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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).

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
LINDA ROTHROCK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's KelecIa Harris (left) and Liberty's JodY Chickey battle for possession during Tuesday night's District 11 AAAA Girls semifinal at Nazareth.

NAZARETH - The Pleasant Valley girls didn't dig themselves a hole Tuesday in their District 11 semifinal matchup with Liberty.

They gouged out a giant crater.

Suffering from shooting woes in the first quarter and turnover troubles in the second, the Bears fell behind 16-0 early and trailed the Hurricanes by a 25-5 count at the break.

Not surprisingly, that deficit was just too much for the Mountain Valley Conference champions to overcome and they eventually dropped a 44-30 decision.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Six area teams will be involved in District 11 basketball semifinal playoffs games.

The Northern Lehigh boys and girls, the Marian boys, and the Pleasant Valley girls will play tonight.

The Jim Thorpe girls and Marian girls will be in action Wednesday.

District 11 Class AA Boys

Semifinal round

No. 1 Northern Lehigh (19-4 overall, 13-3 CL)

vs. No. 5 Wilson (14-9, 8-8 CL)

TIPOFF: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 7:30pm at Parkland High School

COACHES: Northern Lehigh Jeff Miller; Wilson Bob Frankenfield

Monday, February 27, 2012
ron gower/times news Jim Thorpe's Nina Batts (left) passes the ball to a teammate as Blue Mountain's Elizabeth Kerns defends.

POTTSVILLE – Jim Thorpe head coach Rob Kovac wasn't just looking for a win, he was also looking for a way...

A way to spend more time together with a group of girls that he has heralded as the best girls basketball team in school history.

On Saturday night at Martz Hall, he got the best of both worlds, as his fifth-seeded Lady Olympians posted a 59-51 victory over fourth-seeded Blue Mountain in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AAA Tournament.