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Friday, March 11, 2011

HERSHEY – Both Colin Hedash and Garth Lakitsky have wrestled in the State semifinals before.

This evening, their mission is to take it one more step.

Hedash, Northern Lehigh's senior 171 pounder, and Tamaqua's Lakitsky, a senior wrestling at 215, each won their quarterfinal bouts this morning at the PIAA Class AA Championships at Hershey's Giant Center.

Two other TIMES NEWS area grapplers, No. Lehigh's Zane Heller (125) and Northwestern Lehigh's Bobby Clymer (152), both lost in the quarterfinals.

Friday, March 11, 2011

By MIKE FEIFEL

mfeifel@tnonline.com

Last week, I had the chance to wander through the Disney Spring Training site of the Atlanta Braves with all of the hoopla of ESPN's The Weekend and wall-to-wall celebrities. I looked up and saw pictures of former Braves and settled in to watch "Chipper" Jones play his first game since off-season surgery.

The aging third baseman is the last vestige of a Brave team that had a lot of similarities to this year's Phillies team.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) in conjunction with the Big 33 Classic, has released its inaugural listing of top high school football prospects for the class of 2012. This list of 115 student athletes from across the state represents a cooperative effort on the part of representatives from PSFCA district directors, coaches and other functions of the association. It is the first list of its kind to be compiled exclusively by high school coaches.

Friday, March 11, 2011

In last weekend's District 11 Class AAA Championship, the Tamaqua girls' basketball team not only made a huge statement, they also left a lasting impression.

With a 46-42 overtime victory over 11-time defending champion Allentown Central Catholic, the unbeaten Lady Raiders (27-0) claimed their third consecutive District title (and first ever Class AAA Championship) in a game that will be defined as one of the biggest wins in Tamaqua basketball history.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Pleasant Valley 8th grade basketball team stayed undefeated and moved into the Greater Pocono Tournament championship game by beating Wallenpaupack, 41-35.

Elijah Gonzalez led the Bears with 14 points. Eric Mikulski and Brian Joseph added eight and seven points respectively.

Pleasant Valley will play Pocono Mt. West at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday at Stroudsburg's Junior High School.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The hardest part about preparing for opponents in the PIAA State Basketball Tournament usually stems from the lack of familiarity.

For the District 11 Class AA runner-up Northern Lehigh girls, the hardest part was getting a roster of their first-round foe. In fact, up until Tuesday night, Bulldog head coach Dave Oertner had a sole videotape of one game from Bishop McDevitt's season.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Last Friday, the Marian boys' basketball team won its second consecutive District 11 A title by knocking off Mahanoy Area.

The Colts' reward if it can even considered a reward: matching up with the No. 2 ranked class A team in the state in MCS Charter this Friday in the first round of the state playoffs.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

HERSHEY – Zane Heller's plan for his first State wrestling bout was to attack.

While that tactic didn't result in many points, Heller can't argue with the outcome.

The Northern Lehigh junior 125 pounder picked up the winning point when his opponent, freshman Shane Gentry of South Side Beaver, was penalized for stalling with 38 seconds left.

That gave Zeller a 2-1 decision during this morning's Class AA preliminary round of the PIAA State Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March 10, 2000 Lacey Gonzalez and Esther Hoffer combine for 50 points as Panther Valley cruises to a 72-45 victory over Boiling Springs in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs. Gonzalez hits for a game-high 27 while Hoffer ends with 23. The Lady Panthers, who use a 23-11 second quarter to take control of the game, also receive 13 points from Trish O'Gurek.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 9, 1954 Bill Gmitter tallies a game-high 17 points to help lead St. Joseph's of East Mauch Chunk to a 41-30 comeback victory over SS Peter and Paul of Lansford. The win gives St. Joe's, co-coached by Mickey Hodor and Walter "Smokey" Moser, the championship of the Panther Valley CYO League. The winners, who use a 32-17 spread in the second half to claim the title, also receive nine points from Joe Duffy and seven from Joe Engler.