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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Members of the Weatherly girls basketball team includes, front row from left, Catherine Strivak, Sara Heister, Tea Heister, Devon Bizarre, Erin Dougherty, Ally Isom; middle row, Jessica Polchin, Kelly Parker, Alexis Hartz, Ally Parker, Casey Grover, Jackie Gillott, manager Christina Caravella; back row, Dominique Adamczyk, Alexis Boyarsky, Courtney Lovett, Cheyanne Wallish, Shelby Berger, Samantha Hartz, and manager Stephanie Carter.

The fundamentals are stressed in the early stages of developing any skill and basketball is no different.

This year's Weatherly girls' basketball program is determined to be successful, but in order to do so it willI need those fundamentals to be taken care of, developed, and eventually carried out during games.

Every coach hopes their squad can accomplish being successful at these little things and the Lady Wreckers' Paul Hadzick is a coach that needs his roster to carry out that strategy.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

NORTHAMPTON Pleasant Valley's defense isn't in midseason form yet, but don't tell that to Northampton.

Thanks to an aggressive man-to-man D, the Bears stymied the Kids at the offensive end and eventually cruised to a 45-30 non-league victory in their season opener Friday night.

"We feel like we have a lot of depth and we feel like we have some guys that can play," said PV head coach Ken Piontkowski. "It's nice to have that depth. We can just keep bringing guys out, and I think that'll tire teams down if we keep that kind of pressure up.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A new law increases the penalties for assaulting a Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officer or deputy WCO takes effect Sunday, Dec. 23, and increases the maximum penalty for anyone convicted of assaulting a WCO or deputy WCO to a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

Under the new law, Act 150 of 2012, the penalty of assaulting a wildlife conservation officer of the PGC will be the same penalty for assaulting any other law enforcement official, elected official, personnel of the court, teacher or psychiatric aid.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Five weeks ago, the headline to this column read "A loss of muscle: Why so many diets fail." The column used hypothetical examples of overweight women losing weight with and without augmenting the loss with exercise and explained why those who exercise have a far better chance of maintaining the weight loss.

Exercise during moderate weight loss insures that the weight lost is primarily fat. Without exercise as much as 50 percent of the weight loss can be muscle.

Losing muscle makes it more likely that the weight lost will be regained for a simple reason. Muscle isn't inert.

Thursday, December 6, 2012
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS The Palmerton boys basketball team will include" Kneeing, from left, Spencer Shigo, Jerry Pereira, Dominic Shivone, Nick Frey and Zach Buck. Back row, same order, Alex Koma, Spencer Hay, Austin Luers, Brad Ehret, Mark Quinn, Logan Lesher and Matt Leaver.

Mick Stefanek is in his second year at the helm of the Palmerton boys basketball program and his main concern is moving things in the right direction.

Losing four starters from last year's 3-19 team, Stefanek has some fine young talent that he hopes will make his program a consistent and stable one.

Thursday, December 6, 2012
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's girls basketball team will be made up of: Kneeling, from left, Lndsay Nemeth, Gabrielle Alban, Janel Tracy, Morgan Hadinger, Mikayla Krupa and Julia Paulinho. Standing, same order, head coach Don Delich, Joelle Reinhart, Emelie Meinhart, Madison Mummey, Lauryn Solt, Jade Farquhar, Morgan Mummey, Abby Reimer and Steph Buck (manager).

Over the past couple of season's, Palmerton girls basketball head coach Don Delich had a standout athlete in Kelsey Hay to build his program around.

That isn't the case this season, with Hay, who ended her career with 1,350 points, off to the Univesity of Pennsylvania to continue her education and track career.

Instead Delich welcomes back three starters who were a big part of the team that went 14-10 before losing to Central Catholic in the District 11 quarterfinals.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December 6, 1985 Palmerton's duo of George Schmidt and Rick Mlkvy help the Blue Bombers secure a 66-56 victory over Catasauqua. Schmidt finishes with a game-high 22 points, including 10 during a 19-6 fourth quarter run that helps Palmerton take the lead for good. Mlkvy, who adds six points during that run, ends the contest with 21. The Bombers, coached by Don Delich, also receive seven points from Frank Hager.

Thursday, December 6, 2012
brad hurley/times news Members of the Tamaqua Boys Basketball team include; front row, from left; Mike Weinert, Zach Wargula, Cole Dietz, Bo Rottet, Russell Blaker, Nate Macdonald, Drew Chartier; Second row; Connor Hartung, Tyler Skripko, Adam Frantz, Chris Hartung, Tyler Skripko; Third row; JV coach Åaron Mantz, Tyler Krell, Tanner Kehl, Brett Kosciolek, assistant coach J.C. Dietz, Joey Marcin, Matt Minchhoff, head coach Caszy Kosciolek.

The Tamaqua boys basketball program has not enjoyed much success over the past several years. Since 2003-04, which is the last time the Raiders had a winning campaign they've averaged just four wins a season. However, there is hope on the horizon for this season's Tamaqua club with a young crop of talent players looking to take the next step in 2012-13.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Just days before the start of the 2012-13 season, Ray Bressi has stepped down as head girls basketball coach at Lehighton.

Bressi was preparing to begin his second year in charge of the Lady Indian program, but abruptly stepped down on Tuesday, which was just three days before the team opens its season against Palmerton.

"Coach Bressi told me on Tuesday that he would have to step down for personal reasons," said Lehighton Athletic Director Kyle Spotts, who declined to elaborate on what the reasons were.

Thursday, December 6, 2012
brad hurley/times news Members of the Tamaqua wrestling team include; front row, from the left; John Kovach, Ty Hinkle, Steven Matukonis, Malik Roper, Colin Mashack, Austin Fogel, Hunter Matalavage; second row; Josh Ambrose-Manness, Dylan Rynkiewicz, Kyle Olyphant, Adam Toth, Nolan Ziegler, Luke Matsago, manager Devan Sweeney; third row; assistant coach Rick Rynkiewicz, head coach Jon Mashack, volunteer coach Zane Bachert, assistant coach Brandon Silkowski, assistant coach Shane McCabe. Also on the team are James Weeks, Dustin Silkowski, and Rebecca Minehan.

"I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. I firmly believe that any man's finest hour-this greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle."

That statement by Vince Lombardi is what this year's Tamaqua wrestling squad is all about. The Raiders have put in the time and hardwork this off-season to make a significant mark in the Schuylkill League wrestling ranks in 2012-13.