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Friday, March 11, 2011

The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) in conjunction with the Big 33 Classic, has released its inaugural listing of top high school football prospects for the class of 2012. This list of 115 student athletes from across the state represents a cooperative effort on the part of representatives from PSFCA district directors, coaches and other functions of the association. It is the first list of its kind to be compiled exclusively by high school coaches.

Friday, March 11, 2011

In last weekend's District 11 Class AAA Championship, the Tamaqua girls' basketball team not only made a huge statement, they also left a lasting impression.

With a 46-42 overtime victory over 11-time defending champion Allentown Central Catholic, the unbeaten Lady Raiders (27-0) claimed their third consecutive District title (and first ever Class AAA Championship) in a game that will be defined as one of the biggest wins in Tamaqua basketball history.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Pleasant Valley 8th grade basketball team stayed undefeated and moved into the Greater Pocono Tournament championship game by beating Wallenpaupack, 41-35.

Elijah Gonzalez led the Bears with 14 points. Eric Mikulski and Brian Joseph added eight and seven points respectively.

Pleasant Valley will play Pocono Mt. West at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday at Stroudsburg's Junior High School.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The hardest part about preparing for opponents in the PIAA State Basketball Tournament usually stems from the lack of familiarity.

For the District 11 Class AA runner-up Northern Lehigh girls, the hardest part was getting a roster of their first-round foe. In fact, up until Tuesday night, Bulldog head coach Dave Oertner had a sole videotape of one game from Bishop McDevitt's season.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Last Friday, the Marian boys' basketball team won its second consecutive District 11 A title by knocking off Mahanoy Area.

The Colts' reward if it can even considered a reward: matching up with the No. 2 ranked class A team in the state in MCS Charter this Friday in the first round of the state playoffs.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

HERSHEY – Zane Heller's plan for his first State wrestling bout was to attack.

While that tactic didn't result in many points, Heller can't argue with the outcome.

The Northern Lehigh junior 125 pounder picked up the winning point when his opponent, freshman Shane Gentry of South Side Beaver, was penalized for stalling with 38 seconds left.

That gave Zeller a 2-1 decision during this morning's Class AA preliminary round of the PIAA State Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March 10, 2000 Lacey Gonzalez and Esther Hoffer combine for 50 points as Panther Valley cruises to a 72-45 victory over Boiling Springs in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs. Gonzalez hits for a game-high 27 while Hoffer ends with 23. The Lady Panthers, who use a 23-11 second quarter to take control of the game, also receive 13 points from Trish O'Gurek.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 9, 1954 Bill Gmitter tallies a game-high 17 points to help lead St. Joseph's of East Mauch Chunk to a 41-30 comeback victory over SS Peter and Paul of Lansford. The win gives St. Joe's, co-coached by Mickey Hodor and Walter "Smokey" Moser, the championship of the Panther Valley CYO League. The winners, who use a 32-17 spread in the second half to claim the title, also receive nine points from Joe Duffy and seven from Joe Engler.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Suns finished the season with a overall record of 11-3 and captured the championship game of the Jim Thorpe Booster Club Basketball Tournament. Owen Snisky scored 29 points and Kenny Pugh had 26 points to pace the winners in the title game. Team members include, First row, from left, Vice Isabella and Jake Burkhardt. Second row, Frank Prisinzano, Emilio Zammito and Billy Steen. Thrid row, Phillip Struble, Kenny Pugh, and Owen Snisky. Back row, coaches Chelsea Smelas, Mike Snisky, and Tom Ferguson. Felician Konopka is also on the team.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

This year's Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Game will be held Saturday, June 11, at Rotary Field, Schuylkill Haven, kicking off at 7 p.m.

Coach Rick Geist of Anthracite Football League champion North Schuylkill is the North head coach. Coach Kevin Keating of District 11 Class AAA qualifier Pottsville is the South head coach.

Honorary captains, team rosters and the 2011 SCFCA Hall of Fame Class will be announced later.