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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Nate Mathewson (25) goes high for the rebound as Tamaqua's Spencer Bennett (4) and PV's Zach Stanko also reach for the ball.

With the game – and essentially the season – on the line, Panther Valley coach Pat Crampsie knew exactly where he wanted the ball.

Crampsie put it in the hands of senior Zach Stanko.

Stanko didn't disappoint.

With the scored tied and the clock winding down, Stanko drove to the basket and hit a short, turn around jumper to give the Panthers a 39-37 Schuylkill League victory over Tamaqua.

"There was absolutely no doubt where the ball was going on that final possession," said Crampsie. "Zach is our most experienced player and an outstanding competitor.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Ernie Klingel tries to roll Jason McEvoy of Lehighton onto his back during their 125-pound matchup on Monday.

Old Man Winter has condensed the second half of Pleasant Valley's Mountain Valley Conference schedule into eight days.

One thing hasn't changed, however; the MVC's marquee mat match-up, which is scheduled for Wednesday when the Bears travel to Stroudsburg.

Between them, Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg have owned the conference wrestling crown under its current seven-team alignment. The Bears ran off six straight MVC titles between 2002-2008, while the Mountaineers have been atop the heap the last two seasons.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout has been named head coach of the Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe Counties team for the McDonald's Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic to be played on Thursday, June 23.

Former Phillipsburg High head coach Bob Stem will coach the Northampton County, Phillipsburg and Palisades team.

Super Bowl sets new record for TV viewing

For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl has set a new record for American television viewing.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

TIMES NEWS Wrestling Rankings

(through Feb. 7)

(Bout minimum - 10)

103 - 1. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Sr. (28-5); 2. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (27-5); 3. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (22-5).

Honorable Mention - Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Jr. (22-6); Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (17-10).

Notes - Top three remain the same. Yanovich scored a major decision over Hoats on Monday.

112 - 1. Josh Evans, Palmerton, Fr. (19-4); 2. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, So. (21-7); 3. Brian Ohl, Jim Thorpe, So. (22-9).

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
MIKE FEIFEL//TIMES NEWS Kenny Yanovich (left) of Pleasant Valley keeps control of Lehighton's Jacob Hoats at 103 pounds for a 11-3 major decision.

While it was not their best effort of the season, Pleasant Valley coach Mark Getz was pleased with the result of his team's performance.

With the aid of key bonus points and holes in Lehighton's lineup, the Bear grapplers put themselves in position to vie for the Mountain Valley Conference title with a 52-15 win over the Indians last night.

Even though each team has two matches remaining, Wednesday night's showdown with Stroudsburg could very well be the one to crown this year's league champion.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Marian Colts and Fillies basketball teams will honor elementary school students who participate in Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball at upcoming games.

"CYO Night" for area girls will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 8 when the Fillies host Shenandoah. The boys CYO teams will be recognized on Thursday, Feb. 10 when the Colts host the Nativity.

Area CYO players and their coaches are invited to attend these games free of charge. The youths should wear their basketball jerseys and will be recognized at halftime.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Northwestern and Lehighton both suffered girls basketball losses in local scholastic action.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tri Valley

-Northwestern

Ther Lady Tigers stayed with the Bulldogs for the first period and then fell behind, dropping a 53-30, non-league decision.

Juli Weber and Taylor Troutman both finished with 12 points for Tri Valley. Sara Jones had a game-high 15 points for Northwestern.

TRI VALLEY

Monday, February 7, 2011

February 7, 1950 Ken Shilko pours in a game-high 29 points to help Tamaqua gain a 52-48 victory over Blythe Township. With under a minute to play and the score tied 48-48, Paul Sherry hits a free throw to give the Raiders, coached by Fred Graham, the lead and Charlie Baer follows with another charity toss. Up by two, Shilko comes up with a steal and basket to secure the win. Bear also hits double figures in points with 13.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The local Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13 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 January 1, 2011 and who have not participated in another Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship in 2011 are eligible to participate. Proof of age is required.

Monday, February 7, 2011
Tamaqua's Travis Veronsky locks up with Pen Argyl's J. D. Rabenold in their 160 pound bout. Veronsky wy by a 4-2 decision.  DON HERB /Special to THE TIMES NEWS

BETHLEHEM - The writing was on the wall for Tamaqua heading into their District 11 Class AA semifinal bout with Pen Argyl Saturday afternoon at Freedom High School.

The Blue Raiders were overwhelming underdogs heading into the bout against the defending District champions and Pen Argyl took to its favored role hastily, wiping Tamaqua off the mat with a 60-9 result.