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Saturday, March 19, 2011

March 19, 2001 Tamaqua's singles players all win in straight sets and the Blue Raiders open their tennis season with a 5-0 victory over Lehighton. Zach Cheese gained a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles while Brandon Burkett (6-4, 6-1 at No. 2) and Mike Towle (6-0, 6-0 at No. 3) also cruise to victory. Tamaqua also gains doubles wins from the teams of Alec Troxell/Jon Dewire and Todd Dewire/Craig Krausse.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

PHILADELPHIA Another overtime for Ben Clymer. And unfortunately, another overtime loss.

The former Northwestern Lehigh wrestling standout and current Hofstra University 184-pounder saw his NCAA Division 1 Championships end Friday morning when he dropped a 2-1 decision to Navy's Luke Rebertus in the second round of consolations.

Clymer, who finished his season with a 22-10 record, opened the tournament with a tough 4-2 defeat in extra time to the sixth-seeded Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The 7th Annual Biddy Basketball Tournament hosted by SS.Peter/Paul's CYO Program will be held Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lehighton Area Middle School.

Following is this year's tournament schedule:

Game 1 (9 a.m.) - Palmerton Youth Basketball Association vs Jim Thorpe Olympians

Game 2: (10 a.m.) - St.John Vianney (Allentown) vs Panther Valley Middle School

Game 3: (11 a.m.) - St.Peter's (Reading) vs Palmerton Youth Basketball Association

Game 4: (12 Noon) - Jim Thorpe Olympians vs St.John Vianney (Allentown)

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Madison Burns of Northwestern swims the butterfly leg of the 200 IM on Wednesday at the PIAA Class AA Swim Championships. Burns won a gold medal in the event.

LEWISBURG One down. One to go.

Fresh off of her two gold-medal winning performances at districts nearly two weeks ago, Northwestern's Madison Burns was back in the pool Wednesday evening in the first of her two PIAA Class AA championship events held at Bucknell University.

As it turned out, Burns picked up right where she left off.

Burns captured state gold in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:00.48 seconds. She needed every millisecond, as she bested Maria Georger of Mercyhurst Prep (District 10) by nine-one-hundredths of a second.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Kayla Hope (right) and Oley Valley's Jasmen Clark go after a loose ball during Wednesday's PIAA Class AAA playoff game.

HAMBURG - It was the quarter Tamaqua could not afford to have.

Tied at 27 with District 3 champion Oley Valley at halftime, the Lady Raiders came out with their worst shooting period of the season, missing all nine shots from the field in the third quarter and scoring just one point.

While the Lady Lynx managed just six points in the stanza, it gave them the lead they protected the rest of the way for a 52-46 victory Wednesday night in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs at Hamburg High School.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

After an undefeated regular season, the Pleasant Valley boys' 8th grade basketball team fell to Pocono Mountain West in the Greater Pocono championship, 27-26.

The Bears finish their season with a 22-1 overall record and defeated their opponents by an average of 19.5 points-per-game.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

March 17, 1941 Lee Shuck scores a game-high 13 points to help East Mauch Chunk post a 38-28 victory over Mauch Chunk Catholic in both team's season finale. Johnny Watto adds 10 points for the winners, coached by John "Bud" Eiler, while Eddie "Eppie" Herman contributes 10. East Mauch Chunk, the champions of the Mountain League, take control of the game with a 9-3 third quarter. Paul Solski tallies nine points to lead Mauch Chunk Catholic.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tamaqua senior Garth Lakitsky, the PIAA Class 2A 215-pound state champion, will represent the Pennsylvania team in the 37th annual Dapper Dan Classic on Sunday, March 27 at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Pennsylvania team will wrestle against a team made up of United States All-Stars.

Lakitsky, who finished the season at 42-0, will wrestle Andrew Campolattano of Bound Brook, N.J.

The match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in Fitzgerald Field House.

It will be preceded by a match between the WPIAL All-Stars against the Michigan All-Stars.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner (33) looks for a teammate as Mid Valley's Alyssa Miraglia (23) looks on. Mid Valley defeated the Lady Bulldogs 46-41 in the PIAA Class AA Girls second round playoff game on Tuesday at Hazleton High School.

HAZLETON - Northern Lehigh head coach Dave Oertner's scouting report on Mid Valley said that the Lady Spartans weren't overall good shooters from three-point range.

Danielle Terranella, one of the team's two 1,000-point scorers who finished with a game high 23 points, erased that theory, however. She drilled her third of the game with 1:04 left on the clock to break a tie and start a five-point run that led to a 46-41 win to end the Lady Bulldogs season at Hazleton High School on Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Three of The TIMES NEWS Area tennis teams need to alter and adapt lineups this coming season, as their former number one singles players are gone from their respective rosters.

Pleasant Valley's Kevin Peer, Jim Thorpe's Sam Lux and Tamaqua's Kyle Oliver are all gone for their own reasons, whether it is graduation or transferring schools, and their remaining teams and coaches are left with some questions unanswered.

Despite the losses that the teams face in the early going, there are both negatives and positives that the coaches are witnessing so far.