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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Raider wrestlers fall

Tamaqua wrestlers fell to Tri-Valley in scholastic sports action on Wednesday.

WRESTLING

Tri-Valley-Tamaqua

Tri-Valley dropped Tamaqua for a 45-24 victory.

Steven Matukonis was the lone Blue Raider to score a pin for a win.

TRI-VALLEY 45, Tamaqua 24

195 - Mason White (TV) won by forfeit

220 - Double forfeit

285 - Luke Matsago (T) won by forfeit

106 - Kyle Stephen (TV) won by forfeit

113 - Double forfeit

120 - Caleb Bordner (TV) pinned Ty Hinkle in 4:53.

126 - Steven Matukonis (T) pinned Tanner Reed in :55.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Northwestern girls' basketball coach Chris Deutsch readily admits that he has one of the deepest teams he has ever coached.

That depth fits perfect into the Tigers' head coach's game plan of running an up tempo type of game.

The 10th-year Tigers' mentor said the bench is "one of the critical factors" in helping his team roll through opponent after opponent this season.

"One girl down. One girl in foul trouble. One sick. Whatever, the next girl comes in and gets the job done," Deutsch said. "Having the type of depth we have makes a big difference in our game plan."

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Northern Lehigh starts three players that stand 6-feet, 5-inches or taller.

Northwestern only has two players on its roster that are over 6-feet.

The Bulldogs' Josh Eden drew the mismatch and took advantage of it, scoring 21 points in a 57-32 win over the Tigers Tuesday night in New Tripoli.

"The kid guarding me, I had several inches on him," said Eden, a 6-5 senior forward. "Early on coach told the guys to look for me in the post. I got some easy ones around the basket and that led me to open up my outside game."

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

January 30, 1999 Melissa Miller scores a team-high 18 points, including the 1,000th of her career, to help Northwestern earn a 67-56 upset win over Panther Valley. Miller hits a free throw midway through the second quarter to reach the milestone. The Lady Tigers, coached by Terry Balliet, race to a 14-0 lead behind six points from Lauren Suter and their advantage never slips below seven points. Emily Hayden contributes 17 points to the win while Amanda George chips in with 10.

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.