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Monday, December 13, 2010

FLEETWOOD –It might not be one of the coveted crowns the Lady Bulldogs seek this season, but a tip-off tournament title is a good start for a team with high expectations.

Coming off last year's undefeated regular season in which Northern Lehigh failed to win a postseason title, the team opened the 2010-11 season with a win in Fleetwood's Lady Tiger Tip-Off Classic.

After a 45-point win in Friday night's opener, the Bulldogs held off the hosts for a 41-34 win on Saturday to earn the tournament title.

Monday, December 13, 2010

SHAMOKIN Marian used a strong defensive effort to down Lourdes Regional, 37-33, in the championship game of the Lourdes Regional Tipoff Tournament Saturday.

The Fillies shut out Lourdes in the third quarter, 10-0, and survived a rally by Lourdes in the final quarter.

Marian (2-0) didn't put the first game away until Kaysi McLaughlin broke free on an inbounds play and took a pass from Danielle Tristani for an easy basket with 23 seconds remaining, making it 36-33.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Coming off of an opening-night victory over Northampton, the Pleasant Valley boys' basketball team was hoping to pick up another big non-conference win Saturday night against Wyoming Valley West.

The Bears gave the Spartans all they could handle, but poor-shooting, a rough fourth quarter and some ill-timed turnovers doomed their chances late. The locals went 15-for-54 from the field and connected on only 15-of 27 free throws in a 61-49 defeat.

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.

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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.