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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Structure can be a student's greatest ally.

Because of this, there's a designated spot on my chalkboard where all homework is listed every day. I begin class by referring to the list and frequently end class by saying, "Don't leave the room unless you're sure how to do the assignment."

Despite these daily routines, I've been hearing this declaration more and more over the last few years: "I didn't know we had homework."

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tamaqua earned victories in girls basketball and swimming Friday.

The Lady Raiders crushed North Schuylkill on the hardwood while both the boys and girls swim team defeated Shamokin.


No. Schuylkill-Tamaqua

Amy Zehner returned to the starting lineup and poured in 23 points to help Tamaqua roll to a 50-29 Schuylkill League Division I win over North Schuylkill.

Zehner, who also pulled down eight rebounds and had five steals, had missed the Raiders' previous game due to an ankle injury.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

More than ever, outdoors sportsmen's and conservation clubs and organizations are providing programs especially designed for youth. Just as important as learning outdoors activities, however, is learning how to protect the rights to enjoy them.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tamaqua picked up victories in boys and girls basketball to highlight Thursday's scholastic sports action.


Tamaqua-North Schuylkill

Three players hit double figures as Tamaqua escaped with a 50-47 Schuylkill League Division I win at North Schuylkill.

The win snapped an eight-game losing streak against North Schuylkill dating back to 2005 for the Raiders (4-9 overall, 1-5 league).

Mike Streisel led a trio of Blue Raider double digit scorers with a 13-point performance. Spencer Bennett and Jake Fegley followed with 11 and 10 respectively.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Outside of a slam dunk, it's probably the most exciting shot in basketball.

And technically, it counts more than a jam.

For many, they can remember when it didn't even exist. For those 30 and younger, memories of the sport have always included it.

Of course, we're talking about the three-pointer.

After the ABA (American Basketball Association) popularized the trey, the NBA made it part of their game in the 1979-80 season. In the PIAA, the three-pointer began in the 1987-88 campaign and has been part of its culture ever since.

Friday, January 21, 2011
Panther Valley's Zach Stanko (5) goes up with a jump shot during overtime. Jim Thorpe's J.T. Otto is the defender.

It didn't start out as one of the best nights for Zach Stanko.

In the four regular periods of basketball, the Panther Valley senior had just seven points last night against Jim Thorpe - including only two field goals - which was nearly half of his season average of 13.6 points per game.

The game went into overtime and this is where Stanko relieved his frustration.

He scored seven of PV's 14 points in the four-minute extra period to help his team defeat the Olympians, 52-47, in a Schuylkill League Division 1contest played on the winner's floor.

Friday, January 21, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Jason Gates of Panther Valley finished second in the breaststroke.

Tamaqua hasn't won a Schuylkill League girls swimming championship since 1999, but the Lady Raiders have stamped themselves as the clear frontrunners this season.

Against Panther Valley, the Raiders showed no signs of letting up, rolling to a 118-56 victory Thursday at the Tamaqua Area Natatorium.

The Tamaqua boys made it a sweep by cruising to a 108-21 triumph.

The Raider girls finished first in eight of the 12 events to remain unbeaten in league competition at 4-0 (8-1 overall).

Thursday, January 20, 2011
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Kelsey Hay (44) is surrounded by Southern Lehigh defenders as she tries to get off a shot.

At halftime of last night's Colonial League girls' basketball showdown, Southern Lehigh head coach Megan Dellegrotti challenged her squad to pick up the intensity and limit the amount of offensive rebounds they were giving up to the host Lady Bombers.

The Spartans responded as they accomplished both objectives to defeat Palmerton, 49-36, in a crucial Colonial League outcome.

"At the break, we told the girls that they needed to pick up the pressure and I thought we also gave up too many offensive rebounds in the first half," Dellegrotti mentioned. "They did that."

Thursday, January 20, 2011

January 20, 1942 Joe Zwolenik scores a team-high 10 points to help lead Summit Hill to a 28-19 victory over Blythe Township. The Hillers jump out to a 9-4 first quarter advantage and manage to hang onto the lead the rest of the way. The winners also receive eight points from Vince Lisella while Nate Steigerwalt contributes seven.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
mike feifel/times news filephoto Nicole Kregeloh and the Pleasant Valley girls basketball team have already surpassed their win total from a year ago.

Sooner or later, Nadia Gauronsky was bound to become a head basketball coach.

With a father who coached a high school team, she was constantly around the game throughout her childhood even before her playing days. She was a very good youth player and throughout high school and college.

"Everyone has their own routine in the morning," Gauronsky said. "My routine growing up was brush your teeth, go eat cereal and then you were going to play basketball somewhere in some state, with some team. That's what I did. It was just second nature.

"It was definitely in my blood."