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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The starting lineup for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono Raceway in 2011 will be determined on Saturday, Raceway Officials announced today. "The move to Saturday qualifying, traditionally held on Friday, will allow more race fans to enjoy the competition to determine the pole position and the other starting positions ," stated Raceway President, Brandon Igdalsky."Our fans will enjoy a full day of racing action as Sprint Cup qualifying joins an already exciting Saturday schedule at Pocono Raceway."

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

TIMES NEWS Wrestlin Rankings

(through Jan. 16)

(Bout minimum - 7)

103 - 1. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Sr. (22-4); 2. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (16-2); 3. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (17-4).

Honorable Mention - Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Jr. (19-5); Len Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (13-8).

Notes - O'Donnell dropped down from 112 for Schuylkill League Tournament and defended his league title with a major decision over Colin Mashack in final. Yanonick went 5-0 at NHSCA festival to take second.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

When Danny Williams took over the wrestling helm at Lehighton this season, the transition was a smooth one.

A 2001 Lehighton graduate who teaches biology in the school district, Williams has been part of the Indians' program as a wrestler and a coach, assisting Floyd Brown with the varsity squad for three years. He also served as a head coach for the middle school team for two seasons.

Thus, the grapplers that had been in the program under Brown were already familiar with Williams.

Monday, January 17, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Brittany Hinkle (12) of Weatherly is blocked in her field goal attempt by Panther Valley's Brittany Cunfer in a girls' basketball game Saturday.

It hasn't been the type of year that Brittany Hinkle wanted to be having in her final campaign with the Weatherly girls' basketball team.

There has been way too many losses rather than victories celebrated than she hoped for.

Entering Saturday's afternoon's game with Panther Valley, Hinkle wasn't going about to let a potential win slip out of reach.

She took it upon herself in the second half to provide her team with the spark it needed to help secure a 38-34 win over the visiting Panthers (2-9).

Monday, January 17, 2011

Northern Lehigh, Panther Valley and Weatherly picked up boys basketball wins, while Marian and Tamaqua continued to roll ingirls basketball over the weekend.

On the wrestling side, Palmerton scored a pair of wins in the Colonial League, while Pleasant Valley earned a split at the NHSCA tournament.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Northern Lehigh-Fleetwood

Northern Lehigh (8-3) jumped out early with a 31-point first quarter and never looked back to run away with a 80-38 non-league win over Fleetwood.

Monday, January 17, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Ben Andrews goes up to lay one off the glass as Tamaqua's Zach Lakitsky (13) looks on. Andrews finished with 15 points as the Bombers pulled out a 59-55 win.

It might not have looked like it on paper, but Saturday's non-league boys basketball contest between Palmerton and Tamaqua was considered a "must" game.

Palmerton interim head coach Mark Maholick and Tamaqua's Jay Daubert couldn't have agreed more.

The Bombers and Raiders were tied at halftime, tied entering the final quarter and battled through 12 lead changes.

When the dust cleared, it was Palmerton who came out on top of a 59-55 final score.

Monday, January 17, 2011

ORWIGSBURG - Garth Lakitsky has yet to have a bout go the distance this season.

The Tamaqua senior 215 pounder notched three more pins Saturday, becoming the first Blue Raider wrestler to win three Schuylkill wrestling titles during the SIAL All-League Tournament at Blue Mountain High School.

Lakitsky remained perfect at 23-0 on the season, as did Tamaqua senior Kolby Mashack, who captured his first league crown at 140 pounds.

Monday, January 17, 2011

at Blue Mountain High School

Team Legend and Scoring

1. Blue Mountain (BM) 198, 2. Tri-Valley (TV) 167.5, 3. Tamaqua (Tam) 163.5, 4. North Schuylkill (NS) 145.5, 5. Pottsville (Pot) 137.5, 6. Pine Grove (PG) 111.5, 7. Upper Dauphin (UD) 93.5, 8. Williams Valley (WV) 82.5, 9. Halifax (Hal) 82, 10. Jim Thorpe (JT) 62.5, 11. Panther Valley (PV) 60.5, 12. Mahanoy Area (MA) 62.5, 13. Schuylkill Haven (SH) 47.

Championship Finals

103 - Nick O'Donnell (PV) major dec. Colin Mashack (Tam) 13-1.

112 - Bailey Roos (Pot) dec. Brian Ohl (JT) 8-2.

Monday, January 17, 2011

January 17, 1962 George Strubinger scores a team-high 16 points to help Jim Thorpe Catholic hold off Mount Carmel Catholic for a 51-49 victory. Strubinger hits a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to seal the win for the Cougars, coached by Bill Ackerman. The winners also receive 12 points from Tommy McArdle while Danny Brogan contributes with 11 points.

Saturday, January 15, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Payton Bachman looks to pass the ball around Salisbury defender Brent Maron.

Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner topped the 1,000-point mark for her career as the Lady Bulldogs were one of three local girls basketball teams to get a win on Friday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

No. Lehigh-No. Dame (GP)

The Lady Bulldogs stayed even with Palmerton in their division with a 56-38 Colonial League win over Notre Dame.

Oertner scored 13 points in the win, while Sonya Josephson moved closer to the century mark with a game-high 18 points. Tina Bastardi and Lauren Oertner also finished in double figures for the Bulldogs (12-1, 7-1) with 13 and 10 respectively..