Monday, December 29, 2014

Local Sports

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Ernie Shilko releases a shot over Shenandoah's Ian McCole.

Prior to the season, Tamaqua head coach Caszy Kosciolek put a good deal of emphasis on his team's defense.

It appears to be paying off.

In its home opener Tuesday night, the Blue Raiders easily ran away with a 67-33 non-league victory over Shenandoah Valley.

With the way Tamaqua has played during the first week of the season, any questions Kosciolek might have had about his defense seemed to be answered.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Megan Marouchoc (left) and Weatherly's Shelby Berger battle for possession of the ball.

Panther Valley head coach Brad Hurley learned a lot about the toughness of his squad on opening night.

Weatherly, behind first-year head coach Kevin Kringe, does not shy away from the fullcourt pressure defense. In fact, the Lady Wreckers ran that exhausting, harrassing defense for the full 32 minutes in its Schuylkill League game against the Lady Panthers.

Panther Valley had to earn every inch of its thrilling 34-32 victory in a game where neither team ever had a lead greater than one possession.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December 10, 1946 Tommy McCready nets a game-high 14 points, including a game-tying shot late in the fourth quarter and an important insurance basket, to help Summit Hill edge Mauch Chunk Catholic by a 37-36 score. Trailing by two, McCready hits a shot to knot the score at 34-34. After Duilio Marcon's free throw puts the Hillers up a point, McCready adds another basket with 10 seconds to push the margin to three. Marconi finishes with 13 points in the contest while Byron Halpin contributes seven. "Pud" Solski and Mike Friel both tally 10 points in a losing effort.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The top four golfers during the Men's Senior Golf League at White Birch Golf Course were, from left, Joe Sediva, third place; Joe Macenka, most points; George Lill, second place; and Lee

Gackenbach Closest to pin on 11th hole. Plaques and awards were donated from the Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank. A dinner was held after the final golf outing at the White Birch Golf Course in Barnesville.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Kevin Shuey drives in for a layup as Josh Snead of Saucon Valley moves in from behind.

On what was the opening night of action inthe Colonial League, the Palmerton girls' basketball team got off to a good start with a victory over Palisades.

Defending league champion Northwestern, on the other hand, came up short against Saucon Valley in its opener.



Palmerton used a fourth quarter surge to pull away from Palisades and claim a 52-40 Colonial League triumph.

Leading 38-37 after the third quarter, the Lady Bombers (2-0, 1-0) outscored the Pirates 14-3 in the fourth quarter for the final tally.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

There seems to be a recurring theme in some of the losses that the Lehigh Valley Phantoms have suffered this season. The Phantoms have a habit of coming out strong, but wind up giving up leads late in the game and often find themselves either fighting to come back or just end up on the losing side of the ledger.

The Phantoms are just 5-4 this season when they score first and have given up leads in the third period on six occasions this year. The trend struck again this past Saturday night when Bridgeport came back to tie the game in the third and then win in shootouts.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 9, 1974 Rich Oertner pours in a game-high 23 points and also pulls down 15 rebounds to help Slatington pull away from Notre Dame for a 55-35 victory. The two teams are tied late in the third quarter before the Bulldogs, coached by Glenn Rissmiller, go on a 14-0 run to take control of the game. Oertner and Jeff Andreas each score four points during the stretch. Andreas ends the contest with 14 points and 10 baords while Steve Hluschak chips in with eight points.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
rich george/times news Palmerton's Andrew Ringler (left) attempts to take down Lehighton's Dylan Schock in the 145-pound bout.

Early season matches often give teams the opportunity to assess what they have. For some they may demonstrate unexpected areas of strength, while for others, they might illustrate areas that still need improvement.

Such was the case for Lehighton head coach Danny Williams and first year Palmerton mentor Justin Petersen during Monday's non-league contest between nearby rivals.

Though the Indians earned a convincing 56-18 victory, which was aided by five Bomber forfeits, Williams was cognizant that his team needed to be prepared when it did take the mat.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Courtney Hoffman (10) dribbles up the court as Mahanoy Area's Megan Babinsky applies the defensive pressure.

The Tamaqua boys and Marian girls basketball teams both remained unbeaten in early season play.

In other action, the Weatherly boys and Jim Thorpe girls picked up victories in their season openers.



Tamaqua used a 23-point effort from Bo Rottet to take care of Minersville, 45-33.

Nate MacDonald and Brett Kosciolek scored nine points apiece for the Blue Raiders (2-0).

Meanwhile, the Miners received a team-high nine points from David Graham.

Minersville won the JV game, 44-32.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Second half surge lifts Indians

After a sluggish first half, Lehighton coach Rich Oertner dailed up the correct formula during intermission.

The result was a big win for his Indians.

Lehighton trailed Marian 19-16 at half, but took the second half by storm en route to a 57-35 non-league victory.

The first half was sloppy basketball, as both teams shot poorly from the field and combined for a total of 21 turnovers.

Although it wasn't pretty, Marian stuck to the game plan and held a slim three-point advantage heading into the locker room.