POTTSVILLE BOYS BASKETBALL

2009-2010 Season

23 Wins & 5 Losses
2010 Schuylkill League Champions

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Pottsville     55     Minersville     34
Pottsville     63     Muhlenberg     56
Pottsville     53     Blue Mountain     39

Pottsville     63     Tamaqua     41

Pottsville     51     Danville     43

Pottsville     65     Nativity     35

Pottsville     56     Shamokin     40

Pottsville     56     Pine Grove     39

Pottsville     50     Bangor     46

Pottsville     35     North Schuylkill     38

Pottsville     47     Jim Thorpe     59

Pottsville     56     N.Western Lehigh     26
Pottsville     53     Panther Valley     49
Pottsville     60    Blue Mountain   55
Pottsville     55     Tamaqua   40

Pottsville     47     Pine Grove   44

Pottsville    42     Governor Mifflin   57

Pottsville     56     Schuylkill Haven   39

Pottsville     48     North Schuylkill   39

Pottsville    54     Panther Valley  36

Pottsville     58     Jim Thorpe  49

Pottsville   40     Emmuas  52

Schuylkill League Playoffs

Pottsville    54     Williams Valley     35

Pottsville     49     Marian     25

District XI AAA Playoffs

Pottsville     61     Panther Valley    49

Pottsville   55      Jim Thorpe   46

District 11 - AAA - Championship

Pottsville    63       Allentown CC   58

Inter-District Playoffs

Pottsville   38           Mifflinberg   51

 
 
 
 
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Season stat totals
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Leymeister, Eric5044691460
Schlitzer, Nick17717023057046
Whalen, Josh1217910635028
Schappell, Bobby46152013832
Guers, Casey251122610
Heffner, Tyler292338843
Tobin, Jacob946220
Conville, Danny10020
Spece, Saige2614228316
Schuettler, Aaron10220
Bridy, Brandon924211
Witman, Bobby10120
Korrubin, Andrew10020
Adams, Alec00000

Friday, March 12, 20101234OTFinal
Mifflinburg814821-51
Pottsville851312-38

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsMifflinburgPotts
3 Point Goals1 1
Field Goals17 13
Free Throws Attempted21 22
Free Throws Made16 11
Total Points51 38

by DUSTIN HALUSKA
staff writer
dhaluska@republicanherald.com
ORWIGSBURG — Pottsville did everything it could to break the press and screen off Mifflinburg’s defense.
The Wildcats never went away.
Allowing just 13 points in the first half, Mifflinburg won 51-38, ending Pottsville’s magical season in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA state playoffs Friday night at Blue Mountain.
“I think we just missed too many early shots and turned the ball over too many times. We dug ourselves a hole and maybe lost some confidence doing that,” said Pottsville leading scorer Nick Schlitzer, who was held to just one field goal and four points in the first half.
Mifflinburg (23-3) advances to the second round of the state playoffs to take on Abington Heights, a 58-28 winner over East Pennsboro.
Back-to-back turnovers after the opening tip off indicated how Pottsville’s night would go offensively.
The Wildcats never left a man defense that reminded Pottsville coach Dave Mullaney of his own with their quickness.
“I brag about our guys sometimes with their quickness laterally on defense, and this team was great with that,” Mullaney said. “The way they moved their feet and played team defense was very good.”
Despite shooting 2-of-12 from the field in the first quarter, the score was tied at 8.
Unfortunately for the Crimson Tide, the struggles continued into the second quarter. Pottsville went just 1-for-5 from the field and turned the ball over four times, leading to a 22-13 halftime deficit.
Every time Pottsville set a screen, another Wildcat defender helped.
“Corey (Murtha) had the assignment obviously, anytime they set a pick, the kids just did exactly what we told them to do throughout the week,” Mifflinburg coach Eldon Hoy said. “Again just another great team defensive effort.”
Schlitzer, who drained seven 3-pointers in the Tide’s district title win over Allentown Central Catholic, was blanked from beyond the arc in his 17-point effort.
“You just have to have the confidence to keep shooting, but I struggled tonight, couldn’t find the basket,” Schlitzer said.
Added Mullaney: “They were switching everything, so we couldn’t utilize our screens. We knew they had a bunch of good defenders coming in. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy to score, but knowing that, we still missed a bunch of shots early on.”
Pottsville’s best spurt came in the third quarter.
The Tide ripped off seven straight points out of the break, highlighted by Josh Whalen’s 3-pointer that made the score 22-20.
At the 2:15 mark of the third quarter, Schlitzer’s drive to the hoop once again pulled Pottsville within two points of Mifflinburg.
The bucket ignited a crowd that was hungry for a second Tide comeback in a span of a week.
They were silenced from that point forward.
Pottsville was held scoreless for the next 5-plus minutes as Mifflinburg extended its lead again.
This time, the Tide couldn’t counter as Mifflinburg point guard Zac Hoy continously blew past defenders to earn frequent trips to the line. Hoy finished his night with a game-high 21 points, while icing the game by netting 10 straight free throws at the end of the game.
“I’m disappointed in the way we played because we did so many things wrong,” Mullaney said. “I never get disappointed about missing baskets, but we turned the ball over. I don’t even want to use that word (disappointed) with these guys.
“If you were going to tell me we were 23-5, win the Schuylkill League and win a district title, I don’t know what I would have said. I love being around them every day and I think I’m more upset that I’m not going to be around these guys than I am that we lost.”


Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby10020
Heffner, Tyler00100
Guers, Casey11230
Bridy, Brandon00000
Whalen, Josh40191
Leymeister, Eric23670
Schlitzer, Nick5712170
Spece, Saige00000


Mifflinburg stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Hoy, Zac51114210
Pierce, Connor01210
Murtha, Corey422111
Trutt, Travis41190
Wiand, Michael01210
Sowers, Jim40080

 

District 11 AAA Championship

Friday, March 05, 20101234OTFinal
Allentown16181113-58
Pottsville6181524-63

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsACCPotts
3 Point Goals4 8
Field Goals20 19
Free Throws Attempted29 23
Free Throws Made14 17
Total Points58 63

ORWIGSBURG ---- Nick Schlitzer scored a game-high 26 points, Josh Whalen added 18 and Eric Leymeister dumped in 15 as Pottsville used a big second half to defeat Allentown Central Catholic 63-58 in the District 11 Class AAA championship game at Blue Mountain High School.

Pottsville trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half before rallying for its first District 11 crown since 1990.

Pottsville stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby10020
Heffner, Tyler10320
Guers, Casey00000
Whalen, Josh579181
Leymeister, Eric478150
Schlitzer, Nick833267
Spece, Saige00000


Allentown stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Dooley, Brenden435121
Gulyas, Kevin01210
McFadden, David30260
McKellick, Kevin12251
McNeely, Shane4615140
Nosovitch, Brendan22371
Sandherr, Jack600131
Brochu, Ted00000

District 11 AAA Semifinals

Tuesday, March 02, 20101234OTFinal
Jim Thorpe0191512-46
Pottsville14121118-55

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsJTPotts
3 Point Goals2 5
Field Goals20 13
Free Throws Attempted11 32
Free Throws Made4 24
Total Points46 55

by DUSTIN HALUSKA
staff writer
dhaluska@republicanherald.com
ORWIGSBURG — Pottsville’s biggest nightmare came true in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s District 11 Class AAA semifinal game.
Gone was a double-digit lead that was built on the foundation of a defensive masterpiece in the first-quarter.
Two key shots and resurgent defense kept the title dream alive.
Second-half 3-pointers by Saige Spece and Bobby Schappell proved to be pivotal in Pottsville’s 55-46 victory over Jim Thorpe at Blue Mountain High School.
“Both 3s were huge. After Bobby Schappell’s 3-pointer, I was pretty confident that we would win,” Pottsville coach Dave Mullaney said.
Pottsville (22-4) advances to its second straight District 11 Class AAA championship game to face Allentown Central Catholic (13-11) at 7 p.m. on Friday at Blue Mountain High School. The Vikings defeated Saucon Valley 55-40.
Arguably the best quarter of defense played by Pottsville in a very longtime was a distant memory in the second half.
Jim Thorpe, which trailed by as many as 16 points and were blanked in the first quarter, cut the lead to just one at the 4:37 mark of the third quarter on P.J. Coleman’s bucket.
Coleman netted nine straight points for the Olympians in the third quarter and led an up-tempo game that knocked Pottsville out of sync.
The final two points of that spurt from Coleman kept Jim Thorpe within one with 3:34 to go in the third. At that point, Pottsville had yet to net a field goal in the second half.
Spece changed that with 2:38 remaining in the third with a 3-pointer that extended the Tide lead to four points.
The big 3-pointer only bought the Tide a little time however, as an inside bucket by Epps with 59 seconds to go in the third tied the game at 34.
“We actually played some sloppy basketball in the second and third quarters,” Mullaney said. “Their defensive pressure, they put a hand on our chest everytime and they put us out of our comfort zone.”
Added Jim Thorpe coach Brian Carroll, ““They knew that the season was on the line and they felt confident because we beat them last year twice, we beat them this year and with the senior leadership it was all them. They didn’t want their season to end.”
Neither did Pottsville which even through the anxious moments, never stopped defending.
The Tide never allowed Jim Thorpe to take a lead, and at the 2:23 mark of the fourth quarter, Schappell served up a dagger with his second long-range bomb of the game.
Though Schappell’s 3-pointers were key, his defense helped set the table for Pottsville early.
The Tide tossed a shutout in the first quarter by holding Jim Thorpe to 0-of-10 from the field and five turnovers. Jim Thorpe didn’t score until the 6:39 mark of the second quarter.
“We played with so much energy defensively, you could see that we were just feeding off our crowd,” Mullaney said. “That was a great quarter for us.”
Schappell held Sam Lux to just six points, while the interior defense led by Eric Leymeister held Rashid Epps to only eight. Johnson (11) and Dean Dibonifazio (10) were the only players to score in double figures for Jim Thorpe.
“That’s probably the first in the three years I’ve been coaching that we had a zero,” Carroll said.
Lost in the mix of the first-quarter shutout and Jim Thorpe’s furious comeback was a 20-point effort from Nick Schlitzer.
Schlitzer earned that game-high total down the stretch with several contact drives to the hoop.
“He struggled at times, but he’s so confident. It’s easy for me as a coach to keep calling his number because I know he may miss three or four in a row, but I want the ball in his hands the next time,” Mullaney said.



