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Friday, December 10, 2010
Andy Steinmetz/TIMES NEWS Weatherly boys basketball team members for the 2010-11 season include, front row from left, Josh Reiner, Scott Coll, Adam Capone, Tim Lash, Mark Miller. Middle row, Jeremy Hollrigl, Christian Ormiston, Cory Rowan, Joey Haganey and Brett Stallone. Back row, Michael Baade, Charlie Wallish, Kyle Harris, Samson Walton, George Wallish, Colton Weichman and Dominic Palermo.

The Weatherly boys' basketball program will switch gears and undergo a 'changing of the guard' for the upcoming 2010-11 basketball season, as a new approach is being taken to the hardwood.

Head coach Paul Cann is looking to his seniors to step into the roles that have been vacated by the departed and has confidence in their abilities to do so.

"Things are going to be different this season and it's up to our seniors to determine how we're going to do," Cann said. "They have the most experience and we're trying to get them to fill in those roles that are open."

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Over the years, it's always been about tradition when it comes to the Northern Lehigh boys' basketball team.

If it's up to Jeff Miller, the first-year Bulldogs' head coach will like to do his best to keep it that way this year.

"It's about tradition here and I'm ecstatic about the opportunity of keeping it alive," Miller said. "It's a great program, great tradition and great kids."

As a volunteer assistant last year, Miller watched the Bulldogs post a 19-6 overall record and capture its third Colonial League title in four years in his second year with the program.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December 9, 1941 Paul Tyahla and Georgie Fedock combine for 30 of their team's points to help lift Nesquehoning to a 38-28 victory over Slatington. Tyahla leads all scorers by finishing with 19 points while Fedock ends the contest with 11. The winners, coached by Bill Griffith, fall behind after one quarter of play before outscoring their opponent in the final three frames. For Slatington, N. Roberts tallies 11 points.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Pleasant Valley wrestling team enters the 2010-11 season having lost seven seniors, including three 30-win mat men and the program's all-time wins leader, to graduation.

Instead of taking a year to rebuild the program, head coach Mark Getz believes his team can be competitive immediately. He doesn't want this group to use is youth as an excuse.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

For the first few days of practice, the Northern Lehigh wrestling room seemed emptier than usual.

That's because nearly half of head coach Todd Herzog's roster was still on the gridiron.

"It affected us a lot, actually, but it's a good affect," said Herzog, who enters his 16th season with the program. "Anytime you have one of your school's programs being successful, how can you condemn that. I always encourage my athletes to play multiple sports.

"We were right behind the football team."

Thursday, December 9, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley girls basketball team members for the 2010-11 season are (front row, left to right) Arden Cisyulsis, Jordan Meckes, Briana Shanley and Julia Craig; (middle row) Rachel Sisco, Kasey Meckes, Dalian Salmon, Megan Hardy and Christina McGill; (back row) coach Gena Orlowski, Mackenzie Dorney, Kelecia Harris, Abby Wiesmeth, Nicole Kregleoh and head coach Nadia Gauronsky.

Front l-r, Arden Cisyulsis, Jordan Meckes, Briana Shanley, Julia Craig; seated l-r, Rachel Sisco, Kasey Meckes, Dalian Salmon, Megan Hardy, Christina McGill; back l-r, Coach Gena Orlowski, Mackenzie Dorney, Kelecia Harris, Abby Wiesmeth, Nicole Kregleoh, and Coach Nadia Gauronsky.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Pleasant Valley boys' basketball team improved its record by four games from 2008-09 to 2009-10.

If the Bears can do that again this year, they will be heading back to the district playoffs.

If Pleasant Valley was ever to play in its first district game since 2005-06, this would be the year and the group to do it. Ken Piontkowski, now in his 16th season as the Bears' head coach, has four starters back from last year's 8-14 club. They, along with a handful of other juniors and seniors, should have the Bears clawing for a .500 record.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Last season, everyone on the Pleasant Valley girls' basketball team from its coach to its players needed a year to gain some experience and grow with one another.

Now, with Nadia Gauronsky in her second year as head coach and the Lady Bears possessing four seniors in their starting rotation, the program is hoping to take the next step in its evolution.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
ron gower/times news Pleasant Valley boys basketball team members for the 2010-11 season are (front row, left to right) Sean Dekmar, Selwyn Wright, Richie Irving, Nick Stanovick, Tarik Williams and Tevin Franklin; (middle row) manager Meagan Nazario, manager, Allen Conklin, Greg Wierzbicki, Jalen Blot, John Guardagna, Tom Gerolimatos, manager Terri Ann Hill, manager Fiani Fludd; (back row) head coach Ken Piontkowski, assistant coach Tony Chupa, Brandyn Bok, Mike Sharpe, Eric Wild, assistant coach Tom Kresge Jr., assistant coach Tom Kresge Sr., and assistant coach Steve Ayars.

Front l-r, Sean Dekmar, Selwyn Wright, Richie Irving, Nick Stanovick, Tarik Williams, Tevin Franklin; middle l-r, Meagan Nazario, manager; Allen Conklin, Greg Wierzbicki, Jalen Blot, John Guardagna, Tom Gerolimatos, Terri Ann Hill, manager; Fiani Fludd, manager; back l-r, Coach Ken Piontkowski, assistant coach Tony Chupa, Brandyn Bok, Mike Sharpe, Eric Wild, assistant coach Tom Kresge Jr., assistant coach Tom Kresge Sr., and assistant coach Steve Ayars.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Northern Lehigh girls' basketball team made history last year by becoming the second team in school history to have an undefeated regular season.

The postseason was a different story as the Bulldogs walked away from the Colonial League, District 11 Class 2A and PIAA playoffs empty-handed.

After falling short of a banner year, Northern Lehigh girls' coach Dave Oertner said his players are driven more this season.

The drive started back on March 13, when the Lady Bulldogs dropped a 50-46 heartbreaker to Shikellamy in the First Round of the PIAA State playoffs.