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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Colin Hedash (left) and Grove City's Wes Phipps battle during their 171-pound semifinal match at the PIAA State Championships on Friday.

It's time to clean out the notebook after another action-packed weekend at the PIAA State Wrestling Championships at Hershey's Giant Center.

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PERFECT - Senior 215 pounder Garth Lakitsky not only gave Tamaqua its first State wrestling champion, he did so by finishing with an undefeated record of 42-0.

While entering the State Meet with an unbeaten record isn't a guarantee of a trip to the top of the awards stand, it doesn't always hurt one's chances. At least it didn't this year, as 11 grapplers claimed gold medals while finishing unblemished.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Tina Bastardi

Northern Lehigh girls' basketball coach Dave Oertner only had a single tape of Bishop McDevitt entering the opening round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic State Class AA playoffs.

Oertner and his Bulldogs were still prepared enough to walk off with the program's first state playoff win since 1993, a 62-18 rout of the District 12 runners-up last Saturday.

With only a day to prepare for its second round game, Oertner managed to get his hands on a bit more information on his team's second round opponent Mid-Valley.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ryan's Oil and Heating and Cuz-N-Joe's Place both notched victories Wednesday night in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league. The win keeps both teams tied atop the standings with R.R. Frey Services with records of 4-0.

Matika's/Blazosky-Midas Touch Salon

Matika's Lawn Care/Blazosky Funeral Home got a four-point play from Brad Yuricheck in the closing seconds of regulation and beat Midas Touch Hair Salon in overtime, 66-61 victory.

Monday, March 14, 2011

March 14, 1970 Bob Parfitt of Coaldale fires a 56 game to capture top individual honors in the Annual State Dart Tournament, held in Limeport. Parfitt, shooting for the West Ward Rod and Gun Club, helps his team finish fourth in a field of 30 teams. Other members of the team include John Lazur, Bob Hoben, Len Hoben and Fishie Castagna.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Following is a list of ticket sales for PIAA State Tournament basketball games. Ticket prices for this round are $6 for adults/sr. citizens and $3 for students. All tickets at the door are $6.

Fans are reminded that schools receive reimbursements based on advance tickets sales. Schools will be reimbursed by the PIAA $1 for every adult ticket and $0.50 for every student pre-game ticket sold.

Northern Lehigh

Tickets are available for the Northern Lehigh vs. Mid Valley Girls AA PIAA state playoff basketball game at Hazleton High School on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Monday, March 14, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Kayla Hope drives around Scranton Prep's Liz Schultz on her way to the hoop.

POTTSVILLE It wasn't a huge run.

But it sure was an important one.

And it very well could have been the difference in Tamaqua's 45-39 PIAA opening round win over Scranton Prep Saturday.

Clinging to a four-point halftime lead, the Raiders (28-0) hoped to extend their margin to start the second half.

Instead, the Classics used a pair of baskets from Lindsey Schroth to even things up on the scoreboard.

Monday, March 14, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Garth Lakitsky gets a hug from assistant coach Greg Stewart after capturing a state title.

HERSHEY - Jim McCabe can finally shave off his beard.

"It's coming off tonight," said the Tamaqua coach moments after Garth Lakitsky's 2-1 victory over Milton sophomore Ryan Solomon gave the Blue Raiders their first PIAA State wrestling champion.

McCabe let his facial hair grow for good luck as Lakitsky, a senior 215 pounder, pursued his dream of State gold, which ended with Lakitsky atop the Class AA award stand Saturday at the Giant Center.

Monday, March 14, 2011
RON GOWER/times news Danielle Tristani of Marian goes up for a shot as she drives to the hoop in Saturday's PIAA playoff game against Line Mountain.

SHAMOKIN Despite a shaky first half, the Marian Fillies found themselves down by just one point at half time of their PIAA Class A first round playoff against District 4 runner-up Line Mountain at Shamokin High School on Saturday afternoon.

With over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Fillies held a five-point lead and looked like they were on their way to their the second round on Tuesday.

Line Mountain junior Kasey Long had a different plan, however.

Monday, March 14, 2011

HERSHEY - Wrestling is a sport that can be ruled by emotion.

Garth Lakitsky is a State champion because he kept his poise when it mattered the most.

Neither the pressure of the PIAA Class AA championships, nor the stalling tactics of Milton sophomore Ryan Solomon caused a crack in the Tamaqua senior 215-pounder's determination.

Solomon's slowdown strategy didn't stop Lakitsky from becoming the first Tamaqua grappler to win a State title.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Fourth Annual Hunter Meckes Memorial Soccer Tournament will be held Sunday, April 17 at the Lehighton Area High School soccer fields. The event starts at 9 a.m. U-9 to U-18 teams will be playing. D.J. Larry will be spinning tunes and there refreshments by Jim Thorpe Girls Soccer Club. There will also be a bake sale. Proceeds from the basket event will be donated to Hunter Wolfe, who has leukemia, to help with his medical expenses.