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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Drew Chartier (right) dribbles past North Schuylkill's Damon Meyer.

Tamaqua didn't lead much in its Schuylkill League Division 1 opener against North Schuylkill on Monday.

But fortunately, for the Blue Raiders, one of their only leads came at the right time.

Trailing for practically the entire contest against the Spartans, Cas Kosciolek's team used a bizarre three-pointer with a minute left in regulation to tie the game before going on top with 30 seconds to play.

After that, a stop at the defensive end secured an exciting 43-41 victory and pushed Tamaqua's record to a perfect 4-0.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Weatherly remained undefeated with its fourth win of the season, while Marian suffered its first loss in boys basketball on Monday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Weatherly-Nativity

Weatherly (4-0) pulled away in the second half to defeat Nativity 67-56 in Schuylkill League action.

Brett Stallone and Joe Haganey each had 19 points for Weatherly. Haganey also had nine rebounds for the Wreckers.

Jeff Yordy and Kyle Kaledos each had 19 points for the Hilltoppers.

WEATHERLY

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December 18, 1969 Jim Thorpe receives first-period pins from three of its wrestlers to help gain a 31-20 Tri County Wrestling League win over Pottsville. Pat Crowley gains a fall at 120 pounds in 1:06 while Pete Susko (138) decks his opponent in 1:46. The Olympians, who win five straight weight classes from 120-145, also receive a 1:33 pin from Mike Kowatch at 165. Decision wins for Thorpe come from Bob Gigliotti (103), Dave Mueller (127), Charlie Bott (133), Blair Redline (145) and John Ohlsen (180).

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Panthers catch fire against JT

The gunfight at the OK Corral is one of the most famous gunfights of all time and took place at Tombstone located in the Arizona Territory. Famous heroes such as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday became legends by shooting down the outlaws by the name of the McLaury brothers in just 30 seconds.

Last night the Panther Valley basketball team showed that they have a pretty good posse of shooters as well, hitting 11 three pointers en-route to a 57-39 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory over Jim Thorpe. PV's 11 team three-pointers tied a team record.

Monday, December 17, 2012
ron Gower/times news Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik (44) goes hard to the basket as Jim Thorpe's David Everitt defends.

When he took over the Lehighton boys basketball program last year, Rich Oertner was not very thrilled with his team's ball movement. Four games into this season, Oertner is content with that aspect's improvement.

The Indians utilized some good teamwork, crisp passing and unselfishness to generate offense on their way to a 68-40 drubbing of Jim Thorpe on Saturday.

"We're moving the ball a lot better this year, than at this point in the season last year," Oertner approved. "We're still learning and we're starting to get there. But our defense was a big factor tonight, too."

Monday, December 17, 2012

Northwestern and Weatherly both captured boys basketball wins over the weekend.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Northwestern-Hamburg

The Tigers jumped out to an early lead and then held on for a 51-45 non-league win over the Hawks.

Jarod Binder led the Tigers with 15 points and Ty Richardson added 10. Pat Barter scored a game-high 18 points for Hamburg.

Northwestern also won the JV game

NORTHWESTERN

Wagner 1-5-8-7, Williamson 1-1-2-3, T. Richardson 3-2-2-10, Breidinger 2-2-2-6, Perry 1-0-0-2, C. Richardson 1-6-8-9, Binder 4-6-8-14. TOTALS: 13-22-30-51.

Monday, December 17, 2012
Marian volleyball seniors honored

The Marian High School volleyball team was honored last week at a banquet held at Capriotti's in Treskow. The Fillies captured the District 11Class A championship and advance to the semifinals of the PIAA State Tournament and finished the season with an 18-2 record. Senior members of the Fillies are pictures with head coach John "Doc" Fallabel. They are, from left, Sarah Zurawa, Marykate Sherkness, Fallabel and Nikki Collevechio.

Monday, December 17, 2012

December 17, 1991 - Pleasant Valley defeats Lehighton 62-43 to get its first win against the Indians in 12 years. The Bears had lost 24 straight games to Lehighton but thanks to Dennis Donato's 25-point performance, they are able to end that streak. Jon Mack adds 15 and Scott Stevens chips in 10 points for coach Mark Allison's Bears. Kerry Smith scores 14 points to lead Lehighton.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

For the second time this week, the Pleasant Valley boys basketball team played a game that went down to the wire. However, this time the Bears showed they had a killer instinct, knocking off Mountain Valley Conference rival East Stroudsburg North, 35-34.

Pleasant Valley suffered a double-overtime loss to Dieruff earlier this week, falling 63-71 to the Huskies.

The Bears led for much of the contest, but saw their lead slip away in the fourth quarter as East Stroudsburg North took a 34-33 lead on an Isaiah Battle jumper with 1:30 left in the game.

Saturday, December 15, 2012
Slaters hand Bombers loss

The first week of the Colonial League schedule hasn't been kind to the Palmerton Blue Bombers.

After an opening night non-league loss to Lehighton, the Bombers had to travel to Catasauqua on Tuesday and host unbeaten Bangor last night.

The Roughies and Slaters are just two of the tough teams in the North Division and both times, Palmerton came out on the short end.

Bangor went on a 18-0 run in the first quarter that carried over to the second quarter and that was the difference in a 64-28 win at the PHS gym.