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Saturday, March 5, 2011

March 5, 2005 Panther Valley freshman Allysa Vavra wins two gold medals at the District 11 Class AA swimming championships. Coupled with the two she gained the previous day, Vavra earns the Outstanding Swimmer Award. Vavra breaks a district and pool mark in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.41. She also teams with Amanda Terray, Sasha Kranch and Dorothy Terray to claim gold in a record time in the 400 free relay. PV receives another gold from sophomore Amanda Terray, who sets a district mark in winning the 100 backstroke.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

For anyone who had the opportunity to participate as a dog handler in any of last year's special Youth Pheasant Hunt the first Saturday in October, the experience was unforgettable.

What is easy to forget, however, is the advance preparation on the part of the many sportsmen's clubs with approved propagation facilities that stocked pheasants for the hunt and the special youth season created by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. That preparation began last winter when those clubs applied to the PGC to raise day-old pheasant chicks supplied free-of-charge by the agency.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Northwestern junior Madison Burns made earning gold look easy with her win in the 200 IM (2:06.13) Friday afternoon at the District 11 Class AA Championships at Parkland High School.

Choosing to focus on her aquatic club swimming and her national career for the past two years, Burns finally decided to enter districts this year for the first time as a junior.

"I wanted to try and see how it went," Burns said. "It's exciting and fun. I'm glad to be here. It was not my best time, but it was good for this meet."

Saturday, March 5, 2011

WEST LAWN – Zane Heller once again displayed his Houdini-like talents.

The Northern Lehigh junior 125-pounder, who trailed 7-1 into the second period in last week's District 11 Class AA final before pulling out a 9-8 win over Jaydon Rice of Bethlehem Catholic, once again found himself working from behind.

Heller produced another magic victory out of his bag of tricks when he rallied from a 5-2 deficit to pin Tanner Coyle of Bermudian Springs in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Southeast AA Regional (featuring Districts 1, 3 and 11) at Wilson West Lawn High School Friday night.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Experienced hunters and trappers are being sought by the Pennsylvania Game Commission who are interested in becoming volunteer instructors are being sought by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for its basic Hunter-Trapper Education, Successful Bowhunting, Successful Furtaking and the new Successful Turkey Hunting courses, as well as future courses under consideration.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

ALLENTOWN - For the second straight year the Northern Lehigh girls' basketball team found itself one win away from a district title.

And for the second straight year, the Lady Bulldogs will go home empty handed.

Friday, March 4, 2011
bob ford/times news Marian coach Paul Brutto checks out action on the court.

Marian has come one game short of the district title game in each of the past two years. The Fillies reached the semifinals each year, but fell to Nativity last year and Tri Valley in 2009.

This year the Marian girls return to the District 11 Class A title game for the first time since 2008 as they take on Tri Valley Saturday at 1 p.m. at Martz Hall.

"We worked extremely hard to get here," Marian head coach Paul Brutto said. "It was disappointing and frustrating the last two years to not be able to be in this position and play for a district championship.

Friday, March 4, 2011
Ron Gower/times news Marian coach John Patton makes a comment to his bench.

It is not uncommon for basketball teams to play against each other two or three times throughout the course of a season.

If two teams are in the same conference or division, they will usually play each other twice. Throw in a tournament or playoff match-up somewhere along the line and three meetings is a definite possibility.

But the Marian and Mahanoy Area boys' basketball teams, are taking familiarity to extremes.

Friday, March 4, 2011
RON GOWER/times news Amy Zehner (25) and Cassie Eroh lead Tamaqua in scoring.

Since 2000, Allentown Central Catholic has been the "gold standard" of District 11 girls basketball. The Vikettes legacy is unmatched, as they have been a permanent fixture atop the District 11 championship podium for the past decade.

Over the last 11 years, many teams have tried making the climb to the Class 3A championship – most have fallen, all have failed.

Friday, March 4, 2011

By EMMETT MCCALL

It's March.

That means the Madness can't be too far away.

Everyone from the college basketball fanatic to the bingo-addict with an extra $5 in her purse knows the office pools are just a little over a week away.

Yes. It's that time of the year.

The time when just about every company in America from the mom and pop family owned business to the corporate giant with thousands of employees will have some type of office pool being circulated.