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Monday, February 7, 2011
Tamaqua's Travis Veronsky locks up with Pen Argyl's J. D. Rabenold in their 160 pound bout. Veronsky wy by a 4-2 decision.  DON HERB /Special to THE TIMES NEWS

BETHLEHEM - The writing was on the wall for Tamaqua heading into their District 11 Class AA semifinal bout with Pen Argyl Saturday afternoon at Freedom High School.

The Blue Raiders were overwhelming underdogs heading into the bout against the defending District champions and Pen Argyl took to its favored role hastily, wiping Tamaqua off the mat with a 60-9 result.

Monday, February 7, 2011
Mike Feifel/times news Northern Lehigh Tyler Dibilio (center) looks to escape a double team by Tamaqua defenders Matthew Kurek (left) and Tyler Krell.

Playing its third game in as many days, Northern Lehigh could have let fatigue catch up with it.

Instead, Tamaqua couldn't catch up with the Bulldogs' Devin Glose.

Teaming with Jordan Waylen in the transition game, Glose pumped in 11 of his 13 points in the third quarter as No. Lehigh pulled away from the visiting Blue Raiders for a 65-41 non-league triumph Saturday night.

The victory was the third in a row for the Bulldogs, who improved to 13-6, while Tamaqua dropped its seventh straight to fall to 4-16.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

February 5, 1981 Panther Valley uses six decision wins and receives a key injury default to gain a 26-23 wrestling win over Blue Mountain. Brian Breiner, Ron Brida and Marty Maurer all register one-point decision wins for the Panthers while Mark Lopata, Nick Jupina and Keith Troxell also gain close victories. Mike Pisko, at 188 pounds, clinches the match for PV. Leading in his bout, Pisko's opponent has to default due to injury.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

HARRISBURG – In an attempt to balance the Pennsylvania Game Commission's program of deer management between the recommendations of staff biologists and input from hunters, the board of game commissioners gave preliminary approval at Tuesday's quarterly meeting to expand the split, five-day antlered deer season and seven-day concurrent season to a total of 11 wildlife management units during the statewide firearms season for the 2011-12 hunting and trapping seasons.

Saturday, February 5, 2011
don herb/times news Garth Lakitsky of Tamaqua (white headgear) gets set to put the finishing touches on a pin of Tri-Valley's Mason White in the 215 pound bout. Lakitsky got the fall in 1:04.

BETHLEHEM - Tamaqua had the momentum, as well as the hammer.

The result was the Blue Raiders' first-ever victory at the District 11 Class AA Team Wrestling Championships.

The sixth-seeded Raiders grabbed the early lead against third seeded Tri-Valley, then held off the Schuylkill League Division I rival Bulldogs the rest of the way.

Unbeaten Garth Lakitsky delivered the clinching fall at 215 that sealed a 39-36 Raider triumph in the quarterfinals Friday night at Freedom High School.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are encouraging bird and nature fans throughout the state to join tens of thousands of everyday North American bird watchers for the 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday-Monday, Feb. 18-21. A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this free event is an opportunity for families, students, and people of all ages to discover the wonders of nature in backyards, schoolyards, and local parks, and, at the same time, make an important contribution to conservation.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are encouraging bird and nature fans throughout the state to join tens of thousands of everyday North American bird watchers for the 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday-Monday, Feb. 18-21. A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this free event is an opportunity for families, students, and people of all ages to discover the wonders of nature in backyards, schoolyards, and local parks, and, at the same time, make an important contribution to conservation.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

You might think that my lack of a medical degree would in some way limit this column. Instead, the lack is liberating, allowing intuition, experimentation, and common sense to be peers rather than poor little sisters of scientific research.

My first column on the low-carb crazecreated in large part by the paperback publication of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution in 1999serves as a fine example of the fruits of this freedom.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

HARRISBURG – In an attempt to balance the Pennsylvania Game Commission's program of deer management between the recommendations of staff biologists and input from hunters, the board of game commissioners gave preliminary approval at Tuesday's quarterly meeting to expand the split, five-day antlered deer season and seven-day concurrent season to a total of 11 wildlife management units during the statewide firearms season for the 2011-12 hunting and trapping seasons.

Saturday, February 5, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Chris Barletta (11) pulls down a rebound in front of Panther Valley's Joe Dalessio.

Rivalry games usually bring out the best in teams and last night's contest between Marian and Panther Valley did just that.

The Colts started off strong with 27 first quarter points and never looked back as they put a major dent in the Panthers playoff hopes with a 68-53 victory.

However, rivalry games also bring out the best in players – just ask Marian's Mark Stawick.

The senior guard entered yesterday averaging 2.05 points per game, and in Marian's first 19 games this season, Stawick combined for 39 points and five three-pointers.