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Friday, March 8, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich (bottom) battles Twin Valley's Daniel Grant in the consolation round of the PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Tournament on Thursday. Yanovich pulled out a 6-3 decision in the 113-pound weight class.

HERSHEY Kenny Yanovich was cursed at, taunted and got a couple hard knocks to the face in his consolation round bout against Twin Valley's Daniel Grant at the PIAA championships Thursday evening.

But when the final buzzer sounded, Pleasant Valley's Yanovich shook Grant's hand with a big smile and a weight lifted off his shoulders as he kept his medal hopes in Hershey alive.

Yanovich scored takedowns in the first and seconds periods to build a 4-0 advantage en route to a 6-3 win over Grant.

Friday, March 8, 2013

March 8, 2005 Amanda McGimpsey scores a game-high 21 points and Dana Stellar's block in the final seconds allows the Northwestern girls to register a 65-63 over Reading Holy Name in the second round of the PIAA Class AA state playoffs. Stellar, who finishes with 15 points and 11 rebounds, swats away a layup attempt with under 10 seconds to play and her team up by one point. McGimpsey, whose 12 points in the first half help the Tigers build a 38-20 lead, then hits a free throw with .9 to play for the final margin.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

March 7, 1989 Ray Kinder tallies a game-high 22 points and pulls down 18 rebounds to help lead Tamaqua to a 62-54 victory over West Hazleton in the semifinal round of the District 11 Class AAA playoffs. Kinder scores six of his points during a 10-3 spurt to open the second half as the Blue Raiders' build their lead to 14 points. The winners, coached by Ed Wise, also receive 11 points from three different players Sean McLaughlin, Joe Bieniek and Mike Behr.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
NL's Herzog advances

HERSHEY - Northern Lehigh's Ty Herzog used the experience from last year's trip to Hershey in his preliminary round bout against South Fayette's Grant Fetchet. Palmerton sophomore Zachary Graver learned what he needed to do to compete at the PIAA Class 2A Championships here at the Giant Center in his prelim match against Boe Bonzo of Freedom (District 12).

Herzog jumped out to an early lead in his 152 pound bout and picked up a 12-7 decision to move into Friday's quarterfinal round against Southern Columbia's Blake Marks (35-5).

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

CLEARWATER, Fla. Cole Hamels wanted to work on his fastball location Tuesday. The Dominican Republic wanted to work on smoking the living heck out of baseballs in preparation for the World Baseball Classic.

Hamels got his work in, the Dominican Republic got its work in, and then some. And then some more.

Hamels allowed 12 hits and eight runs and didn't get out of the third inning, and the D.R. still had 16 hits and seven runs left in its free-swinging lineup full of All-Stars as it swamped the Phils, 15-2, at Bright House Field in an exhibition game.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Bloomsburg assistant coach Diane Decker and volunteer assistants Chris Decker and Rachel Connely talk with the team during a timeout. All three are former basketball standouts at Marian Catholic High School.

The Marian boys and girls basketball programs have enjoyed much success over the years.

Since 1980, the Colts have appeared in the District 11 playoffs every year, but three, cementing themselves as one of the most consistent programs in District 11 single A.

The Fillies program needs no introduction either. Since 1974, the Fillies have appeared in the postseason every year, winning two state titles in 1984 and 2008.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

ALLENTOWN – Get a sneak peak at the top prospects in the Phillies' organization when the Lehigh Valley IronPigs host the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils in the sixth annual U.S. 222 Showcase exhibition game at Coca-Cola Park on April 2. Game time is 6:35 p.m. with all gates opening at 5:30 p.m. to kick off the 2013 season. Parking is free for this event.

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.