Pottsville stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby20062
Heffner, Tyler22260
Guers, Casey00000
Bridy, Brandon00000
Whalen, Josh289120
Leymeister, Eric22260
Tobin, Jacob00000
Schlitzer, Nick41015202
Spece, Saige12451


Jim Thorpe stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
DiBonifazio, Dean400102
Mickens, Kareem00000
Lux, Sam22560
Epps, Rashid40380
Cinicola, Corey21250
Richardson, Jaquan10020
Johnson, P.J.511110
Clark, Darius20040

District 11 AAA Quaterfinals

Saturday, February 27, 20101234OTFinal
Panther Valley581026-49
Pottsville11171221-61

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsPVPotts
3 Point Goals7 7
Field Goals18 19
Free Throws Attempted14 22
Free Throws Made6 16
Total Points49 61

MINERSVILLE --- Nick Schlitzer scored a game-high 26 points and Josh Whalen added 17 as Pottsville downed Panther Valley 61-49 in a District 11 Class AAA quarterfinal Saturday afternoon at Minersville High School.

Schlitzer scored 10 of his points in the first half as the Crimson Tide (21-4) stormed out to a 28-13 halftime lead.

Logan Stano led the Panthers with 19 points, while Zack Stanko added 11 and Brock Mitchell scored 10.

The victory advances top-seeded Pottsville to Tuesday's semifinals where the Tide will face Jim Thorpe, a 55-45 winner over Blue Mountain.

Pottsville stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby10031
Heffner, Tyler10020
Guers, Casey00000
Bridy, Brandon02220
Whalen, Josh622173
Leymeister, Eric23670
Tobin, Jacob00000
Schlitzer, Nick8810262
Spece, Saige11241


Panther Valley stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Stanko, Zach327113
Ogozalek, Thad00000
Revell, Joe20062
Picht, Kyle01210
Lewis, Damian10020
Romanchik, Tom00000
Mitchell, Brock335101
Ahrner, B.J.00000
Stano, Logan900191

Schuylkill League Championship

Friday, February 19, 20101234OTFinal
Marian6577-25
Pottsville1271812-49

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsMarPotts
3 Point Goals2 4
Field Goals10 13
Free Throws Attempted7 24
Free Throws Made3 19
Total Points25 49

The Pottsville Crimson Tide are back on top of the Schuylkill League boys' basketball circuit.

Friday, February 19, 20101234OTFinal
Marian6577-25
Pottsville1271812-49

Team statsPlayer stats
Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby06860
Schuettler, Aaron10020
Witman, Bobby00000
Heffner, Tyler22260
Korrubin, Andrew00000
Guers, Casey10020
Whalen, Josh356132
Leymeister, Eric22260
Tobin, Jacob00000
Schlitzer, Nick446142
Spece, Saige00000
Conville, Danny00000


Marian stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Barletta, Chris23370
O'Donnell, Brian00000
Stawick, Mark00000
Nesgoda, Michael00000
Decker, Cody20240
Gimbi, Ryan10020
Gottstein, Tommy20062
Yaich, Matt20040
Sherkness, Drew10220
Fital, Vincent00000
Martin, Paul00000
Pilla, Anthony00000
Karnish, Ryan00000

Schuylkill League Semifinals

Wednesday, February 17, 20101234OTFinal
Williams Valley96812-35
Pottsville1816155-54

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsWVPotts
3 Point Goals1 6
Field Goals16 18
Free Throws Attempted5 17
Free Throws Made2 12
Total Points35 54

dustin haluska
staff writer
dhaluska@republicanherald.com
Martz Hall rocked.
Pottsville rolled.
Led by Nick Schlitzer’s game-high 24 points the Crimson Tide cruised past Williams Valley 54-35 in the Schuylkill League semifinal round Wednesday night at Martz Hall.
“It was very important for us to get off to a good start,” Pottsville coach Dave Mullaney said. “They have a talented team. They scared me because they were so long and athletic.”
Pottsville (19-4) takes on Marian, a 62-46 winner over Jim Thorpe, at 7:45 p.m. on Friday at Martz Hall for the league title.
Pottsville’s last trip to the Schuylkill League finals was in 2004 when the Tide defeated Pine Grove.
The Crimson Tide began to carve their way into the league championship game at halftime when Bobby Schappell’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave them a 34-15 lead.
It was the fifth 3-pointer of the first half for Pottsville. Josh Whalen added two, while Schlitzer and Sage Spece also got into the act from the perimeter.
Pottsville took what Williams Valley’s zone gave them in the first quarter.
After that, the Crimson Tide pretty much took what they wanted.
Pottsville’s patience and success from beyond the arc opened up lanes for Whalen and Schlitzer to attack the basket. The Tide used inside buckets and drew fouls to outscore the Vikings 16-6 in the second quarter.
“We hit some shots early and pushed the zone out which opened up some driving lanes,” Mullaney said.
“We just wanted to run the same stuff we ran all year and not just settle for 3-pointers.”
Schlitzer benefitted the most, netting 14 points in the first half.
The junior guard either converted a layup or drew contact every single time he attacked the Vikings front court.
“What impressed most about Nick was how he attacked off the dribble,” Mullaney said.
Williams Valley coach Denny Kasper was equally impressed.
“Great shooter. He’s very patient and he always looks for the good shot,” Kasper said.
“He’s the real deal.”
Whalen joined Schlitzer in double figures with 14 points.
Pottsville’s lead swelled to as many as 30 points in the second half, before the Vikings were finally forced to play man defense.
“When you don’t play a lot of guys it’s hard to play a lot of man,” Kasper said.
The Vikings (15-7), who played for the league title last season, lost four starters off last year’s District 11 Class A title squad.
Tyler Herb, the Vikings’ lone returning starter, finished the night with 16 points including a three slam dunks in the second half. Brent Wolfe added nine points for Williams Valley.
Kasper pointed out that one positive from Wednesday night’s game was getting his players experience in a playoff atmosphere like Martz Hall.
“A game like tonight will really help us,” Kasper said.

