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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Panther Valley graduates Sami Vavra a school record setters and her sister, freshman Karoline Vavra, lead East Stroudsburg University into the 2012 PSAC Swimming Championships, this Thursday through Sunday at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.

Sami Vavra, a junior, set the school record in the 100 breast on December 3 at the Grove City Invitational with a time of 1:07.22, good for the 12th seed entering the PSAC Championships. She will also compete in the 200 breast and 200 IM and has the second-fastest times in school history in both events.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ /Special to THE TIMES NEWS Sara Jones of Northwestern dribbles around Melann Amory of Southern Lehigh on her way to the hoop. So. Lehigh won, 57-48

CATASAUQUA - The defending Colonial League champs are headed back to the girls championship game.

Top-seeded Southern Lehigh got a big night from Bridgette Dougherty and some well-timed three-pointers from her teammates in a 57-48 win over Northwestern and advance to Friday's finals.

"They're a good team," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "There's a reason why they're Colonial League champs. They can score inside. They can score outside."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner (center) signs a letter-of-intent to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point to continue her education and basketball career following graduation. Looking on are her mother Beatrice and father and coach Dave.

During her high school career, Aimee Oertner has done her best to be a true floor leader for the Northern Lehigh girls' basketball team.

Oertner has received an appointment to continue her education and athletic career with the United States Military Academy at West Point.

To her, it was a "great" choice to make so she could play the game she so loves, but it was truly the academics that drew her attention in choosing the Patriot League program.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

(Through Feb. 13)

106 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, So. (32-3); 2. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Sr. (22-6); 3. Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, So. (31-6)

Honorable Mention - Ryan Rubio, Northern Lehigh, Fr. (15-9).

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Weatherly girls posted a win in their season finale, rallying to defeat Moravian Academy in a non-league contest.

Jamie Dougherty tallied a team-high 18 points and the Wreckers (6-16) pulled away in the second half for a 46-39 victory.

Dougherty hit for eight points in the third quarter and Alicia Panzarella added seven as Weatherly used a 20-5 third frame to offset a halftime deficit.

Panzarella ended with 11 points while the Lions' Rachel Redles scored a team-high 18 points on six three-pointers.

In the JV game, Weatherly rolled to a 58-31 win.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wrestlers are used to battling.

They do it on the mat during matches and practice. They do it off the mat in the weight room while trying to get stronger. They even do it throughout the day in trying to maintain their weight.

No wrestler, though, is in a bigger battle than Panther Valley's Richard Nase. And his fight isn't against another competitor or having to drop a few pounds.

The battle he faces is one of health and survival.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday approved the following cocurricular appointments for the 2012-13 school year:

- Adam Stofko, assistant boy's soccer coach, $1,401, shared stipend

- Eric Schmidt, assistant boy's soccer coach, $1,401, shared stipend

* Stofko's appointment is pending verification of missing documents.

Also on Monday, the board approved the following cocurricular volunteer position for the 2011-12 school year:

- Michael T. Hoffman, Jr., assistant track and field coach

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The 2011-12 league playoffs for TIMES NEWS area teams will get underway tonight with Mountain Valley Conference and Colonial League girls action. Six area team teams have qualified for league playoff berths this year with Schuylkill League girls, Colonial League boys, and MVC boys all beginning play on Wednesday night.

COLONIAL LEAGUE GIRLS

Northwestern (15-7 overall; 11-5 league)

vs. So. Lehigh (19-3 overall; 15-1 league)

TIPOFF: Tuesday, Feb 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Catasauqua High School

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

February 14, 1947 Coaldale's Charley Berry nearly outscores the entire Blythe Township team and the Tigers cruise to a 68-23 Black Diamond League win. Berry finishes with 20 points in the contest while teammate Joe Zenko tallies 14 points. The winners, coached by Tom Raymer, race to a 30-7 halftime lead and also receive 13 points from Frank "Amos" Trimmel and nine from Eddie Flyzik.

Monday, February 13, 2012

February 13, 1976 Rick Christ scores a game-high 26 points to help Tamaqua gain an 80-78 overtime win over Mount Carmel. Vince Keip scores the first three points of the extra session to give the Blue Raiders the lead. Christ adds a driving basket to seal the contest. Keip finishes with 21 points while the winners also receive 13 from Randy Smith and a dozen from Mike Miorelli.