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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Colin Hedash hand fights with Wyomissing's Julio Arredondo during the Regional semis. Hedash won the match with a pin in 1:50.

A total of eight wrestlers from THE TIMES NEWS area have traveled the Road to Hershey all the way to the Giant Center for this year's PIAA State Championships, which begin Thursday and run through Saturday night.

Those who survived the Southeast Class AA Regional at Wilson West Lawn High School included Northern Lehigh's Zane Heller (103), Ty Herzog (145) and Colin Hedash (171), as well as Lehighton's Anthony Farole (140), Northwestern's Bobby Clymer (152) and Tamaqua's Garth Lakitsky (215).

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson (center) is shown with her father Gabriel and her mother Paulette during a ceremony celebrating her 1,000th career point.

Celeste Robinson always dreamed of scoring 1,000 points in her basketball career.

Thanks to her talent and hard work, that dream has finally become a reality.

On Feb. 8, during a game at Pine Grove, the 5-foot, 9-inch junior became the fifth girls' basketball player in Jim Thorpe High School history to reach that scoring milestone.

Needing only three points to become part of program history, Robinson scored 17 points to surpass a mark that thousands of high school athletes dream about, but only a select group actually reach.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 8, 1977 Tied at 41-41 in the third quarter, Lehighton pulls away down the stretch to post a 74-61 win over Wilson in a District 11 Class AA semifinal playoff game. Bryan Sauers scores 13 of his 16 points during the span that the Indians, coached by Jim Smith, pull away from the Warriors. Jeff Miller finishes with a game-high 20 points for the winners while Kris Kunkle contributes 18 points and eight rebounds. Lehighton also receives 10 points and 11 boards from Dave Warner.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

(through March 7)

(Bout Minimum 14)

103 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (35-9); 2. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Sr. (34-7); 3. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (28-10).

Honorable Mention - Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Jr. (26-8); Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (19-11).

Notes - Kudos to Yanovich for placing 3rd at the Northeast Class AAA Regional and earning a berth in the State tournament as a freshman.

112 - 1. Josh Evans, Palmerton, Fr. (29-7); 2. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, So. (25-12); 3. Brian Ohl, Jim Thorpe, So. (24-14).

Monday, March 7, 2011
Fillies set sights on States

POTTSVILE – Kaysi McLaughlin struggled to fight back the tears.

Minutes earlier, McLaughlin and her Marian teammates had dropped a 32-27 decision to Tri-Valley in the District 11 Class A championship game.

Despite a valiant effort by McLaughlin, the Fillies' gold medal dreams faded to silver.

On a day when offense was at a premium for both teams, McLaughlin led Marian in scoring with 11 points. Her contribution at the defense end was even more impressive as she held dangerous Bulldog point guard Julie Weber – the team's leading scorer – to just four points.

Monday, March 7, 2011
DON HERB/Special to the TIMES NEWS  Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich decisioned Kyle Baker of Easton and celebrates his third place win.

BETHLEHEM - Kenny Yanovich's heart was pounding and Mike Dahlstrom's was probably pushing the same amount of adrenaline too Saturday evening in Bethlehem. The two Pleasant Valley wrestlers left their respective mats from the Northeast Regional 3A tournament heavy-winded, but also with giant smiles on their faces and hugs from their coaches.

Monday, March 7, 2011

By GEORGE GEIGER

Special to the Press

For the first time since 1991, and only the seventh time in their history, there are two Lehigh Valley Scholar-Athletes in football.

Bangor's Scott LaValva and Nazareth's Chuck Dibilio shared the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's Lehigh Valley Chapter's Al Beneck award, which was presented Sunday night in Northampton.

Before a crowd of over 300, Lehigh Valley Chapter President Edward Watto announced "the vote was too close to call," and presented both Bangor and Nazareth gridders with plaques.

Monday, March 7, 2011

March 7, 1984 Palmerton advances to the District 11 Class AA finals by holding on to defeat Panther Valley, 55-54. The Blue Bombers, coached by Pete Delich, receive a game-high 20 points from Jason Balliet. Rick Mlkvy, whose jumper with 1:25 left to play gives Palmerton the lead for good, finishes with 12 points while brother Rob Mlkvy ends with 11. For the Panthers, John Yurchak tallies a team-high 17 points.

Monday, March 7, 2011

No. Lehigh

Tickets are available for the Northern Lehigh vs. Bishop McDevitt Girls AA PIAA state playoff basketball game at Monsignor Bonner High School, Drexel Hill on Friday at 6:00pm.

Pre-sale tickets will be available in the Northern Lehigh HS main office Tuesday - Thursday from 7:00am to 3:00pm and Friday 7:00am to 1:00pm. Tickets are $6 for adults and senior citizens and $3 for students. All tickets at the door are $6.

Tamaqua

Monday, March 7, 2011
ron gower/times news Tamaqua's Amy Zehner, Stacy Wallace, Ali Updike and Cassie Eroh celebrate their District 11 championship victory over Allentown Central Catholic.

OREFIELD – Tamaqua knew it was taking a risk the way it defended Allentown Central Catholic standout Kerry Kinek.

The reward was a third straight District 11 championship for the Lady Raiders and an end to the Vikettes' 11-year reign.

The second seeded Raiders scored the first five points in overtime, then held off top-seeded Central Catholic for a 46-42 victory and the District 11 Class AAA title Saturday afternoon at Parkland High School.

Tamaqua remained undefeated, improving to 27-0 to tie the school record for consecutive wins set by the 1976-77 team.