Pottsville stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby10031
Schuettler, Aaron00000
Heffner, Tyler02220
Guers, Casey10020
Whalen, Josh324102
Leymeister, Eric14660
Tobin, Jacob20040
Schlitzer, Nick945242
Spece, Saige10031


Williams Valley stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Soliday, Shaun20040
Herb, Tyler722160
Wolfe, Brent40191
Sedesse, Brandon00000
Fortune, Mike10020
Grimm, Josh20240
Boyer, Dakota00000
Rummel, Allen00000

Regular Season

Monday, February 15, 20101234OTFinal
Pottsville1141312-40
Emmaus8191015-52

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsPottsEmmaus
3 Point Goals3 5
Field Goals13 22
Free Throws Attempted18 7
Free Throws Made11 3
Total Points40 52

EMMAUS — Anthony Palencar posted 20 points, including 10 in the second quarter, to lift the Green Hornets over the Crimson Tide and into the District 11 Class AAAA playoffs.
Nick Schlitzer scored 15 points to lead Pottsville, which plays Williams Valley in the Schuylkill League semifinals Wednesday

Emmaus stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Palencar, 900202
Kinek, 10120
Campbell, 633161
Garrity, 00000
Amador, 00000
Sullivan, 10031
Wisely, 20051
Billera, 10120
Jaindl, 10220
Harris, 10020


Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby20062
Schuettler, Aaron00000
Witman, Bobby10120
Heffner, Tyler10120
Korrubin, Andrew00000
Guers, Casey21150
Whalen, Josh02220
Leymeister, Eric00000
Tobin, Jacob12440
Schlitzer, Nick557150
Spece, Saige11241
Conville, Danny00000
Adams, Alec00000

Saturday, February 13, 20101234OTFinal
Pottsville12121717-58
Jim Thorpe1081120-49

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsPottsJT
3 Point Goals6 1
Field Goals18 21
Free Throws Attempted26 14
Free Throws Made16 6
Total Points58 49

DUSTIN HALUSKA
STAFF WRITER
dhaluska@republicanherald.com
JIM THORPE — In their first meeting this season, Rashid Epps pretty much scored as he pleased, while Nick Schlitzer and Josh Whalen never got on track.
What a difference a month made.
Saturday afternoon, Pottsville guarded Epps and got 40 total points from its 1-2 punch to down Jim Thorpe 58-49 and clinch the Schuylkill League Division I boys’ basketball championship.
“Winning the division was our goal at the beginning of the year, and to win it up here says a lot about our guys,” Pottsville coach Dave Mullaney said.
Pottsville lost 59-47 to Jim Thorpe on Jan. 15 at Martz Hall.
The Crimson Tide (18-3, 10-2 D-I) now await the Division II champion (Williams Valley or Tri-Valley) in Wednesday’s Schuylkill League semifinals.
For Jim Thorpe, things could get a little more complicated.
The Olympians can clinch the league wild-card berth and meet Marian in Wednesday’s semifinals with a win over Blue Mountain today. A Jim Thorpe loss today would force a wild-card tiebreaker game with the Eagles.
“Unfortunately there are still games that need to be played, and it just made our work a little harder for us,” Jim Thorpe coach Brian Carroll said.
It was clear from the start that Pottsville wasn’t going to allow a re-run of its January meeting with Jim Thorpe.
Nick Schlitzer set the tone by scoring 10 of his team’s 12 first-quarter points. Schlitzer, who scored 14 points in the first outing, drained back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game.
“He came out on fire tonight, which he didn’t do last time. He was probably motivated by the last game,” Carroll said.
Schlitzer finished with 22 points, while Josh Whalen added 18.
The majority of Whalen’s points came in the transition as Pottsville countered Jim Thorpe’s up-tempo play several times.
“They (Schlitzer and Whalen) take what the defense gives them,” Mullaney said. “I think we were selective offensively, I wanted to push the ball, but if we didn’t have something, I think our guys made good decisions in transition.”
Pottsville’s offense was essential, but its defense won Saturday afternoon’s battle.
Epps, who netted 23 points in the first meeting, was denied the basketball by a Crimson Tide defense that shadowed him from every angle in the paint.
A few of the buckets Epps did manage came off the Olympian forward’s hard work on the offensive glass. He finished with 10 points.
Other than that, Pottsville mainly relied on the bullish frame of 6-foot-1 forward Eric Leymeister to get physical with the 6-4 Epps.
“Eric is huge for us. He was huge for us in the run we made last year. He’s a very good athlete, tough kid and he plays more like he’s 6-foot-3 instead of 6-1,” Mullaney said.
Added Carroll: “They pretty much took away Rashid inside, but we helped them by not moving the ball and trying to make a pass that wasn’t there.”
The combination of Pottsville’s offense and defensive efforts really came together in the second half as the Tide opened a double-digit lead.
The Tide led by as many as 12 while weathering several Jim Thorpe runs that got it as close as seven in the fourth quarter.
A Bobby Schappell 3-pointer and several key defensive plays prevented the Olympians from sustaining any serious threats in the second half.
“I always tell our guys it’s about 100 little things in a basketball game. We have started doing those things better,” Mullaney said.
“We are starting to play with a lot more confidence right now.”


