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Friday, January 14, 2011
bob ford/times news Brittany Holland of Jim Thorpe goes strong to the basket against Pine Grove's Alicia Kimmel.

Rob Kovac remembers all too well what happened last season when his Jim Thorpe girls' basketball team faced Pine Grove at home.

"A year ago we played Pine Grove here right before Christmas and it was over by halftime," Kovac said.

Last night, Kovac, as well as those in attendance inside the Jim Thorpe High School gymnasium, watched an entirely different Schuylkill League Division 1 showdown.

Rather than witnessing a 30-point blowout like a year ago, this meeting between the Olympians and Cardinals produced four ties and 13 lead changes.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Palmerton Area School District released a statement Thursday announcing that effective immediately, the boys basketball games will continue to be played as scheduled under the direction of interim coach Mark Maholick.

The Blue Bombers began the season with Mike Snyder as their head coach. Snyder guided the team to a 5-4 record in their first nine games.

Recently, the school postponed games with Saucon Valley and Notre Dame.

Friday, January 14, 2011

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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Patton, Miller find rookie success

The Marian and Northern Lehigh boys' basketball programs had a lot in common entering this season.

The Colts and the Bulldogs each won at least 19 games in 2009-10. Both teams captured their respective division title and went on to compete in their league championship. Both teams also qualified for the district playoffs. Their were also championships for both teams as Northern Lehigh won the Colonial League title for the third time in four years and Marian walked away with the District 11 Class A trophy for the first time in 11 years.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January 13, 1979 Bob Boyle's layup with six seconds left gives Tamaqua a 60-59 upset win over visiting Pottsville. Boyle finishes the game with a team-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor. The Blue Raiders, coached by Bob Fulton, had built a 15-point advantage earlier in the contest. The winners also receive 13 points from Danny Smith while Roy Fredericks contributes 11.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Katie Reimer (10) goes up for a shot as Notre Dame's Brittany Pierzga moves in at left.

The Palmerton girls took a 22-4 commanding lead and it proved to spelled the difference as they defeated Notre Dame of Green Pond 74-54 in a Colonial League contest.

"We took them out of anything they wanted to do with that first quarter," Palmerton head coach Don Delich admitted. "Our press was effective."

That understatement rang true, as Notre Dame committed seven first quarter turnovers, leading to easy Palmerton buckets, as the Bombers repeatedly got lay-ups and fast break opportunities.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Lauren Oertner drives to the hoop as Saucon Valley's Danielle Van Buren defends.

Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner moved within three points of the 1,000-point mark in her career as the Lady Bulldogs rolled over Saucon Valley in Colonial League play on Tuesday.

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Saucon Valley-No. Lehigh

Four players hit double figures as Northern Lehigh rolled to a 56-19 Colonial League win over the Panhers.

Aimee Oertner led the Bulldogs' offensive with a 17-point performance, while Sonya Josephson followed right behind with 15 points. Teammates Tina Bastardi and Kristi Seiler both hit double digits with 10 points.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January 12, 1945 Lansford bolts to an early lead and wins going away, posting a 70-20 Black Diamind League victory over Blythe Township. "Dubby" Derby leads the way with 18 points while teammate Forgay follows close behind with 17. Coach Tony Denby's squad, which races to a 22-5 first-quarter advantage, also receive 14 points from Lou Nesley.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Palmerton boys basketball season came to a halt earlier this week when games against Saucon Valley and at Notre Dame of Green Pond were postponed due to personnel issues with its head coach.

Sources told THE TIMES NEWS, Mike Snyder, head coach of the Blue Bombers for the past two seasons, was suspended indefinitely on Monday, while the administration had a chance to review the situation.

Palmerton Athletic Director Bill Congdon told THE TIMES NEWS that any statement on the matter wou;d have to come from the Superintendent's office.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian Catholic's Ryan Karnish (12) drives past Zach Dixon of Minersville. Karnish was the high scorer for the Colts with 10 points, including two three-point baskets.

According to Marian head coach John Patton, the conclusion of last night's game against Minersville was like a bad movie…tough to sit through, difficult to watch, and something you never want to see again.

With the Colts clinging to a 35-28 lead with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter, Minersville scored the final 26 points of the game for a 54-35 Schuykill League victory.

The loss is the first league loss for Marian in over two years, as the Colts (8-3) have now dropped two straight after starting the year 8-1.