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Monday, March 5, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Sawyer Allen heads for the wall to win the gold medal in the AA boys 100 breaststroke.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP –Sawyer Allen got a good look at what it takes to win a district gold on Friday evening.

On Saturday morning, Allen made the most of his opportunity.

The Palmerton junior won the third gold for the school at the District 11 Class 2A championships, taking the 100 breaststroke title on Saturday at Parkland High School.

He joined teammate Karl Peilmeier as Bombers to top the medal podium at the meet. Peilmeier, who won 200 IM gold on Friday, added to his medal haul with the 500 free title on the event's second day.

Monday, March 5, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian’s Kelly Shober drives past Lauran Deibert of Tri-Valley during Saturday’s District 11 Class A championship game.

POTTSVILLE – Tri-Valley earned gold...

...but Marian earned respect!

On Saturday night at Martz Hall, the Lady Bulldogs claimed their third straight District 11 Class A Championship with a 60-52 victory over the Fillies.

The win was the third straight for Tri-Valley over Marian this season and marked the third consecutive postseason meeting between the two clubs that the Bulldogs have denied Marian a Schuylkill League and/or District 11 Championship.

However, on Saturday night, the Fillies made sure they would not be denied their dignity.

Monday, March 5, 2012

POTTSVILLE The Jim Thorpe girls basketball team no doubt had a rough outing against Allentown Central Catholic in the District 11 AAA semifinal last Thursday night. However, even with the loss Thorpe had a chance to advance to the state tournament with a win over Southern Lehigh in the District 11 AAA consolation game at Martz Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Unfortunately for Jim Thorpe, Southern Lehigh had state playoff aspirations of their own, going on a late fourth quarter run to down the Lady Olympians 56-42 to advance to the PIAA Class AAA tournament.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Championship Finals

106 - Darian Cruz, Bethlehem Catholic, pinned Korbin Myers, Boiling Springs, 3:08

113 - Ryan Diehl, Trinity, pinned Joseph Byers, Boiling Springs, 1:40

120 - Zeke Moisey, Bethlehem Catholic, dec. Brad Farley, Bermudian Springs, 5-3

126 - Arty Walsh, Schuylkill Valley, dec. Ian Brown, Hanover, 3-2

132 - Laike Gardner, Biglerville, dec. Randy Cruz, Bethlehem Catholic, 4-2 TB

138 - Mike Racciato, Pen Argyl, pinned Sharron Townsend, Milton Hershey, 0:26

145 - Ryan Todora, Bethlehem Catholic, dec. Ty Herzog, Northern Lehigh, 4-3

Monday, March 5, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Levi Veppert works his way to a gold medal in the 182-pound class at AA Regionals with a 1-0 win over Becahi's Jose Ortiz.

WEST LAWN - Northwestern Lehigh's Levi Veppert admitted he was nervous.

The Tigers' 182-pounder was about to take on Bethlehem Catholic's Jose Ortiz, who he decisioned 3-2 for the District 11 AA title last week.

Veppert quickly put all thoughts aside, however, and scored a 1-0 decision over Ortiz to capture the championship at the Class AA Southeast Regionals on Saturday at Wilson West Lawn High School.

It was a pretty good weekend for TIMES NEWS Area wrestlers as nine advanced to the PIAA Wrestling Championships that begin this Thursday at 9 a.m.

Monday, March 5, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian’s Kaysi McLaughlin tries to get around Tri-Valley defender Rayne Newswaner.

POTTSVILLE – Most coaches will tell you that moral victory is just another name for a loss.

But Marian coach Paul Brutto has been around long enough to know that all losses are not created equal.

Sometimes you don't have to score more points than your opponent to win. Sometimes the scoreboard doesn't tell the entire story.

Marian's 60-52 loss Tri-Valley on Saturday at Martz Hall in the District 11 Class A championship game is one of those occasions.

Monday, March 5, 2012
DON HERB/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Mike Dahlstrom ( left) goes head to head with Easton's Jose Roche in winning a 9-5 decision in the AAA semis. Dahlstrom finished second.

BETHLEHEM Sean Bianco isn't afraid of many things, unless spiders, snakes and darkness are in the equation. But when it comes to wrestling, the Pleasant Valley junior is fearless on the mat. Bianco illustrated that mentally fierce demeanor during Saturday's Northeast regional AAA finals when he wasted little time dispatching Strousburg's Guesseppe Rea in the 113-pound championship with a fall in 2:42.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner (33) is doubled up by Pine Grove's Shannon Zimmerman (22) and Steffi Sampson (right) as she tries to go up for a shot in Tuesday's District 11 Class 2A girls semifinal.

ALLENTOWN – Aimee Oertner was the last player to leave the Northern Lehigh locker room Tuesday night.

She exited with her eyes red from crying and a stray tear, which had somehow escaped a quick wipe of her face, still on her cheek.

Minutes earlier, Oertner's Bulldog basketball career had come to a heartbreaking end. Despite an incredible performance by Northern Lehigh's all-time career scoring leader, her team lost to Pine Grove, 37-33, in the semifinals of the District 11 Class AA tournament.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Devon Glose (20) drives to the basket and goes up for two as Wilson's Daye-Shawn Bailey guards him in District 11 3A Boys semifinal action.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP – Putting Wilson on the foul line late in a close game seemed like a solid game plan. The Warriors were shooting just 58 percent from the line for the season.

They hit just enough, making six of their 10 attempts in the final minute and 22 seconds to hold off Northern Lehigh, 43-39, in a District 11 Class AAA boys semifinal.

"We've been working on foul shots," said Warriors head coach Bob Frankenfield, whose team made 11 of 17 in the game. "I think they were focused on the foul line."

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
ron gower/times news Marian Catholic's Anthomy Pilla reaches around Eric Marbury (3) of Piux X in attempt to knock the ball loose. At left is the Colt's Eric Swankoski (24).

LANSFORD – Pius X isn't exactly the "Dream Team," but they brought a taste of the NBA with them to Panther Valley last night.

Starting for the Royals were sophomore center Lyndon Ewing (cousin of 11-time NBA All-Star Patrick Ewing, the first overall pick of the New York Knicks in the 1985 NBA draft) and freshman guard Eric Marbury (nephew of 2-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury, the fourth overall pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1996 NBA Draft).