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Friday, January 22, 2016
Jim Thorpe’s Rayan Green (right) prepares to go up with a shot as Panther Valley’s Tristan Blasko defends. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley gym exploded following Jim Thorpe’s final basket on Thursday night.

The outcome had already been decided but when the Olympians’ Rayan Green slammed home a monster alley-oop from a baseline inbound, it provided the perfect exclamation point.

Green and his partner in the paint, Matt Elmore, were too much for the Panthers to handle around the rim during Thursday night’s Schuylkill League battle.

Both Olympian bigs’ recorded double-doubles en route to a 61-48 win over Panther Valley.

Friday, January 22, 2016
Marian’s Savanna Krushinsky (center) is fouled by Shenandoah’s Molly Michalik (left) as she attempts to get off a shot. RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

It took some time for the Marian Fillies to warm up their engines on Thursday night.

But like most high performance machines, once the Fillies started to fire on all cylinders, it was off to the races.

The Ferrari-like Marian full court defense was able to jumpstart the Fillies’ offense en route to a 37-17 Schuylkill League victory over Shenandoah Valley.

The Blue Devils (11-7) were able to challenge the Fillies early, mostly due to a strong half court defensive effort and some poor shooting from the blue and gold.

Friday, January 22, 2016

January 22, 2000 - Lehighton gets pins from Dan Williams, Chad Fisher and Matt Green to help gain a 47-16 wrestling win over Northwestern. Williams, at 130 pounds, registers his fall in 1:15 while Fisher, at 135, decks his opponent in 1:26. Green, the Indians’ heavyweight, also finishes his bout in the first period (1:12). Lehighton, coached by Mike Feifel, receives major decisions from Patrick Llewellyn (112 pounds) and Jon Kluk (119).

Friday, January 22, 2016
Parker Jones of Northwestern puts up a shot against Wilson. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Northwestern entered its Colonial League battle with Wilson needing to win four of its last five games in order to qualify for the District 11 playoffs.

Through three-and-a-half quarters, the Tigers seemed to be well on their way to the first of those victories. However, Wilson and its senior scoring threat Jeff Cooper had other plans as the Warriors mounted the comeback and eventually pulled out a 71-70 come-from-behind victory.

Friday, January 22, 2016
Northern Lehigh's Hasan Mujovic tries to get around the defense of Notre Dame's Gregg Lauray. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Copyright -

Tamaqua shocked Lehighton and Marian gained an important win in its bid for a postseason berth to highlight boys basketball action on Thursday.



Tamaqua turned back Lehighton for a 56-54 Schuylkill League win.

Russel Blaker scored 20 points for the Raiders (5-13, 3-7), who held off a fourth-quarter charge by Lehighton. Thad Zuber added 17 points while Zeke Wassell scored 10 in the victory.

Hunter Greene led the Indians’ charge with a game-high 25 points. Tanner Zwetolitz added 13 points.


Thursday, January 21, 2016
Tamaqua first-year basketball head coaches Jim Barron and Erika Davis were both former standout players for the Raiders. BRAD HURLEY/TIMES NEWS

For Tamaqua boys basketball coach Jim Barron and girls basketball coach Erika (Barron) Davis, home is definitely where the heart is.

The two former Raiders basketball standouts have been fighting tooth and nail in their first season as leaders of the blue and white to bring home some wins to Raider nation.

One thing for sure is that it hasn’t been easy. Times have been tough on the hardwood for both of the Raiders’ programs this season. The boys are currently 4-13 while the girls are 2-14.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Tamaqua's Courtney Hoffman looks for help as Panther Valley's Chloe Markovich (25) and Rachelle Filer (15) defend. RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The odds of winning a basketball game are higher for the team that has multiple chances to score on a given possession.

Tamaqua outrebounded Panther Valley by a 28-10 margin in the second half of a Schuylkill League contest on Tuesday night.

The Lady Raiders dominated the glass and launched 26 more shots than the Lady Panthers. All of the scoring opportunities for the visitors led to a 38-30 victory against rival Panther Valley.

Kirstin Jones racked up an impressive 22 rebounds during the win and single-handedly out-rebounded PV in the final two frames.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Mason Stahler (42) of Palmerton goes up for a shot while getting a slap on the wrist from Catasauqua's Josh Fogel. RICH GEORGE/SPECIALTO THE TIMES NEWS

The Marian and Weatherly girls were the only local teams to pick up wins on Tuesday.


Marian-Lourdes Regional

Marian used a strong second half to pull away for a 43-28 Schuylkill League win over Lourdes Regional.

The Fillies’ Vanessa Whitecavage led all scorers with 13 points.

Carmella Bickel was the lone Raider in double figures with 10 points.

Marian improves to 14-2 overall and 7-1 in the league.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

So how close in talent are Tamaqua and Panther Valley boys’ basketball teams?

A difference of about six points and a home court disadvantage. There is no home court advantage for either of these two teams when they play.

Game 1 was a two-point win at Panther Valley for Tamaqua.

Game 2 found the Panthers upsetting the applecart on the Blue Raiders with a gutsy 57-53 decision Tuesday evening at the Tamaqua Athletic Center.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 20, 1990 - Northwestern’s Bill Miller makes five free throws over the final minute to help the Tigers hold on for a 77-73 victory over Saucon Valley. The winners, coached by John Schmoyer, lead by 21 points in the first half before the Panthers rally over the final two frames. Jason Mengel collects a game-high 24 points for Northwestern while Mike Wertman finishes with 15. The Tigers also receive 11 points from Brian Lazarus and 10 from Tony Fristick.