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Friday, January 30, 2015

WHITEHALL Panther Valley head coach Tim Robb had one goal in mind as his team took the mat in the opening round of the District 11 Class 2A Team Duals at Whitehall High School on Thursday night: advance to Saturday's round.

Robb got his wish when the Panthers handed Palisades a 36-30 setback in the first match of the evening.

Despite a 59-18 loss to Saucon Valley in the nightcap, the Panthers move on to Saturday's consolation round at Freedom and will wrestle Northwestern Lehigh at 9 a.m.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Mike feifel/times news Cody Scherer of Lehighton (standing) pinned Luke Fleck of Wilson in the 138-pound bout.

ORWIGSBURG Working with little room for error, upset-minded Wilson and Pottsville proved to be more than up to the challenge on the opening night of the District 11 Team Wrestling Tournament at Blue Mountain High School.

Battling No. 6 Lehighton in their Class AA first round match, the 11th-seeded Warriors were able to avenge an early season loss by claiming a 39-31 victory over the Indians.

In the Class AAA bracket, the 11th-seeded Tide used a torrid start and held off a late surge from No. 6 seed Pleasant Valley to claim a 38-36 win, the first in program history.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
AVC Black Diamonds win tournament

The Anthracite Volleyball Club Black Diamonds team recently captured the 16U championship at a tournament in Palmyra, Pa. The team went 8-0 in pool play and 12-1 overall. Team members include, front row, from left, Maureen Kloap, Courtney McCall, Toni Galasso and Danielle Spillman. Back row, coach John "Doc" Fallabel, Jenna O'Donnell, Abby Stankiewitch, Miranda Antiga, Kelsey Carroll, and coach Natalie Klecha.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Bob Ford/Times News Freshman Kayley Kovac of Jim Thorpe currently leads the Times News area in scoring. Kovac is one of many freshmen girls players who are making impacts on their teams this season.

In the traditional progression of athletic talent at the high school level, a varsity basketball team's roster is comprised of juniors and seniors, sprinkled with a few sophomores, while freshmen are relegated to play at the junior varsity level.

Several area girls' teams have thrown that tradition out the window.

Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, and Pleasant Valley are three schools that are not only starting freshmen game after game, their "rookies" are performing with above average success.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Tamaqua football team award winners were, from left, Kyle Oliphant (Top Defensive Lineman); Collin "Bud" Moyer (Top Offensive Back; 1,000 yards rushing); Ernie Shilko (Francis M. "Spirit" Inama Memorial Award); Malik Roper (Top Defensive Back); Tyler Skripko (Tom Butterworth Memorial Scholarship Award in recognition of outstanding performance on the football field and strong academic achievement); Dylan Baddick (Top Offensive Receiver and Sportsmanship Award); Nathan Bastanzi (Top Offensive Lineman); Trevor Skripko (Top Linebacker; Captain Jeffrey Bnosky Memorial Award for the player with the most Desire, Dedication, and Determination)
Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29, 1982 Cathi Evans scores 14 points and adds five steals to lead Northern Lehigh to a 48-45 Centennial League upset win over Pocono Mountain. Trailing by five points with 1:19 to play the Bulldogs, coached by Dick Jones, score the final eight points of the contest to pull out the victory. Evans hits the go-ahead bucket with 10 seconds left and her steal and two free throws seals the contest. Doreen Martinez contributes 12 points to the winning cause while Amy Niemkiewicz adds 10 points, six rebounds and five blocked shot. Paula Noakes also chips in with 10 points.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Several local basketball teams picked up crucial wins, as the regular season nears its end.

Pleasant Valley's boys and girls teams nabbed victories over East Stroudsburg South, while the Palmerton boys and Northwestern girls each earned triumphs.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Brandywine-Palmerton

Palmerton picked up a non-league victory over Brandywine Heights in convincing fashion, 61-43.

Leading the Blue Bombers (9-10) in scoring were Mark Quinn with 14, while Spencer Hay and Mikey Stasko both notched 10 points.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Northwestern's Sarah Segan is guarded by Jess Olewine of Northern Lehigh during Tuesday's Colonial League game. Nancy Scholz/ Special to the Times News

The Northwestern girls clinched a district playoff berth with a win Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

N. Lehigh-Northwestern

Northwestern rolled to a 54-32 Colonial League victory over Northern Lehigh.

The win clinched a district playoff berth for the Tigers (11-7; 7-6), who received 12 points from Erika Thomas and Sabrina Mertz.

For the Bulldogs (1-17; 0-13), Jess Olewine and Jill Olewine each had 13 points.

NORTHERN LEHIGH

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to the times news Northern Lehigh's Austin Hemingway keeps control of Bangor's Gaelen Happel during the Colonial League semifinal match last night between the Bullodgs and Slaters. Hemingway won by a 5-3 decision in their 138-pound bout.

CATASAUQUA - It was never going to be easy.

In order to capture the title at last night's Colonial League team wrestling championships, there was a good chance Northern Lehigh would have to go through top-seed Saucon Valley to do it.

The Panthers entered the four-team tournament as the top seed, going 8-0 in league competition with an average margin of victory of over 48 points.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 28, 1997 Palmerton trails by eight points with a minute and a half to play, but the Blue Bombers score the final 11 points of the game to pull out a 53-50 Colonial League win over Pen Argyl. Three-pointers by Greg Bulishak and Travis Bolton trim the deficit to two points and Matt Hager's hook shot ties the contest with 50 seconds left. Hager hits a free throw to give his team the lead and Bulishak adds two more foul shots. Bulishak finishes with a team-high 12 points while Nick Samok contributes 11. Palmerton, coached by Todd Gombos, also receives nine from Hager.