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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik (left) and Pleasant Valley's Marquis Brown battle for position under the boards.

As Marquis Brown goes, so goes Pleasant Valley.

And Tuesday night against Lehighton, it went extremely well for the 6-4 center.

The junior big man first dominated the paint in the second quarter to bring his team back from an early 13-point deficit. Later he made his presence felt down the stretch with some huge offensive rebounds and putbacks to help the Bears hang on for a hard-fought 55-50 Mountain Valley Conference victory.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
rich george/special to the times news Palmerton's Emelie Meinhart (center) goes up for a rebound.

Riding a five-game winning streak, the Palmerton girls basketball team was looking to make a statement last night when it entertained Notre Dame of Green Pond in a Colonial League showdown.

The Crusaders came into the Bombers' House with an unbeaten league record and just one loss on the season overall.

When the dust cleared, it was Notre Dame who held on for a 49-42 triumph, but not without a fight.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Panther Valley's Abbey Whilden drives past Stephanie Sampson of Pine Grove during their Schuylkill League game on Tuesday. The Cardinals won the contest, 58-44. Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS

It's a proven formula for coach Chris George's Lady Cardinals. Seniors plus size equal success.

Last night the formula worked throughout the game as Pine Grove defeated Panther Valley, 58-44, to win its 1,000th game since Tremont combined with Pine Grove in 1966 to become Pine Grove Area High School.

The Lady Cardinals (9-2, 6-0), who start four seniors all over 5-7 in height, flexed their muscles right from the tip off as they raced to an 11-2 lead. Panther Valley didn't help its cause by shooting only 3-for-13 from the field to trail 17-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Northwestern's undefeated record was in serious jeopardy Tuesday night.

Southern Lehigh built its lead up to 18 points in the third quarter as time was running out for a Lady Tiger comeback.

Sparked by team leader Sara Jones, Northwestern scored 46 points in the game's final 10 minutes and 31 seconds to pull out a 72-65 win.

"As soon as we got a couple buckets we got our confidence going," said Jones, who scored a career high 30 points. "We switched up the defense and we were getting some steals. Then everything just started to go our way in the second half."

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Marian Fillies managed to grab the lone win among local teams in scholastic basketball action on Tuesday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

No. Lehigh-Saucon Valley

A poor shooting night from the foul line and a slow start spelled doom for the Bulldogs, as they dropped a Colonial League decision to Saucon Valley, 56-50.

Keith Mosher led the Panthers (3-9) with a game-high 21 points on the night, while teammate Matt Laub added 14.

Northern Lehigh (7-3; 4-3) was led by Caleb Johnson's 18 points, with Josh Eden adding 11.

NO. LEHIGH

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Both head coaches for Marian and Williams Valley expressed that they were happy with their team's effort at halftime last night. The Colts and Vikings were knotted at 24 a piece in what was a big mid-season Schuylkill League test for both squads.

However, when the horn sounded for the third quarter it was the Vikings that made the plays in the second half to come away with the 60-48 Schuylkill League victory.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

January 8, 1998 Brad Yuricheck hits five free throws in overtime to help Panther Valley gain a 53-46 victory over Cardinal Brennan. Yuricheck finishes with a team-high 21 points and also pulls down eight rebounds. The Panthers, coached by Cas Kosciolek, outscore their opponent 9-2 in the extra session to gain the win. Scott Marek contributes 12 points and seven boards while Josh Black chips in with eight points and seven rebounds.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
OLOAA captures tournament championship

The Our Lady of the Angels Academy girls varsity basketball team finished in first place in the 2nd Annual Marian Fillies Basketball Boosters Girls Basketball Tournament held Dec. 27-28 in Hazleton. Team members are, kneeling, from left, Isabella Blasko, Tia Ketchlidge, Julia Hoben and Abigail Hoben. Standing, coach Glen Karnish, Brenna Karnish, Christina Dacey, Chloe Markovich, Brianna Raabe and coach Tim Hoben.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Matt Egan (11) goes up for a shot as Tamaqua's Bo Rottet tries to draw an offfensive foul.

Monday night's match-up between Tamaqua and Northern Lehigh figured to be a grind-it-out-battle between two six-win teams.

At the end of the night, the winner wasn't in doubt as one team was left standing while the other was beaten and bruised.

After a sloppy first quarter by both teams, Northern Lehigh got things rolling behind senior forward Josh Eden and went on to beat Tamaqua in non-league play 62-46. The Raiders got within ten points midway through the third and trailed by 11 at the end of the quarter, but that was the closest they would get the rest of the night.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

TIMES NEWS Wrestling Rankings

(through Jan. 5)

106 - Darren Goida, Panther Valley, Fr. (14-7); 2. Tegan Durishin, Lehighton, Fr. (13-5); 3. Kevan Gentile, Jim Thorpe, Fr. (12-6).

Honorable Mention - Jason Jacobi, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (7-6); Jarret White, Northwestern, So. (5-5).

Notes - Goida is 13-5 at 106 and owns a win over Gentile. Durishin is currently on a four-match win streak.

113 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Jr. (9-2); 2. Lenny Ogazalek, Panther Valley, Jr. (17-4); 3. Zach Kemmerer, Lehighton, Fr. (9-4)