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Saturday, February 2, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Dylan Moyer controls Jake Christman of Palmerton during their 182-pound bout during Friday's District 11 Class AA team duals. Moyer won a 9-2 decision and the Panthers gained a 37-33 victory.

Panther Valley knew it was facing a challenge taking on top-seeded Bethlehem Catholic in the District 11 Class AA quarterfinals. The Hawks are going for their third consecutive PIAA Class AA team wrestling title.

Unfortunately, the challenge was too great on this night, as Becahi rolled to a 76-0 win to advance to today's semifinals, where it will face Pen Argyl. The other Class AA semifinal will be Palisades against Saucon Valley.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

February 2, 1940 Nesquehoning uses a big third quarter to help pull away for a 34-26 Black Diamond League victory over Lansford. Frank Sabol finishes with a team-high eight points for the Nesquers, who who extend a three-point halftime lead by outscoring their opponents 11-2 in that third frame. Paul Tyhala contributes six points to the winning cause while John Pancoe chips in with five. Nesquehoning, coached by Bill Griffith, also receives four points from Johnny Watto.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

For those interested in connecting with wildlife in their backyard, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is selling bluebird nesting boxes at agency headquarter, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg. Boxes sell for $10.60, which includes sales tax, and customers can select from assembled boxes or kits that can be assembled as a wood-working project.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Elected to head the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners for 2013 are, from left, secretary Brian Hoover, president Bob Schlemmer and vice-president Dave Putnam.

HARRISBURG – Hunters submitting dates to employers for vacation days during some fall and winter seasons would be wise to check the calendar.

Opening day for some seasons will begin a week later than usual during the 2013-14 license year that received preliminary approval by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners at Tuesday's quarterly meeting. This was done to accommodate calendar swings related to the timing of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, that occur about every seven years.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
mike feifel/times news Keri Dekmar (5) of Pleasant Valley tries to split a host of Pocono Mountain West defenders.

When it comes to basketball, there is simply no defense for good offense.

The Pleasant Valley girls learned that the hard way Friday night.

Ramonia and Jackie Benitez, two sisters that are a senior and a sophomore respectively, combined to score 41 of Pocono Mountain West's 53 points and helped lead the Panthers past Pleasant Valley 53-42 in Mountain Valley Conference play. Those two, combined with the Bears' 15-for-50 shooting woes, spelled doom for the locals.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Northern Lehigh boys and the Panther Valley boys were the only two locals to pick up victories.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pen Argyl-No. Lehigh

Northern Lehigh limited Pen Argyl to single digits in all four quarters, en route to a 50-21 Colonial League victory.

Josh Eden paced the Bulldogs (13-7) with a game-high 15 points, while Tyler Dibilio tacked on 12.

PEN ARGYL

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Teams don't go 20-0 without surviving some scares.

Palmerton gave Northwestern as good a test as any team has this season Friday night in New Tripoli. The Tigers came out unscathed, securing a 52-47 win in the game's final two minutes.

"We told our girls this is going to be a tight game," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "This is good for us. Everybody wants to knock us off. Give Palmerton credit. They did a lot of things well. We were fortunate."

The teams exchanged leads 17 times in the game and neither ever led by more than four.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
NW tops Palmerton

Any time that Northwestern can garner a win in the Colonial League, their head coach, Dan Eddinger will be content. However, his happiness was tested in last night's 55-44 win over Palmerton, as the game was marred with fouls, turnovers, blown layups and missed free throws from both sides.

The Tigers outscored the Bombers in each of the first three frames, building a lead that proved all too insurmountable for the winless hosts. However, that did not stop Palmerton (0-19 overall, 0-14 CL), from making a run at the come-from-behind win.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

On Wednesday night, the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) tipped-off its annual adult winter basketball league in the Tamaqua Elementary School gymnasium.

The triple-header was highlighted by Shawn's Construction knocking off three-time defending champion Ryan's Oil & Heating.

Joey B's/Joe's Place-Lucky's Deli

Joey B's/Joe's Place used a 14-0 run early in the game to take home a 58-42 victory over Lucky's Deli.

Zach Freed scored 13 points to lead Joey B's/Joe's Place while Tom Kresge and Andy Steinmetz chipped in with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

I don't think the comment came from jealousy. Someone who has seen the guy's girlfriend, however, might say otherwise.

What I'd like to think is that my brain was distracted still processing the amazing research I had read before meeting a group of about a dozen cyclists in a grocery store parking lot when what sounded like an insult just came out.

Big Jim, the ride leader introduced me to the new guy, a dentist from the Philly area. The dentist said, "You rode with my girlfriend last fall. The dental hygienist going on the cycling vacation. Remember?"

Did I ever.