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Monday, February 13, 2012

POTTSVILLE - Matthew Cullen and Alex Sirkot became the first two Weatherly High School swimmers to win gold medals at the Schuylkill League Swimming Championships at the D.H.H. Lengel Natatorium on Saturday.

Cullen won the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.65 and Sirkot took first place in the 50 breaststroke with a 29.77 time.

Sirkot also finished second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.27 and Cullen was fourth in the 100 freestyle.

Monday, February 13, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Chelsea Smelas, white uniform on floor, knocks ball away from Blue Mountain's Anne Schu, while looking on are the Olympians' Celeste Robinson (22) and Blue Mountain's Joelle Moyer.

Jim Thorpe girls' basketball team turned a 'monster' loose Saturday night in Martz Hall, Pottsville.

That monster helped the Lady Olympians power their way to a 52-44 win over Blue Mountain for the Schuylkill League Division 1 championship.

That monster was Chelsea Smelas.

Smelas doesn't look like a monster. She's pretty, she's articulate, and she's congenial.

But against Blue Mountain, she turned into a monster, especially under the boards. Just ask her.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

This year's New York Giants football team showed getting hot at the end of the season is a definite recipe for success. The Tamaqua Lady Raiders just might be following that same plan as they continued their impressive late-season run with a 50-48 Schuylkill League Division 1 win over Jim Thorpe (19-3).

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are encouraging bird and nature fans throughout the state to join tens of thousands of everyday North American bird watchers for the 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday-Monday, Feb. 17-20.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The invitation has been extended.

It now appears likely that in just a few weeks, Lehighton will be joining a new scholastic sports league.

On Thursday, the Schuylkill League met with Lehighton officials and extended an invitation to join the league for the 2014-15 school year.

That invitation can't be officially accepted until the Lehighton School Board meets on Feb. 27, but all indications are that Lehighton will jump at the offer.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
ron gower/times news Northern Lehigh's Lucas Pierce goes to the floor for a loose ball as Palmerton's Matt Leaver (center) and Cody Geist (right) move in.

Northern Lehigh knows what it wants to do and needs to do.

But for the first half against rival Palmerton, it didn't seem that interested in doing it.

After halftime, however, the Bulldogs got down to business. They pumped the ball inside to their twin towers Caleb Johnson and Lucas Pierce and the two big men carried the host club to a 59-37 Colonial League victory in both team's regular season finale.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

February 11, 1997 Nicole Levandusky scores a game-high 25 points and starts an important run in the third quarter to help Palmerton gain a 57-52 victory over Palisades in a Colonial League semifinal playoff game at Northern Lehigh. Tied at 35-35, Levandusky's driving bucket starts a 9-0 Bombers spurt that puts them in control. The winners, coached by Rod Strohl, also receive 12 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks from Amanda Samok while Marci Abel chips in with nine points.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Marian defeated rival Nativity to highlight Friday's scholastic sports action.

In a game with playoff implications, Panther Valley fell to Pine Grove.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Nativity-Marian

The Fillies used strong defense to keep the Golden Girls in single digits in three of the four quarters and picked up a 41-27 victory.

Kaysi McLaughlin had a game-high 13 points for Marian, while Danielle Tristani added 11. D. Luckenbill led nativity with seven.

NATIVITY

Saturday, February 11, 2012

"Stuff that would make a maggot gag."

That's how I once overheard my father describe my diet though he substituted a slightly saltier term for "stuff." And while I thoroughly enjoy my maggot-gagging menu, I understand my father's point of view.

After all, more than one "Fitness Master" column has explained that most taste preferences are not innate but acquired.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley played in a girls-guys double header Friday night. The Lady Bears won the first game, 51-40 to clinch the No. 1 seed in next week's Mountain Valley Conference playoffs.

The nightcap then proved to be quite the thriller, but saw the local boys fell in double overtime 58-55.

GIRLS

Pleasant Valley went off offensively in the second and third quarters and ran away from Stroudsburg, 51-40.