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Friday, February 11, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Mike Streisel (left) drives to the basket as Jim Thorpe's TJ Prontnicki defends.

On Senior Night, Tamaqua got contributions from each of its six upperclassmen, with reserve Eric Bachert hitting the game's biggest shot.

It was Bachert's baseline jumper with 30.6 seconds left that gave the Blue Raiders the lead for good in a 72-69 Schuylkill League Division I victory over visiting Jim Thorpe Thursday night.

The triumph snapped an eight-game slide for Tamaqua, which closed its season with a 5-17 mark (2-10 league). It also ended a 15-game losing streak to Jim Thorpe (6-16, 2-10), dating back to 2004.

Friday, February 11, 2011
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Marian's Mike Nesgoda drives toward the basket during Thursday's game against Nativity.

The Marian boys and Northwestern girls posted basketball wins while Northern Lehigh picked up a wrestling win on Thursday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Nativity-Marian

Marian escaped with a 56-52 Schuylkill League Division 3 win over Nativity.

Dom Richards scored 13 of his game-high 21 points before halftime. Chris Barletta finished strong by scoring 11 of his 17 points in the second half.

Nativity was led by Mike Fetteroff's 17 points.

In the JV game, Marian finished the regular season unbeaten (18-0) with a 51-35 win. Ryan Karnish had 15 points for the Colts.

Friday, February 11, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Lauren Oertner reaches for a loose ball as Palmerton's Kelsey Hay moves in from behind.

Don't ever let anyone tell you that "Pride" doesn't come into play when Northern Lehigh and Palmerton get together in any kind of competition.

Never was that more evident than last night, when the two met in girls basketball for the third time this season.

Earlier in the season, the Blue Bombers put an end to the Bulldogs' Colonial League and regular season win streak that started back in the 2008-09 season.

This time, it was Northern Lehigh's turn to pull out all stops and it rolled to a 55-41 triumph on.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
ron gower/times news Nick Young has been broadcasting high school basketball basketball games on the radio for five decades.

Nick Young has been broadcasting basketball games on the radio for so many years, even he isn't sure of the exact year he started.

What is certain is this: Young has been a fixture on the airwaves as a play by play announcer spanning five decades, beginning in the 1970's and continuing with the current 2010-11 season.

At age 85, Young is still calling games on the radio, although his appearances on WMGH 105.5 FM in Tamaqua were cut back this season due to illness.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

February 10, 1976 Kevin German scores a game-high 23 points to help Northwestern pull off a Centennial League upset win over Stroudsburg. Jim Hoffman adds 18 points as the Tigers, who enetered the contest with just a 1-18 record, claim a 72-67 victory. The winners, coached by Frank Yusella, also receive 15 points from Todd Shellhamer.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
ron gower/times news Jim Thorpe's Josh Dean (top) has control of North Schuylkill's Garet Grove during their 145 pound bout. Dean eventually pinned Grove in 3:52.

Tamaqua remained unbeaten in girls basketball and also picked up a sweep in swimming to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports schedule.

WRESTLING

No. Schuylkill-Jim Thorpe

North Schuylkill defeated Jim Thorpe, 45-27, in a Schuylkill League match.

The Olympians won just two of nine bouts wrestled, including a pin by Josh Dean.

No. Schuylkill 45, Jim Thorpe 27

103 - Beniamino Mazzella (JT) won by forfeit

112 - Brian Ohl, (JT) won by forfeit

119 - Michael Helmer (JT) won by forfeit

Thursday, February 10, 2011

STROUDSBURG - The winner of Wednesday night's wrestling match between Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg would give itself a big advantage toward winning the Mountain Valley Conference championship.

In the end, it was the Mounties pinning down the Bears' hopes and walking away with smiles on their faces.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Kaysi McLaughlin dribbles around Shenandoah Valley's Nina Norwich during last night's Schuylkill League Division III contest.

Marian, Palmerton and Northern Lehigh all continued their winning ways in girls basketball action on Tuesday night, while Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson topped the 1,000-point mark in her career.

The Palmerton boys also picked up a victory.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Shenandoah-Marian

Marian outscored Shenandoah in every quarter en route to a 49-21 Schuylkill League victory.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

February 9, 1940 A big second half lifts Lansford to a 41-26 Black Diamond League win over Coaldale. Al Bilovsky pours in a game-high 18 points for the Panthers, who outscore their opponent 25-9 over the final two frames. The winners, coached by Ken Millen, also receive eight points from both Johnny Mongi and Bob Mormon. For the Tigers, Mike Semko tallies a team-high 11 points.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Cassie Eroh drives to the hoop as Panther Valley's Mary Jane Thomas moves in to defend.

For the Tamaqua girls' basketball program, the foundation of the 2010-2011 season has been built on high expectations.

However, instead of working with bricks and mortar, the Lady Raiders have been using memories and accomplishments as their building blocks to success.

Last night against Panther Valley was no exception, as Tamaqua clinched the Schuylkill League Division 1 championship on Senior Night with a dominating 56-26 victory over the Panthers.