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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton boys basketball team held its annual banquet on Sunday, March 3 at the Lehighton American Legion. Coaches and players who were recognized include, from left, head coach Rich Oertner, assistant coach Robert Hahn, Vince Mele, Anthony Rossino, guest speaker Bob Capasso of TV 13, James Farano, assistant coach Bobby Hahn, assistant coach Matt Oertner, and Lehighton School Board President, Rocky Ahner.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March 6, 1954 Dick McGinley leads four Mauch Chunk players in double figures and the Bruins cruise to a 85-59 victory over Barrett Township in the semifinal round of the District 11 Class C playoffs. McGinley finishes with 22 points for the winners, who use a 16-0 run in the second quarter to take control of the game. Mauch Chunk, coached by Ossie Maehrer, also receives 16 points from Lamar Cadden while Myron O'Neil and Leon Haak both finish with 13.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March 5, 1998 Six TIMES NEWS area Class AA wrestlers win their preliminary round bouts at the PIAA state championships in Hershey. Northern Lehigh accounts for four of those victories. The Bulldogs' Steve Hluschak earns an 8-2 opening round win at 119 pounds while teammate Josh Herzog advances with a pin at 125. Nolehi's Cory Debias, who enters the tourney undefeated, gains a 16-8 major at 135 pounds while Keith Blose registers a 15-0 technical fall at 145.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Michael Ortiz battles Tristan Sponseller of Bermudian Springs during the Class AA Southeast Regional semifinals. Ortiz is one of four area wrestlers who will be competing in the state tournament in Hershey.

Four TIMES NEWS area wrestlers wil be heading to Hershey later this week for the PIAA State wrestling championships.

Following is a look at the fields each of those wrestlers will have to navigate their way through to bring home a medal.

CLASS AA

152 pounds

Ty Herzog, Northern Lehigh;

Zachary Graver, Palmerton

Monday, March 4, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Trey Shackleton displays his form during a record-breaking swim in the Class AA 500 freestyle. Shackleton won the gold medal in the event.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP - Friday evening at the District 11 Class AA swimming championships, Northwestern's Trey Shackleton needed to track down three swimmers to win his first gold medal.

Saturday, he had nothing to chase but history.

The sophomore swimmer, competing in his first district meet, rewrote the record books with an impressive swim in the 500 free to earn another trip to the top of the podium at Parkland High School.

Monday, March 4, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Ty Herzog (right) and Mark Maloney of Bethlehem Catholic lock up in the 152-pound Class AA Regional semifinal. Herzog won the bout, 5-2, and went on to capture the Regional title.

WEST LAWN - Northern Lehigh's Ty Herzog redeemed himself by earning gold last week at 152 pounds, atoning for his loss in the district final a season ago.

His quest for redemption continued in the Class AA Southeast Regional finals on Saturday, as he captured the title with a convincing win over Halifax's Robbie Moretz, who came into the match with a 39-0 record.

Monday, March 4, 2013
mike feifel/times news Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich (left) battles Easton's Evan Fidelibus in the Class AAA Regional semifinals.  Yanovich won the bout.

Kenny Yanovich looked bummed Saturday night.

He sat on the cold floor in the hallway of Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium with his head slumped. His body language personified someone struggling to deal with what just had happened to him on the main stage of the Northeast Regional 3A tournament.

He wondered what he has to do to beat Parkland's Ethan Lizak.

The Trojan junior went demolition style on Yanovich in the 113-pound finals Saturday night, making a 12-2 major decision over Yanovich look easy.

It's that easy part that Yanovich didn't like.

Monday, March 4, 2013

With his credentials on the field and in the classroom, it seemed logical that Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson had to be one of the favorites to win this year's Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete award.

But depsite being a two-way Colonial League all-star player and the fact he's an honor student who'll be attending Harvard University in the fall, the thought of being one of the front-runners was inconceivable to Johnson.

Monday, March 4, 2013

March 4, 1968 Four Panther Valley players score in double figures as the Panthers defeat Freeland, 66-56, in the District 11 Class B semifinals. Joe Dietz tallies a game-high 20 points for the winners while Bob Polinsky pours in 16. With the score tied 11-11 in the first quarter, PV uses a 23-7 run that gives it a 16-point halftime lead. The Panthers, coached by John Harkins, also receive 13 points from Bernie Krasnisky and 11 from Kieran Sharpe.