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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Dzana Krcic (20) dribbles the ball down court as Lehighton's Tiffany Thompson moves in to defend.

Pleasant Valley coach Nadia Gauronsky isn't one to make excuses – and she isn't going to let her team make them either.

A pair of season-ending injuries in the Bears' last game forced Gauronsky to make some significant line-up changes on Tuesday against Lehighton.

The new-look Bears started slowly, but eventually got things rolling and breezed to a 44-20 Mountain Valley Conference victory.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's James Farano (10) takes a running one-hander over the defense of Pleasant Valley's Jon Pazienza.

It wasn't pretty or easy, and there was even a time when it seemed like it wouldn't happen, but in the end the Pleasant Valley boys' basketball team punched its ticket to the District 11 playoffs Tuesday night.

The Bears let a big halftime lead slip away in the third and fourth quarters, but rebounded down the stretch to pull out a 48-44 win over visiting Lehighton in Mountain Valley Conference action. This is the third straight season that Pleasant Valley has qualified for the district playoffs.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Colts finish off Devils

The ability to finish off an opponent or finish a ball game strong is an invaluable trait for a basketball team to possess.

Four out of the five losses for the Marian Colts (15-5, 7-4 SL) this season were instances in which they were in the game. At times they were leading late, but couldn't finish off their opponent or make the plays to win in crunch time.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tamaqua qualified for the District 11 Class 3A boys playoffs, while the Wreckers inched one game closer in local sports action on Tuesday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Pine Grove

Tamaqua managed to pull out a win over Pine Grove to improve to 11-7 overall and 5-5 in the league, while also qualifying for the district playoffs, with a 65-43 victory.

Brett Kosciolek led all scorers with a 26-point performance in the win. Zach Wargula also add 11 points for the Blue Raiders.

For the Cardinals, Kobe D'Agostino led the way with 13 points.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Ty Herzog battles Jake Jakobson of Stroudsburg at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.

Coming into the season with 89 career wins, it was a matter of when, not if, Ty Herzog would reach 100 wins. Herzog accomplished the feat on Jan. 16 against Catasauqua's Nathan Doria to become the 23rd member of Northern Lehigh's prestigious 100 wins club.

Herzog already had quite a storied career coming into this season after finishing eighth in Class 2A at 145 pounds and going 31-10 a year ago. He also placed second at districts and regionals last year.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January 29, 1987 Palmerton, thanks to four pins, rolls to a 53-13 Centennial League win over visiting Pleasant Valley. The Blue Bombers, coached by Rick Anderson, open the match with a fall from Ryan Heimbach at 100 pounds. Rich Musselman gains a pin at 114 while Dave Lucykanish earns six points at 140. The winners also receive a fall from Mike Weaver at 187 pounds. Palmerton's Gary Dieter contributes a techical fall at 147, and John Kromer adds a superior decision at 107.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The 2013 Tamaqua Area Adult Winter Basketball League, sponsored by the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC), will tip-off its season on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Tamaqua Elementary School gymnasium.

All league games will take place on Wednesday evenings and will be held in the Tamaqua Elementary School gym and the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center.

Three games will be placed each night, with tip-off times scheduled for approximately 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15 p.m.

This year's league has seven teams and Ryan's Oil & Heating is the three-time defending League Champion.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
 Andy Leibenguth/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Anthracite League's Championship Cup was presented to head coach Sam Bonner and the Tamaqua Blue Raider football team during the Palmerton-Tamaqua basketball game on Saturday. The 2012 Raiders won their first ever Anthracite Football League Championship as they finished the regular season with an undefeated 10-0 regular season record, including an 8-0 mark in the AFL. Mr. Carl McBreen, Anthracite Football League Chairman and Minersville High School Principal presented the trophy.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Palmerton head coach Dave Lavin and Northern Lehigh head coach Todd Herzog both new what each other planned to do during Saturday's Colonial League match.

Both knew that it all came down to who won the coin flip to choose who had choice in the odd or even bouts.

The Bombers won the toss, chose even bouts, and went on to win 9 of the 14 matches en route to a 47-27 victory.

Monday, January 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua and Palmerton players battle for position under the basket on an inbounds play. From left are, Tamaqua's Drew Chartier, Palmerton's Spencer Shigo (4) and Alex Koma (30), Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek, Palmerton's Spencer Hay, Tamaqua's Tyler Krell (4) and Palmerton's Zach Buck (32).

Tamaqua withstood an early challenge from Palmerton and pulled away late en route to a comfortable 71-34 non-league win.

The win not only puts the Raiders (10-7) one game away from qualifying for the District 11 playoffs for the first time in nine years, it also gives the storied program 1,000 victories.

Tamaqua certainly needed a bounce-back game after losing the previous night to Schuylkill League rival Pottsville, 59-42. The Raiders were also on a three game losing streak, and saw their once secure spot in the postseason suddenly in jeopardy.