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Friday, January 18, 2013

January 18, 1980 Dan Beck scores a game-high 19 points and Pleasant Valley explodes for 59 points in the second half to register a 78-54 Centennial League win over East Stroudsburg. The Bears, coached by William Kozicki, trail 16-14 late in the first half before going on an 11-0 run to take the lead for good. Greg Degler contributes 12 points to the victory while Tom Conklin adds nine points and Clair Kibler chips in with eight.

Friday, January 18, 2013
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Caroline Kanaskie swims the backstroke during Thursday's 200 Medley Relay. The Lady Raiders won the event in a time of 1:59.08.

Caroline Kanaskie is a bit bummed, but she isn't quite going to let it slow her down during her senior year.

The returning state qualifier has already tasted a Schuylkill League championship during her high school career, so the Tamaqua senior doesn't plan to dwell on the fact that a league title is all but out of reach.

Friday, January 18, 2013
Run of pins lifts Palmerton over NW

Despite giving up three forfeits, Palmerton's wrestlers knew they could still beat a Northwestern team looking for its first win.

The Blue Bombers just needed to pull out some wins in the middle weights and maybe even collect a few bonus points to keep things secure.

They did just that, running the table from 120 through 152 for a 46-29 win at Northwestern.

Friday, January 18, 2013
ron gower/times news Kailee Smith (right) of Panther Valley reaches to get a loose ball as Jim Thorpe's Alissa Rusbarsky (20) moves in from behind.

Panther Valley came out with the mindset that they were going to shut Jim Thorpe down and control the tempo. That's exactly what the Panthers did for four quarters, en route to a 44-22 Schuylkill League win over the Olympians.

Panther Valley (9-7) used its defense to pressure Jim Thorpe into mistakes for most of the evening and the Olympians (1-12) were never able to get into a rhythm over the course of the game. Panther coach Josh Wank was pleased with the effort and intensity his team showed throughout the game.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
bob ford/times news Lucas Pierce and the rest of the Northern Lehigh basketball team are wearing bands on their uniform this season in memory of his mother, who died from brain cancer following last season.

Every high school basketball team plays and competes for wins, league championships and district trophies.

While the Northern Lehigh boys' basketball team is trying to do the same, the Bulldogs are also playing for something bigger. Something that can't be notched in a 'W' or 'L' column, or hoisted above their heads in triumph.

No, the Bulldogs are playing out their 2012-13 season in remembrance of one of their own. And their tribute can be seen every time they take the floor.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Panther Valley wound up on the short end in boys basketball action at Pottsville Nativity, while Northern Lehigh fall to Catasauqua in the lone local sports events held last night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Panther Valley

-Nativity

Nativity had three players score in double figures and went on to beat Panther Valley, 57-39 in Schuylkill League play.

Jeff Yordy led Nativity with 16 points. Teammates Kyle Kaledas and Bryan White added 14 and 12 points respectively.

The Panthers were paced by Jake Sczcecina's game-high 17 points. Steve Romanchick chipped in 12.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Army's Aimee Oertner (33) drives to the basket as Lafayette's Brya Freeland defends. Oertner, a Northern Lehigh graduate, is making in an impact during her freshman season with the Black Knights.

When Aimee Oertner decided to further her basketball career at the US Military Academy, she didn't know exactly what she was getting into.

But in a short period of time the 2012 Northern Lehigh graduate has assimilated to life as a cadet. She has also excelled on the court early in her Division I career.

"Going through basic training and everything, it was completely different," Oertner said. "I did not have any military background so I was really new to everything. It was tough. But the girls on the team, we're like family so we got each other through it."

Thursday, January 17, 2013

January 17, 1964 Jack Kmetz explodes for 33 points, including a 17-of-24 effort at the free throw line, to help Jim Thorpe gain a 70-65 Black Diamond League win over Lansford. The Olympians, coached by Tony Romano, trail by 10 points early in the second half before beginning their rally. Fred Bresswein, who finishes the contest with 15 points, ties the game with a basket and puts Thorpe ahead for good with a tip-in. The winners also receive 13 points from Billy Maehrer. For the Panthers, Ed Sabol nets a team-high 22 points.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sam Zlock, Panther Valley

Favorite Sports team - Philadelphia Phillies

Favorite Athlete - Hunter Pence

Favorite Subject - English

Favorite Sports movie - Love and Basketball

Favorite Musical artist - Maroon 5

Favorite Food - Chicken and Rice

Future Plans - Attend Temple University and enter into pre pharmacy.

Most memorable moment playing basketball - "Going to camp in the off-season at Alvernia. It was just a lot

of fun and you got to play a lot of basketball."

Thursday, January 17, 2013

APPROACHING 1500 ... The Marian boys basketball team is nearing a milestone game in the program's history.

Veteran Colt scorekeeper and record-keeping historian Mark Keip said that Marian is on the verge of playing the 1,500th game in its history.

Marian entered this season with an all-time record of 904-580. The Colts are currently 11-3 this season, which improves that mark to 915-583 (a .611 winning percentage).

Barring postponements, the Colts are scheduled to play Jim Thorpe tonight and will then play their 1,500th game on Friday at Schuylkill Haven.