

Trailing 13-5 after one, the locals turned up the offense and hung tough the remainder of the game. However, the early deficit proved too costly.

Widner led the winners with a game-high 26 points, while Nahjee Brown added 14.

Monday, December 20, 2010
An impressive performance by Bretz

It's obvious when talking to Echo Bretz that family is very important.

Whether she's thanking parents Coleen and Kenny for all their support during her nationwide field hockey travels, mentioning sister Brittni as a role model and idol, or talking about the special bond she enjoys with her Lehighton coaches and teammates, Bretz uses the word family over and over.

Bretz credited all of those close bonds with her development from a third-grader picking up a stick for the first time to being named the 2010 TIMES NEWS Field Hockey Player of the Year.