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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley played in a girls-guys double header Friday night. The Lady Bears won the first game, 51-40 to clinch the No. 1 seed in next week's Mountain Valley Conference playoffs.

The nightcap then proved to be quite the thriller, but saw the local boys fell in double overtime 58-55.

GIRLS

Pleasant Valley went off offensively in the second and third quarters and ran away from Stroudsburg, 51-40.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

HARRISBURG – For years, shad fishing organizations and conservation groups have been petitioning the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to help in the recovery of American shad in area waterways, including the Lehigh River.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The local Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Saint John Neumann School Gymnasium, located at 259 Lafayette Avenue in Palmerton. All boys and girls who are 10 to 14 years old as of Jan. 1, 2012 and who have not participated in another Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship in 2012 are eligible to participate. Proof of age is required.

A parent or legal guardian must be present for the registration process, which begins at 12:45 p.m. The competition begins at 1 p.m.

Friday, February 10, 2012

After two weeks of play, Cuz-N-Joe's Place, R.R. Frey Services, Ryan's Oil & Heating and Schick's Cafe Calcutta have seperated themselves from the pack in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league.

RESULTS

Ryan's Oil & Heating-Midas Touch Hair Salon

Ryan's Oil & Heating proved to be too much for Midas Touch Hair Salon, as the defending league champions rolled to a 61-36 victory.

Joe Schaeffer buried six three pointers and led Ryan's with 20 points, while Shawn Tray chipped in with 11.

Friday, February 10, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Brock Mitchell (33) is trapped by Pine Grove defenders.

Jim Thorpe and Marian posted boys basketball victories on Thursday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe dominated from the outset and cruised to the 72-50 Schuylkill League win.

The Olympians built a 31-9 first quarter lead in the season finale for both teams.

Jim Thorpe (7-15, 2-10) had four players in double figures. Darius Clark's 19 points led the way. Dane Ciavarella and Conner Ennis both scored 14 and PJ Johnson added 11.

Bret Kosciolek led Tamaqua (5-17, 1-11) with 20 points. Teammate Jake Fegley added nine.

Friday, February 10, 2012

February 10, 2004 Matt Gould scores 10 of his 12 points during the second half as Pleasant Valley pulls away from Lehighton for a 68-47 win and the Mountain Valley Conference second half championship. The Bears, coached by Ken Piontkowski, use a 16-5 run in the third quarter to break open a close game. PV's Tom Kresge finishes with a team-high 14 points, with 12 of them coming in the first half. Mike Nicholas adds 10 points while Leo Lunney chips in with nine.

Friday, February 10, 2012

A few weeks ago, the Northern Lehigh-Palmerton regular season finale looked like it might have a lot riding on the outcome.

But the Bulldogs and Bombers both eliminated any "must win" sceneries associated with the game by clinching berths in the District 11 playoffs prior to their Colonial League showdown Thursday night.

Despite that fact, the contest still had a lot of importance according to both coaches.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Panther Valley school board on Thursday cut the base salaries of two assistant baseball and softball coaches from $1,800 to $1,600 and from $1,600 to $1,300, respectively.

In a related move, the board approved softball coach Jill Zwiesdak's stipend transferred from $1,800 to $1,650; and Ray Trevorah at $1,300. The board approved Michelle Markovich as a track and field coach from $1,500 to unpaid assistant. Markovich is also a school director. It also approved a change in Jason Harrison's status from paid assistant track and field coach to volunteer.

Friday, February 10, 2012

A few weeks ago I was watching the end of the Dallas Mavericks-Oklahoma City Thunder game on TNT. The two teams had gone back-and-forth all night and had it come down to the final seconds.

Down two, Vince Carter buries a clutch three-pointer from the top of the key with 1.4 seconds remaining to give the Mavs a one-point lead. Only 1.4 ticks? It's game over, right?

Friday, February 10, 2012

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter will again hold its annual Scholar Athlete banquet. This year's event takes place Sunday March 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Center. Tickets are $30. For information or tickets, call Herb Barrall 484-515-6530.