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Monday, January 21, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Rian Shubeck of Panther Valley (top) has control of Trevor Martin of Williams Valley in a 285-pound semifinal at the Schuylkill League wrestling tournament on Saturday. Shubeck went on to capture the league championship.

Panther Valley bookended the Schuylkill League Wrestling Tournament with gold medals and managed six other place winners along the way.

The medal haul was enough to place Panther Valley fourth in the 14-team tournament, which Blue Mountain won.

Panther Valley coach Tim Robb believes the strong showing will help pay dividends as the team moves further into the season and closer to Districts.

"These last two days were good for us," said Robb. "The kids worked hard and set the right goals coming into the tournament.

Monday, January 21, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS MMI's Charlie Karchner tries to keep possession of the ball as Weatherly's Josh Reiner attempts to take it away.

Weatherly managed to pick up wins in both boys and girls basketball over the weekend.

In other local action, the Lehighton and Panther Valley boys grabbed victories, while Tamaqua, Northwestern and Pleasant valley got wins on the girls side.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pen Argyl-Lehighton

Trailing by five at intermission, Lehighton erupted for 32 points in the third quarter to take charge of this non-league game and win, 76-49 over the Green Knights.

That huge third frame saw Jordan Knappenberger score 10, while Anthony Rossino and Tyler Crum both added nine apiece.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

January 19, 1945 Hub Becker pours in a game-high 21 points to help lead Tamaqua to a convincing 57-29 Black Diamond League victory over Shenandoah. The Blue Raiders, who outscore their opponent in every quarter, also receive 11 points from Larry Klein while Dick Young chips in with seven. Tommy Homanick adds five points for Tamaqua, coached by John Gildea.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Panther Valley had a strong showing on the opening night of the Schuylkill League Wrestling Tournament in Pottsville, advancing four wrestlers to the semi-final round, along with seven others going through to the consolation quarterfinals.

Lenny Ogozalek, Dylan Moyer, Richard Nase and Rian Shubeck advanced to this afternoon's semifinals with a chance to take home titles in their respective weight divisions.

The Panthers had Darren Goida, Mike Lazar, Hunter Davidyock, Elijah Hibbler, Jared Eickoff, Matt Buss and Rich Smith advance in the consolation bracket.

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Amy Smith tries to dribble past Alpreshia Parker of Pocono Mountain East.

When two teams who have struggled to win three games between them meet on the hardwood, a very competitive game is a usual expectation.

The Lady Cardinals of Pocono Mountain East, however, proved otherwise as they raced to an 11- 0 run from the tip off and never looked back in a 34-23 win over the Lady Tribe of Lehighton last night in a MVC game.

With the victory, PME avenged a three- point loss to Lehighton on December 14.

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Rich George/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Matt Leaver puts up a shot in the lane during Friday's game.

Marian gained wins from both its boys and girls teams Friday, while the Northwestern girls also won to remained undefeated.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lehighton-PM East

Tyler Crum poured in a game-high 24 points in Lehighton's 55-47 Mountain Valley Conference win over Pocono Mountain East.

Crum went for 12 points in the second quarter and then went 4-for-6 from the line in the fourth. Fellow Indian James Farano added 11.

Jake Steckel led the Cardinals with 18 points.

LEHIGHTON

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Once again, it is time for outdoors enthusiasts to plan for another year of activities, and the best place to do that is at an outdoors sports show.

For area sportsmen, the wait for another show season is almost over with the Early Bird Sports Expo being held Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 24-27, at the Bloomsburg Fair Grounds. This is the 25th anniversary for the show that annually kicks off the season for show goers.

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Nancy Scholz/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's David Wagner tries to drive past Keith Mosher of Saucon Valley during Friday's Colonial League game.

After starting the Colonial League season with five straight losses, Saucon Valley is one of the league's hottest teams.

The Panthers got their third league win in four games Friday night, beating Northwestern 58-36.

Sacuon Valley forced 14 turnovers in the first 12 minutes of the game to build a big early lead and the Tigers never recovered.

"Defensive intensity has been our strength through this little streak," said Panther head coach Matt Brown. "We try to make it hard for the other team to run its offense. I think we did that very well."

Saturday, January 19, 2013

When it comes to body-weight maintenance or weight loss, the accepted belief used to be all calories are the same, or, as many nutritionists used to say, "A calorie is a calorie is a calorie."

Cursed with an incredible craving for fudge while on a 1500-calorie-per-day diet? According to the old line of thinking, you can eat nothing but 1500 calories of fudge one day and not derail your diet.

After all, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie.

Saturday, January 19, 2013
mike feifel/times news Caleb Johnson of Northern Lehigh prepares to go up with a shot against Southern Lehigh.

Northern Lehigh's Jeff Miller hasn't had to give too many spirited halftime speeches this season.

But on Friday night, the Bulldog head coach thought it was necessary.

Despite leading by four points at the break against visiting Southern Lehigh, Miller wasn't impressed with his team's performance.

So the Nolehi mentor took it upon himself to fire his team up.

Evidently the talk worked.

The Bulldogs played with more passion in the second half, and used an 11-0 run down the stretch to pull away for a 52-40 Colonial League victory.