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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Again this year the Pennsylvania Game Commission will be helping Commonwealth school students learn about the vital role of trees in the environment through its "Seedlings for Schools" program, in which students will be able to plant a variety of tree seedlings at home, on school grounds or in their communities.

Orders will be accepted, beginning Monday until Sunday, April 1, through the PGC website at by clicking on "Seedlings for Schools," and all order must be submitted online.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Mike Dillon of the FoxPro Game Call Company of Lewistown not only enjoys hunting coyotes in Pennsylvania, but often travels out of state specifically to hunt the predators.

There was a time when there was no cure in sight for hunters who suffered "cabin fever" from the end of the deer season to the beginning of spring gobbler season.

Now, more hunters than ever are enjoying good health throughout the winter because of the wide-spread and ever-increasing popularity of coyote hunting. For some, hunting coyotes goes beyond sport, and is seen as a way to help protect the state's deer herd from these predators.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner goes up with a shot over Salisbury's Meagan Eripret.

ALLENTOWN Aimee Oertner doesn't need to score a lot of baskets to lead her team to a win.

Friday night in a District 11 Class AA quarterfinal, Oertner made just three field goals, but she connected on 13 of 15 fouls shots, blocked seven shots and pulled down 14 rebounds in her team's 43-38 win over Salisbury at Allen High School.

"Our coach wasn't here and that was a little downer," Oertner said. "Tina [Bastardi] and I knew we had to take charge. We knew there was a lot of pressure, but we just kept our heads level and played our game."

Saturday, February 25, 2012

STROUDSBURG Following her team's narrow win over Pocono Mountain West in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class AAAA playoffs, Pleasant Valley head coach Nadia Gauronsky seemed to take a huge sigh of relief.

Gauronsky had just watched her team withstand rallies by the Lady Panthers at the end of both halves of play. She also witnessed Pleasant Valley come up with enough big plays to pull out a 44-42 win.

"I asked (my team) not to let them back into the game," Gauronsky said.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Apparently, it still pays off to cheat in Major League Baseball.

The ritual of pitchers and catchers reporting signals the coming of spring, warm weather, leaves on the trees, and a new season of baseball. For the past few seasons, there was an excitement about the game as the shroud of the 2004 PED debacle and the Barry Bonds steroids case faded.

That cloud has returned. Despite the increased testing and awareness of the performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), the game is still dealing with the issue in light of the recent events surrounding the games better known names.

Friday, February 24, 2012

February 24, 1954 Myron O'Neil scores a team-high 20 points to help lead Mauch Chunk to a 62-60 victory over White Haven and win the Mountain League championship. O'Neil's tip-in of a missed free throw late in the fourth quarter ends up being the deciding basket. The Bruins, coached by Ossie Maehrer, also receive 18 points from Lamar Cadden while Dick McGinley contributes 13 points.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Blue Mountain will be the second school to join the Anthracite Football League in 2012. The Eagles will be leaving the Berks County League and will enter the AFL in 2014. Lehighton is the other school that will be joining the AFL in 2014, parting ways with the Mountain Valley Conference. The AFL presently has nine teams and with the addition of Blue Mountain and Lehighton that will bring the total team count to 11. A meeting is being scheduled in mid-March with AFL officials to officially vote and approve the moves by each school.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Six TIMES NEWS area basketball teams will be in District 11 quarterfinal round action.

The Marian boys, Pleasant Valley girls and Northern Lehigh girls will all play tonight.

The Panther Valley boys, Jim Thorpe girls and Palmerton girls will all be in action Saturday.


Marian (12-10, 4-4 Schuylkill League)

vs. Moravian Academy (11-11)

TIPOFF: Friday, Feb. 24th at 6 p.m. at Northern Lehigh

COACHES: Marian - John Patton; Moravian Academy - John Donmoyer.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Two TIMES NEWS area wrestlers were named top seeds in the upcoming District 11 wrestling championships.

Pleasant Valley's Sean Bianco (113 pounds) and Michael Dahlstrom (126) both earned No. 1 seeds in the Class AAA tournament, which starts Friday at Liberty High School.

The Bears also have two No. 2 seeds in the tourney. Kenny Yanovich is second at 106 pounds while Alex Yanovich is the same at 126.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Kelsey Hay (left) and Emily Meinhart (right) battle with Tamaqua Jaclin Valasek for control of the ball.

There are three attributes that can give a basketball player a distinct advantage when the game is on the line.

Experience, skilled ball handling, and the ability to hit free throws under pressure.

Palmerton's Jade Farquhar has the ball handling and clutch shooting down, but the experience is one trait she does not possess. However, the freshman never showed signs of her young age and carried the Bombers on her back in the fourth quarter. Farquhar scored seven points in the frame and propelled Palmerton to a 44-39 District 11 AAA first round victory over Tamaqua.