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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
RON GOWER/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Marian's Nick Kwedar looks for help as Mahanoy Area's Kyle mcGee (21) gets up close to guard him.

When Marian and Mahanoy Area meet on the hardwoods, you know you're going to get your money's worth.

Back on December 8, the Colts used an Alden Whah buzzer-beater at the end of regulation to claim the Panther Valley Tip-Off Tournament Championship with a 45-43 victory over the Golden Bears.

Last night in Hometown provided even more suspense, excitement and late-game heroics between the two Schuylkill League rivals, as Marian defeated Mahanoy Area for the second time (in three games) this season with a 49-47 Schuylkill League Division 3 double-overtime thriller.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Kelsey Follweiler looks to pass the ball around the defense of Catasauqua's Samantha Schnabel on Tuesday.

Weatherly punched its ticket for the district playoffs with a 50-44 Schuylkill League win over Shenandoah Valley in local boys action last night, while the Northern Lehigh girls got their first league win this season.

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Brett Stallone paced the Wreckers with a 19-point performance, while Josh Reiner and Charlie Wallish followed with 13 and 10 respectively to up their record to 11-7 overall and 5-7 in the league.

The Blue Devils' Nick Merva finished with 14 points.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

BANGOR – The Lady Slaters have been looking for a statement win. They got it Tuesday night with a 50-40 win over previously unbeaten Northwestern.

"It was a big game for us," said Bangor head coach Bill Bisci. "We needed a game to set the tone for the next two or three weeks. We've beaten every team in the Colonial League except Southern Lehigh and that's who we play in the first round of the playoffs."

The Slaters (17-4 overall, 13-2 Colonial League) set the tone with defense, leading the whole way and holding off several charges from Northwestern.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February 6, 1981 Bob Anthony scores a career-high 19 points and also pulls down 15 rebounds to help Palmerton register a 71-60 Centennial League win over Stroudsburg. The Blue Bombers also receive 18 points, seven boards and six assists from Jerry Snyder. The winners, coached by Peter Delich, use a 10-0 run late in the third quarter to take control of the contest. Robby Endres contributes to the victory with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
bob ford/times news Kori Kabilko (11) of Tamaqua looks for an open teammate as Jim Thorpe's Cat Condly defends.

Tamaqua Lady Raiders coach Joe Berezwick certainly has had his fair share of talented players over they years. Maybe none greater than the nucleus of players that formed the 28-1 squad in 2010-11 that defeated perennial power Allentown Central Catholic to win the the District 11 title.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Lenny Ogozalek works toward a pin during the Panther Valley Duals earlier this season. Ogozalek started the year at 113 pounds but has recently dropped to 106.

The concept of weight classes in scholastic wrestling is something that may seem straightforward and self-explanatory. But there are many factors surrounding weight class distinctions and why someone finishes the season at a lighter weight than he/she started.

One of the reasons an individual will cut down to a lower weight is to be competing in a class they feel much bigger and stronger in. A wrestler may feel a competitive advantage facing lighter opponents later in the season after dropping down a weight class.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February 5, 1946 Tamaqua scores the final 16 points of the game to turn a deficit against Coaldale into a 57-44 Black Diamond League win. Dick Young's putback and Sammy Miller's free throw ties the game at 44-44. The Blue Raiders, coached by Fred Graham, then rely on Young and Curt Steigerwalt down the stretch. Steigerwalt scores seven of his 22 points in the final minutes while Young adds six of his 22 during Tamaqua's late run.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Marian Fillies jumped out to an early lead and claimed a Schuylkill League win over Mahanoy Area on Monday.

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A strong first half put Marian over the top in scoring a 52-27 win over the Golden Bears.

The Fillies' Savanna Krusinsky led all scorers with a game-high 16 points, while Gabby Green followed with 12.

Lawrence led the Golden Bears with nine points.

In the JV game, Marian scored a 35-33 win over Mahanoy Area.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – For a Super Bowl with so many story lines, this game came up with quite a twist.

Try a blackout that turned a blowout into a shootout – capped by a brilliant defensive stand.

Monday, February 4, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS James Farano of Lehighton is fouled by Tamaqua's Bo Rottet while driving to the basket. Surrounding the two players are the Indians' Jacen Nalesnik (44) and Anthony Rossino, along with the Raiders' Zach Wargula (13) and Adam Frantz.

The Lehighton boys basketball team was coming into Saturday's match-up with Tamaqua with its backs against the wall.

The Indians suffered a 30-point loss Friday night to MVC foe East Stroudsburg South, making their clash with the Raiders (12-8) all the more important. Their loss to the Cavaliers dropped the Indians below .500 on the season and with only three games remaining on the schedule, including a match-up with MVC leader Pocono Mountain West (15-4). A win over the Raiders was a necessity if they wanted to qualify for the postseason.