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Saturday, February 26, 2011

You probably don't think twice (or even once) about the selection of "Fitness Master" topics and the structure to the articles. And why should you?

You read because you're interested in health and fitness, not because you're writing a review. But this week, understanding how and why I do what I do just might make you do something you probably need to.

Exercise more often.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

February 26, 1969 Jim Thorpe's pressing defense leads to a 78-61 victory over Northwestern and a berth in the District 11 Class C finals. After falling behind 8-2 in its man-to-man defense, the Olympians switch to their press and outscore the Tigers 26-9 the rest of the first half. Rich Kelowitz scores a game-high 20 points for the winners, while Hal Hydro nets 19 and Walt Schlenner tallies 18. Thorpe, coached by Phil Rader, also receive 12 points from Bill Klotz.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Palmerton's Sam Oberlander vs Tamaqua's Kyle Boyer at 125.

BETHLEHEM - After missing out on the District Duals for the first time in many years, Northern Lehigh had time to focus on the District 11 individual championships.

The Bulldogs came ready to wrestle during Friday's opening day session at Bethlehem Freedom High School.

A total of 17 TIMES NEWS area wrestlers advanced to this morning's semifinal round at Freedom, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Northern Lehigh leads the TN area pack with six semifinalists.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Perhaps no city in American can equal Kalamazoo, Michigan, for bragging rights of producing two of the country's most successful and classy professional athletes.

To baseball fans, Kalamazoo is know for producing Derek Jeter, the future Hall of Fame shortstop of the New York Yankees. As "the captain" of the Yankees draws nearer to the end of his championship career, another Kalamazoo product – professional bass angler Kevin VanDam – continues his journey into nearly uncharted waters.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Grand Knight Christopher Heery and Youth Director Michael Heery of Damien Council # 598 of the Knights of Columbus have announced the champions of the local 2011 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The competition was recently held at Saint John Neumann Regional School in Palmerton. All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 were eligible to participate.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

In the third week of the Eastern Schuylkull Recreation Commission's Winter Basketball League, R.R. Frey Services and Cuz-N-Joe's Place both picked up wins to remain atop the standings, while University Legendz and Matika's Lawn Care/Blazosky Funeral Home notched their first wins of the season.

RESULTS

Midas Touch Hair Salon-Cuz-N-Joe's Place

Cuz-N-Joe's Place held Midas Touch Hair Salon to just two field goals in the second half, as they rolled to a 49-28 victory.

Soko Mujovic netted a game-high 20 points, while Jon Veet tacked on 11.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

EAST STROUDSBURG - Pleasant Valley head coach Nadia Gauronsky was concerned about two things heading into her team's District 11 playoff match-up with Liberty.

One thing was the ability of her main offensive threats to stay out of foul trouble. The other was her ball-handlers being able to handle the Hurricanes' defensive pressure.

Unfortunately for Gauronsky, her fears became a reality Friday night.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Four area girls basketball teams will be action this weekend in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 basketball tournament.

Pleasant Valley will play tonight while Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe and Palmerton all take the court Saturday afternoon.

GIRLS

Class 4A

No. 8 Liberty (12-11) vs.

No. 1 Pleasant Valley (18-6)

TIPOFF: Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at East Stroudsburg South

COACHES: Liberty – Amy Yencho; Pleasant Valley – Nadia Gauronsky

Friday, February 25, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua senior wrestlers Kolby Mashack (left) and Garth Lakitsky have a combined record of 63-1 this season.

As freshmen, Kolby Mashack and Garth Lakitsky joined Tamaqua's varsity wrestling team and made an immediate impact.

Now seniors, the two Blue Raiders are in the process of etching their names in the record books as the school's all-time winningest grapplers by the time they are through.

Mashack is already atop the Tamaqua win list, with his 124 triumphs two more than previous record holder, 2000 graduate Andy Breiner, who has 122 victories. Lakitsky currently has 119, good for third place and counting.

Friday, February 25, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Holy Family men's basketball coach John O'Connor has resigned following his videotaped conflict with former player Matt Kravchuk.

Holy Family forward Sam Mushman told the Associated Press that O'Connor informed the team on Thursday he would step down.

The decision came after O'Connor learned he will not face criminal charges from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.