JT Boys lose, girls win

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Date: January 28th, 2011

From the Republican-Herald:

Blue Mountain 62 Jim Thorpe 47

ORWIGSBURG – Jake Cryts paced a trio of double-digit scorers with a game-high 20 points as the Eagles defeated the Olympians in a Division I game.

Mike Tobash added 16 points and Kyle O’Brien netted 14 for Blue Mountain, which used a 30-12, second-half outburst to take control.

J.T. Otto and P.J. Johnson each scored 13 for Jim Thorpe, while Dean DiBonifazio added 12.

Jim Thorpe 64 Panther Valley 24

JIM THORPE – Celeste Robinson continued her scoring tear, going for 27 points, as the Olympians routed the Panthers in a Division I game.

Robinson recorded 17 points in the first half as Jim Thorpe built a 34-10 lead. Kristin Lawrence added 13 points and Chelsea Smelas pitched in 12 for the Olympians.

Lady Olympians beat Spartans

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Date: January 26th, 2011

From the Republican-Herald:

Jim Thorpe 68 North Schuylkill 55

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS – Celeste Robinson poured in a game-high 38 points, leading the Olympians to a Division I victory over the Spartans.

Robinson scored 28 of her points in the first half as Jim Thorpe jumped out to a 44-17 halftime advantage.

Chelesa Smelas added 14 points for the Olympians.

Shelby Weikel had 21 points to lead North Schuylkill while Caitlyn Deeter added 10.

Spartans extinguish Olympians

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Date: January 25th, 2011

Category: Boys Basketball

From the Standard-Speaker:

The three-point torch was lit for the Jim Thorpe Olympians on Monday night and J.T. Otto had the match with three early long balls as the Olympians shot out to a 9-3 lead over visiting North Schuylkill.

By game’s end, however, the Spartans defensive attack extinguished Otto’s hot hand and the Olympians 51-46 in a Schuylkill League Division 1 contest.

It was a North Schuylkill 9-0 run in the first that shut down Thorpe’s shooting attack and proved to be pivotal.

“It’s been up and down for us all year in games and as far as the whole season goes,” North Schuylkill coach Curt Ziegmont said.

It was an up-and-down game as the teams swapped turnovers and layups for most of the second, third, and fourth quarters.

Jim Thorpe can credit its hard fought play in the second half to its backcourt tandem of Dean Dibonifazio and P.J. Johnson, a duo which combined for 22 of Thorpe’s 27 second half points.

But North Schuylkill had the night’s star in center Brandon McCloskey, who tallied 14 rebounds and led the Spartans with 16 points.

“Brandon is a hard worker on the glass and has a lot of passion for the game,” Ziegmont said. “When we have four guards in there, we really rely on him to rebound the ball for us and he does a great job.”

With the win, North Schuylkill improved to 8-6 and moved within three more victories of qualifying for the District 11 tournament.

“We just need to take it one game at a time,” Ziegmont said. “That has been our motto all year long”.


Rakowsky 3 0-2 7, Meyer 2 2-2 7, Chernewski 1 0-0 2, Cicioni 1 0-0 3, Skinner 2 0-0 4, Damiter 3 1-1 7, McCloskey 5 6-10 16, Gallagher 0 0-0 0, Walsh 2 1-2 5. Totals 17 10-17 51.


Dibonifazio 6 1-1 14, Prontnicki 0 0-0 0, Moronta 0 0-0 0, Munoz 0 0-0 0, Ciavarella 1 0-0 2, McGill 0 0-0 0, Otto 4 0-0 2, Brown 0 0-0 0, Johnson 5 7-10 16. Totals 16 8-11 46.

NSHS……………………………… 13 6 14 18 – 51

JTHS ……………………………….9 10 13 14 – 46

3-FG: Rakowsky, Meyer, Cicioni. Otto 4, Johnson, Dibonifazio.

JT boys beat Williams Valley

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Date: January 24th, 2011

Category: Boys Basketball

From the Republican-Herald:

TOWER CITY – Dean DiBonifazio paced four players in double figures with 20 points as Jim Thorpe defeated Williams Valley 73-62 in a non-league boys’ basketball game Saturday.

P.J. Johnson added 18 points, Dane Ciavarella netted 12 and Thomas Prontnicki scored 10 for the Olympians, who used a 22-10, first-quarter run to take control.

