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Saturday, February 2, 2013
Elected to head the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners for 2013 are, from left, secretary Brian Hoover, president Bob Schlemmer and vice-president Dave Putnam.

HARRISBURG – Hunters submitting dates to employers for vacation days during some fall and winter seasons would be wise to check the calendar.

Opening day for some seasons will begin a week later than usual during the 2013-14 license year that received preliminary approval by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners at Tuesday's quarterly meeting. This was done to accommodate calendar swings related to the timing of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, that occur about every seven years.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
mike feifel/times news Keri Dekmar (5) of Pleasant Valley tries to split a host of Pocono Mountain West defenders.

When it comes to basketball, there is simply no defense for good offense.

The Pleasant Valley girls learned that the hard way Friday night.

Ramonia and Jackie Benitez, two sisters that are a senior and a sophomore respectively, combined to score 41 of Pocono Mountain West's 53 points and helped lead the Panthers past Pleasant Valley 53-42 in Mountain Valley Conference play. Those two, combined with the Bears' 15-for-50 shooting woes, spelled doom for the locals.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Northern Lehigh boys and the Panther Valley boys were the only two locals to pick up victories.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pen Argyl-No. Lehigh

Northern Lehigh limited Pen Argyl to single digits in all four quarters, en route to a 50-21 Colonial League victory.

Josh Eden paced the Bulldogs (13-7) with a game-high 15 points, while Tyler Dibilio tacked on 12.

PEN ARGYL

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Teams don't go 20-0 without surviving some scares.

Palmerton gave Northwestern as good a test as any team has this season Friday night in New Tripoli. The Tigers came out unscathed, securing a 52-47 win in the game's final two minutes.

"We told our girls this is going to be a tight game," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "This is good for us. Everybody wants to knock us off. Give Palmerton credit. They did a lot of things well. We were fortunate."

The teams exchanged leads 17 times in the game and neither ever led by more than four.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
NW tops Palmerton

Any time that Northwestern can garner a win in the Colonial League, their head coach, Dan Eddinger will be content. However, his happiness was tested in last night's 55-44 win over Palmerton, as the game was marred with fouls, turnovers, blown layups and missed free throws from both sides.

The Tigers outscored the Bombers in each of the first three frames, building a lead that proved all too insurmountable for the winless hosts. However, that did not stop Palmerton (0-19 overall, 0-14 CL), from making a run at the come-from-behind win.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

On Wednesday night, the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) tipped-off its annual adult winter basketball league in the Tamaqua Elementary School gymnasium.

The triple-header was highlighted by Shawn's Construction knocking off three-time defending champion Ryan's Oil & Heating.

Joey B's/Joe's Place-Lucky's Deli

Joey B's/Joe's Place used a 14-0 run early in the game to take home a 58-42 victory over Lucky's Deli.

Zach Freed scored 13 points to lead Joey B's/Joe's Place while Tom Kresge and Andy Steinmetz chipped in with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

I don't think the comment came from jealousy. Someone who has seen the guy's girlfriend, however, might say otherwise.

What I'd like to think is that my brain was distracted still processing the amazing research I had read before meeting a group of about a dozen cyclists in a grocery store parking lot when what sounded like an insult just came out.

Big Jim, the ride leader introduced me to the new guy, a dentist from the Philly area. The dentist said, "You rode with my girlfriend last fall. The dental hygienist going on the cycling vacation. Remember?"

Did I ever.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Liberty defeats Bears in quarters

BETHLEHEM - Pleasant Valley head coach Mark Getz felt his team didn't wrestle bad, despite a 39-19 loss to Bethlehem Liberty in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class 3A Team Duals on Friday at Freedom High School.

When you get to the post-season, everyone you face is going to be good competition.

Losing the coin toss, didn't help either since the Bears didn't get some of the matchups they had hoped for.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Marian grid team honored The 2012 Marian football team was honored at a banquet on Saturday, Jan. 26 held at Capriotti's in Tresckow. Senior members of the program, include, front row, from left, Dylan Quirk, manager Molly Balliet, Mike Cataldo, John Julian and Ryan Karnish. Back row, guest speaker Dr. John Chuma, Corey Quick, Damian Richards, Dominic Montero, Mark Mlynek, Eric Swankowski, JP O'Connor, Derich Holman and head coach Stan Dakosty.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Outstanding field goal and foul shooting from both teams highlighted Mahanoy Area's 57-53 win over the Lady Wreckers of Weatherly Thursday night.

In the first half, the Lady Bears' Shaina Leshko was five-for-five from three point land while Anne Swokel added eight points on perfect shooting from the floor and the line to pace Mahanoy to a 14-point advantage at the break.