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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 23, 1989 Jim Petch comes off the bench to score 24 points, including a follow-up shot with 25 seconds left to play that proves to be the game-winner, and Lehighton pulls out a 54-53 win over Palmerton in a Centennial League second-half playoff game held at Northern Lehigh. Petch scores nine of his points in the fourth quarter as the Indians, coached by Dan Novey, overcome a seven-point deficit. The winners also receive 10 points from Joe Gower while the Bombers get a team-high 23 from Ryan Roberts.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua senior Dane DeWire (left) is congratulated by Blue Raiders coach Eric Lech after DeWire earned the 1,000th point of his swimming and diving career.

Dane DeWire's accomplishments as a diver are worthy of recognition.

On Feb. 11, Tamaqua Area High School senior captured his fourth Schuylkill League diving championship, breaking pool, school and league records in the process.

DeWire's talents extend beyond the diving board and into the pool. He reached another milestone this month, earning his 1,000th career point in the Blue Raiders' victory over Saucon Valley on Feb. 9.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Pleasant Valley boys open up against Bangor

The District 11 boys basketball playoffs tip off tonight with three first round games on tap. Pleasant Valley travels to Bangor, Pocono Mountain East visits Emmaus and Stroudsburg is at Nazareth.

Class 4A Playoffs

BOYS

No. 10 Pleasant Valley (11-12 overall; 6-6 Mountain Valley Conference) vs. No 7 Bangor (20-3 overall; 16-0 Colonial League)

TIPOFF: Wednesday, Feb. 23rd at 7 p.m. at Bangor

COACHES: Pleasant Valley Ken Piontkowski; Bangor Bron Holland

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Officers elected for the Colonial Youth Football League were: From left, David Albertson – Northwestern and CYFL President, Jeff Ricci – Southern Lehigh and CYFL Secretary, Arden Miller – Williams, Scott Scoff – Northern Lehigh and CYFL Vice President, Rich Jennings – Salisbury, Bobby Smith – Palisades, Mike Long – Wilson and CYFL Treasurer.

It started with a simple phone call in December.

The members of the Palisades Pirates Youth Football Association (PPYFA) wanted to bring together the heads of youth feeder systems of the Colonial League's teams and see if forming a new league was feasible.

David Albertson, football director from the Northwestern Youth Athletic Association (NYAA), and Rich Jennings, who serves in the same capacity for the Salisbury Youth Association (SYA), were both among those in attendance.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jim Thorpe

Tickets will be on sale at the High School Main office during regular school hours for the District 11 AAA girls basketball quarterfinal on Saturday Feb 26th @ 2:30 at Martz Hall vs. Tamaqua. Ticket prices are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens. All tickets at the gate will be $5.

Tamaqua

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

February 19, 1988 Shawn Thomas scores a game-high 24 points, pulls down seven rebounds and adds three steals to lead Northern Lehigh to a 71-58 Centennial League win over Pleasant Valley. Steve Seip adds 18 points, including eight in the first quarter when the Bulldogs take a 17-7 advantage. The winners, coached by Dave Oertner, also receive 10 points and nine assists from Joe Suto. For the Bears, Shawn Hackman nets a team-high 16 points.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

All four leagues in District 11 held their basketball championships on Friday night.

Capturing boys titles were Pottsville, Pocono Mountain West, Saucon Valley and Bethlehem Liberty.

Allentown Central Catholic won the only girls title game that didn't involve a TIMES NEWS area team.

BOYS

SCHUYLKILL

Pottsville-Pine Grove

Pottsville captured its second straight Schuylkill League championship by holding off Pine Grove 51-49 at Martz Hall.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Nancy Scholz/times news Aimee Oertner (33) of Northern Lehigh is defended tightly by a pair of Southern Lehigh players.

BETHLEHEM – Northern Lehigh's biggest vulnerability is its lack of depth.

The Lady Bulldogs' five starters play almost every significant minute of every game. When one or more of those players get in foul trouble, they don't have an answer.

With its two top scorers in foul trouble in Friday's Colonial League title game against Southern Lehigh, Northern Lehigh couldn't hold off the Lady Spartans, falling 42-33 at Liberty High School's Memorial Gym.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

(through Feb. 21)

(Bout minimum - 12)

103 - 1. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Sr. (31-5); 2. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (29-5); 3. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Jr. (24-6).

Honorable Mention - Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (25-7); Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (19-11).

Notes - O'Donnell was ranked 9th in Class AA by Off The Mat last week. Hoats and Mashack flip-flop with Hoats taking third slot.

112 - 1. Josh Evans, Palmerton, Fr. (22-4); 2. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, So. (21-7); 3. Brian Ohl, Jim Thorpe, So. (22-11).

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Pleasant Vy. cops MVC title

EAST STROUDSBURG - Friday night, the Lady Bears from Pleasant Valley clawed their way to the top of the mountain.

The Mountain Valley Conference that is.

Trailing by seven at the break, Pleasant Valley came out fast in the third quarter and managed to take the lead heading into the fourth. Pocono Mountain West responded and was able to force overtime following a game-trying three-pointer with a minute go. Fortunately, the Bears took an early lead in overtime and made their free throws down the stretch en route to capturing the program's first MVC championship since 2005.