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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Kaysi McLaughlin dribbles around Shenandoah Valley's Nina Norwich during last night's Schuylkill League Division III contest.

Marian, Palmerton and Northern Lehigh all continued their winning ways in girls basketball action on Tuesday night, while Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson topped the 1,000-point mark in her career.

The Palmerton boys also picked up a victory.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Shenandoah-Marian

Marian outscored Shenandoah in every quarter en route to a 49-21 Schuylkill League victory.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

February 9, 1940 A big second half lifts Lansford to a 41-26 Black Diamond League win over Coaldale. Al Bilovsky pours in a game-high 18 points for the Panthers, who outscore their opponent 25-9 over the final two frames. The winners, coached by Ken Millen, also receive eight points from both Johnny Mongi and Bob Mormon. For the Tigers, Mike Semko tallies a team-high 11 points.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Cassie Eroh drives to the hoop as Panther Valley's Mary Jane Thomas moves in to defend.

For the Tamaqua girls' basketball program, the foundation of the 2010-2011 season has been built on high expectations.

However, instead of working with bricks and mortar, the Lady Raiders have been using memories and accomplishments as their building blocks to success.

Last night against Panther Valley was no exception, as Tamaqua clinched the Schuylkill League Division 1 championship on Senior Night with a dominating 56-26 victory over the Panthers.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Lucas Pierce (50) looks up at the basket before taking a shot as Catasauqu's Jared Strong defends.

On paper, Northern Lehigh shouldn't have had a serious problem with visiting Catasauqua.

But Bulldog head coach Jeff Miller knew to expect a fight.

In fact, up until the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs only held a four-point edge. However, a 9-0 run pretty much sealed things up as Northern Lehigh pulled away for a 64-48 win.

Catasauqua entered the game with a 5-14 record while Northern Lehigh came in sporting a 13-6 mark.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area High School senior Amy Zehner collected her 1,000th career rebound in the first quarter of the Lady Raiders' 56-26 win over visiting Panther Valley Tuesday night. Zehner became the second Tamaqua girls cager to score 1,000 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds, joining 1980 graduate Cindy Miller. Zehner was honored for the feat between quarters. From left are Amy's father Mel Zehner, Amy Zehner. mother Judy Zehner (With Alina Gusick), sister Lori Zehner (with Judge Gusick) and sister Kelli Gusick.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Pleasant Valley boys basketball team earned a berth in the District 11 playoffs by defeating Lehighton on Monday.

The Marian boys and Palmerton girls also gained important victories. The Colts rallied past Shenandoah to clinch the Schuylkill League Division 3 title with the help of Nativity's 47-44 win over Mahanoy Area. The Lady Bombers edged Bangor in a matchup of top Colonial League teams to take a half game lead in their division.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lehighton-Pleasant Vy.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February 8, 2002 Tristen Tkach, taking an inbounds pass from Jackie Leslie, lays the ball in with four seconds left in double overtime to help lift Northern Lehigh to a 72-71 Colonial League win over rival Palmerton. Megan Evans scores a game-high 23 points, including eight in the second OT, to lead the Bulldogs. Tkach finish with 11 while Amberly Gable chips in with 11. The Bombers' Sarah Kuehner ends with 20 points, including eight in the fourth quarter.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Nate Mathewson (25) goes high for the rebound as Tamaqua's Spencer Bennett (4) and PV's Zach Stanko also reach for the ball.

With the game – and essentially the season – on the line, Panther Valley coach Pat Crampsie knew exactly where he wanted the ball.

Crampsie put it in the hands of senior Zach Stanko.

Stanko didn't disappoint.

With the scored tied and the clock winding down, Stanko drove to the basket and hit a short, turn around jumper to give the Panthers a 39-37 Schuylkill League victory over Tamaqua.

"There was absolutely no doubt where the ball was going on that final possession," said Crampsie. "Zach is our most experienced player and an outstanding competitor.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Ernie Klingel tries to roll Jason McEvoy of Lehighton onto his back during their 125-pound matchup on Monday.

Old Man Winter has condensed the second half of Pleasant Valley's Mountain Valley Conference schedule into eight days.

One thing hasn't changed, however; the MVC's marquee mat match-up, which is scheduled for Wednesday when the Bears travel to Stroudsburg.

Between them, Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg have owned the conference wrestling crown under its current seven-team alignment. The Bears ran off six straight MVC titles between 2002-2008, while the Mountaineers have been atop the heap the last two seasons.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout has been named head coach of the Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe Counties team for the McDonald's Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic to be played on Thursday, June 23.

Former Phillipsburg High head coach Bob Stem will coach the Northampton County, Phillipsburg and Palisades team.

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