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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."

Monday, December 17, 2012

Northwestern and Weatherly both captured boys basketball wins over the weekend.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Northwestern-Hamburg

The Tigers jumped out to an early lead and then held on for a 51-45 non-league win over the Hawks.

Jarod Binder led the Tigers with 15 points and Ty Richardson added 10. Pat Barter scored a game-high 18 points for Hamburg.

Northwestern also won the JV game

NORTHWESTERN

Wagner 1-5-8-7, Williamson 1-1-2-3, T. Richardson 3-2-2-10, Breidinger 2-2-2-6, Perry 1-0-0-2, C. Richardson 1-6-8-9, Binder 4-6-8-14. TOTALS: 13-22-30-51.

Monday, December 17, 2012
Marian volleyball seniors honored

The Marian High School volleyball team was honored last week at a banquet held at Capriotti's in Treskow. The Fillies captured the District 11Class A championship and advance to the semifinals of the PIAA State Tournament and finished the season with an 18-2 record. Senior members of the Fillies are pictures with head coach John "Doc" Fallabel. They are, from left, Sarah Zurawa, Marykate Sherkness, Fallabel and Nikki Collevechio.

Monday, December 17, 2012

December 17, 1991 - Pleasant Valley defeats Lehighton 62-43 to get its first win against the Indians in 12 years. The Bears had lost 24 straight games to Lehighton but thanks to Dennis Donato's 25-point performance, they are able to end that streak. Jon Mack adds 15 and Scott Stevens chips in 10 points for coach Mark Allison's Bears. Kerry Smith scores 14 points to lead Lehighton.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

For the second time this week, the Pleasant Valley boys basketball team played a game that went down to the wire. However, this time the Bears showed they had a killer instinct, knocking off Mountain Valley Conference rival East Stroudsburg North, 35-34.

Pleasant Valley suffered a double-overtime loss to Dieruff earlier this week, falling 63-71 to the Huskies.

The Bears led for much of the contest, but saw their lead slip away in the fourth quarter as East Stroudsburg North took a 34-33 lead on an Isaiah Battle jumper with 1:30 left in the game.

Saturday, December 15, 2012
Slaters hand Bombers loss

The first week of the Colonial League schedule hasn't been kind to the Palmerton Blue Bombers.

After an opening night non-league loss to Lehighton, the Bombers had to travel to Catasauqua on Tuesday and host unbeaten Bangor last night.

The Roughies and Slaters are just two of the tough teams in the North Division and both times, Palmerton came out on the short end.

Bangor went on a 18-0 run in the first quarter that carried over to the second quarter and that was the difference in a 64-28 win at the PHS gym.

Saturday, December 15, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Lucas Pierce gets ready to accept a pass while Rich Perry of Northwestern defends.

A year ago, Northern Lehigh was the top defensive team in the TIMES NEWS area.

So when Bangor put up 69 points on the Bulldogs in their season opener earlier this week, it naturally raised some questions.

Consider them answered!

Friday night, Northern Lehigh turned in a smothering defensive performance and breezed to a 53-27 Colonial League victory over Northwestern.

The Bulldogs displayed the same multiple look, harassing defense that became their hallmark a year ago when they allowed just a shade over 42 points a game.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It's been a long time since the Tamaqua Raiders boys basketball team has started a season 3-0. In fact, it's been 20 years since the Blue Raiders won three straight games to start the season.

In an absolute barn burner at Tamaqua Friday night, a young Raider bunch was able to come up with a 77-74 overtime victory over Southern Columbia to get over that 20-year hill, sitting at 3-0 for the first time since 1992.

The Raiders were able to do what they couldn't do last season, which was finish out a ball game.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Very often, deer hunting in the late archery and flintlock muzzleloader seasons requires one to hunt alone. All of which increases safety concerns because of the potential for cold temperatures and inclement weather.

This year, both the statewide late archery and flintlock muzzleloader seasons open Wednesday, Dec. 26, and continue through Saturday, Jan. 12. In Wildlife Management Unit 5C, both seasons remain open until Saturday, Jan. 26.