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Monday, March 3, 2014

WEST LAWN - Redemption. The word by definition, is to atone for a fault or a mistake.

For Palmerton's Josh Evans, it means so much more.

After falling to Bethlehem Catholic's Mike Labriola in last week's Class AA District 11 138-pound final, the senior was determined to make amends for his loss at this weekend's Southeast Regional tournament.

Despite being tested in several of his early matches, Evans marched into the championship bout, prepared to once again square off against Labriola.

Monday, March 3, 2014
Nancy Scholz/special to the TIMES NEWS Trey Shackleton pulls away from the competition in the 500 Freestyle event. Shackleton won gold in the event.

PARKLAND Tamaqua's entire girls' team and Northwestern's Trey Shackleton were the local highlights from day two of the District 11 AA Swimming Championships, held at Parkland Area High School. Shackleton was the lone TIMES NEWS area athlete to come away with an individual gold medal and move on to the PIAA State Swimming Championships in two weeks.

Monday, March 3, 2014
Steve Shinko/special to the TIMES NEWS Marian's Gabby Green tries to get past Jill Dove of Shenandoah Valley.

POTTSVILLE Another championship … another dominating defensive performance.

During Paul Brutto's 23 years as Marian's head coach, there has been one constant thread that has sewn the championship teams together defense.

Saturday afternoon at Martz Hall, the 2013-14 edition of the Fillies joined the long list of teams that have won league, district or state championships under Brutto's guidance.

And once again, Marian did it with a defensive performance that was championship worthy.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

STROUDSBURG Halftime is often a welcome break.

But for Pleasant Valley on Friday night, intermission couldn't have come at a worse time.

After closing the first half on an 8-0 run that turned a deficit into a one-point lead, the buzzer not only ended the second quarter but it also signifield a halt to the Lady Bears' momentum.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Every spring anglers travel to the Niagara River to target brown trout, like this 8-pound trophy being netted by Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charter Service typical of the fish to be found.

LEWISTOWN, N.Y. – For those trout anglers whose springtime obsession is catching river-run brown trout, there is the Niagara River and everywhere else.

For those who have yet to experience the joy of battling springtime browns that average 8-10 pounds in the lower Niagara, it is difficult to describe the action without it sounding like just another fish tale. Suffice to say, first trips are not last trips, and if ever that old advertising slogan "try it, you'll like it" described a fishing destination, that place would be the Niagara.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Given final approval by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners was the proposal to ensure all Deer Management Assistance Program permits are available at the time new hunting licenses go on sale in June.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
steve shinko/special to the times news Tamaqua's Rebecca Kanaskie swims in the 200 yard Individual Medley at the District 11 Class AA Championships.

OREFIELD Northwestern junior Trey Shackleton, Tamaqua senior Joann Butkus and Lady Raider freshman Rebecca Kanaskie all brought home individual silver medals while the Tamaqua girls relay team matched the same feat in the 200 freestyle.

The accolades for those TIMES NEWS area athletes highlighted the Friday session of the two-day District 11 Class AA Swimming Championships at Parkland Area High School.

The second day begins this morning at 10 a.m. and will feature many more local swimmers, as they continue to represent against the rest of the district's elite pool athletes.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Palmerton's Zachary Graver reaches behind to get ahold of Jarred Hardinger of Wyomissing during their 160-pound first round match. Hardinger pulled out a 5-4 decision. Bob Ford/ TIMES NEWS

WEST LAWN - Survive and advance.

That was the motto for all wrestlers on the first night of the Class AA Southeast Regional wrestling tournament.

And by all accounts, the 10 TIMES NEWS area grapplers involved were successful in achieving that goal.

Jim Thorpe's Kevan Gentile (106), Tamaqua's Colin Mashack (126) and Palmerton's Josh Evans all won their first two matches to advance to today's semifinals.

Gentile, fourth at last week's District 11 tournament, was impressive in his opening bouts, picking up both wins by fall.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

BETHLEHEM It turned from a moment of glory to instant uncertainty. Brody Keefe was about to pull off the biggest upset of the Northeast Regional AAA tournament in Friday's quarterfinals against Jamal Powell of Northeast. Powell, who was undefeated at 28-0 and had earned one of the two byes in the the 160-pound weight class, found himself getting outsmarted by Keefe throughout their six minutes of battle, but drew even at 7-7 with three seconds left in the third period, scoring a takedown near the edge of the mat to send the bout of overtime.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 1, 1986 Tom McLaughlin hits a late jumper in regulation to force overtime and then comes up with a buzzer-beating drive in OT to lift Marian to a thrilling 72-70 win over Palmerton in the opening round of the District 11 Class AA playoffs. McLaughlin finishes with a team-high 27 points for the Colts, coached by Sid Llera. Bob Agosti contributes 17 points to the victory while Joe Gurzenda tallies 10. For the Blue Bombers, who trailed by nine entering the final frame before rallying to take a lead, George Schmidt scores a game-high 32 points.