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Monday, February 27, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Sean Bianco has control of Stroudsburg's Guesseppe Rea in the 113-pound final. Bianco posted a 9-5 decision.

Sean Bianco knows the road to Hershey won't be any easier this weekend at the Northeast Regional 3A wrestling tournament, but he's packing a heavy dose of confidence after winning his first District 11 title Saturday night at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.

Bianco spearheaded a strong showing by Pleasant Valley, as the Bears finished fourth overall with 136 points, as well as advancing seven wrestlers to regionals.

Monday, February 27, 2012
bob ford/times news Levi Veppert (right) earned District 11 Class AA gold in the 182-pound weight class. Veppert recorded an 11-7 victory over Jose Ortiz of Bethlehem Catholic in the final.

BETHLEHEM Ever since he started wrestling, Northwestern's Michael Ortiz has been used to being the shorter guy.

At 5-5, the Tiger junior has found himself looking up to most of his opponents when taking the mat.

On Saturday night, in the 152-pound District 11 Class AA championship match against Palmerton's Cody Grohotolski at Liberty High School, the same held true.

But despite giving up seven inches to his fellow Colonial League wrestler, Ortiz did what he does most times. He won.

Monday, February 27, 2012

For the first 26 minutes of Saturday night's District 11 Class AAA quarterfinal, Palmerton had powerful Allentown Central Catholic on the ropes.

A three-point Bomber lead with six minutes remaining in the game proved to test the Vikettes and push them to come up with something more.

ACC, the tourney's No. 1 seed and the Lehigh Valley Conference champs, showed its mettle by doing exactly that. The Vikettes regained the lead and went on to win, 45-37, and advance to the semifinals against Southern Lehigh.

Monday, February 27, 2012
ap photo Panther Valley's Brock Mitchell (right) protects the ball as Notre Dame's Alex Gregg defends.

ALLENTOWN Notre Dame coach Pat Boyle was a bit concerned with Panther Valley, especially the presence it offered in the paint, prior to its District 11 Class AA quarterfinal round game.

"We were really worried about this game coming in," Boyle said. "We knew if they were able to get the ball in the post we might be in big trouble."

The Crusaders prevented that from happening by pressuring the Panthers' guards and then complemented their defensive efforts with a superb perimeter shooting display.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Six TIMES NEWS area basketball teams will be in District 11 quarterfinal round action.

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

The Panther Valley boys, Jim Thorpe girls and Palmerton girls will all be in action Saturday.

DISTRICT 11 CLASS A BOYS

Marian (12-10, 4-4 Schuylkill League)

vs. Moravian Academy (11-11)

TIPOFF: Friday, Feb. 24th at 6 p.m. at Northern Lehigh

COACHES: Marian - John Patton; Moravian Academy - John Donmoyer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

District 11 Girls Class AAA

First Round

No. 9 Palmerton (13-9 overall; 8-8 Colonial)

at No. 8 Tamaqua (15-7 overall; 7-5 Schuylkill)

TIPOFF: Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

COACHES: Palmerton: Don Delich; Tamaqua: Joe Berezwick

LEADING SCORERS: Palmerton: Kelsey Hay (6-2 senior center, 14.95 ppg), Jade Farquhar (5-9 freshman guard, 10.86), Morgan Mummey (5-10 junior forward, 6.68); Tamaqua: Maria Streisel (5-4 junior guard, 13.14 ppg), Kayla Hope (5-5 senior guard, 10.43), Christine Streisel (5-7 junior guard, 9.95).

Monday, February 20, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Zack Christman (front) looks to escape the grasp of Pen Argyl's Stephen Burriesci in their 132-pound bout. Christman used a takedown and two reversals en route to a 6-2 decision.

CENTER VALLEY - One of the goals of the Palmerton varsity wrestling team this season was to make the first annual Colonial League wrestling tournament. Another goal was to shoot for the record of most match wins in a season.

The Blue Bombers qualified for the tournament that was held at Southern Lehigh High School on Saturday and it was a 40-30 win in the consolation match against Palisades that gave them the record of 17 wins this year .

Friday, February 17, 2012

Pleasant Valley knocked off another Lehigh Valley Conference foe in non-league wrestling action Thursday night.

The Bears, who defeated Nazareth earlier in the season, traveled to Northampton and handed the Kids a 36-28 defeat.

In other action, Palmerton fell to Liberty.

Pleasant Vy.-Northampton

Pleasant Valley and Northampton each won seven bouts in their non-league match but five of the Bears wins were falls and those bonus points carried them to a 36-28 victory.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Northwestern picked up a wrestling victory over Schuylkill Haven on Wednesday.

Sch. Haven-Northwestern

Northwestern took advantage of seven forfeits to cruise to a 46-18 non-league win over visiting Schuylkill Haven.

Mitch Evans got the lone contested victory for the Tigers with a 11-1 major decision over the Hurricanes' Jack Hower at 160 pounds.

Northwestern 46,

Schuylkill Haven 18

106 - Double forfeit

113 - Double forfeit

120 - Shay Mattern (SH) won by forfeit

126 - Dylan Faust (NW) won by forfeit

Thursday, February 16, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Josh Pristash of Northern Lehigh drives to the basket as Bangor's Kerry Reider (33) defends.

CATASAUQUA - It's tough to beat a team three times in the season.

The Bangor Slaters were up to the task on Wednesday night when they faced the Northern Lehigh Bulldogs in the first of two Colonial League boys semifinals at the Catasauqua High gym.

The Bulldogs, who lost three league games this season and two of them were to the Slaters.

This time, the Slaters (19-4) scored the first 11 points and bent a little, but didn't break in beating the Bulldogs by a 58-48 score.