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Saturday, March 16, 2013

This column has repeatedly chronicled the physical benefits of exercise. Throughout the years, studies have been cited that show exercise helps you lose weight and maintain the loss, sleep better, ease arthritis pain, strengthen bones, lower blood pressure, improve blood cholesterol levels and reduce the incidence of heart disease and many cancers.

Columns have also been created to cite the mental benefits of exercise.

And new studies proving both just keep accruing.

Friday, March 15, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Palmerton's Sawyer Allen (right) leaves the blocks at the start of the100 breaststroke at the PIAA Class AA Swimming Championships on Thursday.

LEWISBURG For Trey Shackleton the state meet was a brand new experience. For Sawyer Allen, it was his last of four trips to the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Both area swimmers earned medals Thursday on the second and final day of the Class AA meet.

Shackleton, a sophomore from the Northwestern Lehigh School District, placed third in the 500-yard freestyle. Allen, a Palmerton High School senior, took eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke for the first state medal of his career.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Allentown Central Catholic won all four doubles matches to help earn a 6-1 tennis victory over visiting Jim Thorpe on Thursday.

Kyle Lawrence accounted for the Olympians' lone team point with a 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 2 singles.

Jim Thorpe falls to 0-1 on the season.

Central Cath. 6, Jim Thorpe 1


Dan Schoenborn (ACC) def. Corey Ligenza 6-1, 7-5; Kyle Lawrence (JT) def. Gabriel Velez 6-1, 7-5; Trever Grigourk (ACC) def. Kyle Bacher 6-3, 6-3.


Friday, March 15, 2013

March 15, 1979 Eight wrestlers from the TIMES NEWS area win their opening round matchups at the PIAA state wrestling championships. Northwestern advances four, while Lehighton and Panther Valley each have two move on to the quarterfinal round. The Tigers' Vince Stravino records a 15-3 win at 105 pounds while teammate Greg Stewart earns a 7-0 decision at 112. Scott Fenstermacher also advances with a fall at 132 with Kurt Wentz, at 98 pounds, gaining a default win. The Indians' Mark Kunkle posts a 15-4 at 126 pounds while Steve Brownmiller uses a 4-3 decision to advance at 132.

Friday, March 15, 2013
PV 209 Fusion win tournament The Panther Valley 209 Fusion, a volleyball team consisting of members of Panther Valley Middle School, won the Volleyball East Girls AAU Tournament held at Christian Life Assembly Church, Camp Hill, and was hosted by Reading Fusion. PV 209 Fusion defeated Smackdown Volleyball Club in the championship. Team members include, front from left, Alexis Cooper, Emily Newton, Olivia Weaver, Sadie Trubilla, Jacqui Kokinda; middle row, Kourtney Pilla, Erika Dubosky, Gianna Steber, Natalie White, Jenna Dubosky; back row, Lyddia Malaska, Emiline Markovich, Rachelle Filer, Olivia Dacey, Emilee Kwaak, and Sarah Zabroski.  RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Fusion, a volleyball team consisting of members of Panther Valley Middle School, won the Volleyball East Girls AAU Tournament held at Christian Life Assembly Church, Camp Hill, and was hosted by Reading Fusion. Eight teams were in the tournament. P.V. Fusion defeated Smackdown Volleyball Club in the championship.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

March 14, 1956 Bob Mlkvy pours in a game-high 29 points to lead Palmerton to a 58-57 win over Allentown in the District 11 Class A championship game. Mlkvy, who tallies 20 of his points in the first half, gives his team a lead with under a minute to play when he comes up with a steal and basket. He later adds a free throw to provide the eventual winning point. The Blue Bombers, coached by Win Evans, also receive 17 points from Terry Eckert. Allentown misses two free throws and five shots from the floor during the final 24 seconds to secure the Palmerton win.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Tamaqua wins SS. Peter/Paul's Biddy Basketball Tournament

Tamaqua captured the championship of the 9th Annual Biddy Basketball Tournament sponsored by the CYO program at SS. Peter/Paul's Parish in Lehighton. Tamaqua went unbeaten in the six-team tournament, rolling to four straight victories. It defeated Jim Thorpe, 37-32, in the title game. Other teams in the tournament were Panther Valley, the LABC, Palmerton and Mountaintop. Team members were, front row, from left, Michael Minchoff, Luke Mateyak, Michael Bonetsky and Brayden Knoblauch.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Trey Shackleton swims the 200 freestyle at the PIAA Class AA Championships on Wednesday at Bucknell University. Shackleton earned a medal in the event with a seventh place finish.

Three local swimmers participated in the PIAA Class AA Championships at Bucknell University Wednesday.

Northwestern's Trey Shackleton had the best finish of the three TIMES NEWS athletes. He finished seventh in the 200 Freestyle and was able to bring home a state medal for his efforts.

"It didn't go as well as I thought it could have," the sophomore admitted. "I thought I could have placed higher and had a faster time. But I am satisfied considering this is my first state meet. I still have years to improve."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Palmerton tennis team won its second straight match of the season by defeating Pen Argyl, 3-2, in the Colonial League opener for both.

Tyler Snyder and Spencer Shigo picked up singles wins, while Rich Roselli and Hunter Roberts knocked down a doubles win to secure the victory.

Palmerton 3, Pen Argyl 2


Tyler Snyder (P) def. Oliver Blasi (Pen) 0-6, 6-2, 6-2; Spencer Shigo (P) def. Pierce Blasi (Pen) 6-2, 6-0; Nate Lee (Pen) def. Kevin Dayton (P) 6-2, 6-1


Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Matt Pfancook, a 2001 Pleasant Valley High School graduate, is shown with PGA pro Robert Allenby. Pfancook caddied for a group that included Allenby in a practice round at the Honda Classic.

The closest most people will come to seeing "The Bear Trap" in person is probably on their annual Tiger Woods video game.

However, one Kunkletown native recently got the chance to walk on the PGA National greens and take in the sights of the Palm Beach Gardens course.