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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.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Joey B's/Joe's Place took over sole possession of first-place and remains the lone unbeaten team in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Winter Basketball League.

Starting next week, all games will be moved from Tamaqua Elementary School to the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center.

Batter's Box-Vesuvio's

In the highest scoring game of the season to date, Vesuvio's knocked Batter's Box from the ranks of the unbeaten with an 80-71 victory.

Monday, February 18, 2013

DISTRICT 11CLASS AAA BOYS

FIRST ROUND

No. 10 Tamaqua (13-9, 6-6 Schuylkill League)

at No. 7 Northern Lehigh (14-8, 9-7 Colonial League)

TIPOFF: Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m

COACHES: Tamaqua - Caszy Kosciolek (second season). Northern Lehigh - Jeff Miller (third season)

LEADING SCORERS: Tamaqua - Brett Kosciolek (16.27), Bo Rottet (10.23), Zach Wargula (9.00). Northern Lehigh - Josh Eden (16.95), Ty Dibilio (9.91), Caleb Johnson (8.61).

Monday, February 18, 2013

Six TIMES NEWS Area boys and six girls basketball teams have qualified for the District 11 playoffs which get underway on Tuesday night with pigtail round games.

Pleasant Valley (AAAA), Lehighton (AAA), Northern Lehigh (AAA), Tamaqua (AAA), Marian (A) and Weatherly (A) have all made the boys tourney. Pleasant Valley (AAAA), Palmerton (AAA), Northwestern Lehigh (AAA), Tamaqua (AA), Panther Valley (AA) and Marian (A) have all made the girls bracket.

Monday, February 18, 2013

February 18, 1994 Lehighton's Courtney Siddlow scores a game-high 30 points to not only help her team gain a 57-34 Centennial League win over East Stroudsburg but also allow her to reach 1,000 points in her career. Siddlow converts on two free throws halfway through the fourth quarter to reach the milestone. The Indians, coached by Mike Siddlow, also receive nine points in the game from Allison Beyer and eight from Kim Stubits.

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Panthers edge PV for title

SWIFTWATER - With 4:27 left in Friday night's Mountain Valley Conference championship, Pleasant Valley's Marques Brown made the first of two free throws but missed the second. The Bears were down by nine and the time and on the verge of seeing Pocono Mountain West pull away for an easy victory.

No one boxed Brown out, he got a rebound of his missed second free throw and put it back up to pull the Bears within seven and provide the spark to put his team back in it.

Saturday, February 16, 2013
PM West pulls away from Bears

SWIFTWATER It was the perfect start for Pleasant Valley.

Unfortunately for the Lady Bears, the rest of the contest belonged to Pocono Mountain West.

Seeking its third consecutive Mountain Valley Conference title, PV used an inside bucket from Mackenzie Dorney, a three-pointer by Arden Cisluysis and a pair of free throws from Jordan Meckes to grab a 7-0 lead less than four minutes into Friday night's championship game.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

By less than 150 votes, the Monongahela River has been named Pennsylvania's 2013 River of the Year over the Schuylkill River following public, online voting across the state. For the third year in a row, public voting determined the selection from among six candidates for River of the Year honors.

Of the 25,450 votes cast, the Monongahela River received 8,156 and the runner-up Schuylkill River received 8,010. Other finalists and total votes received are the Lackawanna River, 5,286; Kiskiminetas River, 2,310; Swatara Creek, 1,213; and Juniata River, 475.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

While it's common to find kids who want to grow up quicker, it's even more likely to find grownups who want to age slower. It's as if we're all looking for some internal start/stop button to control our development.

If that's so, there's good news. Scientists, it seems, have found it. It's an element of your DNA at the end of your chromosomes called telomeres.

Since Saturday morning is probably not the best time to tackle the terminology inherent in understanding human biology, let's do what the University of San Francisco website suggests and consider shoelaces instead.