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Thursday, January 13, 2011

January 13, 1979 Bob Boyle's layup with six seconds left gives Tamaqua a 60-59 upset win over visiting Pottsville. Boyle finishes the game with a team-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor. The Blue Raiders, coached by Bob Fulton, had built a 15-point advantage earlier in the contest. The winners also receive 13 points from Danny Smith while Roy Fredericks contributes 11.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Katie Reimer (10) goes up for a shot as Notre Dame's Brittany Pierzga moves in at left.

The Palmerton girls took a 22-4 commanding lead and it proved to spelled the difference as they defeated Notre Dame of Green Pond 74-54 in a Colonial League contest.

"We took them out of anything they wanted to do with that first quarter," Palmerton head coach Don Delich admitted. "Our press was effective."

That understatement rang true, as Notre Dame committed seven first quarter turnovers, leading to easy Palmerton buckets, as the Bombers repeatedly got lay-ups and fast break opportunities.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Lauren Oertner drives to the hoop as Saucon Valley's Danielle Van Buren defends.

Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner moved within three points of the 1,000-point mark in her career as the Lady Bulldogs rolled over Saucon Valley in Colonial League play on Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Saucon Valley-No. Lehigh

Four players hit double figures as Northern Lehigh rolled to a 56-19 Colonial League win over the Panhers.

Aimee Oertner led the Bulldogs' offensive with a 17-point performance, while Sonya Josephson followed right behind with 15 points. Teammates Tina Bastardi and Kristi Seiler both hit double digits with 10 points.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January 12, 1945 Lansford bolts to an early lead and wins going away, posting a 70-20 Black Diamind League victory over Blythe Township. "Dubby" Derby leads the way with 18 points while teammate Forgay follows close behind with 17. Coach Tony Denby's squad, which races to a 22-5 first-quarter advantage, also receive 14 points from Lou Nesley.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Palmerton boys basketball season came to a halt earlier this week when games against Saucon Valley and at Notre Dame of Green Pond were postponed due to personnel issues with its head coach.

Sources told THE TIMES NEWS, Mike Snyder, head coach of the Blue Bombers for the past two seasons, was suspended indefinitely on Monday, while the administration had a chance to review the situation.

Palmerton Athletic Director Bill Congdon told THE TIMES NEWS that any statement on the matter wou;d have to come from the Superintendent's office.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian Catholic's Ryan Karnish (12) drives past Zach Dixon of Minersville. Karnish was the high scorer for the Colts with 10 points, including two three-point baskets.

According to Marian head coach John Patton, the conclusion of last night's game against Minersville was like a bad movie…tough to sit through, difficult to watch, and something you never want to see again.

With the Colts clinging to a 35-28 lead with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter, Minersville scored the final 26 points of the game for a 54-35 Schuykill League victory.

The loss is the first league loss for Marian in over two years, as the Colts (8-3) have now dropped two straight after starting the year 8-1.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Marian's Rachel Krajcirik and Marykate Sherkness were named to Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-State team that was released today.

Krajcirik, a senior setter, and Sherkness, a sophomore outside hitter, continued Marian's impressive tradition of post-season volleyball honors. The Fillies have at least one player named to the PVCA All-State team every year since 1999. During those 12 seasons, there have been 28 Fillies named All-State.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
mike feifel/times news Northern Lehigh's Zane Heller (top) racks up back points on Spencer Beaver of Saucon Valley on his way to a technical fall at 125 pounds.

Sometimes sports can mean something more than who wins and who loses. Especially for a high school coach who can only hope his team can pull out those hidden lessons within the sport.

Last night, coach Todd Herzog's team did just that.

A huge Colonial League wrestling showdown with Saucon Valley was greatly affected by a day that left the Bulldogs shorthanded. Beset with injuries, sickness, and what Coach Herzog called "internal problems", Northern Lehigh fell to Saucon Valley 45-21.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Weatherly, Palmerton and Northern Lehigh all scored wins in girls basketball action on Monday night.

Palmerton also got a wrestling victory.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Weatherly-Williams Vy.

The Lady Wreckers used balanced scoring with three girls in double figures to hand Williams Valley a 50-36 loss.

Alicia Panzarella, Sara Heister and Tracy Galada scored 20, 12, 11 points respectively for the Wreckers (2-7, 1-4). Randi-Lynn Kolva ked tge Vikings with 17 points and Kaila Dietrich added 13.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

TIMES NEWS Wrestling Rankings

(through Jan. 9)

(Bout minimum - 6)

103 - 1. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (15-3); 2. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, So. (14-4); 3. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (10-3).

Honorable Mention - Len Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (13-8); Benny Mazzella, Jim Thorpe, So. (4-3).

Notes - Mashack went 5-1 last week to move into first place as Hoats went 5-2.

112 - 1. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Sr. (19-4); 2. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, So. (7-1); 3. Josh Evans, Palmerton, Fr. (12-3).