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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Solehi avenges loss to Tigers

BETHLEHEM – Teams that are 9-3 at the midpoint of the season usually don't need a turning point. But Southern Lehigh's loss to Northwestern back in early January served as just that.

It motivated the Spartans to play better defense and led them to Friday night's Colonial League championship game, where they got revenge on the Lady Tigers with a 62-57 win and earned their third straight league title.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

February 16, 1996 The Palmerton girls limit Pen Argyl to just eight points over the final three quarters and pull away for a 34-16 win in the Colonial League championship game. Nicole Levandusky scores a game-high 16 points for the Bombers, coached by Rodney Strohl. Sue Fabian adds five points and seven rebounds while Amanda Krawchuk and Farrah Greenawalt each chip in with four points.

Friday, February 15, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Wilkes University women's basketball coaches, from left, Mark Maholick, Terry Balliet and Chris Heery go over notes prior to a recent game against DeSales University. Heery, a Lehighton native who has been the head coach at Wilkes the last two years, brought the two former area high school basketball head coaches with him.

Willie Nelson's song, "On the Road Again" is so appropriate.

Every day during the season, Chris Heery of Lehighton, Mark Maholick of Mahoning Township, and Terry Balliet of Palmerton get into a car and make their one hour drive to Wilkes University.

"In my car is where we have our coaches' meeting," said second year head coach Heery. "This way we can concentrate on practice and watching film when we get to the gym. We drive to home games and to a lot of away games, too."

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Palmerton girls basketball team rolled to a non-league win in their regular-season finale on Thursday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Moravian Academy-Palmerton

Palmerton used a balanced effort on Senior Night to hand Moravian Academy a 74-44 loss, ending the Lady Lions hopes of making the district playoffs.

Emelie Meinhart (17 points), Morgan Hadinger (11) and Morgan Mummey (10) all hit double figures for the Bombers (14-8).

MORAVIAN ACADEMY

Friday, February 15, 2013
Jordan Caffrey Pleasant Valley

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is holding its Football Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Center.

The speaker this year is Penn State coach Bill O'Brien. Tickets are $30. Contact Herb Barrall at 484-515-6530.

Following are this year's area nominees:

Daniel Hartung

Jim Thorpe

Friday, February 15, 2013

February 15, 2003 Four straight wins, including pins from Ryan Hluschak and Jack Gill, in the middleweights help Northern Lehigh gain a 36-24 victory over Lehighton. Leading by just two points, the Bulldogs' Eddie Boyle records a major decision at 140 pounds and Chris Hosford follows with a decision at 145. Hluschak (152) and Gill (160) then register their falls to pretty much seal the match. Other Nolehi wins come from Frank Heffernan (112 pounds), Joey Puskas (125), Brett Martinez (130) and Joel Sechler (Hwt).

Friday, February 15, 2013

With the debate over the length of the PIAA football season long in the rearview mirror, it would seem that football is status quo at the PIAA Board of Directors level.

It is not.

The PIAA Board is currently embroiled in a discussion - some might call it a battle - over how to handle a proposed heat acclimatization program that, no matter how it is implemented, will greatly affect the start of the football practice.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Devon Howard (left) attempts to drive past Stroudsburg's David Clowney.

POCONO SUMMIT - As his team's 14-point halftime lead shrank all the way to zero, Pleasant Valley head coach Ken Piontkowski couldn't help but think about last year.

In the 2012 Mountain Valley Conference semifinals against Stroudsburg, the Bears bounced back from a double digit deficit at halftime and went on to win the game in overtime.

Fortunately for Pleasant Valley, Devon Howard didn't allow the roles to be reversed Wednesday night.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

"Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character."

That quote is from the most successful college basketball coach of all time John Wooden.

Wooden was the puppet master behind the most dominant college basketball program of all time in the UCLA Bruins. Wooden's quote above can easily explain the success of any basketball program from high school, college, or even the NBA. It means that most teams that have an abundance of talent will most likely succeed, but it takes character to be good year in and year out.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Nativity beat Weatherly in overtime to qualify for the District 11 boys basketball playoffs.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Weatherly-Nativity

Joe Haganey hit a three-pointer for Weatherly with two seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, but Nativity capitalzed on a 12-point extra frame to pull away for a 66-60 Schuylkill League victory.

Brett Stallone paced the Wreckers with an 18-point performance. Haganey followed with 15 and Charlie Wallish added 12.