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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.

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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.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Trista Cunningham (25) goes over Tara Gorman of Notre Dame with a shot.

CATASAUQUA – Trista Cunningham grabbed the game's final rebound as the buzzer sounded. It was her game-high 11th of the night.

It seemed fitting the Northwestern junior center should have the game ball. She led a balanced scoring effort with a career-high 16 points in her team's 48-43 Colonial League semifinal win over Notre Dame (Green Pond).

"It wasn't just me," she said. "It was the whole team. Sara Jones gave me so many assists."

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Bombers edge Lehighton on mats

Palmerton took advantage of Lehighton's four forfeits en route to a 40-36 non-league win in what was the last dual meet of the year for both teams.

The contest started with the Indians (4-14) ceding four of the first six bouts at 195, 220, 285, and 120, respectively, giving the Bombers (14-6) an early advantage. The action started to heat up in the seventh match of the evening at 126, as Lehighton's Anthony Farano earned a pin over the Bombers' Damien Fink to begin what would become a back-and-and forth battle for most of the contest.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

February 14, 1965 Charlie Keer and Gary Gray both score 21 points to help Marian cruise to a 71-58 Anthracite Catholic League win over Shenandoah Catholic. The Colts, coached by "Wink" Gallagher, enjoy a 15-of-20 showing at the foul line to help secure the victory. John Halenar contributes 16 points to the winning effort while Bill McElmoyle chips in with nine.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

February 13, 1976 A strong showing at the free throw line, especially from Berrae Meixsell, helps Jim Thorpe gain a 56-46 Anthracite League win over Freeland MMI. Meixsell goes 11-of-12 at the charity stripe and finishes with a team-high 15 points. The Olympians, coached by Dennis Balliet, end the contest 18-of-22 at the foul line. Lynn Mann contributes 12 points to the winning effort while Rick Kuhn chips in with eight.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
JORDAN FLEXER of Flexer Photography /Special to THE TIMES NEWS Marian's Gabby Green (3) drives the lane to put up a shot in Tuesday's Schuylkill League semifinal against Pine Grove.

POTTSVILLE – Marian entered last night's Schuylkill League semifinal against Pine Grove as the Division 3 Champion because of what they did. However, Marian also entered last night's Schuylkill League semifinal against Pine Grove as the underdog because of what awaited them.

The first was the Cardinals significant size advantage over the Fillies.

The second was Pine Grove point guard Becky Evans.