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Friday, February 10, 2012

A few weeks ago, the Northern Lehigh-Palmerton regular season finale looked like it might have a lot riding on the outcome.

But the Bulldogs and Bombers both eliminated any "must win" sceneries associated with the game by clinching berths in the District 11 playoffs prior to their Colonial League showdown Thursday night.

Despite that fact, the contest still had a lot of importance according to both coaches.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Panther Valley school board on Thursday cut the base salaries of two assistant baseball and softball coaches from $1,800 to $1,600 and from $1,600 to $1,300, respectively.

In a related move, the board approved softball coach Jill Zwiesdak's stipend transferred from $1,800 to $1,650; and Ray Trevorah at $1,300. The board approved Michelle Markovich as a track and field coach from $1,500 to unpaid assistant. Markovich is also a school director. It also approved a change in Jason Harrison's status from paid assistant track and field coach to volunteer.

Friday, February 10, 2012

A few weeks ago I was watching the end of the Dallas Mavericks-Oklahoma City Thunder game on TNT. The two teams had gone back-and-forth all night and had it come down to the final seconds.

Down two, Vince Carter buries a clutch three-pointer from the top of the key with 1.4 seconds remaining to give the Mavs a one-point lead. Only 1.4 ticks? It's game over, right?

Friday, February 10, 2012

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter will again hold its annual Scholar Athlete banquet. This year's event takes place Sunday March 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Center. Tickets are $30. For information or tickets, call Herb Barrall 484-515-6530.

Friday, February 10, 2012
special to the times news @Caption Stand Alone:Thorpe's Robinson nominated to McDonald's All-American team Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson was recently selected as one of 600 nationally recognized nominees for the McDonald's All American High School Basketball team. The nominees were selected by high school coaches, athletic directors, principles and members of the McDonalds All American Games Selection Committee. Robinson was honored at a special ceremony before the start of the Jim Thorpe-Pottsville game on Feb. 3. The McDonald's All American Games, which take place on March 28 at Chicago's United Center, will feature 24 boys and 24 girls from around the country. Robinson, who recently became the school's all-time leading scorer, is the first Jim Thorpe High School player to ever receive a McDonald's nomination.

Jim Thorpe girls basketball player Celeste Robinson was recently selected as one of 600 nationally recognized nominees for the McDonald's All American High School Basketball team. The nominees were selected by high school coaches, athletic directors, principles and members of the McDonalds All American Games Selection Committee. Robinson was honored at a special ceremony before the start of the Jim Thorpe-Pottsville game on Feb. 3. The McDonald's All American Games, which take place on March 28 at Chicago's United Center, will feature 24 boys and 24 girls from around the country.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Mike feifel/times news Pleasant Valley wrestlers, coaches and managers celebrate after beating Stroudsburg for the Mountain Valley Conference championship.

In any match between two good teams, the deciding factors come down to swing matches, bonus points, and unsung heroes.

Last night, the Pleasant Valley Bears had their share of all three as they reclaimed the Mountain Valley Conference championship with their 30-27 win over Stroudsburg on senior night.

"The big bonus was at heavy weight. That was a huge turning point," Coach Mark Getz said. "That was a toss-up bout it could have gone either way."

Thursday, February 9, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's John Horvath takes down Schuylkill Haven's Nick Ingraham before pinning him in 44 seconds in the 195-pound bout.

Panther Valley proved to be the only local winner on the mats on Wednesday night.

WRESTLING

Schuy. Haven-Panther Vy.

The Panthers took advantage of seven forfeit wins won all five bouts that were wrestled in taking a 60-6 victory over the Hurricanes.

Zachary Glassic, Dustin Marblestone, Matt Buss and Rian Shubeck all won by decisions and John Horvath added a pin for PV.

Panther Vy. 60, Schuylkill Haven 6

106 - Lenny Ogozalek (PV) won by forfeit

113 - Seth Oriel (PV) won by forfeit

126 - Zachary Glassic (PV) dec. Shay Mattern (SH), 3-2

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Palmerton Area School Board has approved various extracurricular positions per the negotiated contract for the 2012-13 school year.

The board at a special meeting on Tuesday approved the positions on an 8-0 vote, with one abstention. Director Darlene Yeakel abstained from the vote.

- Ryan Sharkazy, head boys' soccer coach

- Chris Walkowiak, head football coach

- Jeff Minnich, cross country coach

- Bethany Rowland, head cheerleading adviser

- Kimberly Seiler, head field hockey coach

- Travis Fink, assistant football coach

Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 9, 1983 Cathi Evans scores 12 of her team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter to help Northern Lehigh gain a 60-48 Centennial League victory over Lehighton. The Bulldogs, coached by Dick Jones, lead by just one entering the final frame but outscore the Indians 26-15 to seal the win. Dena Hofmann contributes 12 points to the NL cause while Mel Fronheiser chips in with 10. Janice Bisko also collects 11 rebounds. For Lehighton, Karen Klotz scores 24 points and pulls down 14 boards.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pleasant Valley High School has announced the members of its 2012 Hall of Fame Class.

Inductees will be honored between games of Friday's girls-boys basketball doubleheader against Stroudsburg.

JOHN BLICK

John Blick was a three-year letter winner in football, as well as a four-year letter winner in track. He was the District 11 discus champion in both 1994 and 1995. He also won district gold in the shot put in 1995.