Jim Thorpe stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Mickens, Kareem10020
Lux, Sam546140
Epps, Rashid500100
Ciavarella, Dane30060
Cinicola, Corey512121
Richardson, Jaquan20040
Johnson, P.J.01610


Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby21272
Heffner, Tyler04440
Guers, Casey00000
Whalen, Josh657181
Leymeister, Eric12640
Schlitzer, Nick847222
Spece, Saige10031

Friday, February 12, 20101234OTFinal
Panther Valley69129-36
Pottsville16121610-54

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsPVPotts
3 Point Goals0 5
Field Goals14 17
Free Throws Attempted8 23
Free Throws Made8 15
Total Points36 54

Josh Whalen netted a team-high 18 points to lead Pottsville to a 54-36 victory over Panther Valley in a Schuylkill League Division I game.

 

Pottsville stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby10031
Schuettler, Aaron00200
Heffner, Tyler10120
Guers, Casey02220
Korrubin, Andrew00000
Whalen, Josh723182
Leymeister, Eric25590
Tobin, Jacob20040
Schlitzer, Nick2610111
Spece, Saige20051
Conville, Danny00000
Adams, Alec00000


Panther Valley stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Hadesty, Mike00000
Stanko, Zach12240
Ogozalek, Thad00000
Matthewson, Nate00000
Revell, Joe00000
Picht, Kyle20040
Lewis, Damian20040
Romanchik, Tom02220
Mitchell, Brock21150
Ahrner, B.J.10020
Stano, Logan633150

Saturday, February 06, 20101234OTFinal
North Schuylkill10559-29
Pottsville1271514-48

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsNSPotts
3 Point Goals3 5
Field Goals10 17
Free Throws Attempted13 10
Free Throws Made6 9
Total Points29 48

Nick Schlitzer just missed a triple-double, scoring 19 points, pulling nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists as the Crimson Tide defeated the Spartans in a Division I game at Martz Hall.

Schlitzer had six of his assists in a 17-1 run in the second half that broke open a tie game. The victory clinches a Schuylkill League playoff berth for the Crimson Tide.

Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby20062
Heffner, Tyler10020
Leymeister, Eric20040
Schlitzer, Nick599190
Spece, Saige30093
Whalen, Josh30160
Guers, Casey10020
Tobin, Jacob00000


North Schuylkill stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Hogan, Zach20040
Ennis, Steve33690
Anthony, Gerard30082
Rakowsky, Jake10031
Spotts, Nick10020
Chernewski, John00200
Flail, Kody00000
McCloskey, Brandon03430
Dumboski, Derek00000
Meyer, Damon00100
Prep, Shane00000
Jones, Sean00000

Tuesday, February 02, 20101234Final
Pottsville1710101956
Schuylkill Haven118101039

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsPottsSH
3 Point Goals2 4
Field Goals21 15
Free Throws Attempted19 6
Free Throws Made12 5
Total Points56 39

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Nick Schlitzer helped stake the Crimson Tide to a first-quarter lead, scoring 10 of his game-high 27 points, in a non-league victory over the Hurricanes.
Josh Whalen added 12 points for Pottsville, while D.J. Fairell and Matt Bann shared top honors for Schuylkill Haven with 13 points apiece.

