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Local Sports

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The invitation has been extended.

It now appears likely that in just a few weeks, Lehighton will be joining a new scholastic sports league.

On Thursday, the Schuylkill League met with Lehighton officials and extended an invitation to join the league for the 2014-15 school year.

That invitation can't be officially accepted until the Lehighton School Board meets on Feb. 27, but all indications are that Lehighton will jump at the offer.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
ron gower/times news Northern Lehigh's Lucas Pierce goes to the floor for a loose ball as Palmerton's Matt Leaver (center) and Cody Geist (right) move in.

Northern Lehigh knows what it wants to do and needs to do.

But for the first half against rival Palmerton, it didn't seem that interested in doing it.

After halftime, however, the Bulldogs got down to business. They pumped the ball inside to their twin towers Caleb Johnson and Lucas Pierce and the two big men carried the host club to a 59-37 Colonial League victory in both team's regular season finale.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

February 11, 1997 Nicole Levandusky scores a game-high 25 points and starts an important run in the third quarter to help Palmerton gain a 57-52 victory over Palisades in a Colonial League semifinal playoff game at Northern Lehigh. Tied at 35-35, Levandusky's driving bucket starts a 9-0 Bombers spurt that puts them in control. The winners, coached by Rod Strohl, also receive 12 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks from Amanda Samok while Marci Abel chips in with nine points.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Marian defeated rival Nativity to highlight Friday's scholastic sports action.

In a game with playoff implications, Panther Valley fell to Pine Grove.



The Fillies used strong defense to keep the Golden Girls in single digits in three of the four quarters and picked up a 41-27 victory.

Kaysi McLaughlin had a game-high 13 points for Marian, while Danielle Tristani added 11. D. Luckenbill led nativity with seven.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

"Stuff that would make a maggot gag."

That's how I once overheard my father describe my diet though he substituted a slightly saltier term for "stuff." And while I thoroughly enjoy my maggot-gagging menu, I understand my father's point of view.

After all, more than one "Fitness Master" column has explained that most taste preferences are not innate but acquired.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley played in a girls-guys double header Friday night. The Lady Bears won the first game, 51-40 to clinch the No. 1 seed in next week's Mountain Valley Conference playoffs.

The nightcap then proved to be quite the thriller, but saw the local boys fell in double overtime 58-55.


Pleasant Valley went off offensively in the second and third quarters and ran away from Stroudsburg, 51-40.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

HARRISBURG – For years, shad fishing organizations and conservation groups have been petitioning the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to help in the recovery of American shad in area waterways, including the Lehigh River.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The local Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Saint John Neumann School Gymnasium, located at 259 Lafayette Avenue in Palmerton. All boys and girls who are 10 to 14 years old as of Jan. 1, 2012 and who have not participated in another Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship in 2012 are eligible to participate. Proof of age is required.

A parent or legal guardian must be present for the registration process, which begins at 12:45 p.m. The competition begins at 1 p.m.

Friday, February 10, 2012

After two weeks of play, Cuz-N-Joe's Place, R.R. Frey Services, Ryan's Oil & Heating and Schick's Cafe Calcutta have seperated themselves from the pack in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league.


Ryan's Oil & Heating-Midas Touch Hair Salon

Ryan's Oil & Heating proved to be too much for Midas Touch Hair Salon, as the defending league champions rolled to a 61-36 victory.

Joe Schaeffer buried six three pointers and led Ryan's with 20 points, while Shawn Tray chipped in with 11.

Friday, February 10, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Brock Mitchell (33) is trapped by Pine Grove defenders.

Jim Thorpe and Marian posted boys basketball victories on Thursday.


Tamaqua-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe dominated from the outset and cruised to the 72-50 Schuylkill League win.

The Olympians built a 31-9 first quarter lead in the season finale for both teams.

Jim Thorpe (7-15, 2-10) had four players in double figures. Darius Clark's 19 points led the way. Dane Ciavarella and Conner Ennis both scored 14 and PJ Johnson added 11.

Bret Kosciolek led Tamaqua (5-17, 1-11) with 20 points. Teammate Jake Fegley added nine.