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Saturday, February 23, 2013
Photo Courtesy of Jordon Flexer/Flexer Photography Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek barely gets off a jump shot against Allentown Central Catholic's Tim Gottshall.

The Tamaqua boys basketball program took some big strides during the 2012-13 season.

The Raiders qualified for districts for the first time since 2004, won a playoff game for the first time since 2001, and showed onlookers that they were a program on the rise.

However, all good things must come to an end and the Raiders met that end last night in the District 11 AAA quarterfinal, facing off with the Vikings from Allentown Central Catholic. The Raiders were just simply overwhelmed with the talent and skill of their opponent, losing to the Vikings 77-37.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

POTTSVILLE – Martz Hall isn't exactly Sesame Street, but if it was, last night's District 11 Class A quarterfinal between Marian and Shenandoah Valley would have been brought to you by the letter "D."

"D" as in Defense.

In perhaps one of their best defensive games of the season, the Colts completely shut down a high-scoring Blue Devils offense and advanced to next week's district semifinal with a 42-32 victory.

The win sets up a fourth meeting with second-seeded Mahanoy Area (a 64-35 quarterfinal winner over Moravian Academy) on Tuesday night at Martz Hall (7:30 p.m.).

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Spring gobbler hunters have the opportunity to hear one of Pennsylvania's most respected authorities on wild turkey when Matt Morrett of Harrisburg presents a free seminar, Wednesday, March 6, beginning at 6 p.m., at Cabela's Hamburg store.

A veteran calling champion and turkey hunting guide, Morrett is currently the vice-president of sales for the turkey hunting division of Zink Calls and is the host of Avian-X TV on The Sportsman's Channel. He has hunted all four sub-species of the wild turkey, but this seminar will focus on Pennsylvania and hunting the Eastern wild turkey.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Nothing is perfect, or so we are told.

Dr. Bruce Hartman's world of silver and black in Lehighton, however, just might prove otherwise.

"Bruce the Raider Guy," as Hartman is known nationally, owns well over 40,000 authentic and original items from the 53 year history of his beloved Oakland Raider franchise that began in 1960 in the American Football League.

"I am, by nature, compulsive and a perfectionist, especially in my dental practice and with my collection. I am quite sure I have the largest collection of Raider memorabilia in the country," he said.

Friday, February 22, 2013

DISTRICT 11 AAA GIRLS

QUARTERFINALS

No. 4 Northwestern (22-2) vs.

No. 5 North Schuylkill (19-4)

TIPOFF: Saturday, February 23 at Martz Hall

COACHES: Northwestern - Chris Deutsch; North Schuylkill - John Rizzo

LEADING SCORERS: Northwestern – Sara Jones (15 ppg), Sarah Segan (10.4), Sabrina Mertz (8.7), Trista Cunningham 8.7; North Schuylkill – Carly Gregas (8.6), seven others with three or more points per game.

Friday, February 22, 2013

February 22, 1972 Debbie Binder pours in a game-high 30 points to help the Palmerton girls roll to a 63-32 win over Whitehall and clinch the Lehigh Valley League championship. Binder scores the game's first six points to help her team build an early lead. She tallies 21 of her points in the second half to help the undefeated Bomberettes, coached by Bill Piper, pull away for the easy victory. Barbara Donchez contributes 16 points to the winning cause while Marilyn Leindecker adds 10.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Batter's Box handed Joey B's/Joe's Place its first loss of the season and moved into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league.

Lucky's Deli-Ryan's

Ryan's Oil & Heating raced out to a 35-20 halftime lead and cruised to a 65-44 victory over Lucky's Deli.

Kieran Conway scored a game-high 21 points to lead Ryan's Oil & Heating. Jon Scheuer added 14 points, while Joe Schaeffer buried four three-pointers for 12 points.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Christopher Skutnik of Pleasant Valley (center) tries to split Emmaus defenders Nate Feiertag (left) and Noah Bertram.

Marquis Brown's rebound and put-back brought Pleasant Valley to with four points with a little less than two minutes to play in Wednesday's District 11 Class AAAA boys matchup against Emmaus.

After trailing by double digits just minutes earlier, it looked as if the Bears would make that trek all the way back as they had an opportunity at cutting the Hornets' lead to a one possession game the next time down the court.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Photo courtesy of Jeffrey A. Camarati Northwestern graduate and current North Carolina student Madison Burns swims the breaststroke during a recent meet.

Like any college athlete, Madison Burns was excited to embark on her swimming career at the University of North Carolina.

She looked forward to starting a new chapter in her life and her swimming career. And, as much as anything, she couldn't wait to be part of a team.

Growing up, she had been part of youth teams and swam for club teams such as the Parkland Aquatic Club. But Northwestern Lehigh High School does not have a swim team, so other than some summer leagues, Burns missed out on the dual-meet experience that most swimmers get used to before college.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

February 21, 2004 Four TIMES NEWS area wrestlers capture gold medals at the District 11 championships. Winning titles are Northern Lehigh's Jack Gill and Scott Snyder, Northwestern's Scott Clymer, and Lehighton's Joe Tartar. Gill uses four takedowns to help gain a 10-4 decision in the 171-pound finals. Snyder works for a takedown at the final buzzer for a dramatic 3-1 victory in the 189-pound final. Tartar earns his title by registering a fall at 215 pounds. Clymer gets to stand atop the medal stand after posting a 10-0 major at 103.