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Friday, March 16, 2012

What would Hershey have without Hershey Park? Applebees.

What would Hershey have without the Giant Center? An empty lot.

As my years progress here in the sweetest place on earth, I become more sour at this depressing playground during the PIAA wrestling tournament.

Outside of Houlihans restaurant, which is really the only attraction I look forward to on my stay here, everything else in this area is an absolute bore (and people complain about the Lehigh Valley!)

So here are some of the observations and one liners from Chocolatetown USA.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Palmerton Youth Wrestling team was honored at a banquet on Feb. 26 at the Aquashicola Fire Company. In the photo at the top left, are Palmerton wrestlers who were honored for their performance at the Valley Elementary League Varsity Tournament, from left, Randan Solt, Lucas Christman, and Nicholas Garambone. In the top right photo are the Coaches Award winners. They include, front row, from left, Matthew Lalik (Outstanding JV Wrestler) and Nicholas Garambone (Outstanding Varsity Wrestler).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 15, 1977 Bryan Sauers scores a game-high 33 points to help lead Lehighton to a 78-68 win over Hanover Area in the first round of the PIAA state playoffs. Sauers excels at the free throw line, finishing 13-of-17 at the charity stripe. The Indians, coached by Jim Smith, trail after the first quarter but outscore their opponent by a 46-29 margin in the middle frames. Jeff Miller and Dave Warner each contribute to the victory with double-doubles. Miller tallies 25 points and collects 13 rebounds while Warner nets 10 points and adds 14 boards.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
nancy Scholz/times news FILE PHOTO Palmerton's Karl Pielmeier has a seventh and an eighth seed for this weekend's PIAA championships.

Six TIMES NEWS area swimmers have qualified for the 2012 PIAA State Swimming Championships that will be held at Bucknell University starting on Friday. All participants will be competing in Class AA competition.

Karl Pielmeier (Palmerton), Sawyer Allen (Palmerton), and Matt Cullen (Weatherly) on the boys side and Katie Pielmeier (Palmerton), Joann Butkus (Tamaqua), and Caroline Kanaskie (Tamaqua) in girls competition will be representing the area this upcoming weekend.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
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The Panther Valley Elementary Wrestlers did an exceptional job at the Coal Cracker League Tournament recently. The following wrestlers medaled at the tournament. Front, from left, Spencer Kern and Sabastian Hay, 2nd row, same order, Liam Scrivanich, Kyle Rusnak , Gabe Heaney, Aiden Rohrbach and Matt Milkowich. Row 3, Austin Hydro, Hunter Kennedy, Xander Kern, Tanner Kennedy and Malik Zver. Noah Ortiz, Eric Moyer and DeAntay Alson were also members who medaled. Liam Scrivanich, Kyle Rusnak, Austin Hydro, Hunter Kennedy, DeAntay Alston and Xander Kern all won championships.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
bob ford/times news Marian's Danielle Tristano is closely guarded by Harrisburg Christian's Sierra Dixon and Carrisa Van Dyck (15).

HAMBURG Marian's Paul Brutto has been down this road before.

But for the players on his team this season, the state playoffs are a new experience.

Because of that, the talk after advancing another round wasn't about what to expect from the next opponent. It was on enjoying the moment.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 14, 1950 Palmerton graduate Bill Mlkvy is named to the Associated Press All-Pennsylvania College Basketball Team after a statewide poll of coaches, sports writers and radio reporters. Mlkvy is the youngest of the 10 players selected. As a sophomore at Temple University, Mlkvy plays 24 games and scores 390 points for a 16.3 average. The rest of the First Team is made up of eight seniors and one junior. Mlkvy will go on to enjoy an outstanding career with Owls. He finishes with 1,539 points in three seasons and is one of three Temple players to have his number (#20) retired.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
 Special to the TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton boys basketball team recently honored its seniors at a season-ending banquet at the Lehighton American Legion. Pictured are, from left, assistant coach Robert Hahn, head coach Rich Oertner, Nate Kresge, DJ Rossino, Alex Guyn, and School Board President Rocky Ahner.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Palmerton and Tamaqua both opened its boys tennis season Tuesday with losses.



The Warriors won all but one singles match in a 4-1 Colonial League win over the Blue Bombers.

Spencer Shigo was the lone Palmerton winner, earning a victory at No. 3 singles.

Wilson 4, Palmerton 1


Chris Ott (W) def. Tyler Snyder 6-1, 6-1; Andre Ramos (W) def/ Kevin Dayton 6-2, 6-7 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6); Spencer Shigo (P) def. Michael Veres 6-2, 7-5.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Photo courtesty of Mike Dickbernd/University of Indiana University of Idiana's Alyssa Vavra does the butterfly during a recent meet against Louisville. Vavra will be competing at the NCAA Championships this week.

Allysa Vavra's success in the pool shows no signs of slowing down.

Because of that, Vavra plans on keeping her swim career on the fast track.

A senior at Indiana University, Vavra still has another year of school ahead of her. She also has plenty of swimming in her future.

"I really haven't put an end date on my career," said Vavra. "I still have things I would like to accomplish and I feel like I'm still improving as a swimmer."

At Vavra's lofty talent level, improvement isn't easy.