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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.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

ALLENTOWN - Turnovers and poor shooting will severely hinder any team's chances of winning a basketball game.

The Pleasant Valley girls' basketball team knows that all too well.

As has seemed to be the case in most of the Lady Bears' lop-sided losses this season, the locals once again didn't take good care of the ball and had trouble putting it in the basket. This time the poor performance put an end to Pleasant Valley's season as it fell to Parkland in the quarterfinals of the District 11 AAAA playoffs 49-30.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

BETHLEHEM TIMES NEWS Area wrestlers enjoyed a solid opening night at the District 11 wrestling tournament, with nine advancing to the semifinals today.

Panther Valley's Lenny Ogozalek defeated Schuylkill Haven's Dalton Werley and Williams Valley's William Girard to earn a return trip to the semis at 106 pounds. Ogozalek likes his chances, even as the second seed in the tournament.

"I feel great about my first two wins," Ogozalek said. "I had a great last match, which was really close.

"Going into the semis I feel like I have a great shot at a win there."

Saturday, February 23, 2013
For regional outdoors exhibitors such as Rick Weaknecht, who operates his family’s archery business in Kutztown, the return of the Lehigh Valley Sportsman Show in Allentown allows them to renew contact with longtime clients.

While much in the outdoors has changed since the first "Allentown show" debuted 27 years ago at Castle Gardens in Dorney Park, Lehigh Valley Sportsman Show promoter Dennis Brozey, president of P.B.M Productions Inc., said the emphasis now – as then – will be on outdoors activities.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Kenny Yanovich's first day at the District 11 3A wrestling tournament started just the way he had hoped.

Yanovich stormed his way to this morning's semifinals at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium with two impressive victories to lead a contingent of three Pleasant Valley wrestlers into the semis.

Yanovich, a junior at 113-pounds, is the Bears best shot to reach the finals, which is something he expects to do.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Photo Courtesy of Jordon Flexer/Flexer Photography Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek barely gets off a jump shot against Allentown Central Catholic's Tim Gottshall.

The Tamaqua boys basketball program took some big strides during the 2012-13 season.

The Raiders qualified for districts for the first time since 2004, won a playoff game for the first time since 2001, and showed onlookers that they were a program on the rise.

However, all good things must come to an end and the Raiders met that end last night in the District 11 AAA quarterfinal, facing off with the Vikings from Allentown Central Catholic. The Raiders were just simply overwhelmed with the talent and skill of their opponent, losing to the Vikings 77-37.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

POTTSVILLE – Martz Hall isn't exactly Sesame Street, but if it was, last night's District 11 Class A quarterfinal between Marian and Shenandoah Valley would have been brought to you by the letter "D."

"D" as in Defense.

In perhaps one of their best defensive games of the season, the Colts completely shut down a high-scoring Blue Devils offense and advanced to next week's district semifinal with a 42-32 victory.

The win sets up a fourth meeting with second-seeded Mahanoy Area (a 64-35 quarterfinal winner over Moravian Academy) on Tuesday night at Martz Hall (7:30 p.m.).

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Spring gobbler hunters have the opportunity to hear one of Pennsylvania's most respected authorities on wild turkey when Matt Morrett of Harrisburg presents a free seminar, Wednesday, March 6, beginning at 6 p.m., at Cabela's Hamburg store.

A veteran calling champion and turkey hunting guide, Morrett is currently the vice-president of sales for the turkey hunting division of Zink Calls and is the host of Avian-X TV on The Sportsman's Channel. He has hunted all four sub-species of the wild turkey, but this seminar will focus on Pennsylvania and hunting the Eastern wild turkey.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Nothing is perfect, or so we are told.

Dr. Bruce Hartman's world of silver and black in Lehighton, however, just might prove otherwise.

"Bruce the Raider Guy," as Hartman is known nationally, owns well over 40,000 authentic and original items from the 53 year history of his beloved Oakland Raider franchise that began in 1960 in the American Football League.

"I am, by nature, compulsive and a perfectionist, especially in my dental practice and with my collection. I am quite sure I have the largest collection of Raider memorabilia in the country," he said.

Friday, February 22, 2013

DISTRICT 11 AAA GIRLS

QUARTERFINALS

No. 4 Northwestern (22-2) vs.

No. 5 North Schuylkill (19-4)

TIPOFF: Saturday, February 23 at Martz Hall

COACHES: Northwestern - Chris Deutsch; North Schuylkill - John Rizzo

LEADING SCORERS: Northwestern – Sara Jones (15 ppg), Sarah Segan (10.4), Sabrina Mertz (8.7), Trista Cunningham 8.7; North Schuylkill – Carly Gregas (8.6), seven others with three or more points per game.