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Thursday, February 21, 2013

The seeds for the District 11 Wrestling Championships were announced yesterday.

Northern Leihigh's Ty Herzog (152) and Northwestern's Michael Ortiz (170) both secured top seeds in their Class AA brackets.

Ortiz, a defending district champ, went 26-3 this season. Herzog, a runner up last season, went 21-4.

A foursome of area grapplers enter as No. 2 seeds. Panther Valley's Lenny Ogozalek (106) and Rian Shubeck (285) along with Tamaqua's Collin Mashack (113) are seeded second in Class AA. Pleasant Valley's Mike Benner (285) in No. 2 in AAA.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek (24) reaches above the outstretchd hand of Northern Lehigh's Cale Jonson for a rebound during their District 11 3A First Round battle on Tuesday night. The Raiders pulled out a 47-44 victory to avenge an earlier loss when the two met in the regular season.

Tweaking the game plan wasn't going to do it.

Minor adjustments weren't going to be enough.

No, when you're trying to reverse a 16-point regular season setback, the game plan has to be gashed and the adjustments have to be major.

That's the situation Tamaqua faced in the opening round of the District 11 Class AAA boys basketball playoffs on Tuesday – and that's exactly what Tamaqua did.

It was obviously the right decision.

Playing a zone defense for one of the few times the entire year, the 10th-seeded Raiders upset 7th-seeded Northern Lehigh, 47-44.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tyler Crum floats to the rim as the Spartans' Nick Heiser-Koch tries to defend.

CENTER VALEY - During the course of a game a coach can usually see what adjustments need to be made after the first few minutes of play. That being said, Lehighton head man Rich Oertner must have had his best pair of eye glasses on yesterday evening.

Oertner switched the Indians to a 2-2-1 three quarter court defense, speeding up the tempo, helping Lehighton get out and run to a 50-46 District 11 AAA first round playoff victory over Southern Lehigh.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February 20, 1959 Tamaqua sets numerous school records and also claims the Black Diamond League championship in a 116-70 victory over Coaldale. The points scored are the most in a game by a Raider team while leading scorer Billy Yelsh establishes a single-game high of 41. Bill Storch contributes 25 points to the big win while Tony Fredicine adds 13. Tamaqua, which wins its 11th straight game, also receives 11 points from George Willing and 10 from Paul Keich.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Weatherly's Joe Haganey (33) drives down the lane for a shot in Tuesday night's District 11 Class A playoff game.

Weatherly showed plenty of heart this season by qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in seven years.

In last night's District 11 Class A first round contest against Nativity, the Wreckers controlled the pulse of the game for the first eight minutes.

However, their rate of play flat-lined in the second quarter, and by the time the second half rolled around, Weatherly was on life support, as ninth-seeded Nativity cruised to a 60-38 victory.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Joell Toledo is close to pinning Ardis Smith of Liberty during the District 11 Team Duals. Pleasant Valley, Panther Valley and Palmerton all made the team duals this season.

With the regular season winding down and the postseaon on the horizon, it's time to take a look at how TIMES NEWS Area teams fared this season. Some teams came into this season with high hopes after achieving success last year, and most met or exceeded those expectations.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

(through Feb. 17)

(bout minimum: 5)

106 - Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Jr. (29-6); 2. Tegan Durishin, Lehighton, Fr. (24-5); 3. Kevan Gentile, Jim Thorpe, Fr. (21-12).

Honorable Mention - Jarrett White, Northwestern Lehigh, Fr. (12-8).

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
PV's Jarius Hosier

DISTRICT 11 AAAA BOYS

FIRST ROUND

No. 10 Pleasant Valley (13-11 overall)

at No. 7 Emmaus (11-11 overall)

TIPOFF: Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at Emmaus High School

COACHES: Pleasant Valley - Ken Piontkowski. Emmaus - Steve Yoder.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Five Panther Valley High School graduates came up with outstanding performances in their respective conference swim championships recently.

East Stroudsburg University sophomore Karoline Vavra set an individual record (100 free) at the PSAC Championships on Sunday and was also a member of the record setting 800 free relay team.

ESU had four swimmers make consolation finals on Sunday, and the 800 free relay of Karoline Vavra, sophomore Mara Palazzari, senior Kimberly Lawson and junior Andrea Tremper was eighth in 3:33.70, breaking their record of 3:35.30 set last year.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February 19, 1988 Tom McLaughlin pours in a game-high 25 points to help lead Marian to a 69-62 comeback win over Jim Thorpe and become the Colts' all-time leading scorer. McLaughlin increases his career point total to 1,373 to pass the former mark of 1,357 set by Caszy Kosciolek. McLaughlin's milestone moment comes late in the first half on a jumper. The Colts, coached by Sid Llera, use a 21-6 run during the middle frames to turn a deficit into a lead. Tom Marsilio contributes 13 points and 11 rebounds to the win while Rob Eckenrode chips in with 12 points.