Schuylkill Haven stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Bann, Matt522131
Cook, Aaron00000
Schweigert, Tyler00000
Murphy, Brian33490
Emerich, Travis00000
Jordan, Stefan00000
Slotterback, Bruce00000
Moyer, Scott20040
Charles, Taylor00000
Fairell, D.J.500133
Marianelli, Chad00000
McGee, Collin00000


Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby00000
Schuettler, Aaron00000
Heffner, Tyler00000
Guers, Casey23670
Whalen, Josh512121
Leymeister, Eric30060
Schlitzer, Nick9811271
Spece, Saige20040

Saturday, January 30, 20101234OTFinal
Pottsville8111013-42
Governor Mifflin1291917-57

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsPottsGM
3 Point Goals3 2
Field Goals17 22
Free Throws Attempted9 14
Free Throws Made5 11
Total Points42 57

Nick Schlitzer scored a game-high 20 points, but it wasn't enough for the Crimson Tide to overcome Governor Mifflin

Governor Mifflin stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Jeznach, Christian13461
Colon, Javar567171
Otu, 10020
Andrews, Ira10020
King, 812170
O'Leary, 611130


Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby00000
Heffner, Tyler10020
Guers, Casey30060
Bridy, Brandon00000
Whalen, Josh41290
Schlitzer, Nick747202
Tobin, Jacob00000
Spece, Saige20051

Friday, January 29, 20101234OTFinal
Pottsville817814-47
Pine Grove461717-44

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsPottsPG
3 Point Goals4 4
Field Goals18 18
Free Throws Attempted9 10
Free Throws Made7 4
Total Points47 44

Pottsville held off a furious second-half rally by Pine Grove to prevail 47-44.

It was the fifth straight win for the Tide, who share the Schuylkill League Division-I lead with Jim Thorpe.

 

Pine Grove stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Smith, Cody20140
Rossi, Chris00000
Zimmerman, Larry624140
Blouch, Zach00000
Hoffman, Matt00000
Burke, Kyler412123
Fehr, Dave20140
Hafer, David00000
Burke, Brady412101


Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby40091
Heffner, Tyler10020
Guers, Casey10020
Bridy, Brandon10020
Whalen, Josh634161
Schlitzer, Nick445142
Spece, Saige10020

Tuesday, January 26, 20101234OTFinal
Tamaqua138127-40
Pottsville1717138-55

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsTamPotts
3 Point Goals2 7
Field Goals16 21
Free Throws Attempted14 9
Free Throws Made6 6
Total Points40 55

Nick Schlitzer had another big offensive night with a game-high 22 points, including three 3-pointers, in the Tide’s Schuylkill League Division I win over the Raiders at Martz Hall.
Schlitzer scored 14 of his points in the first half as Pottsville took a 34-21 halftime lead.
Tyler Heffner added 10 points for the Tide.
Anthony Bumbulsky led Tamaqua with 13 points while Michael Gurcsik added 12.

Pottsville stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby30082
Schuettler, Aaron00000
Heffner, Tyler400102
Guers, Casey02220
Bridy, Brandon10020
Whalen, Josh31270
Leymeister, Eric20040
Tobin, Jacob00000
Schlitzer, Nick835223
Spece, Saige00000


Tamaqua stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Streisel, Michael01210
Fegley, Jake00000
Bumbulsky, Anthony603131
Bennett, Spencer20040
Lakitsky, Zachary11230
Rudy, Joseph00000
Taylor, Michael22471
Ansbach, Jonathon00000
Gurcsik, Michael523120
Reinhardt, Trevor00000
Hubosky, Justin00

Friday, January 22, 20101234OTFinal
Pottsville11181219-60
Blue Mountain12201211-55

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsPottsBM
3 Point Goals5 5
Field Goals15 20
Free Throws Attempted29 20
Free Throws Made25 10
Total Points60 55

ORWIGSBURG — Pottsville’s 1-2 scoring punch of Nick Schlitzer and Josh Whalen were saddled on the bench.
Crimson Tide coach Dave Mullaney didn’t know what to expect.
Saige Spece had everything under control.
Pottsville’s unlikely hero came up with a key steal and four free throws in the final 41 seconds to save the Tide, who posted a 60-55 come-from-behind win over Blue Mountain Friday night.
“Don’t know how it happened,” said Pottsville coach Dave Mullaney, who lost both of his top players late in the fourth quarter. “Our guys came through without Whalen and Schlitzer.”
The victory leaves the Tide (12-2, 5-2 SL D-I) one-game behind North Schuylkill and Jim Thorpe in the Schuylkill League Division I race.  
“This was a road win that is very tough to get,” Mullaney said.
Pottsville trailed 55-54 while it awaited an out-of-bounds play from the Eagles (6-7, 3-4) with 41 seconds left in the game.
The Tide smothered the play defensively against the Eagles, who were forced to throw the inbound all the way to the backcourt where it wound up in the hands of Spece.
“Pottsville just defended the play extremely well,” Blue Mountain coach Dustin Werdt said.
Spece was fouled on his way to the basket and preceded to make both free throws to give Pottsville a 56-55 lead. Spece, a regular starter for the Tide, is primarily a set-outside perimeter shooter.
“Saige hit some big shots. He is confident shooting the basketball,” Mullaney said.
Blue Mountain went 0-for-3 from the field the rest of the way as Tyler Heffner (10 points) and Spece (11 points) added two more free throws apiece to ice the Tide win.
The final minute of the game was gut-wrenching for the Eagles, who led by as many as nine points in the third quarter and rallied from four down in the fourth to take a slim lead late.
“Our offensive production was directly connected to how well we were playing defensively,” Werdt said.
Until Pottsville dominated the last 41 seconds of the game, the biggest play of the game was made by Blue Mountain’s Matt Maloney.
With 44 seconds left in the game and the Eagles trailing 54-53, Maloney came up with a steal in the backcourt then drew an intentional foul on his way up to the hoop.
The Eagles’ senior guard sank both free throws to give the Eagles a one-point lead.
Maloney and Tyler Hartranft each netted 15 points for Blue Mountain.
“Maloney came up with some big plays. He did all the things you could ask of your senior,” Werdt said.
It was also a big night for Schlitzer, who netted his 1,000th career point at the 5:52 mark of the second quarter. The Crimson Tide junior reached the milestone as he fought for an offensive rebound and converted a 3-point play.
Schlitzer finished with 18 points, but his biggest contribution was running an offense in the absence of Whalen.
Picking up his third foul early in the second forced Whalen to sit on the bench until the second half. Whalen also missed a small chunk of the third quarter when he got his fourth foul at the 2:59 mark.
“He probably played his best game of the season with all the little things he did for us tonight,” Mullaney said. “He ran our offense.”
Whalen’s foul trouble brought freshman Brandon Bridy off the bench. Bridy provided the Tide with a big spark by scoring five points including a go-ahead 3-pointer in the second quarter.
“Brandon Bridy played really well,” said Mullaney, who pointed to the Jim Thorpe loss as the motivation to get more depth on his team. “We’ve been trying to develop some guys off the bench and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. We need to be deeper.”


