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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The regular season of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league is in the books, with four teams advancing into the playoffs.

With a win over Cuz-N-Joe's Place, R.R. Frey Services claimed the top overall seed and will meet Pereira's Kwik Stop/Joey B's in semifinal action. Pereira's'Joey B's punched its ticket to the playoffs with a win over Schick's Cafe Calcutta.

In the other semifinal matchup, defending league champion Ryan's Oil & Heating will battle it out with Cuz-N-Joe's Place.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Lehighton Area Volleyball Program held its annual "Tribe Classic" under 16s girls volleyball tournament on Sunday, March 11 in Lehighton.

The tournament hosted 10 girls' volleyball teams from across Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The Mountain VBC of Stroudsburg defeated Northwestern VBC of New Tripoli in a best of three sets championship match. The Tomahawks VBC of Lehighton and AVC Diggers of Hometown tied for third place honors on the day by advancing into the semifinal round of the competition.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
 Special to the TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe named its football award winners at its annual banquet recently. Those honored included, from left, Ryan Gregoire (Sportsmanship award), Alex Pope (team MVP) and Ben Moore (Phil Heraty award). Moore was also Jim Thorpe's scholar-athlete nominee for the Lehigh Valley Chapter National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 20, 1971 Lehighton heavyweight George Barkanic gains a win in his state semifinal match, but has to settle for a silver medal after falling in the finals. The Indian junior reaches the championship round by earning a 9-3 decision of Washington's George Reihner. In the finals Barkanic drops a touch 5-3 score to Erie East's Woodrow Thompson, who outweighs the Lehighton grappler by 20 pounds. Barkanic, one of eight District 11 wrestlers to reach the state finals, finishes the season with a record of 24-1.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Lehighton Youth Wrestling Team that won the third annual King of the Ridge Tournament are (front row, l-r) Wyatt Sherer, Mason Ferguson, A.J.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It appears as though the Palmerton High School girls' soccer program will play their home games this fall at the Seventh Street field.

Andrew Remsing, athletic director, informed the school board at a committee workshop on Tuesday that the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association previously decided to move the girls soccer season to the fall statewide.

Based on a survey conducted earlier this month, Remsing said 21 girls indicated they would want to play soccer, compared to 12 who expressed their interest in a survey back in August.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jim Thorpe and Pleasant Valley recorded victories in scholastic tennis action on Monday.

BOYS TENNIS

Tamaqua-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe improved to 1-1 on the year with its 4-1 tennis victory over Tamaqua.

Corey Ligenza and Kyle Bacher each posted singles wins for the Olympians. They each won in straight sets, with Ligenza winning 6-1, 6-1 and Bacher winning 7-6, 6-3. Both Jim Thorpe doubles teams of Shane Bleicher-Otto/Dalton Becker and Avery Magill/Zach Nace won as well.

Tamaqua's lone victory came from No. 2 singles player Tyler Krell. He won 6-0, 6-2.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Bob Ford/times news filephoto Marian coach Paul Brutto talks to his team during a state playoff game against Harrisburg Christian last week.

Eight seconds.

That's all that stood between Marian and a one and done postseason.

Trailing underdog Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg by two points with just :08 remaining in their District 11 semifinal game, the Fillies were inbounding the ball just inside the midcourt line.

Marian was on life-support. Its season was about to expire.

That's when the Fillies ran "The Play."

The call was "box out of bounds" – and it worked to perfection.

Marian's Danielle Tristani got free for an uncontested layup that tied the game and forced overtime.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Zack King (left), Thad Ogozalek (center) and Tom Gallagher (right) take advantage of the warm weather to get their arms ready for the upcoming baseball season.

As the scholastic sports season changes from winter to spring, the weather doesn't always cooperate with the local teams for the first few weeks of practice.

That has been the case for most of the baseball teams over the last few years. The inclement weather, consisting mostly of rain and wind and even some snow, had forced the hardball teams indoors and away from their natural playing field.

Monday, March 19, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Palmerton's Sawyer Allen competes in the consolation finals of the 100 breaststroke at the PIAA Swim Championships.

LEWISBURG The PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships came to a close at Bucknell University's natatorium on Saturday, with two more local finishers representing the area well with their performances in the water.

Palmerton's Karl Pielmeier III and Sawyer Allen both had good enough results in the morning session of preliminaries to advance to the consolation finals later on in the day.