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Monday, February 25, 2013

February 25, 1963 Northwestern's Snyder hits a bucket in overtime and Fritz adds an important free throw during the extra frame to help the Tigers gain a 48-47 win over Lansford. Snyder finishes with a team-high 16 points for the winners while Fullweiler contributes nine and Nestor adds eight. For the Panthers, Steve Zenko tallies a game-high 22 points.

Monday, February 25, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Monica Baranko (23) is guarded closely by Nativity's Mariah Sabol as she tries to muscle her way to the basket. Samantha Faust (4) of the Fillies looks on at left.

POTTSVILLE – If Sam Faust's high school basketball career was going to end Saturday, she wasn't going to let it happen quietly.

Thanks in large part to the noise that Faust made both on and off the court, her career and Marian's season will continue.

Faust scored all of her game-high 15 points in the second half as the Fillies rallied for a 40-30 victory over Pottsville Nativity in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Girls Class A playoffs.

Monday, February 25, 2013
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Colin Mashack (left) and Tri-Valley's Caleb Bordner battle in the District 11 Class AA 113-pound championship bout. Mashack posted a 4-0 decision.

BETHLEHEM - Tamaqua's Colin Mashack came into the PIAA District 11 wrestling tournament on a mission to avenge last season's loss in the finals at 106-pounds.

He entered this year's tournament as the second seed at 113-pounds, behind Tri-Valley's Caleb Bordner. The two breezed through the opening rounds to setup a much-anticipated showdown in the finals.

Mashack got off to a quick start, gaining a 2-0 advantage on Bordner in the first period. He increased his lead to 4-0 after scoring a reversal 45 seconds into the second period.

Monday, February 25, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Trista Cunningham dribbles around a North Schuylkill defender as she drives the lane before taking a shot.

POTTSVILLE - North Schuylkill saw two big keys to Saturday night's District 11 Class AAA girls quarterfinal against Northwestern.

The Lady Spartans wanted to play solid defense and control the glass. They did both en route to a 31-29 win at Martz Hall, advancing to Wednesday's semifinal game against top-seeded Southern Lehigh.

"We said before the game that if we win the rebounding battle we'll win the game," said Spartan head coach John Rizzo. "We knew how good they are offensively. We needed to defend as well as we ever had. I think we did that tonight."

Monday, February 25, 2013

TAMAQUA

Tamaqua Area High School will be holding a advanced ticket sale for Tuesday night's District 11 Class 2A girls semifinal between the Lady Raiders and Southern Lehigh, to be played at 6 p.m. at Blue Mountain High School.

Tickets will be sold on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Prices are $6 for adults and $3 for student's and senior citizen's. All tickets at the door the night of the game are $6.

MARIAN

Monday, February 25, 2013
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Jade Farquhar dribbles baseline shielding off Becahi's Nicole Lacherza.

If a novelist was to write a book about Palmerton's performance against Bethlehem Central Catholic on Saturday afternoon they might have borrowed a title from Charles Dickens' most famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities. However, they might have tweaked it a bit, changing the title to a A Tale of Two Halves.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Mike feifel/times news Lehighton's Vince Mele takes the ball strong to the basket over a Pottsville defender.

Lehighton head coach Rich Oertner expected last night's game against Pottsville to be physical, but he might have been better off if his team put on full gear and challenged the Crimson Tide to a tackle football game.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Though it may not be in the immediate future, I can see a day when all people do what I've done every day for the past 27 years: monitor their consumption of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins much in the way type 1 diabetics monitor their blood sugar levels. That's because science keeps making strides towards proving something I've always suspected.

How long you live or don't live is linked to what you put in your mouth.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Streisels come up big as Tamaqua tops PV

NORTHAMPTON Fortunately for Tamaqua's opponents, the Streisels are just twins.

You might have a hard time convincing Panther Valley of that, however.

That's because in the three games the teams have played this season, the Panthers had to feel like they were playing against triplets or quadruplets.

On Friday in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AA girls basketball playoffs, Maria and Christine Streisel once again turned in dominating performances against the Panther Valley. This time, the sisters combined for 44 points to lead Tamaqua to a 57-38 victory.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

February 23, 1967 Dennis Balliet scores a game-high 22 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help Jim Thorpe pull away from Marian for an 83-54 Anthracite League victory. Balliet scores the game's first six points as the Olympians, coached by Phil "Pip" Rader, gain a narrow five-point lead by halftime. Thorpe pulls away down the stretch as Gene Sweeney adds nine of his 19 points in the final frame. The winners also receive 16 points from both Mike Tessitore and Clem McGinley.