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Friday, March 11, 2011
Mike Hromyak

Tamaqua Area School District Athletic Director Mike Hromyak has been named the 2011 Pennsylvania Region II Athletic Director of the Year by the Pa. State Athletic Directors Association (PSADA).

Region II includes athletic directors from PIAA Districts 2, 4 and 11.

Hromyak has been previously recognized for his efforts in directing Tamaqua Area's sports programs. He was selected as the 2005 Schuylkill League Athletic Director of the Year and the 2003 District 11 Robert Stimmel Award winner as the league's representative as the District 11 Athletic Director of the Year.

Friday, March 11, 2011
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich battles Governor Mifflin's Colin Ocha in a 103-pound preliminary round bout in Class AAA.

Pleasant Valley's start to the PIAA 3A wrestling championships may have gotten off to a rough start, but the Bears ended day one in sweet fashion keeping both of their grapplers alive heading into Friday's action.

Kenny Yanovich (103) and Michael Dahlstrom (130) may have waited until the third period to secure their victories in the first round of consolations, but both controlled their bouts en route to impressive victories.

Friday, March 11, 2011

March 11, 1946 A big third quarter helps Summit Hill pull away from Frackville for a 38-27 win in the District 11 semifinals. Dick Black scores six of his 12 points in that third frame a period which sees the Hillers outscore their opponent 14-8 to gain a nine-point lead. George Keister finishes with a game-high 14 points while the winners also receive eight from Richie DiGiacomo.

Friday, March 11, 2011

When the Marian girls' basketball team returned to practice earlier this week, its setback in the last Saturday's District 11 Class A Championship game quickly became history.

Marian won't be alone when it comes to forgetting about a district championship loss. The Fillies next opponent, Line Mountain, dropped a 62-40 decision to Lourdes Regional in the District 4 Class A Championship game last weekend.

Friday, March 11, 2011

HERSHEY – Both Colin Hedash and Garth Lakitsky have wrestled in the State semifinals before.

This evening, their mission is to take it one more step.

Hedash, Northern Lehigh's senior 171 pounder, and Tamaqua's Lakitsky, a senior wrestling at 215, each won their quarterfinal bouts this morning at the PIAA Class AA Championships at Hershey's Giant Center.

Two other TIMES NEWS area grapplers, No. Lehigh's Zane Heller (125) and Northwestern Lehigh's Bobby Clymer (152), both lost in the quarterfinals.

Friday, March 11, 2011

By MIKE FEIFEL

mfeifel@tnonline.com

Last week, I had the chance to wander through the Disney Spring Training site of the Atlanta Braves with all of the hoopla of ESPN's The Weekend and wall-to-wall celebrities. I looked up and saw pictures of former Braves and settled in to watch "Chipper" Jones play his first game since off-season surgery.

The aging third baseman is the last vestige of a Brave team that had a lot of similarities to this year's Phillies team.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) in conjunction with the Big 33 Classic, has released its inaugural listing of top high school football prospects for the class of 2012. This list of 115 student athletes from across the state represents a cooperative effort on the part of representatives from PSFCA district directors, coaches and other functions of the association. It is the first list of its kind to be compiled exclusively by high school coaches.

Friday, March 11, 2011

In last weekend's District 11 Class AAA Championship, the Tamaqua girls' basketball team not only made a huge statement, they also left a lasting impression.

With a 46-42 overtime victory over 11-time defending champion Allentown Central Catholic, the unbeaten Lady Raiders (27-0) claimed their third consecutive District title (and first ever Class AAA Championship) in a game that will be defined as one of the biggest wins in Tamaqua basketball history.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Pleasant Valley 8th grade basketball team stayed undefeated and moved into the Greater Pocono Tournament championship game by beating Wallenpaupack, 41-35.

Elijah Gonzalez led the Bears with 14 points. Eric Mikulski and Brian Joseph added eight and seven points respectively.

Pleasant Valley will play Pocono Mt. West at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday at Stroudsburg's Junior High School.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The hardest part about preparing for opponents in the PIAA State Basketball Tournament usually stems from the lack of familiarity.

For the District 11 Class AA runner-up Northern Lehigh girls, the hardest part was getting a roster of their first-round foe. In fact, up until Tuesday night, Bulldog head coach Dave Oertner had a sole videotape of one game from Bishop McDevitt's season.