Blue Mountain stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Maloney, Matthew477150
Hartranft, Tyler613152
LaScala, Matt20340
Garrity, Mark31370
Cryts, Jake20251
Tobash, Mike31292
O'Brien, Kyle00000
Rhody, Ryan00000


Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby10031
Heffner, Tyler267100
Bridy, Brandon20051
Whalen, Josh31181
Leymeister, Eric21150
Schlitzer, Nick31114181
Spece, Saige266111

 

Tuesday, January 19, 20101234OTFinal
Pottsville10101122-53
Panther Valley1214518-49

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsPottsPV
3 Point Goals8 6
Field Goals16 20
Free Throws Attempted21 9
Free Throws Made13 3
Total Points53 49

LANSFORD ---- Nick Schlitzer scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the second half as the Crimson Tide rallied to beat the Panthers in a Division I game.

Brock Mitchell had 17 points for Panther Valley, which led 26-20 at intermission. But Pottsville tied the game at 31 after three quarters, then took control in the fourth as Schlitzer netted 10 of his points and Josh Whalen added five.

Bobby Schappell added 10 points for Pottsville.

Panther Valley stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Stanko, Zach20040
Ogozalek, Thad30093
Revell, Joe10020
Picht, Kyle00000
Lewis, Damian40091
Mitchell, Brock727171
Stano, Logan31281


Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby322102
Heffner, Tyler20051
Bridy, Brandon10220
Whalen, Josh22671
Leymeister, Eric02220
Tobin, Jacob00000
Schlitzer, Nick857254
Spece, Saige02220

Saturday, January 16, 20101234OTFinal
Northwestern Lehigh11672-26
Pottsville20141210-56

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsNWLPotts
3 Point Goals4 4
Field Goals10 23
Free Throws Attempted5 9
Free Throws Made2 6
Total Points26 56

Pottsville 56, NW Lehigh 26
Nick Schlitzer netted a game-high 21 points as Pottsville snapped a two-game losing streak with a non-league win over Northwestern Lehigh.
Josh Whalen scored nine and Eric Leymeister added six for the Crimson Tide.

Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby20040
Heffner, Tyler20040
Korrubin, Andrew10020
Bridy, Brandon10020
Whalen, Josh33490
Leymeister, Eric22260
Tobin, Jacob30060
Schlitzer, Nick812214
Spece, Saige10120


Northwestern Lehigh stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Nagle, Sean10031
Roth, Dylan10020
Oxley, Kevin30093
German, 31470
Wagner, 10020
Betz, Ryan11130

 

Friday, January 15, 20101234OTFinal
Jim Thorpe13151318-59
Pottsville10161110-47

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsJTPotts
3 Point Goals1 3
Field Goals25 16
Free Throws Attempted14 17
Free Throws Made8 12
Total Points55 47

Rasheed Epps scored a game-high 23 points to lead Jim Thorpe over Pottsville in a Division I clash.

Pottsville stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby11241
Heffner, Tyler31270
Whalen, Josh444120
Leymeister, Eric20040
Schlitzer, Nick458141
Spece, Saige21161


Jim Thorpe stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
DiBonifazio, Dean02220
Richardson, Jaquan21250
Lux, Sam814181
Epps, Rashid1113230
Cinicola, Corey23370
Johnson, P.J.20040

Tuesday, January 12, 20101234OTFinal
Pottsville121139-35
North Schuylkill1010135-38

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsPottsNS
3 Point Goals1 1
Field Goals14 14
Free Throws Attempted6 16
Free Throws Made5 8
Total Points35 31

