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Monday, February 6, 2012
Tamaqua's Adam Frantz drives to the basket past Lehighton defender Jacen Nalesnik during Saturday's non-league game. The Indians went on to post a 57-55 overtime win. RON GOWER/ TIMES NEWS

Lehighton freshman Tyler Krum was given a vote of confidence by his basketball coach and, boy, did he make the coach proud.

For the third straight game, against Tamaqua on Saturday, Coach Richard Oertner had enough confidence in Krum to start him.

Krum had the game high 21 points, including the final four in regulation that sent the game to overtime, to help the Indians top the Raiders, 57-55 in a game played in the Blue Raiders' gym.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

District 11 2A First Round

Palmerton 54, Lehighton 20

152 - Cody Grohotolski (P) pinned Ian Zimmerman in :58.

160 - Zack Coleman (L) won by forfeit.

170 - Jake Christman (P) pinned Davonte Dash in :35.

182 - Joe Smith (L) pinned Matt Wolfe in 3:41.

195 - Andrew Strauss (P) dec. James Scott, 7-1.

220 - Kane Kralik (P) pinned Colton Davison in 2:51.

285 - Skyler Rosenberry (P) won by forfeit.

106 - Jacob Hoats (L) tech fall. Dan Russo, 20-4 (5:25).

113 - Josh Evans (P) pinned Pat Verrastro in 1:16.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mike Ryan of the University of Connecticut will be playing for the North squad in the Player's All-Star Classic today at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, AR. The game will be played at 4 p.m.

Ryan, a three-year starter on the offensive line for the Huskies, is a graduate of Marian High School.

Saturday, February 4, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley’s David Gehr (top) has control of Blue Mountain’s Alex Gosch at 145 pounds. Gehr pulled out a decision in the final bout of the match to give the Bears a 32-29 victory in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Team Championships.

BETHLEHEM - Pleasant Valley head coach Mark Getz knew his team would be in for a tough battle in the District 11 Class AAA Duals quarterfinal round against Schuylkill League power Blue Mountain.

It took a decision in the final match of the night to give the Bears a 32-29 win, earning them a 1 o'clock date this afternoon against Parkland in the semifinal round.

In the AA semifinals this morning, Bethlehem Catholic and Tri-Valley square off and Saucon Valley and Pen Argyl meet at 11.

In the other 3A semifinal, Stroudsburg and Easton will meet at 1 o'clock.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Coincidence? Possibly. Correlation? Probably.

And if the truth is found in the latter rather than the former, America may look like the Land of the Living Dead by 2050.

The two facts that I fear are related? The increase in a physical affliction that we willfully give ourselves through improper diet and a lack of exercise, type 2 diabetes, and the increase in a mental disease for which there is no known cure, Alzheimer's.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Bill O'Briens first recruiting class is complete and there are some mixed feelings about how the first year head coach did on his first real task as the leader of Nittany Nation. Penn State was ranked 49th by Scout.com and 50th by Rivals.com in the 2012 team rankings. Under the current circumstances I personally consider it a good job, not a great job, but a good job of salvaging some decent talent in this year's class. So without further delay let's take a look at the 2012 recruiting class for the Penn State Nittany Lions.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Cassie Yost (seated) signs a Letter of Intent to attend Division I South Carolina Upstate on a soccer scholarship. Joining her for the signing are her mother Heidi and her father James.

Like most of us north of the Mason Dixon Line, Cassie Yost had never heard of the University of South Carolina Upstate.

But after coming across the school on the internet and taking a visit, it quickly rose to the top of her list of college choices.

"I was on a web site that shows all the schools with D-1 soccer programs and your major," Yost said. "That was a really good school with my major. I ended up falling in love with the school after I looked into it more."

Saturday, February 4, 2012

February 4, 1994 Mark Makovec scores 13 points and pulls down 15 rebounds to help Marian pull away from Panther Valley for a 69-40 Schuylkill League Division III win. The Colts, coached by Dave McAndrew, use a 23-5 second quarter to take control of the game. Terry McLaughlin also contributes 13 points while Jack Pieracini adds 12. Tom McCarroll and Bob Ruggeri each chip in with seven. For the Panthers, Joey Breslin tallies a team-high nine points.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Palmerton has had its share of close losses this season.

So the Blue Bombers made sure Friday night's game at Northwestern wasn't close. They used four second-quarter three-pointers to open an 11-point lead en route to a 63-41 win.

"They played hard all season long but our execution hasn't been there," said Palmerton head coach Mick Stefanek. "Today we had the total package of hard play, hustle, determination and execution."

Saturday, February 4, 2012

HARRISBURG – When the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2012-13 at January's first quarterly meeting of the year, the recent trend of finding ways to increase hunting opportunities for both adult and youth hunters continued.