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Monday, February 27, 2012
ron gower/times news Jim Thorpe's Nina Batts (left) passes the ball to a teammate as Blue Mountain's Elizabeth Kerns defends.

POTTSVILLE – Jim Thorpe head coach Rob Kovac wasn't just looking for a win, he was also looking for a way...

A way to spend more time together with a group of girls that he has heralded as the best girls basketball team in school history.

On Saturday night at Martz Hall, he got the best of both worlds, as his fifth-seeded Lady Olympians posted a 59-51 victory over fourth-seeded Blue Mountain in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AAA Tournament.

Monday, February 27, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Sean Bianco has control of Stroudsburg's Guesseppe Rea in the 113-pound final. Bianco posted a 9-5 decision.

Sean Bianco knows the road to Hershey won't be any easier this weekend at the Northeast Regional 3A wrestling tournament, but he's packing a heavy dose of confidence after winning his first District 11 title Saturday night at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.

Bianco spearheaded a strong showing by Pleasant Valley, as the Bears finished fourth overall with 136 points, as well as advancing seven wrestlers to regionals.

Monday, February 27, 2012
bob ford/times news Levi Veppert (right) earned District 11 Class AA gold in the 182-pound weight class. Veppert recorded an 11-7 victory over Jose Ortiz of Bethlehem Catholic in the final.

BETHLEHEM Ever since he started wrestling, Northwestern's Michael Ortiz has been used to being the shorter guy.

At 5-5, the Tiger junior has found himself looking up to most of his opponents when taking the mat.

On Saturday night, in the 152-pound District 11 Class AA championship match against Palmerton's Cody Grohotolski at Liberty High School, the same held true.

But despite giving up seven inches to his fellow Colonial League wrestler, Ortiz did what he does most times. He won.

Monday, February 27, 2012

February 27, 1991 Jim Thorpe hits four free throws in the final minute of play to hold on for a 53-50 District 11 Class AA playoff win over Panther Valley. Dave Guzman accounts for three of those foul shots and ends the game with 10 points. Dave Figura finishes with a team-high 16 points for the Olympians, coached by Randy Engle. The winners also receive nine points from Mike Kmetz and eight from Brian Rehrig. The Panthers, who had rallied from a nine-point defict to one during the fourth quarter, are led by Mark Paluck's 18 points.

Monday, February 27, 2012

For the first 26 minutes of Saturday night's District 11 Class AAA quarterfinal, Palmerton had powerful Allentown Central Catholic on the ropes.

A three-point Bomber lead with six minutes remaining in the game proved to test the Vikettes and push them to come up with something more.

ACC, the tourney's No. 1 seed and the Lehigh Valley Conference champs, showed its mettle by doing exactly that. The Vikettes regained the lead and went on to win, 45-37, and advance to the semifinals against Southern Lehigh.

Monday, February 27, 2012
ap photo Panther Valley's Brock Mitchell (right) protects the ball as Notre Dame's Alex Gregg defends.

ALLENTOWN Notre Dame coach Pat Boyle was a bit concerned with Panther Valley, especially the presence it offered in the paint, prior to its District 11 Class AA quarterfinal round game.

"We were really worried about this game coming in," Boyle said. "We knew if they were able to get the ball in the post we might be in big trouble."

The Crusaders prevented that from happening by pressuring the Panthers' guards and then complemented their defensive efforts with a superb perimeter shooting display.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Ten advance to semifinals

Ten TIMES NEWS Area wrestlers advanced to the semifinal round of the District 11 Class AA Tournament at Freedom High School on Friday night.

Palmerton, fifth in the team standings with 11 wrestlers still alive, managed to move four wrestlers into this morning's semis. Northwestern has three, Northern Lehigh has two and Tamaqua and Lehighton one each.

The Blue Bombers had Josh Evans, Sam Oberlander, Cody Grohotolski and Kane Kralik make it through the opening night without a loss.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

February 25, 1998 Pleasant Valley breaks a tie game by using a 12-0 run to end the third quarter and the Bears go on to defeat Whitehall, 65-49, in the District 11 Class AAAA semifinals. Kendrick Simmons and Rob Kelly each score four points during that stretch. PV, coached by Ken Piontkowski, is led by Simmons, who finishes with 17 points. Kelly contributes 16 while T.J. Leis collects 14. The Bears, who will go on to claim a district title, also receive 11 points and seven rebounds from Ken Moerschel.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

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Saturday, February 25, 2012
Marian cruises past MA

SLATINGTON Marian coach John Patton placed a huge emphasis on defense in his team's preparation Moravian Academy.

The Colts obviously were paying attention.

Led by an outstanding shutdown performance from Damian Richards, Marian rolled to a 50-29 victory in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class A playoffs on Friday night at Northern Lehigh High School.