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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

University of Connecticut tailback Robbie Frey has announced that he will not return to the Husky program for the 2011 season. Frey will receive his undergraduate degree from UConn this May in history and political science and had a fifth year of eligibility remaining based on being redshirted during the 2007 season.

Frey. a Lehighton High School graduate, said that he intends to enroll at Kutztown University in the Fall. He will play football for the Golden Bears and begin his graduate studies.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Kalecia Harris (left) pulls the ball away from East Stroudsburg South's Tara Steakin.

POCONO SUMMIT - It had been five years since the Pleasant Valley girls' basketball team played for a Mountain Valley Conference championship.

Tuesday night, the Lady Bears made that a stat of the past.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Marian falls in Schuylkill semis

POTTSVILLE – No matter how you interpret it, the road to the Schuylkill League championship goes through Pottsville.

For the second straight year, Marian found that out the hard way as last night's collision with the Crimson Tide at Martz Hall sent the Colts on an early exit out of the Schuylkill League playoffs.

The 46-36 setback also detoured any hopes Marian had of avenging last year's 49-25 championship game loss to the Crimson Tide, who now advance to Friday night's Schuylkill League title game against Pine Grove (a 54-47 semifinal winner over Minersville).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The third time was the "charm" for Chris Walkowiak.

The Palmerton Area School Board appointed him as head football coach last night on a unanimous 9-0 vote to replace Paul McArdle, who resigned following the 2010 season after seven years at the helm.

Walkowiak had previously applied for the position two previous times when the board decided to hire Rick Bennett and McArdle.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February 16, 1960 Burt Gbur hits for a game-high 21 points to help lead Coaldale to a 62-51 Black Diamond League win over Tamaqua. Gbur tallies eight of his points in the third quarter to help the Tigers pull away. The winners also receive 18 points from George Stoffey while Donnie Popik chips in with eight and Mike Domin adds seven. For the Raiders, Lee Neifert tallies a team-high 16 points.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Panther Valley posted a 48-42 non-conference win over host Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech.

Sam Zlock netted eight of her team-high 12 points in the Panthers' third quarter, during which they outscored CMVT 16-8.

The Panthers' Bryanna Kehrli scored a season-high 11 points in the victory.

CMVT's Charlene Cook led all scorers with a game-high 27 points.

Panther Valley finishes the season 3-18.

PANTHER VALLEY

Blasko 2-2-2-7, Kehrli 4-3-5-11, Thomas 1-1-5-3, Rice 4-1-4-9, Cullen 0-2-5-2, Cunfer 2-0-0-4, Zlock 5-2-9-12, Paul 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 18-11-30-48.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ken Eck stepped down as Jim Thorpe head baseball coach following last season. On Monday the school board voted to hire Gary Heydt as his replacement after interviewing four candidates for the position last week.

Members of the baseball team attended the meeting to see who would be voted in as their new coach. One of the candidates for the position was Derek Reis, an assistant coach under Eck. The team showed their support for their assistant coach but also mentioned how much they love baseball and will play no matter whom is hired.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February 15, 1946 A 16-point performance from "Flexy" Stachina helps St. Ann's of Lansford gain a 54-33 victory over St. Jerome's of Tamaqua. The winners, who post their 12th straight league win, also receive 12 points from Mac Delpero and seven from Bill Donovan. St. Jerome's, who is outscored in every quarter, gets a team-high 10 points from Keefer.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

TIMES NEWS Wrestling Rankings

(through Feb. 13)

(Bout minimum - 11)

103 - 1. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Sr. (30-5); 2. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (28-5); 3. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (23-5).

Honorable Mention - Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Jr. (24-6); Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (18-11); Benny Mazzella, Jim Thorpe, So. (6-6).

Notes - Top three remain the same. O'Donnell hits the 30-win mark.

112 - 1. Josh Evans, Palmerton, Fr. (21-4); 2. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, So. (22-7); 3. Brian Ohl, Jim Thorpe, So. (23-9).

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

When Shawn Albert took over as head coach at Jim Thorpe this season, he knew he would have to build the foundation for the Olympians' wrestling program.

A year ago, Jim Thorpe did not win a dual meet. With the Olympians moving into the Schuylkill League's Division I this year, Albert realized he had his work cut out for him.

A former wrestler at Upper Moreland High School and Bloomsburg University, Albert had been an assistant coach at his scholastic alma mater before serving as a volunteer coach at Thorpe for two seasons under Guy Franko.