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Friday, December 28, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Khadir Lindsey (5) drives to the basket for a bucket as Palmerton's Mark Quinn slides in underneath.

Two teams, both looking to find their identity, squared off in the opener of the Slatington Rotary Tournament on Thursday night.

Jim Thorpe and Palmerton battled toe-to-toe for three quarters before the Olympians made a stand and pulled out a 74-62 victory.

Khadr Lindsey scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter to help the Olympians pull away for the win and earn them the right to face Northern Lehigh, a 61-38 winner over Lehighton, in tonight's championship.

Friday, December 28, 2012
Competitiveness drives Tribe's Keer

She is asked a question about being competitive.

And before she answers, a wry little grin appears.

The grin eventually becomes a full-fledged smile the kind of smile that says the level of her competition on a scale from 1 to 10 is actually a 12.

So it's not surprising when she replies.

"I'm very competitive," said Lehighton field hockey standout Sarah Keer. "I think that's because I come from a family where everyone played sports.

Friday, December 28, 2012
Bulldogs pull away to turn back Indians

Northern Lehigh used a huge second half and a career night from Tyler Dibilio to defeat Lehighton, 61-38 in the opening round of the 32nd Annual Slatington Rotary Basketball Tournament.

The Bulldogs (3-2) held a slim 22-21 lead heading into the half, but exploded out of the gate to outscore the Indians 18-5 in the third quarter.

Northern Lehigh used a 13-0 run that lasted from late in the third quarter into the fourth to extend the lead from 31-26 to 44-26, which essentially put the game out of reach for Lehighton.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Tamaqua boys and Panther Valley girls came out on the winning side in basketball action last night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Sch. Haven

Tamaqua (6-1) kept up its winning ways coasting by Schuylkill Haven.

The Raiders went into the half 26-9 en-route to a 51-22 non-league victory.

Brett Kosciolek led Tamaqua once again, scoring 13 points, while Bo Rottet added 10.

Mike Bubeck was the lone Hurricane in double figures, scoring 11.

TAMAQUA

Friday, December 28, 2012

Most animal experts would agree that if a tiger fought with a panther, the tiger, because of its strength and size, would win every time.

Whether it be in the jungle or on the hardwood, the same result apparently holds true as the Tigers of Northwestern defeated Panther Valley last night, 56-49, to run their all-time record to 11-0 over the Panthers.

Size and strength prevailed. The Tigers raced to a nine-point first-quarter lead on the torrid shooting strength of Tyler Richardson. He sank his first three three-point shots and totaled 11 points for the first eight minutes.

Friday, December 28, 2012

December 28, 2005 Jon Wells scores a team-high 14 points to help Palmerton gain a 60-49 victory over Northern Lehigh in the championship game of the Slatington Rotary Classic. The Blue Bombers, coached by Brian Minnich, use a 12-0 run in the second quarter to turn a deficit into a halftime lead. Wells tallies six points in the third frame as Palmerton increases its advantage. Zach Heller aids the winning cause with 13 points while Jim Parsons chips in with eight.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Sherkness continues Marian tradition

Steeped in tradition, the Marian volleyball program has become a fertile breeding ground for great players.

The program has produced the top volleyball player in the TIMES NEWS area in each of the last 19 years, and it will no doubt field several top-level players in the years to come.

However, it could be a while before it sees another one the caliber of Marykate Sherkness.

Not only has Sherkness started all four years of her high school career at outside hitter, but the 5-10 Tresckow resident has raised the bar for the Fillies' entire volleyball program.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Bob Ford /times news The Indians huddle up before a game earlier this season against the Marian Colts. Lehighton is off to a solid start currently sitting at 4-3.

A new season brings with it a renewed sense of hope for most sports teams.

It doesn't matter whether a team went undefeated or winless the year before, the start of a new schedule gives a team a clean slate from which to start engraving its latest journey.

A few local boys' basketball teams are taking their clean slates and making the most of them.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

December 27, 1989 Tom Rosahac scores 20 of his game-high 36 points in the first half to help Panther Valley build a sizeable lead before hanging on to post a 77-67 win over Blue Mountain. Rosahac, who adds seven rebounds, nets points 10 during a 13-1 run to end the second quarter. The Panthers, coached by Ken Kline, also receive 22 points from Matt Ligenza while Mark Paluck contributes eight points and five boards.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

December 26, 1997 Scott Holloman tallies a game-high 18 points as Marian rolls to an 82-52 win over Bishop Hafey in the Vikings' holiday tournament. Neal Navitsky scores six of his team's first eight points as the Colts race to a 16-2 lead. Holloman hits for seven straight to open the second quarter to help build the margin to 18 points. Bill Albright contributes to the win with 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Marian, coached by Dave McAndrew, also receives 13 points from Mike Murphy and 11 from Navitsky.