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Monday, March 5, 2012

March 5, 2005 Eight Northern Lehigh wrestlers finish in the top five at the Southeast Regionals to advance to the state tournament. The Bulldogs don't crown any champions but Andrew Arnold (103 pounds), Adam Hluschak (119), Frank Heffernan (152) and Scott Snyder (215) all cop silver medals. Nolehi finishes with two third-place finishers Rob Marlatt (125) and Brett Martinez (135). The Bulldogs, coached by Todd Herzog, also receive a fourth from Joey Papay (189) and a fifth from Nick Hosford (171).

Monday, March 5, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Levi Veppert works his way to a gold medal in the 182-pound class at AA Regionals with a 1-0 win over Becahi's Jose Ortiz.

WEST LAWN - Northwestern Lehigh's Levi Veppert admitted he was nervous.

The Tigers' 182-pounder was about to take on Bethlehem Catholic's Jose Ortiz, who he decisioned 3-2 for the District 11 AA title last week.

Veppert quickly put all thoughts aside, however, and scored a 1-0 decision over Ortiz to capture the championship at the Class AA Southeast Regionals on Saturday at Wilson West Lawn High School.

It was a pretty good weekend for TIMES NEWS Area wrestlers as nine advanced to the PIAA Wrestling Championships that begin this Thursday at 9 a.m.

Monday, March 5, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian’s Kaysi McLaughlin tries to get around Tri-Valley defender Rayne Newswaner.

POTTSVILLE – Most coaches will tell you that moral victory is just another name for a loss.

But Marian coach Paul Brutto has been around long enough to know that all losses are not created equal.

Sometimes you don't have to score more points than your opponent to win. Sometimes the scoreboard doesn't tell the entire story.

Marian's 60-52 loss Tri-Valley on Saturday at Martz Hall in the District 11 Class A championship game is one of those occasions.

Monday, March 5, 2012
DON HERB/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Mike Dahlstrom ( left) goes head to head with Easton's Jose Roche in winning a 9-5 decision in the AAA semis. Dahlstrom finished second.

BETHLEHEM Sean Bianco isn't afraid of many things, unless spiders, snakes and darkness are in the equation. But when it comes to wrestling, the Pleasant Valley junior is fearless on the mat. Bianco illustrated that mentally fierce demeanor during Saturday's Northeast regional AAA finals when he wasted little time dispatching Strousburg's Guesseppe Rea in the 113-pound championship with a fall in 2:42.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

FOGELSVILLE It's been a job well done so far for new Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien.

O'Brien, who was hired back on Jan. 7 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal has definitely got the ball rolling in the right direction for the Nittany Lions.

The former New England Patriots offensive coordinator attended the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic, which is run by Jim Tkach, yesterday afternoon.

O'Brien sat down with the local media to discuss some of the issues, tasks, and progress that lie ahead for the Penn State football program.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Bob brandmeir/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Amber Chieffo drives to the basket against Whitehall.

NAZARETH – The Pleasant Valley girls' basketball team was completely shut down in its District 11 semifinal game with Liberty on Tuesday.

Still, the Lady Bears knew they had one more shot at clinching a PIAA berth and didn't let that outcome deter them from handling their business on Friday.

Pleasant Valley rebounded from its loss to Liberty in a big way as the Bears ran away from Whitehall in the District 11 Class AAAA consolation game, 51-32. The locals used their defensive pressure, along with a big third quarter, to earn their first state playoff berth since 2003.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Jim Thorpe will try to keep its season alive today when it meets Southern Lehigh in the District 11 Class AAA consolation game.

District 11 Class AAA Girls

Third-place consolation game

No. 5 Jim Thorpe (21-5, 11-2 Schuylkill League) vs. No. 2 Southern Lehigh (22-4 overall, 15-1 CL)

TIPOFF: Saturday, March 3rd at 4:30 pm at Martz Hall in Pottsville

COACHES: Jim Thorpe Rob Kovac; Southern Lehigh Megan Dellegrotti

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Two weeks ago, after Marian's second humbling loss to Tri-Valley this season, Fillies' coach Paul Brutto was asked about the possibility of meeting the unbeaten Bulldogs in the District 11 playoffs.

"We'll see how much our players want to make that happen," said Brutto. "We'll have time to get this out of our system and then prepare for a tough matchup in our district opener.

"But if we work hard and play like I know we're capable, there is a good possibility we could see them again."

The Fillies proved they wanted to make it happen.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

March 3, 2001 Northern Lehigh's Herzog twins, Jared and Justin, both capture gold medals at the Class AA Southeast Regionals. Jared Herzog, at 112 pounds, defeats Jim Collins of Northern Lebanon by a 3-2 score in the finals. Herzog had lost to Collins earlier in the season but gets some revenge by handing the Viking wrestler his first loss of the season. Justin Herzog, at 119, also claims a title by earning an 8-5 decision over Bob Frey of Wilson. Frey also had defeated Justin earlier in the season.