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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Weatherly's Charlie Wallish looks at the basket before putting up a shot as Schuylkill Haven's Anthony Fanelli tries to stop him.

The Weatherly boys and Palmerton girls picked up basketball wins in local action on Tuesday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Sch. Haven-Weatherly

Weatherly outscored Schuylkill Haven 24-6 in the third quarter to come up with a 51-25 Schuylkill League victory.

Charlie Wallish led the Wreckers (8-6, 3-6 SL) with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Luke Reiner chipped in with 11 points, while Josh Reiner added 10.

Dylan Slotterback scored 13 points for the 'Canes, while Vince Fanelli added 10.

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Erika Thomas looks for a teammate under the basket as Notre Dame of Green Pond's Gabby Altmire defends at left.

Missing two starters against Colonial League South Division leader Notre Dame (Green Pond), undefeated Northwestern faced its biggest test of the season Tuesday night.

The Lady Tigers got the effort they needed from inexperienced players as well as some of their more seasoned veterans in beating the Crusaders, 54-44.

"We said 'Next girl up,'" said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "It's a total team effort tonight, from the seniors right on down.

"In a way it was probably our best win of the year. I'm just so proud of the girls because they found a way again."

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January 23, 2002 Lehighton wins seven weight classes, gaining bonus points in every one of them, in posting a 35-29 Mountain Valley Conference win over East Stroudsburg. The Indians, coached by B.J. Nalesnik, receive pins from Shane Reed (103 pounds), Matt Sharpley (112) and Josh Strawser (171). Dave Versuk adds a technical fall at 160 for the winners, while Pat Llewellyn (130), Vinnie Andrews (135) and Brandon Brownmiller (145) each contribute majors.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Marcus Hardiman battles Camden Catholic's Frank Varallo during the Hurricane Holiday Classic. Wrestlers may take different approaches when wrestling during a dual meet as compared to a tournament.

With wrestling's regular season winding down, teams are beginning to position themselves for the stretch run and a chance to qualify for districts and states.

Part of getting to those tournaments, however, starts with the grind of the dual meets and team tournaments throughout the season where teams and individual wrestlers establish themselves to qualify for the postseason.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
mike feifel/times news Lehighton's Marques Spencer (left) lifts Zach Gutierrez off the mat during their 182 pound bout. Spencer went on to post a 9-4 decision.

Year after year, the Pleasant Valley wrestling program finds a way to reload its light and middleweight classes and be overly dominant for at least seven bouts.

Monday night's Mountain Valley Conference match with Lehighton was no different.

The Bears won seven consecutive matches, from the 113 weight class to the 152 class, and went on to thump the Indians on the mats 53-16. Three of those matches were decided by relatively quick pins, while two others came via major decisions.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tamaqua was the lone local Schuylkill League girls team to come away with a victory on Monday night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Blue Mtn.

Three players scored in double figures as Tamaqua posted a 46-36 Schuylkill League Division I victory over Blue Mountain.

Christine Streisel led the Blue Raiders with 13 points, while Maria Streisel and Amanda Solt both hit double figures with 10 points a piece.

The Blue Eagles' Cassie Woleschok finished with a team-high 11 points, while Abby Fanelli added 10.

In the JV game, Blue Mountain cruised to a 50-8 win.

Monday, January 21, 2013

January 21, 1949 Four players hit double figures in scoring to lead Summit Hill to a 67-37 Black Diamond League win over Tamaqua. Pete Tirpak leads the quartet with a game-high 20 points while Bill Risavy follows close behind with 18. The winners, who use a 19-6 second quarter to break away from a tie score, also receive 12 points from Donald Billig and 10 from Johnny Porambo. Charley Baer leads the Blue Raiders with 14 points.

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.