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Monday, January 30, 2012
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Kyle Ruch (23) looks toward the basket as Brett Kosciolek of Tamaqua moves in to defend. Referee Ed Wise is in the background.

All it took was a few words from coach Mick Stefanek to inspire the Palmerton boys' basketball team prior to its non-league match-up with Tamaqua.

As they walked on to the court for the tip-off, the Bombers' starting five, which consisted of seniors Tyler Svetik, Cody Geist, Brett Snyder, Kyle Ruch, and junior Matt Leaver, looked as if every single one of them were on a mission.

Svetik said it was the motivating words from their first year coach that pushed them to the limits in earning a 60-48 victory Saturday afternoon.

Monday, January 30, 2012

January 30, 2003 Northwestern clinches a berth in both the league playoffs and district playoffs by gaining a 45-32 Colonial League win over rival Northern Lehigh. The Tigers, coached by Steve Gabryluk, receive a team-high 13 points from Ryan Oxley, including a pair of three-pointers early in the fourth quarter to help his team pull away from the Bulldogs. T.J. Stellar chips in with nine points while Ryan Justice adds six. For Nolehi, Tim Ganser tallies a team-high 13 points.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

DAMERON, Md. When most sportsmen from this region think of visiting the Chesapeake Bay, the first thing that usually comes to mind is striped bass.

Because the Chesapeake is a popular destination for "rockfish," as they're called in Maryland, anglers traveling from near and far to battle the sleek, hard-fighting fish. Come late fall and winter, however, fishermen are not alone on the water, as thousands of hunters head out and about in search of a variety of waterfowl.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Preliminary approval to make permanent the lawful use of crossbows in archery deer and bear seasons was passed by an 8-0 vote by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners at last week's first quarterly meeting of the year. Final approval is expected at the April 24 meeting, when seasons and bag limits and antlerless permits will be approved for the 2012-13 hunting and trapping seasons.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

ORWIGSBURG – The Schuylkill League basketball playoffs begin on February 14, more than two weeks away.

Yet last night in Orwigsburg, Jim Thorpe and Blue Mountain put on a show that felt just like "Martz Madness."

Playing in a hostile playoff atmosphere on the road, the Olympians not only avenged their lone loss of the season (a 41-35 setback to Blue Mountain on January 3), but they also made the race for the Schuylkill League Division 1 Championship a lot more interesting with a 45-41 victory over the Eagles.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Walton

The annual Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Banquet will take place on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Fullerton Fire Co. hall.

Kris Holland

Lehighton

Holland is a defender with one career goal. He ranks 42nd in a class of 193 and has a GPA of 3.71 out of 4.0.

He played soccer all four years as well as baseball for three years. He has play eight year for Franklin Township.

James Bilger

Northern Lehigh

Bilger is a forward with 30 career goals and 27 assists. He ranks 28th in a class of 148 and has a GPA of 5.504 out of 3.5.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
ron gower/times news Lehighton's Alex Guyn prepares to take a shot over East Stroudsburg North's Joshua Ortiz. The Indians' Nate Kresge (11) is in the background.

The determination and will power to never quit and keep fighting to the end of a contest is a quality every coach wants to see in their team.

The Lehighton boys' basketball team entered its battle with East Stroudsburg North with a 1-16 record overall, but that didn't stop the Indians from putting on a display of "never say die" attitude, as they fought back from deficits the entire game before falling just short in overtime, 66-63.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
bob ford/times news Marian's Kelly Shober (32) goes up to grab a rebound over Weatherly's Alexis Boyarski (31)

Marian rolled to an easy victory over Weatherly on Friday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

No. Lehigh-Bangor

In a matchup of two of the Colonial League's top teams, Bangor got off to a quick start and rolled to a 51-42 victory over Northern Lehigh.

Alx Cohen led a trio of double digit scorers for the Slaters with 15 points.

For the Bulldogs, who trailed by double digits after the opening quarter, Lucas Pierce had 12 points and Caleb Johnson added 11.

Northern Lehigh saw its record slip to 14-3 overall and 9-3 in the league. Bangor is now 11-1 in CL play.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

January 28, 1986 Marian jumps out to a quick 18-6 lead and then coasts to a win over Cardinal Brennan. Tom McLaughlin's 18 points lead the way for the Colts, who finish with a 75-50 victory. Bob Agosti tallies 13 points, including six during a third-quarter 13-0 run that extends the Marian advantage. The winners, coached by Sid Llera, also receive 10 points from both Joe Gurzenda and Erick Hackenberg.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Abbey Whildin drives past Meghan Boran of Pottsville during Friday's Schuylkill League Division 1 game.

It was just a matter of time.

Despite being saddled with a 25-game Schuylkill League losing streak, conventional wisdom said the Panther Valley girls would eventually get that coveted win.

During the first half of the league schedule the Lady Panthers had numerous close calls, one of them being a one-point loss to Pottsville.

Last night, Josh Wank's club faced the Crimson Tide again and this time they finally got the monkey off their back by earning a hard-fought 46-44 victory.