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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.

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.


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 .