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Friday, February 4, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian's Dominick Richards, center, signs letter committing himself to James Madison University. Seated with him are his parents, Jeanette and Ralph Richards. Looking on are his high school football coach Stan Dakosty and the high school's Studies Director Sister Eileen McGuigan.

When Dominick Richards of Jim Thorpe first went out for football at Marian Catholic, he had his heart set "on being a Peyton Manning;" a quarterback.

"I grew up playing quarterback," he said. "Everybody wants to be Peyton Manning."

His head coach, Stan Dakosty, had other ideas. He moved him to tight end and defensive end in his sophomore year and it has become obvious the coach knew best.

Friday, February 4, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Eric Snyder (front, center) announced that he will attend Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey on a Division I baseball scholarship. Joining Snyder for the signing are his parents Ann White and Scott Snyder. Behind them is Bulldog baseball coach Erv Prutzman.

Over the years, Eric Snyder has been committed to the game of baseball.

The love for the game initially started when his father, Scott Snyder, introduced him to the sport when he was only five years.

Thirteen years later, Snyder has finally been able to fullfill a childhood dream.

"I always wanted to play baseball in college," Snyder said. "To get the opportunity to do so is absolutely amazing."

Snyder announced yesterday afternoon that he was furthering his academics, as well as his baseball career, at Division I Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey.

Friday, February 4, 2011
Tamaqua Area High School senior Allison Updike signs a letter of intent to continue her track and field career at the University of Georgia. Seated with Allison (front, center) are her parents, Jackie and Ralph Updike. In the back row are TAHS Principal RuthAnn Gardiner, Director of Athletics Mike Hromyak, Head Track and Field Coach Tom Kanger, Assistant Track Coach Mike Sakash; and Updike's personal coaches, John Kotchmar and Barry Krammes.

In the movie "My Super Ex-Girlfriend," Uma Thuman plays a super heroine by the name of G-Girl who is capable of all kinds of fantastic feats.

Tamaqua Area High School has its own "G-Girl" now that senior Allison Updike has decided to continue her athletic and academic careers at the University of Georgia.

Wearing a black T-shirt with the Georgia "G" logo on it, Updike was joined by her parents, Ralph and Jackie Updike, as well as her high school and personal coaches as she signed her letter of intent Thursday in the high school library.

Friday, February 4, 2011
ron gower/times news Marian's Gillian Ferko (35) goes up with a shot against Mahanoy Area.

The Marian and Northern Lehigh girls both posted wins in basketball action on Thursday.

Also gaining a victory was the Panther Valley wrestling squad, who defeated Mahanoy Area.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Mahanoy A.-Marian

Marian blanked Mahanoy Area, 19-0, in the first quarter en route to a 46-18 Schuylkill League Division 3 win.

Gillian Ferko scored a game-high 17 points for the Fillies while Danielle Tristani added 10.

MAHANOY AREA

Thursday, February 3, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Zach Stanko (left) has played a huge role in helping the Panther Valley boys basketball team bounce back from a slow start and remain in District 11 playoff contention.

Just three games into the season, Panther Valley's Brock Mitchell suffered a serious leg injury in an ATV accident and was lost for the year.

With their leading scorer and rebounder out of the lineup, the Panthers also appeared lost.

Five straight setbacks followed the injury to Mitchell.

"Brock's injury was devastating for a number of reasons," explained Panther Valley coach Pat Crampsie. "First and foremost because the entire team and coaching staff was concerned about his injuries and his health. We were all pretty shaken up in the days following the accident.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The District 11 Wrestling Committee has announced the brackets for the 2011 D-11 Team Championships, to be held at Freedom High School in Bethlehem this weekend.

Four TIMES NEWS area teams have qualified for this year's District Duals field: Palmerton, Lehighton and Tamaqua in Class AA and Pleasant Valley in Class AAA.

On Friday, Lehighton, seeded eighth in AA, has a 4:30 p.m. preliminary round match against ninth seeded Pius X, with the winner advancing to a quarterfinal match against top seeded Bethlehem Catholic at 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February 3, 1965 Charlie Keer connects for 28 points to help Marian post a 73-65 Anthracite Catholic League win over Immaculate Heart of Fountain Springs. Keer, the Colts' 6-3 center, hits for 12 buckets inside and also controls the boards. The winners, who trail after the first quarter before taking the lead for good in the second frame, also receive 16 points from Dennis Boyle and 14 from Johnny Halenar.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's getting to be somewhat of a routine for Palmerton that when it gets a wrestling win, it comes down to the final match to decide the outcome.

In a non-league showdown with rival Lehighton on Monday night, Josh Evans' pin at 112 wrapped up the victory for the Bombers as they pulled out a 36-32 win.

In matches that are decided by so few of points, it's common for every match to be important to the result and this one proved to be no different.

Perhaps there was none bigger than the 285-pound bout that pitted Palmerton junior Kane Kralik against Colton Davidson.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

(through Jan. 31)

(Bout Minimum - 9)

103 - 1. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Sr. (27-5); 2. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (21-3); 3. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (20-4).

Honorable Mention - Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Jr. (21-5); Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (16-10); Benny Mazzella, Jim Thorpe, So. (5-5).

Notes - O'Donnell ranked 9th in Class AA 103 by Off The Mat this week after placing first at Coal Cracker Round Robin. Yanovich placed 2nd at New Oxford Tournament. Mashack hits 20 wins.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February 1, 1944 Bob Bamford tallies a game-high 24 points and Nesquehoning pulls away from Lansford to post a 67-39 victory. Bamford hits for 12 of his points in the second quarter, when the Maroons put together a 23-7 period to take control of the game. The winners, coached by Sam Pagano, receive 18 points from Billy McCullian and 17 more from Joe Feddock.