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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Palmerton wrestlers rolled to an easy win over Bangor to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports card.

WRESTLING

Palmerton-Bangor

Palmerton topped Bangor for a 51-27 Colonial League victory.

The Bombers' Damien Fink (126), Zack Christman (145), Joseph Bubble (152), Jake Christman (182) and Matthew Wolfe (195) all sported pins for wins on the night.

Skyler Rosenberry added a decision for the Bombers.

PALMERTON 51, BANGOR 27

106 - Gavin Deboer (B) won by forfeit.

113 - Christina Farah (B) pinned Brandon Traugher in :58.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Weatherly's Dominique Adamczyk (13) takes a shot as Jim Thorpe's Briea Bush (left) tries to block it.

The Lady Olympians learned another lesson last night in their season of struggle from a 58-36 loss to Weatherly.

Good fortune never lasts for too long.

Their good fortune began before the opening tip-off when Weatherly's top scorer, Sara Heister was not listed in the scorebook due to a knee injury suffered in her previous game against Schuylkill Haven. The game began and Jim Thorpe's fortune continued when the Olympians raced to a 9-0 lead on two threes by Brittany Doughty and another trey by Nikki Ennis.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Whether there was eight degrees on the thermometer outside or eight minutes on the scoreboard inside, it was a cold night in Hometown for the Marian boys basketball team.

With the temperatures plummeting into the single digits, it was the Colts' inability to maintain a double-digit lead after a scorching start that proved to be the difference, as Lourdes Regional rallied to a 49-43 Schuylkill League victory over Marian (13-4, 5-4).

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton's Jason Bennershows off his form recently as he bowls a game at Haja Lanes in Palmerton, where he currently sports an average of 236, that if he were to maintain, would be a house record.

He's a strike machine.

Set up the pins, and watch as Jason Benner knocks them down with the slightest of ease.

The proof is in the numbers: Benner has now shot four 300 games this season at Haja Lanes in Palmerton.

Benner, of Palmerton, currently bowls in two leagues, and carries averages of 236 and 228, respectively.

If that isn't impressive enough, he is also a member of the Professional Bowling Association, where he currently bowls in the Eastern region, and has recently finished as high as fourth place in a regional PBA event in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Oneal Holder (1) of East Stroudsburg goes up high to try and block a shot by Pleasant Valley's Sekou Jones during Tuesday night's Mountain Valley Conference matchup.

When it comes to the game of basketball, it is usually great defense that leads to an increased effort and easy baskets on offense.

However, that idea seemed to be reversed Tuesday night in Brodheadsville.

Pleasant Valley got some shots to fall early in its Mountain Valley Conference game with East Stroudsburg South and used its offensive outburst to fuel its play on the defensive end. The Bears took a 30-12 lead into the break, and while the Cavs did make the score respectable in the fourth, the locals eventually pulled away once again to win 60-42.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Anthony Rossino (5) dribbles around Stroudsburg's Cliff Bragg on his way to the hoop. Rossino's reverse layup in the waning seconds lifted the Indians to an upset win over the Mountaineers.

Anthony Rossino might have had a first half to forget – but he had a final five seconds that he'll always remember.

Rossino's twisting reverse layup as the final buzzer sounded capped a furious second half rally and gave Lehighton a 54-52 Mountain Valley Conference upset of Stroudsburg on Tuesday night.

"Coach (Rich) Oertner told me at halftime that I was playing terrible and he was right," said Rossino. "I was turning the ball over and I was playing bad defensively.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Weatherly's Charlie Wallish looks at the basket before putting up a shot as Schuylkill Haven's Anthony Fanelli tries to stop him.

The Weatherly boys and Palmerton girls picked up basketball wins in local action on Tuesday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Sch. Haven-Weatherly

Weatherly outscored Schuylkill Haven 24-6 in the third quarter to come up with a 51-25 Schuylkill League victory.

Charlie Wallish led the Wreckers (8-6, 3-6 SL) with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Luke Reiner chipped in with 11 points, while Josh Reiner added 10.

Dylan Slotterback scored 13 points for the 'Canes, while Vince Fanelli added 10.

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Erika Thomas looks for a teammate under the basket as Notre Dame of Green Pond's Gabby Altmire defends at left.

Missing two starters against Colonial League South Division leader Notre Dame (Green Pond), undefeated Northwestern faced its biggest test of the season Tuesday night.

The Lady Tigers got the effort they needed from inexperienced players as well as some of their more seasoned veterans in beating the Crusaders, 54-44.

"We said 'Next girl up,'" said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "It's a total team effort tonight, from the seniors right on down.

"In a way it was probably our best win of the year. I'm just so proud of the girls because they found a way again."

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January 23, 2002 Lehighton wins seven weight classes, gaining bonus points in every one of them, in posting a 35-29 Mountain Valley Conference win over East Stroudsburg. The Indians, coached by B.J. Nalesnik, receive pins from Shane Reed (103 pounds), Matt Sharpley (112) and Josh Strawser (171). Dave Versuk adds a technical fall at 160 for the winners, while Pat Llewellyn (130), Vinnie Andrews (135) and Brandon Brownmiller (145) each contribute majors.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Marcus Hardiman battles Camden Catholic's Frank Varallo during the Hurricane Holiday Classic. Wrestlers may take different approaches when wrestling during a dual meet as compared to a tournament.

With wrestling's regular season winding down, teams are beginning to position themselves for the stretch run and a chance to qualify for districts and states.

Part of getting to those tournaments, however, starts with the grind of the dual meets and team tournaments throughout the season where teams and individual wrestlers establish themselves to qualify for the postseason.