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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
 Andy Leibenguth/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Anthracite League's Championship Cup was presented to head coach Sam Bonner and the Tamaqua Blue Raider football team during the Palmerton-Tamaqua basketball game on Saturday. The 2012 Raiders won their first ever Anthracite Football League Championship as they finished the regular season with an undefeated 10-0 regular season record, including an 8-0 mark in the AFL. Mr. Carl McBreen, Anthracite Football League Chairman and Minersville High School Principal presented the trophy.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Palmerton head coach Dave Lavin and Northern Lehigh head coach Todd Herzog both new what each other planned to do during Saturday's Colonial League match.

Both knew that it all came down to who won the coin flip to choose who had choice in the odd or even bouts.

The Bombers won the toss, chose even bouts, and went on to win 9 of the 14 matches en route to a 47-27 victory.

Monday, January 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua and Palmerton players battle for position under the basket on an inbounds play. From left are, Tamaqua's Drew Chartier, Palmerton's Spencer Shigo (4) and Alex Koma (30), Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek, Palmerton's Spencer Hay, Tamaqua's Tyler Krell (4) and Palmerton's Zach Buck (32).

Tamaqua withstood an early challenge from Palmerton and pulled away late en route to a comfortable 71-34 non-league win.

The win not only puts the Raiders (10-7) one game away from qualifying for the District 11 playoffs for the first time in nine years, it also gives the storied program 1,000 victories.

Tamaqua certainly needed a bounce-back game after losing the previous night to Schuylkill League rival Pottsville, 59-42. The Raiders were also on a three game losing streak, and saw their once secure spot in the postseason suddenly in jeopardy.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Notre Dame (Green Pond) head coach Josh Kopp described his team's 27-18 win over Marian as 'discombobulated.'

While he was happy to earn his first victory at Marian in nine years at the helm of the Crusaders, neither head coach was pleased with his team's offense in the low-scoring affair.

"I was happy with our effort on the defensive end," said Kopp, who earned the 101st victory of his coaching career. "Offensively we made the extra pass at times and we got rushed at times. We looked discombobulated. The whole game was a discombobulation."

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Panther Valley girls qualified for the District 11 playoffs with a win over Weatherly on Saturday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Panther Vy.-Weatherly

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 17-point lead by halftime and breezed to a 69-29 win over the Lady Wreckers.

The win was PV's 11th of the season and qualified them for districts for the first time since 2003.

Abbey Whildin finished with 27 pointsand Madison Blasko added 22, including a career high six three-pointers. Sam Zlock addied 10.

Kelly Parker led Weatherly (5-11) with 10 points.

Monday, January 28, 2013

January 28, 1953 The Philadelphia Eagles, behind 35 points from Norm Willey, defeat a regional all-star basketball team in a March of Dimes benefit game held at Lansford High School. The Eagles, who win the contest 82-65, also receive 12 points from Chuck Bednarik. Former Lansford player Bob Sakitis leads the local all-stars with 16 points while Coladale grad Teddy Lithgow tallies 15. Joe Stianchi, of Lansford, also contributes 13.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

January 26, 1983 George Mashack, John Appicello and Bill Jones each register pins to help Tamaqua earn a 35-21 wrestling upset of Pottsville. Mashack decks his 128-pound opponent in 56 seconds while Appicello's fall at 134 comes in 1:48. Jones also picks up a quick pin, as his matslap at 187 occurs at 1:00. The Blue Raiders receive major decisions from Eric Balcavage at 100 pounds and from Brian Daubenspech at 121. Also contributing to the victory are John Bieniek (114) and Dan Welker (140) with decision wins.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

For the first time ever, seven Division I head football coaches will be guest speakers at the NIKE Eastern Pennsylvania Coach of the Year Clinic.

Scheduled from Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 at the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville, PA, the clinic will include not only the Division I head coaches, but numerous other college coaches and assistants, as well as some prominent high school coaches.

Saturday, January 26, 2013
CHUCK HIXSON/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro studies the event sheet prior to the Phillies Winter Caravan stop at the Sands Hotel and Casino on Thursday.

BETHLEHEM The Lehigh Valley IronPigs brought the annual Phillies Winter Banquet to the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, heightening the level of baseball fever on some of the coldest days in two years.

"There are certain milestones in the off-season, like when the Winter Meetings come around and now, we're out here talking to fans about the team and that's when you know you're getting close to playing some ball," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel about the event.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe will appear on Pennsylvania Cable Network's live "PCN Call-In" program Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Viewers of the hour-long program can call in questions to PCN toll-free at 1-877-PA 6-5001 (1-877-726-5001).

Roe will appear on PCN the day after the first quarterly meeting of the year by the PGC board of game commissioners. Preliminary approval is expected to be given to the slate of hunting and trapping seasons for the 2013-14 license year at the meeting.