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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February 26, 1942 Coaldale races to an early lead and cruises to a 56-27 victory over town rival St. Mary's Catholic. Evan Zlock tallies a game-high 14 points for the winners, who open the contest with a 12-1 run and take a 33-8 advantage by halftime. The Tigers, coached by Andy Kalen, also receive 12 points from Andy Bitsko and 11 from Harb while Kash chips in with six. For St. Mary's, Johnny Welsh scores a team-high nine points.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Thirteen TIMES NEWS Area wrestlers will take to the mat this weekend in PIAA regional action hoping to punch their ticket to the state championships to be held in Hershey from March 7 through 9.

Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich, James Felipa and Garrett Gouger all qualified for the Northeast Class AAA Regional at Bethlehem Liberty on Friday and Saturday.

Among the 10 Class AA wrestlers to reach the Southeast Regionals at Wilson West Lawn this weekend are district champs Colin Mashack of Tamaqua, Ty Herzog of Northern Lehigh and Michael Ortiz of Northwestern Lehigh.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Three TIMES NEWS area basketball teams will be in District 11 semifinal action today and tomorrow. The Marian boys and girls and the Tamaqua girls will all be looking to advance into Friday's championship round.

A victory in the semifinal round secures a berth in the state tournament for any or all of the three teams. A loss in this round will end the season for the area teams since both the Class A boys and girls fields and the girls AA field advance just two teams into the state tournament.

TUESDAY

DISTRICT 11 CLASS A BOYS

SEMIFINAL

Monday, February 25, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich (bottom) tries to escape from Parkland's Ethan Lizak in the District 11 Class AAA title bout at 113 pounds. Lizak recorded a 9-1 decision.

Kenny Yanovich doesn't believe he has a mental block when it comes to taking on Parkland's Ethan Lizak. That may be true, but Yanovich still hasn't found the key to figuring out beating Lizak on the mat. The Parkland junior scored a 9-1 major decision over Yanovich in Saturday night's 113-pound finals at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium during the District 11 3A championships.

Yanovich was the only Bear in the finals, as three PV wresters move on to this week's Northeast Regional 3A tournament back at Liberty.

Monday, February 25, 2013

February 25, 1963 Northwestern's Snyder hits a bucket in overtime and Fritz adds an important free throw during the extra frame to help the Tigers gain a 48-47 win over Lansford. Snyder finishes with a team-high 16 points for the winners while Fullweiler contributes nine and Nestor adds eight. For the Panthers, Steve Zenko tallies a game-high 22 points.

Monday, February 25, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Monica Baranko (23) is guarded closely by Nativity's Mariah Sabol as she tries to muscle her way to the basket. Samantha Faust (4) of the Fillies looks on at left.

POTTSVILLE – If Sam Faust's high school basketball career was going to end Saturday, she wasn't going to let it happen quietly.

Thanks in large part to the noise that Faust made both on and off the court, her career and Marian's season will continue.

Faust scored all of her game-high 15 points in the second half as the Fillies rallied for a 40-30 victory over Pottsville Nativity in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Girls Class A playoffs.

Monday, February 25, 2013
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Colin Mashack (left) and Tri-Valley's Caleb Bordner battle in the District 11 Class AA 113-pound championship bout. Mashack posted a 4-0 decision.

BETHLEHEM - Tamaqua's Colin Mashack came into the PIAA District 11 wrestling tournament on a mission to avenge last season's loss in the finals at 106-pounds.

He entered this year's tournament as the second seed at 113-pounds, behind Tri-Valley's Caleb Bordner. The two breezed through the opening rounds to setup a much-anticipated showdown in the finals.

Mashack got off to a quick start, gaining a 2-0 advantage on Bordner in the first period. He increased his lead to 4-0 after scoring a reversal 45 seconds into the second period.

Monday, February 25, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Trista Cunningham dribbles around a North Schuylkill defender as she drives the lane before taking a shot.

POTTSVILLE - North Schuylkill saw two big keys to Saturday night's District 11 Class AAA girls quarterfinal against Northwestern.

The Lady Spartans wanted to play solid defense and control the glass. They did both en route to a 31-29 win at Martz Hall, advancing to Wednesday's semifinal game against top-seeded Southern Lehigh.

"We said before the game that if we win the rebounding battle we'll win the game," said Spartan head coach John Rizzo. "We knew how good they are offensively. We needed to defend as well as we ever had. I think we did that tonight."

Monday, February 25, 2013

TAMAQUA

Tamaqua Area High School will be holding a advanced ticket sale for Tuesday night's District 11 Class 2A girls semifinal between the Lady Raiders and Southern Lehigh, to be played at 6 p.m. at Blue Mountain High School.

Tickets will be sold on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Prices are $6 for adults and $3 for student's and senior citizen's. All tickets at the door the night of the game are $6.

MARIAN

Monday, February 25, 2013
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Jade Farquhar dribbles baseline shielding off Becahi's Nicole Lacherza.

If a novelist was to write a book about Palmerton's performance against Bethlehem Central Catholic on Saturday afternoon they might have borrowed a title from Charles Dickens' most famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities. However, they might have tweaked it a bit, changing the title to a A Tale of Two Halves.