Pottsville took a perfect record and a world of confidence into North Schuylkill High School Tuesday night.
It wasn’t enough to knock off the reigning champion Spartans off the top of the Schuylkill League mountain just yet.
North Schuylkill’s defense was suffocating at times against the league’s best scoring tandem of Josh Whalen and Nick Schlitzer in its 38-35 win over Pottsville.
“Defensively, the North Schuylkill Spartans played North Schuylkill basketball and that may be an understatement,” North Schuylkill coach Curt Ziegmont said.
“Right now we hold our own destiny because everything we want is still in front of us.”
The Crimson Tide (9-1, 3-1) was held to a season-low in points and now find themselves sharing one loss in the division race with North Schuylkill, Panther Valley and Jim Thorpe.
“We are still in a good position to win the league and I told our guys after 10 games I’m happy where we are at,” Pottsville coach Dave Mullaney said.
After dropping a 51-46 decision to Panther Valley on Dec. 22, North Schuylkill (7-4, 4-1) hasn’t lost a league game. The Spartans handed Jim Thorpe its first league loss last Friday on the road.
“This game is the biggest game of the year. Friday’s game was the biggest game of the year and so far we’ve been winning all the big games,” said Ziegmont, who not only had to replace the program’s all-time leading scorer in Garrett Kelly, but has been forced to give several inexperienced players valuable minutes due to sickness and injury.
“Losing a league game early puts a lot of pressure on you.”
With their backs against the wall in the form of a 23-20 halftime deficit, North Schuylkill proved why its still worthy of being mentioned in the Division-I title conversation in the final 16 minutes.
North Schuylkill held Whalen (11) scoreless in the second half, and defended Schlitzer (16) well enough to keep him from finding his rhythm. Schlitzer managed just a free throw in the third before scoring seven of his team’s nine points in the fourth quarter.
That defensive effort led to Pottsville only scoring three points in the third quarter and North Schuylkill pulling away to a 33-26 lead after three.
Offensively, the Spartans got five points including a 3-pointer at the 5:11 mark of the third quarter from sophomore Jake Rakowsky, who made his first varsity start in place of sharp-shooter Gerard Anthony, who played sparingly on a sprained ankle. Rakowsky scored seven points in just the second varsity game of his career.
“The kids are really starting to accept roles and give good minutes when they have an opportunity,” Ziegmont said.
The Tide were held scoreless from the 4:40 mark of the third quarter to 1:36 into the fourth quarter when a Schlitzer 3-pointer cut the gap to four points. Pottsville would only get as close as three down the stretch.
“They have a really good team defense, but I think we have to trust our offense a little bit more and we didn’t do a good job of that,” Mullaney said.
“I don’t think that’s anything that Nick hasn’t seen, he sees that type of team defense every game. They made him work hard for his shots.”
While Pottsville’s leading scorers didn’t have their best nights, North Schuylkill’s Steve Ennis stayed right on average.
Ennis netted eight of his game-high 19 points in a decisive third quarter for North Schuylkill.
“He takes what the defense gives him and he’s probably the best player I have ever coached as far as seeing things develop before they happen,” Ziegmont said

North Schuylkill stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Hogan, Zach22360
Ennis, Steve748191
Parnell, Zach30160
Rakowsky, Jake22470


Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Heffner, Tyler22260
Whalen, Josh500111
Leymeister, Eric10020
Schlitzer, Nick634161

Saturday, January 09, 20101234OTFinal
Bangor881119-46
Pottsville1713713-50

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsBAPotts
3 Point Goals6 1
Field Goals16 15
Free Throws Attempted11 22
Free Throws Made8 19
Total Points46 50

Nick Schlitzer scored a game-high 26 points, hitting 14-of-16 from the foul line, as the Crimson Tide held off the Slaters for a non-league victory.

 

Pottsville stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby20040
Heffner, Tyler00000
Guers, Casey30060
Whalen, Josh356121
Leymeister, Eric10020
Schlitzer, Nick61416260
Spece, Saige00000


Bangor stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Ruggerio, 03430
LaValva, 20062
Millitsch, 20062
Ammerman, 356110
Carey, 600142
Bouch, 10120
Freeman, 00000
Reider, 20040

 

Tuesday, January 05, 20101234OTFinal
Pine Grove126814-39
Pottsville14111912-56

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsPGPotts
3 Point Goals2 3
Field Goals13 21
Free Throws Attempted15 13
Free Throws Made11 10
Total Points39 40

Nick Schlitzer led Pottsville with 16 points while Josh Whalen and Bobby Schappell chipped in 14 and 12 for the Crimson Tide.

Kyler Burke led all scores with 18.

Pottsville stats

PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Schappell, Bobby412123
Guers, Casey20040
Whalen, Josh611140
Leymeister, Eric40080
Tobin, Jacob02220
Schlitzer, Nick568160


Pine Grove stats
PlayerField GoalsFree Throws MadeFree Throws AttemptedTotal Points3 Point Goals
Smith, Cody40091
Rossi, Chris01110
Zimmerman, Larry22360
Bohn, Jeremy10220
Hoffman, Matt11130
Burke, Kyler578181

Saturday, January 02, 20101234OTFinal
Shamokin136138-40
Pottsville12161513-56

Team statsPlayer stats
Game statisticsSAPotts
3 Point Goals2 6
Field Goals13 20
Free Throws Attempted13 9
Free Throws Made11 8
Total Points40 56