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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."

Saturday, March 5, 2011

ALLENTOWN - Another championship game, another silver medal for the Northern Lehigh girls basketball team.

The Lady Bulldogs have had tremendous seasons last year and this year, but just can't get over the hump to win a title.

"The only team to not win a championship," said Northern Lehigh head coach Dave Oertner. "We have one more chance and that's the hardest one.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Kenny Yanovich may just be a freshman, but he carries the confidence and demeanor of a senior. Yanovich was the highlight from Pleasant Valley's opening day at the Northeast Regional 3A tournament at Freedom High School.

The 103-pounder dominated Colby Ems of East Stroudsburg South during the preliminaries with a 6-0 win and then controlled most of his quarterfinal bout against Pittston's Jamie Scaratino before holding him off 6-4.

Saturday, March 5, 2011
Gimbi is clutch in final quarter

POTTSVILLE For three quarters, Marian's Ryan Gimbi quietly went about his game.

A rebound here, a basket there. It was 24 minutes of solid, steady play by the Colt senior.

But in the fourth quarter, Gimbi went from solid and steady to spectacular and sensational.

As Marian watched its game with Mahanoy Area morph from blowout to barnburner, Gimbi turned in what were arguably the three biggest plays of the night.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Eighteenth century philosopher David Hume never received any academic position he sought. That's because his writings struck some as so anti-religious that they would speak out vehemently against him, so vehemently that universities were hesitant to hire him.

Yet the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy now calls Hume "the most important philosopher ever to write in English," and his words that incensed so many back then seem tame today.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

March 5, 2005 Panther Valley freshman Allysa Vavra wins two gold medals at the District 11 Class AA swimming championships. Coupled with the two she gained the previous day, Vavra earns the Outstanding Swimmer Award. Vavra breaks a district and pool mark in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.41. She also teams with Amanda Terray, Sasha Kranch and Dorothy Terray to claim gold in a record time in the 400 free relay. PV receives another gold from sophomore Amanda Terray, who sets a district mark in winning the 100 backstroke.