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Monday, December 13, 2010

December 13, 1994 Brian Balliet nets a team-high 17 points and Jim Thorpe holds off Pine Grove for a 57-56 win. Balliet scores 10 of his points in the first half as the Olympians, coached by Randy Engle, build a 34-21 halftime edge. Dave Strohl also aids the victory with 15 points while Jerome Sheckler finishes with 14.

Monday, December 13, 2010

It took a little while for Tamaqua to get into its offensive flow in its season opener with visiting Northwestern.

Defensively, the Lady Raiders had no trouble putting the clamps on the Lady Tigers from the start.

The Raiders limited Northwestern to single digits in the scoring column in all four quarters, pulling away for a 53-18 non-league triumph Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, December 11, 2010
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Brett Snyder gets ready to go up for a shot while Lehighton's DJ Rossino defends on the play.

Lehighton traveled to Palmerton Friday night for a girls/guys doubleheader to open their respective basketball seasons.

At the end of the night, it was the Bombers holding serve on their home court and sweeping the Indians. The Lady Bombers won easily, 60-14, while the Blue Bombers won going away, 64-41.

GIRLS

The opening game of the night was never in doubt.

Palmerton started fast and kept the pedal to the metal through three quarters of play, only pulling back once the game was well in hand.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tamaqua coach Jay Daubert felt his team's ability to play trapping zone defense would be a strength this season.

Against visiting Weatherly, the Blue Raiders' defense succeeded beyond Daubert's wildest expectations.

The ball-hawking Raiders clamped down on the Wreckers, holding them to single digits in three quarters and scoreless in the third period.

The Raider offense then found the range in the second half, resulting in a 58-14 season-opening rout of the Wreckers on Stadium Hill Friday night.

Saturday, December 11, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Brittany Holland shoots over Northwestern's Sara Jones, left, and Nycole Everett (34).

On the first night of a new basketball season, there are normally plenty of unexpected aspects of the game. In last night's initial outing for Northwestern and Jim Thorpe's girls' squads, it was those unexpected elements that pleased both coaches as the Lady Olympians pulled out a 46-39 non-league win.

Olympian head coach Rob Kovac was happy with his team's efforts to come back from an early deficit and hang on down the stretch, after being challenged late.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

With the temperatures plummeting outdoors lately, it's quite difficult to think about swimming. However, at Panther Valley High School, the athletes that participate in the winter sport have been doing more than imagining it…they're doing it and doing it well.

Saturday, December 11, 2010
Ryan named first-team All-Big East lineman

University of Connecticut junior offensive tackle Mike Ryan was named to the All-Big East First Team that was announced earlier this week.

Ryan, a Marian High School graduate, is a two-year starter for the Huskies. He started the team's first 11 games this season before a leg injury sidelined him for UConn's final game of the regular season against South Florida.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"I might not be able to define it, but I certainly know it when I see it." Years ago, when a lawyer demanded a definition of pornography in a court of law, that's supposedly what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said.

I often borrow those words when I'm asked to define something far different.

Excellence.

Sure, I can tell you exactly what makes a meal or a workout excellent if your goal is health and fitness, and the same is true for a novel or a newspaper column, but there's no way I can express what makes one song so much better than the other.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December 11, 2001 Craig Steigerwalt scores a team-high 17 points to help Palmerton record a 53-51 Colonial League win over Salisbury. Steigerwalt also contributes eight rebounds and picks up three steals. The Blue Bombers, coached by Mike Snyder, receive 15 points, seven assists and six boards from Tony Chupa while Jon Nigito chips in with nine points.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

When six of the eight Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners voted to make dramatic changes to this year's bear seasons, it was hoped that the hunter success of recent years would continue.

Instead, hunters took an unofficial total of 3,039 bears, which, while ranking No. 7 overall, represents the fewest since 2,362 were taking in 2007, and last year's total of 3,512 bears taken was No. 2 to the all-time total of 4,164 taken in 2005. In 2008 3,460 bears were taken and in '06 3,124 bears were taken.