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Saturday, March 12, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/TIMES NEWS Kelsey Follweiler of Northern Lehigh (left) is pressure by Bishop McDevitt's Julie Kostic.

DREXEL HILL – The Northern Lehigh girls knew they would have a height advantage against Bishop McDevitt.

The Lady Bulldogs found out early in their first-round PIAA Class AA match up just how much they would be able to use that advantage.

Pounding the ball inside to 6-foot-2 senior Aimee Oertner early on, Northern Lehigh built a 28-4 first-quarter lead en route to a 62-18 win over the Lady Lancers Friday night at Monsignor Bonner High School.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) – NFL labor talks broke down just hours before the latest contract extension expired Friday. The union decertified, and players including Tom Brady and Peyton Manning sued the league, putting the country's most popular sport on a path to its first work stoppage since 1987.

Despite 16 days of negotiations with a federal mediator – and previous months of stop-and-start bargaining – the sides could not agree on a new deal. The league said it hadn't decided whether to lock out the players, who, meanwhile, went to court to request an injunction to block such a move.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Although the opening day of Pennsylvania's statewide spring gobbler season is still seven weeks away – Saturday, April 30 – some turkey hunters are already making trips afield with a definite purpose as part of a research project.

Friday, March 11, 2011
Mike Hromyak

Tamaqua Area School District Athletic Director Mike Hromyak has been named the 2011 Pennsylvania Region II Athletic Director of the Year by the Pa. State Athletic Directors Association (PSADA).

Region II includes athletic directors from PIAA Districts 2, 4 and 11.

Hromyak has been previously recognized for his efforts in directing Tamaqua Area's sports programs. He was selected as the 2005 Schuylkill League Athletic Director of the Year and the 2003 District 11 Robert Stimmel Award winner as the league's representative as the District 11 Athletic Director of the Year.

Friday, March 11, 2011
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich battles Governor Mifflin's Colin Ocha in a 103-pound preliminary round bout in Class AAA.

Pleasant Valley's start to the PIAA 3A wrestling championships may have gotten off to a rough start, but the Bears ended day one in sweet fashion keeping both of their grapplers alive heading into Friday's action.

Kenny Yanovich (103) and Michael Dahlstrom (130) may have waited until the third period to secure their victories in the first round of consolations, but both controlled their bouts en route to impressive victories.

Friday, March 11, 2011

March 11, 1946 A big third quarter helps Summit Hill pull away from Frackville for a 38-27 win in the District 11 semifinals. Dick Black scores six of his 12 points in that third frame a period which sees the Hillers outscore their opponent 14-8 to gain a nine-point lead. George Keister finishes with a game-high 14 points while the winners also receive eight from Richie DiGiacomo.

Friday, March 11, 2011

When the Marian girls' basketball team returned to practice earlier this week, its setback in the last Saturday's District 11 Class A Championship game quickly became history.

Marian won't be alone when it comes to forgetting about a district championship loss. The Fillies next opponent, Line Mountain, dropped a 62-40 decision to Lourdes Regional in the District 4 Class A Championship game last weekend.

Friday, March 11, 2011

HERSHEY – Both Colin Hedash and Garth Lakitsky have wrestled in the State semifinals before.

This evening, their mission is to take it one more step.

Hedash, Northern Lehigh's senior 171 pounder, and Tamaqua's Lakitsky, a senior wrestling at 215, each won their quarterfinal bouts this morning at the PIAA Class AA Championships at Hershey's Giant Center.

Two other TIMES NEWS area grapplers, No. Lehigh's Zane Heller (125) and Northwestern Lehigh's Bobby Clymer (152), both lost in the quarterfinals.

Friday, March 11, 2011

By MIKE FEIFEL

mfeifel@tnonline.com

Last week, I had the chance to wander through the Disney Spring Training site of the Atlanta Braves with all of the hoopla of ESPN's The Weekend and wall-to-wall celebrities. I looked up and saw pictures of former Braves and settled in to watch "Chipper" Jones play his first game since off-season surgery.

The aging third baseman is the last vestige of a Brave team that had a lot of similarities to this year's Phillies team.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) in conjunction with the Big 33 Classic, has released its inaugural listing of top high school football prospects for the class of 2012. This list of 115 student athletes from across the state represents a cooperative effort on the part of representatives from PSFCA district directors, coaches and other functions of the association. It is the first list of its kind to be compiled exclusively by high school coaches.