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Saturday, January 21, 2012

BLUE MOUNTAIN Nine TIMES NEWS area wrestlers won their quaterfinal matchups to advance to the semifinal round at the Schuylkill League wrestling championships on Friday evening.

The semifinals, consolations and championships, originally scheduled for Saturday, will now take place Sunday at Blue Mountain High School. The semis begin at 1 p.m. while the finals are scheduled for 6 p.m.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

HARRISBURG – Now in its 57th year, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, which takes place Saturday-Sunday, Feb 4-12, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, continues to find ways to improve and present new attractions for sportsmen of every interest.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

This year's first quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners will be held Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 22-24, in the auditorium of the agency's Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, with the main agenda item being the setting of preliminary seasons and bag limits for the 2012-13 hunting and trapping seasons.

Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m., the board will hear public recommendations and doors will open at noon for individuals to register. Public testimony is limited to five minutes and individuals will be taken in order.

Saturday, January 21, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson (44) goes up for a basket in front of Southern Lehigh's Luke Amory.

Northern Lehigh's outstanding season continued on Friday night as it posted a double figure victory over Southern Lehigh.

BOYS BASKETBALL

No. Lehigh-So. Lehigh

The Spartans jumped out to a 10-point first quarter lead, but the Bulldogs fought back to tie it at the half and then owned the third quarter en route to a 58-47 Colonial League win.

Lucas Pierce finished with a game-high 26 points for the Bulldogs, while Caleb Johnson and Josh Landsberger each added 12. Alex Anderson led the Spartans with 18 points.

NO. LEHIGH

Saturday, January 21, 2012

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

January 21, 1952 George Hewitt tallies a game-high 31 points and Mauch Chunk uses a big second half to gain a 73-61 Mountain League victory over St. Ann's in Freeland. The Bruins, coached by Ossie Maehrer, trail by nine points at halftime but outscore their opponent 41-20 over the final two quarters to pull out the win. Lowell "Zeke" Swartz contributes with 20 points while Dick McGinley adds 11.

Saturday, January 21, 2012
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Chasity Mosteller (23) drives to the basket against Panther Valley's Olivia Markovich.

The Jim Thorpe girls basketball team might be a fun team to watch, but they're certainly not a fun team to play.

Last night, Panther Valley found that out first-hand (again).

Led by Celeste Robinson and an unrelenting, in-your-face, "32-minutes of hell" pressure defense, the Lady Olympians cruised to their thirteenth win of the season with a 58-35 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory over the Panthers.

Robinson scored a season-high (and a TIMES NEWS area best) 36 points, while Jim Thorpe forced 36 Panther Valley turnovers.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

For the majority of the first half, the Pleasant Valley boys' basketball team seemed to play down to its competition.

Fortunately for the Bears, they got things going in the second half and rolled to victory.

Pleasant Valley used 33 second-half points to run away from East Stroudsburg North, 56-33 in Mountain Valley Conference play. The Bears also took advantage of their free opportunities, as they converted on 22-of 32 free throw attempts on the night.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Palmerton Area School Board on Tuesday approved the following extracurricular positions per the negotiated contract for the 2011-12 school year:

- Dwight Henninger, assistant track coach, $2,548

- Jim Hay, assistant track coach, $2,548

- Bethany Rowland, assistant track coach, $2,548

- Jeff Minnich, assistant track coach, $2,548

Friday, January 20, 2012
Panther Valley's Nick McArdle (10) weaves his way through a number of Jim Thorpe defenders, including Ben Moore (left), Connor Ennis (44) and Darius Clark (right).

During the course of a season, most teams come across "must win" games on their schedule.

That exact scenario applied to Panther Valley and Jim Thorpe on Thursday night as both teams fight to earn a spot in the District 11 AAA playoffs.

When everything was said and done it was the Panthers who moved one step closer to their post-season dreams, surging past the Olympians in the second half en route to a 46-41 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Neither squad was exactly lighting it up from the field in the first half with Jim Thorpe leading 22-18 at intermission.