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Monday, March 14, 2011
RON GOWER/times news Danielle Tristani of Marian goes up for a shot as she drives to the hoop in Saturday's PIAA playoff game against Line Mountain.

SHAMOKIN Despite a shaky first half, the Marian Fillies found themselves down by just one point at half time of their PIAA Class A first round playoff against District 4 runner-up Line Mountain at Shamokin High School on Saturday afternoon.

With over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Fillies held a five-point lead and looked like they were on their way to their the second round on Tuesday.

Line Mountain junior Kasey Long had a different plan, however.

Monday, March 14, 2011

HERSHEY - Wrestling is a sport that can be ruled by emotion.

Garth Lakitsky is a State champion because he kept his poise when it mattered the most.

Neither the pressure of the PIAA Class AA championships, nor the stalling tactics of Milton sophomore Ryan Solomon caused a crack in the Tamaqua senior 215-pounder's determination.

Solomon's slowdown strategy didn't stop Lakitsky from becoming the first Tamaqua grappler to win a State title.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Fourth Annual Hunter Meckes Memorial Soccer Tournament will be held Sunday, April 17 at the Lehighton Area High School soccer fields. The event starts at 9 a.m. U-9 to U-18 teams will be playing. D.J. Larry will be spinning tunes and there refreshments by Jim Thorpe Girls Soccer Club. There will also be a bake sale. Proceeds from the basket event will be donated to Hunter Wolfe, who has leukemia, to help with his medical expenses.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
Marian can't slow up powerful MCS

POTTSVILLE The best laid plans ...

Marian figured it had only one chance of pulling off an upset against Math, Civics & Sciences in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs slow them down.

Unfortunately for the Colts, the word slow doesn't seem to be in the MCS vocabulary.

The Mighty Elephants, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class A, didn't take long to get their running game going. Whether it came off rebounds or after creating turnovers, the District 12 runner-ups got into transition faster than any team John Patton's club has seen this season.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

March 12, 1993 Tracy Rissmiller scores eight of her points in the first quarter as Northern Lehigh takes early control of its District 11 consolation game with Salisbury. The Bulldogs break out to a 12-4 advantage and maintain the lead the rest of the way in gaining a 40-27 victory. Rissmiller finishes with 12 points while Mary Wehr scores a game-high 14. The winners, coached by Larry Parry, also receive five points and three key assists down the stretch from Trish Treskot.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Michael Dahlstrom (left) battles with Blue Mountain's Brandon Choate during a 130-pound consolation bout.

It may have been the worst possible match ups for Pleasant Valley wrestlers Kenny Yanovich and Michael Dahlstrom in their second round of consolations Friday afternoon in Hershey.

Facing District 11 wrestlers in any round this deep of the state tournament poses problems and both Bears weren't able to solve the issues as they were eliminated.

Yanovich lost a 10-3 decision to Liberty's Brett Marino at 103 and Dahlstrom (130) fell to Blue Mountain's Brandon Choate by a 3-1 affair to end hopes of Pleasant Valley walking away from the Giant Center with any medals this year.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Quality Deer Management Association, in partnership with Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Penn State School of Forest Resources Web Seminar Center, will conduct the "Whitetail Deer Management Webinar Mini-Series." This series of three live webinars will be presented at noon and 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month beginning March 15, each lasting approximately one hour.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

HERSHEY - Zane Heller was down, but he wasn't done.

The Northern Lehigh junior took on Claysburg-Kimmel junior Ty Dively in the 125 pound quarterfinals of the PIAA State Wrestling Championships on Friday morning, only to have Dively end the bout before Heller could get going, using a half-nelson to register a fall at 1:02.

Knocked into the consolation bracket, Heller was faced with an elimination bout against Line Mountain sophomore Seth Lansberry.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

In "The Great Emotional Escape," an article about how to handle difficult emotions by Valerie Reiss in the February issue of Natural Health, Christiane Northrup, M.D. and author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, says "getting a handle on your emotions and learning elegant ways to name them, claim them and express them is probably the most important thing you can ever do for your health."

Northrup does make an important point. My only objection is her use of "most" preceding important.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
Lakitsky going for gold

HERSHEY - Garth Lakitsky was mad, but he found the perfect way to channel that anger.

After getting slapped in the face a couple of times during his Class AA 215-pound semifinal bout against Northern Bedford senior Joel Suter, the Tamaqua senior kept his composure and turned his aggression back on Suter.

As a result, Lakitsky is one victory away from becoming the Blue Raiders' first-ever PIAA State wrestling champion.