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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January 11, 1957 - Steve Kusko pourded in 34 points to lead Nesuehoning to a 74-52 win over Weatherly. Kusko hit 16 times from the floor and added two foul shots. Ron Hrapsky had 14 points. Weatherly's big gun was Johnny Andresky who had 31 points.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The Mashack family, including (from left) volunteer coach Jon Mashack and his sons Evan, Kolby and Colin, is playing a major role for Tamaqua's wrestling squad this season. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

It is hard to overlook the name Mashack in the Tamaqua line-up this season.

The Blue Raiders feature three Mashack brothers, Kolby, Evan and Colin, and they have made their presence felt, combining for 51 wins to date.

Tamaqua is off to a 8-4 start, already surpassing its five-win total of last year, and the performance of the Mashacks has played a major role in that resurgence.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Northern Lehigh picked up a pair of Colonial League wins over the weekend, while some other local wrestling teams competed in the Panther Valley and Zephyr Duals.

Salisbury-No. Dame GP-No. Lehigh

The Bulldogs hosted two Colonial opponents and downed both of them, as they defeated Salisbury, 77-0 and Notre Dame, 50-21.

Lucas Dise picked up two pins on the day, while teammate Nikko Stevens accomplished the same feat. Colin Hedash had a fall and a major decision, as well.

Northern Lehigh 77,

Salisbury 0

103 - Zach Leiby (NL) won by forfeit

Monday, January 10, 2011
ron gower/times news Jim Thorpe's Darius Clark (33) goes up with a shot in between Northern Lehigh defenders Lucas Pierce (left), Tyler Dibilio and Caleb Johnson (44).

Northern Lehigh almost waited too long to emerge from their comfort "zone," Saturday night.

The Bulldogs kept a tight zone defense employed until the very end of their game against Jim Thorpe. It wasn't until they erupted into a full-court press in the final two minutes that they were able to escape with a 43-41 non-league boys' basketball win.

For most of the game, the Olympians (4-6) held the lead against the highly touted Northern Lehigh squad. Except for the end of the game, the Dawgs led only once, by one point late in the first quarter.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Marian, Northern Lehigh and Tamaqua all came away with girls basketball wins over the weekend.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

NDGP-Marian

The Fillies utilized some tough defense to stifle the Lady Crusaders and pull out the 38-19 non-league win.

Marian led 13-6 at the break and limited Notre Dame to a sole point in the fourth period to triumph.

Marian was led in scoring by Danielle Tristani's nine points in the win.

NOTRE DAME (GP)

Monday, January 10, 2011

January 10, 1997 Manny Gaspar's double-double helps lead Northwestern to a 58-49 Colonial League upset win over Salisbury. Gaspar finishes with 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Tigers, who outscore their opponent 22-12 during the fourth quarter. Josh Perich tallies a team-high 22 points for the winners, coached by Steve Gabryluk, while Josh Snyder chips in with 11.

Monday, January 10, 2011
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Thad Ogozalek takes a jump shot as Lehighton's Cordell Wall (left) looks on.

It was a night of milestones Saturday when Lehighton hosted Panther Valley in a boys-girls doubleheader.

But as any player or coach will tell you, a milestone doesn't mean as much unless it's accomplished with a win.

For both Lehighton senior Jordyn Homyak and Panther mentor Pat Crampsie, their individual achievements became more special after their respective teams ended the evening with victories.

Saturday, January 8, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Ty Richardson (42) tries to get a shot off against the tough defense played by Wilson's Ryan Spirko.

In the first half of last night's Colonial League basketball match-up, Northwestern stuck to its game plan and utilized pressure defense to limit the highly-touted Warriors' point production. Much to their chagrin, though, the Tigers had only scored 10 points of their own.

Wilson eventually turned things around after the break and won going away, 51-25.

Both teams' defensive stands created havoc with incessant pressure, endless turnovers and fast breaks.

Wilson only scored 19 points in the opening half and head coach Bob Frankenfield was unsettled.

Saturday, January 8, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Mike Streisel takes a jump shot in front of Pottsville's Bobby Schappell.

Nick Schlitzer became Pottsville's all-time basketball scoring king this week, surpassing 1,500 points for his career.

The 6-4 senior, who is headed to Philadelphia University, is averaging close to 22 points per game this season, but he is far from the Crimson Tide's only offensive option.

Taking advantage of the defensive attention Tamaqua paid to Schlizter, senior guard Bobby Schappell poured in 23 points as Pottsville doubled up on the host Blue Raiders 60-30 Friday night in a Schuylkill Division I contest.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

KEMPTON – In a word, the 2010 season was "outstanding" for outdoors enthusiasts who participated in the annual Autumn Hawk Watch at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

Highlighting the watch, which took place between August 15 and December 15, was an all-time record of 406 bald eagles being recorded as they flew past the lookouts at the world-famous migration watch site. In all, an above-average total of 20,498 birds of prey were recorded by the staff and volunteers.