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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.

Monday, March 7, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Tamaqua's Joann Butkus qualified for States with a third place in the 100 freestyle.

Area swimmers had a fine showing at Saturday's District 11 Class AA Championships held at Parkland High School, earning five individual medals.

Over the course of the two-day competition, a total of 11 individual medals and 1 relay medal were won by area teams.

Northwestern Lehigh junior Madison Burns made a huge impact at her first district meet, winning gold in both of her events and winning the Dennis A. McGinley Award for being the outstanding female swimmer of the meet.

"It's pretty exciting," said Burns on winning the award. "I wasn't expecting to be called out."

Monday, March 7, 2011
Marian falls in title game

POTTSVILLE – Marian executed its defensive game plan to perfection.

But Tri-Valley had the perfect back-up plan.

With the Fillies keeping the high-scoring duo of Julie Weber and Tara Nahodil under wraps, the Bulldogs turned to Taylor Troutman for some offense.

Troutman didn't let them down.

Troutman scored nearly half her team's points on Saturday afternoon as Tri-Valley defended its District 11 Class A title with a 32-27 victory over Marian.

Monday, March 7, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Garth Lakitsky goes for the escape from Bermudian Springs' Matthew Wolf in the semis. Lakitsky won the bout 8-5.

WEST LAWN – Northern Lehigh reached a milestone during Saturday's Southeast Class AA Regional tournament.

Three Bulldogs advanced to the PIAA State Championships, including Regional champions Zane Heller (125) and Colin Hedash (171), as well as Ty Herzog (145), who placed fifth.

No. Lehigh now has a total of 101 State qualifiers in the program's history.

Monday, March 7, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Zane Heller takes down Saucon Valley's Paul Sloand in the semi-finals. Heller won the bout 13-2.

Southeast Class AA Regional

Top 10 Teams

1. Bethlehem Catholic 172.5, 2. Pen Argyl 123.5, 3. Schuylkill Valley 100.5, 4. Bermudian Springs 81, 5. Northern Lehigh 80.5, 6. Saucon Valley 76, 7. Boiling Springs 68, 8. Wyomissing 60, 9. Biglerville 58.5, 10. Pequea Valley 45.5.

TIMES NEWS area teams - 16. (tie) Northwestern and Tamaqua 25, 23 Lehighton 19, 34. Palmerton 8.

Championship Finals

(Both advance to States)

103 - Darian Cruz (Bethlehem Catholic) major dec. Joseph Byers (Boiling Springs) 16-3.

Monday, March 7, 2011
Updike's 'D'  plays key role

OREFIELD - Minutes after her team won the District 11 Class AAA girls' basketball title, Tamaqua's Allison Updike was the first player to cut down some of the twine from one of the nets.

The move couldn't have been more fitting because Updike spent most of the afternoon in the paint, helping to continually shutdown Allentown Central Catholic's inside presence and collecting more than her share of rebounds in helping her team to a third consecutive overall District title and first AAA crown in a 46-42 overtime victory.

Saturday, March 5, 2011
No Header!

POTTSVILLE - The Colts knew Mahanoy would make a run. And they were ready for it.

After leading the entire game, at one point by as much as 16 points, Marian withstood a late 18-3 run that made it a one-point game to win its second straight District 11 Class A title, 53-43 Friday night at Martz Hall.

"I couldn't ask for anything more," said Marian leading scorer Chris Barletta, who scored 24 points on 8-for-15 shooting. "I've been thinking about it all week. I was nervous. I couldn't sleep. But now that we got it done it feels great."