DiBonifazio then helped seal the victory, shooting 8-for-12 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. He finished the game 12-for-16 from the charity stripe. As a team, Jim Thorpe was 16-for-25.

Freshman Brendan Miller led Williams Valley with 19 points, while Colin Harrison added 11.

PV beats JT boys in OT

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Date: January 21st, 2011

Category: Boys Basketball

From the Republican-Herald:

Panther Valley 52 Jim Thorpe 47

LANSFORD – Zach Stanko scored eight of his 14 points in overtime as the Panthers outlasted the Olympians in a Division I game.

Dean DiBonifazio hit three 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead Jim Thorpe, while P.J. Johnson added 14.

Nate Mathewson also scored 14 points for Panther Valley, while Nick McArdle added 13.

Lady Olympians outscore SV

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Date: January 20th, 2011

From the Standard-Speaker:

Jim Thorpe 39, Shenandoah Valley 11 – Jim Thorpe outscored Shenandoah Valley 25-6 in the second half to wrap up the victory.

Celeste Robinson dropped in 16 points to lead Jim Thorpe.

Kristen Lawrence drained three three-pointers to post 12 points and Brittany Holland scored seven for the Lady Olympians.

Molly Carduff topped Shenandoah Valley with four points and Amanda Hysock netted three.

Shenandoah Valley won the JV contest, 38-20.

Nicole Sacco and Erin Buchanan both scored eight points to lead the Lady Devils.

Danielle Becker bested Jim Thorpe with six points.


Hysock 1 0-0 3, DeAngelo 0 1-2 1, Norwich 0 0-0 0, Carduff 2 0-0 4, Michalik 0 0-0 0, Huss 1 0-0 2, Gottshall 0 0-1 0, Sacco 0 1-2 1, Bolschi 0 0-0 0, Grutza 0 0-0 0. Totals 4 2-5 11.


McElmoyle 0 0-0 0, Batts 0 0-1 0, Lawrence 3 3-3 12, Holland 1 5-6 7, Robinson 7 2-7 16, Smelas 2 0-0 4, Mosteller 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 10-17 39.

SVHS ………………………………………….3 2 3 3 – 11

JTHS ………………………………………..8 6 16 9 – 39

3-FG: Hysock. Lawrence 3.

JT Boys lose to Pine Grove

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Date: January 15th, 2011

Category: Boys Basketball

From the Republican-Herald:

PINE GROVE – Brady Burke scored 11 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as Pine Grove rallied past Jim Thorpe 53-41 in a Schuylkill League Division I boys’ basketball game Friday night.

Dean DiBonifazio drained five 3-pointers and had 17 points for Jim Thorpe, which led 36-35 after three quarters.

The Cardinals answered with a pressure defense that forced several turnovers. Larry Zimmerman tallied five of his nine points in the outburst, while Pine Grove shot 8-of-14 from the foul line to pull away.

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RH: JT Girls one surprise this season

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Date: January 13th, 2011

From the Republican-Herald:

“Jim Thorpe has been another pleasant surprise, starting the season 10-2 with a chance to qualify for districts for the first time in recent memory with a win tonight over Pine Grove.

The rise for the Olympians has been steady since Rob Kovac took over the program four seasons ago. It seems to be reaching a crescendo.

Success for Jim Thorpe this season hasn’t been unexpected with its improvement over the past two seasons.

The key to the postseason will be in continuing momentum, rather than letting it slide away like the Olympians did last season in missing districts with a couple of losses down the stretch.”

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Girls beat Pottsville

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Date: January 12th, 2011

From the Republican-Herald, game was on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011:

JIM THORPE – Celeste Robinson’s 15 points paced three Olympians in double figures in their Division I victory over the Crimson Tide.

Chelsea Smelas added 14 points for Jim Thorpe, while Kristin Lawrence added 10, including three 3-pointers.

Taylor Gerchak had 13 points for Pottsville, and Julie Bulino added 10.

The victory pulls the Olympians within a game of the Division I lead and a victory away from qualifying for the District 11 Class AAA playoffs.

Robinson named as Top Player by Republican-Herald

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Date: January 6th, 2011

From the Republican-Herald:
Celeste Robinson, jr., Jim Thorpe – Another explosive offensive player, Robinson has the Olympians on the brink of a district playoff berth for the first time in recent memory. Robinson averages 24.5 points per game with five 30-plus point performances.
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