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Friday, March 4, 2011
Ron Gower/times news Marian coach John Patton makes a comment to his bench.

It is not uncommon for basketball teams to play against each other two or three times throughout the course of a season.

If two teams are in the same conference or division, they will usually play each other twice. Throw in a tournament or playoff match-up somewhere along the line and three meetings is a definite possibility.

But the Marian and Mahanoy Area boys' basketball teams, are taking familiarity to extremes.

Friday, March 4, 2011
RON GOWER/times news Amy Zehner (25) and Cassie Eroh lead Tamaqua in scoring.

Since 2000, Allentown Central Catholic has been the "gold standard" of District 11 girls basketball. The Vikettes legacy is unmatched, as they have been a permanent fixture atop the District 11 championship podium for the past decade.

Over the last 11 years, many teams have tried making the climb to the Class 3A championship – most have fallen, all have failed.

Friday, March 4, 2011


It's March.

That means the Madness can't be too far away.

Everyone from the college basketball fanatic to the bingo-addict with an extra $5 in her purse knows the office pools are just a little over a week away.

Yes. It's that time of the year.

The time when just about every company in America from the mom and pop family owned business to the corporate giant with thousands of employees will have some type of office pool being circulated.

Friday, March 4, 2011

March 4, 1986 Weatherly rallies from a 20-point deficit and eventually gains an 82-81 overtime victory over Schuylkill Haven in the District 11 Class A semifinals. Gary Walker and Mark Reiner both score 22 points for the Wreckers, who outscore their opponent 28-12 in the fourth quarter to force OT. John Parker finishes with 16 for the winners, coached by Tony Antinozzi, while Jim Henry chips in with 10, including four key points in the extra period.

Friday, March 4, 2011
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh coach Dave Oertner talks during a timeout.

The Northern Lehigh girls' basketball team is exactly where it wants to be.

Then again, so is Pine Grove.

On Friday night, both teams will take the floor of Sewards Gymnasium at Allen High School with the same thought in mind winning the District 11 Class AA championship.

Since both programs have fallen short of the title recently, Bulldogs' coach Dave Oertner knows that each squad will be focused come tip-off time.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Raiders reach AAA title game

POTTSVILLE - Amy Zehner knew it was time to make a move.

After being held in check for three quarters by Southern Lehigh's Hannah Doell and a box-and-one defense, the 5-10 Tamaqua senior, who averages 23 points per game, took the ball with the clock under two minutes and the Lady Raiders clinging to a two-point lead.

Zehner tapped the top of her head to signal to her teammates what was coming.

"That's top, clear-out," she explained afterward. "If it wasn't there for me, I was going to pass it off."

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Fillies will play in Class A final

ORWIGSBURG Sometimes statistics are deceiving.

But other times, they're dead on.

For the Marian girls and Paul Brutto, the number that means all the difference in the world is 40.

Whenever the Fillies take the floor their goal is to hold an opponent under that total. And so far this season, they're perfect when doing it.

On Wednesday night in the District 11 Class A semifinal, Brutto's club kept the streak alive by pulling out a 45-35 victory over a scrappy Moravian Academy squad.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Palmerton's Gina Farquhar (32) goes up with a shot against Central Catholic's Jenna Kocis.

NORTHAMPTON – For a quarter, Palmerton was the better team. For a half, the two teams looked pretty even. By the second half, however, 11-time defending District 11 champ Central Catholic proved to be too much.

The Vikettes pulled away in the second half for a 47-31 win over the Lady Bombers in Wednesday night's District 11 Class AA semifinal at Northampton High School.

Central, which secured a state playoff berth with the win, will face Tamaqua in Saturday's title game, slated for 2:30 at Parkland High School. Palmerton's season ends with the loss.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March 3, 1971 Four Marian players reach double figures as the Colts claim a 66-46 victory over Reading Holy Name in a PCIAA playoff game at Rockne Hall in Allentown. Frank Yusella finishes with a team-high 16 points for the Colts, who rebound from an early 11-5 deficit. Mike Prekopa contributes 13 points to the winning cause while Joe Balascik collects an even dozen. The winners, coached by Bob Fulton, also receive 10 points from John Teprovich.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tina Bastardi of Northern Lehigh dribbles the ball down the floor as Pen Argyl's Catherine Clause defends.

CATASAUQUA - Northern Lehigh has come so close to winning a girls basketball championship of late, it can taste it.

The Lady Bulldogs went through the regular season unbeaten last year and came away empty in the end, losing the district 3A title to Central Catholic.

Last week, they had a chance to win the Colonial league title, only to see Southern Lehigh take it away.

On Friday night, they'll get another chance, thanks to a 40-32 win over Pen Argyl on Tuesday night in a District 11 Clas s 2A semifinal at Catasauqua.