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Saturday, January 5, 2013

It's a rather small article, one I first read last September, and I know why I didn't I didn't write about it then. While it presents a provocative new idea, it lacks the typical slew of studies and statistics to support it.

But as Sir George Pickering once said, "Not everything that counts can be counted." And self-control, a quality that's so crucial to all sorts of success, definitely counts even though you may have a devil of a time counting it.

In fact, it's so crucial to success in life that I'd be remiss not to write about it.

Saturday, January 5, 2013
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek drives to the basket as Pine Grove's Kobe D'Agostino defends.

Earlier this week, Tamaqua was counting down the hours, minutes and seconds to get to 2013.

Over the next week or two, the Blue Raiders will be counting down the wins to get to 1000.

When the ball dropped last night at the Tamaqua Athletic Center, the Blue Raiders celebrated win number 997 with a 61-33 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory over Pine Grove. Tamaqua now needs just three more wins to reach the 1,000-win milestone in the history of the boys basketball program.

Saturday, January 5, 2013
Tamaqua golf team lauded

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Area High School Golf Team held their annual acknowledgements and presentations banquet recently at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Garage. Players, coaches, booster volunteers and family members were in attendance. Pictured, from left, are coach Michael Luna and seniors CJ Shellhamer, Travis Miller, Scott Zellner, Troy Reinhardt and Chad Miller. Not pictured was senior Tyler Butkus.

Saturday, January 5, 2013
PMW tops Bears

When a team that is searching for an identity plays a more established team that has controlled a conference for the last couple of years, it must do all of the small things correctly in order to have a chance at winning.

Unfortunately for the Pleasant Valley boys' basketball team, that is exactly what it didn't do for the majority of Friday night's game with Pocono Mountain West.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Lehighton boys and girls dropped decisions to East Stroudsburg South, while the Pleasant Valley and Jim Thorpe girls were both tagged with losses in Friday action.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lehighton-ES South

Kingsley Amoa Kobene scored all four points for East Stroudsburg South in overtime to give the Cavaliers a 51-49 Mountain Valley Conference win over Lehighton (5-5, 2-2).

Trailing 37-29 after three quarters, Kobene scored nine of his game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead ES South (4-4, 2-1) back to force overtime.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

For flintlock muzzleloader and late-season archery hunters, one of the all-too-often overlooked areas to hunt is Pennsylvania State Parks.

Many times, State Parks simply are overlooked and fail to get as much hunting pressure – especially for deer – as other public land, such as State Game Lands and State Forest Land. State Parks are also an ideal destination for the winter small-game season after muzzleloader and archery closes Saturday, Jan. 12.

Friday, January 4, 2013
mike feifel/times news Catasauqua's Derrick Bond drives past Northwestern defender Cam Richardson (42).

Despite a huge early deficit, the door was open for Northwestern to close the gap and challenge Catasauqua for the win.

The Tigers cut what was once a 19-point Catasauqua lead down to less than 10 three times in the third quarter before falling 63-49 to the Rough Riders Thursday night in New Tripoli.

"We missed a lot of lay ups and free throws," said Northwestern head coach Dan Eddinger. "We had blown assignments on defense. You can't do that and expect to be in a game. You can't spot a team a 15-2 lead. It's very frustrating on a lot of levels."

Friday, January 4, 2013
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Josh Eden (left) tries to drive around Palmerton's Austin Luers.

The Palmerton boys' basketball team found out Thursday evening just how well Northern Lehigh can use its size to its advantage.

Whether it on offense or defense, the Bombers found themselves continuously running into tall trouble at both ends of the court as the Bulldogs used their height to run away with a 61-24 Colonial League victory.

"We knew we had the size advantage and probably the strength advantage tonight," Miller said. "It's obviously a big part of what we try to do because it's one of the pluses we have over a lot of other teams.

Friday, January 4, 2013

January 4, 1984 Palmerton uses 21 points from Jason Balliet and a big second-half effort to gain a 61-50 victory over host Panther Valley. George Schmidt tallies five quick points midway through the third quarter to help the Bombers turn an eight-point halftime deficit into a four-point advantage. Balliet nets seven points in the final frame to secure the win. Schmidt and Rob Mlkvy both finish with 11 points to back up Balliet. The winners, coached by Pete Delich, also receive 10 from Rick Mlkvy.

Friday, January 4, 2013
ron gower/times news Tamaqua's Maria Streisel (13) drives for a layup against Pottsville.

The old saying slow and steady, steady and slow, that's the way to always go is not an adage that usually pertains to the Tamaqua girls basketball program. The Lady Raiders have been known over the last few seasons as a team that likes to push the basketball and speed up the tempo.

It might have took the Raiders a quarter to get their engines warmed up, but once they did they took control, finishing strong and coming up with a 47-35 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory.

In the first quarter, Tamaqua (5-3) did not play their brand of basketball and it showed.