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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

(through Feb. 21)

(Bout minimum - 12)

103 - 1. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Sr. (31-5); 2. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (29-5); 3. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Jr. (24-6).

Honorable Mention - Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (25-7); Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (19-11).

Notes - O'Donnell was ranked 9th in Class AA by Off The Mat last week. Hoats and Mashack flip-flop with Hoats taking third slot.

112 - 1. Josh Evans, Palmerton, Fr. (22-4); 2. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, So. (21-7); 3. Brian Ohl, Jim Thorpe, So. (22-11).

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Pleasant Vy. cops MVC title

EAST STROUDSBURG - Friday night, the Lady Bears from Pleasant Valley clawed their way to the top of the mountain.

The Mountain Valley Conference that is.

Trailing by seven at the break, Pleasant Valley came out fast in the third quarter and managed to take the lead heading into the fourth. Pocono Mountain West responded and was able to force overtime following a game-trying three-pointer with a minute go. Fortunately, the Bears took an early lead in overtime and made their free throws down the stretch en route to capturing the program's first MVC championship since 2005.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Quality Deer Management Association founder Joe Hamilton will present the program "The State of Pennsylvania's Whitetail," Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. and doors opening at 6, at the Roadway Inn Convention Center, 1151 Bulldog Drive, Allentown.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The cover of the January/February issue of a popular women's lifestyle magazine, informs readers that they can "BURN 600 CALORIES Without Trying," "DROP 15 POUNDS FAST," and that there are "FLAT BELLY FOODS" containing carbs that "MELT FAT." If the Buddhists are right and expectation really is the cause of all suffering, Health magazine readers are undoubtedly anguished individuals.

That's because these teasers and the articles they introduce create expectations and unrealistic ones at that.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

February 22, 1978 Annie Stemler scores five points in the final minute and a half to help Palmerton avoid an upset and gain a 39-35 District 11 playoff win over Salisbury. The top-seeded Bombers, with many players suffering from the flu, outscore the 16th-seeded Falcons 16-8 in the final quarter to pull out the victory. Lori Weaver tallies 12 points and pulls down nine rebounds. Stemler finishes with 11 points while Donna Horn adds nine points and eight boards.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Once flocks are located and permission to hunt is obtained from landowners, snow goose season in Pennsylvania can produce some fast-paced hunting that is highly rewarding. When the snows fail to cooperate, however, it can also be highly frustrating.

Again this year, Pennsylvania will have a special Snow Goose Conservation Season to – hopefully help reduce the ever-increasing population of snow geese. This year, this special late season opens Monday and continues through Saturday, April 16, and has a daily limit of 25 and no possession limit.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
bob ford/times new filephoto Senior Kyle Sorensen has been one of Northwestern's top wrestlers this season.

One of the challenges for District 11 wrestling coaches is keeping their teams focused in February.

After two grueling months of competition, leading up to the District 11 Duals, grapplers can experience a bit of a lull before the postseason kicks into high gear with the D-11 championships during February's final weekend.

Compounding the situation, District 11 does not compete in a Sectional tournament, which creates the gap of an extra week before the D-11 individual tournament.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Amy Zehner (25) goes up with a shot as Tara Nahodil (right) and Taylor Troutman (30) defend.

POTTSVILLE – Tamaqua and Tri-Valley feature two of the top frontcourt players in the Schuylkill League in the Lady Raiders' 5-10 senior Amy Zehner and the Bulldogs' 6-4 sophomore Tara Nahodil.

With 2:58 left in their Schuylkill championship rematch, both were relegated to being spectators after fouling out.

The Raider guards maintained their composure under Tri-Valley's full-court pressure, picking up some breakaway hoops down the stretch to hold on for a 46-37 triumph Friday night at Martz Hall.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cuz-N-Joe's Place, R.R. Frey Services and Ryan's Oil & Heating all picked up their second win in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Winter Basketball League.

R.R. Frey Services-

University Legendz

With under 10 seconds remaining and a chance to tie or take the lead, University Legendz turned the ball over and R.R. Frey came away with a 63-59 victory.

Dave Wilson had a monster game for R.R. Frey with a 26 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Tom Toth added 13 and Jason Derr chipped in 10.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Four TIMES NEWS area athletes were named to the First Team of the 2010-11 Colonial League Girls Basketball All-League Team.

Palmerton's Kelsey Hay, who was named the league's MVP, along with Northern Lehigh's twin towers of Sonya Josephson and Aimee Oertner were unanimously selected to the First Team.

The Bombers' Casey Rinfret also earned First Team honors.

Gaining a spot on the Second Team was Northwestern's Sara Jones.

Below is a list of all the all-star squad squads.

2010-2011 Colonial League

Girls Basketball All-League Team

FIRST TEAM