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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Lehighton's Anthony Farole (top) tries to take down Bound Brook's Merrick Ash in their 145-pound semifinal bout. Farole won 5-3 in overtime to reach the championship bout.

Colin Hedash isn't used to wrestling first when it comes to tournament finals, but

Northern Lehigh's 171-pounder was thrust into action Wednesday night at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium during the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.

Hedash opened the finals with Josh Snook of St. Mark's from Delaware and couldn't recover from a second period reversal, which led to a fall in 3:06. After winning the tournament a year ago, Hedash admitted that wrestling first did have an effect on him.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic is usually a gauge for AA schools when they get thrown into the mix of one of the nation's top holiday tournaments. For Northwestern, Northern Lehigh and Lehighton, the gauge was met after the first day of competition at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
bob ford/times news Palmerton's Kelsey Hay (left) and Northern Lehigh's Tina Bastardi battle for possession of the ball.

It was a no-brainer for Northern Lehigh coach Dave Oertner.

With his top two players in serious foul trouble early in the game, Oertner never thought about pulling them out of the game.

Instead of changing players, Oertner simply changed defenses.

Both decisions worked to perfection.

Led by foul-plagued Aimee Oertner and Sonya Josephson, Northern Lehigh defeated Palmerton, 44-31, in the championship game of the Lady Indian Holiday Classic on Tuesday.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Allie Updike drives the lane against Anna Baer (55) of Emmaus in a semifinal matchup in the Southern Lehigh Christmas Tournament.

The Pleasant Valley boys and Tamaqua girls advanced to the championship games with wins in their tournament semifinals in local action on Tuesday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hazleton Cougar Classic

Pleasant Valley-Hazleton

After trailing for three periods, Pleasant Valley saved its best for last and ended up escaping with a 51-47 win over host Hazleton in the Cougar Classic semifinals.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
bob ford/times news Jordan Waylen (right) of Northern Lehigh takes the ball to the basket against Jim Thorpe's P.J. Johnson.

Just when Northern Lehigh needed him the most, Jordan Waylen was there to save the game.

Then again, perhaps 'steal the game' would be a better choice of words.

With Jim Thorpe closing the cap on the Bulldogs' lead midway through the fourth quarter, Waylen stepped up and showed why he is an early-season favorite for Player of the Year. The senior made two steals and converted on three lay-ups in the last few minutes of the 29th annual Slatington Rotary Basketball Tournament championship game and helped his Bulldogs to a 56-40 victory.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 29, 2004 Danny Miller scores a game-high 26 points, including 17 in the first half, to help Lehighton earn a 79-65 win over Palmerton in the consolation game of the Slatington Rotary Christmas Tournament. The Indians, coached by Cas Kasciolek, open up the contest with a 21-10 third quarter. Trevor Miller contributes 12 points to the winning cause while Jarrod Troutman and Nate Freeman each finish with 11.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Carbon United Goblets gain LVYSL U12 title

The Goblets captured the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League U12 Girls' 2010 championships. A party was hosted in the Goblets honor and the girls were presented with jackets and trophies for their accomplishment.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Repeat special for Remaley

After his record setting junior season, Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley knew it would be difficult for a repeat performance in 2010. His team graduated its entire offensive line and teammate Jake Kern was emerging as playmaker who would share the offensive load with Remaley.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Weatherly boys and Panther Valley girls both dropped basketball tournament games on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tom Fenney TourneyWeatherly-Lack. Trail

The Wreckers had their hands full on the holidays, as they dropped a 63-26 decision to Lackawanna Trail in the opening night of the Tom Feeney Tournament.

The locals were outscored 43-9 by halftime, as LT cruised the remainder of the way for the non-league win.

Leading the winners in scoring were David Boslough and Steve Miller with 14 points apiece.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
mike feifel/times news Jim Thorpe's Brittany Holland goes between Palmerton defenders Jen Snyder (left) and Kelsey Hay to get off a shot.

The Lady Indian Holiday Classic went from one extreme to another.

In the opening contest, Casey Rinfret hit a clutch free-throw with eight seconds left to help Palmerton pull out a close 52-51 victory over Jim Thorpe.

In the night cap, Northern Lehigh perfected a single offensive strategy to run away with a 63-28 win over host Lehighton.

It sets center stage for two Colonial League rivals to battle for tomorrow's tournament championship.

Jim Thorpe-Palmerton