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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Austin Luers is covered by Northwestern's Richard Perry during last night's Palmerton-Northwestern Colonial League boys matchup.

Three times in a span of less than three minutes in the first quarter, Jarred Binder went up for a lay up, made it and drew the foul. The Northwestern center didn't convert on any of the three-point play attempts, but he made his presence felt early in the game.

The 6-foot-6 senior went on to a career-high 23-point night as his team beat visiting Palmerton 68-35.

"It was a good game," said Binder. "My teammates were looking inside and we took advantage of my size in the post. I felt like I couldn't be stopped. But I've got to work on my free throws."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Northwestern's Sarah Segan (13) goes in for an uncontested layup with Palmerton's Emelie Meinhart coming up from behind. Segan scored 17 points and the Tigers went on to win, 51-33. RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS

On a soccer field, the offensive prowess of Northwestern's Sarah Segan is legendary.

Tuesday night, the Tigers' multi-sport athlete showed that she can defend with the best of them as well.

Segan traded in her soccer cleats for a pair of basketball sneakers a few weeks ago. The Tigers' striker and the Colonial League's leading goal scorer this past fall, she also changed her focus when she hit the hard court.

With Segan leading the way, Northwestern put the defensive clamps on Palmerton and rolled to a 51-33 victory.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pottsville's Kolby Klecker tries to roll Tamaqua's Kyle Oliphant over for back points in their 160-pound match. Kleckner won by a 5-0 decision.

Tamaqua coach Jon Mashack knew going into his team's Schuylkill League contest against Pottsville that it would come down to a matter of a few points.

With Pottsville trailing 30-26, Crimson Tide coach Pat Brennan made a choice that proved to be the turning point in the contest.

He chose to take a forfeit loss at 138 pounds to avoid Tamaqua's Dylan Rynkiewicz, who entered with 6-2 record, to setup a match between Pottsville's Kody Stencovage and the Raider's Hunter Matalavage.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
JT's Ligenza stars in team turnaround

As a sophomore, Corey Ligenza's dream of starring on a championship soccer team while playing for Jim Thorpe would have been a bit unrealistic.

He scored only two goals and registered no assists for the Olympians who finished their season with no wins and 18 losses.

Now, just two seasons later, Ligenza scored 27 goals with virtually the same teammates to spearhead the Olympians to the Schuylkill League Division 1 championship, the first in Jim Thorpe history.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Photo courtesy of Misericordia University Misericordia's Cailin McCullion goes up for a kill during a match this season.

Four years ago, Cailin McCullion decided to make some changes.

McCullion switched her major and transferred to a new school. She also decided to return to the volleyball court.

After attending the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and majoring in pharmacy her freshman year, McCullion transferred to Misericordia University and switched her major to physical therapy.

The switch also offered the Marian Catholic graduate an opportunity to get back on the volleyball court.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Drew Chartier (right) dribbles past North Schuylkill's Damon Meyer.

Tamaqua didn't lead much in its Schuylkill League Division 1 opener against North Schuylkill on Monday.

But fortunately, for the Blue Raiders, one of their only leads came at the right time.

Trailing for practically the entire contest against the Spartans, Cas Kosciolek's team used a bizarre three-pointer with a minute left in regulation to tie the game before going on top with 30 seconds to play.

After that, a stop at the defensive end secured an exciting 43-41 victory and pushed Tamaqua's record to a perfect 4-0.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Weatherly remained undefeated with its fourth win of the season, while Marian suffered its first loss in boys basketball on Monday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Weatherly-Nativity

Weatherly (4-0) pulled away in the second half to defeat Nativity 67-56 in Schuylkill League action.

Brett Stallone and Joe Haganey each had 19 points for Weatherly. Haganey also had nine rebounds for the Wreckers.

Jeff Yordy and Kyle Kaledos each had 19 points for the Hilltoppers.

WEATHERLY

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December 18, 1969 Jim Thorpe receives first-period pins from three of its wrestlers to help gain a 31-20 Tri County Wrestling League win over Pottsville. Pat Crowley gains a fall at 120 pounds in 1:06 while Pete Susko (138) decks his opponent in 1:46. The Olympians, who win five straight weight classes from 120-145, also receive a 1:33 pin from Mike Kowatch at 165. Decision wins for Thorpe come from Bob Gigliotti (103), Dave Mueller (127), Charlie Bott (133), Blair Redline (145) and John Ohlsen (180).

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Panthers catch fire against JT

The gunfight at the OK Corral is one of the most famous gunfights of all time and took place at Tombstone located in the Arizona Territory. Famous heroes such as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday became legends by shooting down the outlaws by the name of the McLaury brothers in just 30 seconds.

Last night the Panther Valley basketball team showed that they have a pretty good posse of shooters as well, hitting 11 three pointers en-route to a 57-39 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory over Jim Thorpe. PV's 11 team three-pointers tied a team record.

Monday, December 17, 2012
ron Gower/times news Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik (44) goes hard to the basket as Jim Thorpe's David Everitt defends.

When he took over the Lehighton boys basketball program last year, Rich Oertner was not very thrilled with his team's ball movement. Four games into this season, Oertner is content with that aspect's improvement.

The Indians utilized some good teamwork, crisp passing and unselfishness to generate offense on their way to a 68-40 drubbing of Jim Thorpe on Saturday.

"We're moving the ball a lot better this year, than at this point in the season last year," Oertner approved. "We're still learning and we're starting to get there. But our defense was a big factor tonight, too."