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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Grand Knight Christopher Heery and Youth Director Michael Heery of Damien Council # 598 of the Knights of Columbus have announced the champions of the local 2011 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The competition was recently held at Saint John Neumann Regional School in Palmerton. All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 were eligible to participate.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

In the third week of the Eastern Schuylkull Recreation Commission's Winter Basketball League, R.R. Frey Services and Cuz-N-Joe's Place both picked up wins to remain atop the standings, while University Legendz and Matika's Lawn Care/Blazosky Funeral Home notched their first wins of the season.

RESULTS

Midas Touch Hair Salon-Cuz-N-Joe's Place

Cuz-N-Joe's Place held Midas Touch Hair Salon to just two field goals in the second half, as they rolled to a 49-28 victory.

Soko Mujovic netted a game-high 20 points, while Jon Veet tacked on 11.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

EAST STROUDSBURG - Pleasant Valley head coach Nadia Gauronsky was concerned about two things heading into her team's District 11 playoff match-up with Liberty.

One thing was the ability of her main offensive threats to stay out of foul trouble. The other was her ball-handlers being able to handle the Hurricanes' defensive pressure.

Unfortunately for Gauronsky, her fears became a reality Friday night.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Four area girls basketball teams will be action this weekend in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 basketball tournament.

Pleasant Valley will play tonight while Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe and Palmerton all take the court Saturday afternoon.

GIRLS

Class 4A

No. 8 Liberty (12-11) vs.

No. 1 Pleasant Valley (18-6)

TIPOFF: Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at East Stroudsburg South

COACHES: Liberty – Amy Yencho; Pleasant Valley – Nadia Gauronsky

Friday, February 25, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua senior wrestlers Kolby Mashack (left) and Garth Lakitsky have a combined record of 63-1 this season.

As freshmen, Kolby Mashack and Garth Lakitsky joined Tamaqua's varsity wrestling team and made an immediate impact.

Now seniors, the two Blue Raiders are in the process of etching their names in the record books as the school's all-time winningest grapplers by the time they are through.

Mashack is already atop the Tamaqua win list, with his 124 triumphs two more than previous record holder, 2000 graduate Andy Breiner, who has 122 victories. Lakitsky currently has 119, good for third place and counting.

Friday, February 25, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Holy Family men's basketball coach John O'Connor has resigned following his videotaped conflict with former player Matt Kravchuk.

Holy Family forward Sam Mushman told the Associated Press that O'Connor informed the team on Thursday he would step down.

The decision came after O'Connor learned he will not face criminal charges from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Friday, February 25, 2011

February 25, 1943 Coaldale finishes the season with a .500 record after holding off Shenandoah for a 57-46 victory. Mike Rohall leads the way for the Tigers with 19 points while teammate Johnny Harb finishes close behind with 17. The winners, coached by Tom Raymer, outscore their opponent in every quarter. Palkovich chips in with nine points while Teno adds eight.

Friday, February 25, 2011

By ED HEDES

The regular season and league playoffs are in the book, pigtail round games have been played ... now it's time for the fun to begin when the district 11 basketball playoffs get into full swing tonight.

This has always been my favorite time of year. It brings back memories of three straight Class B championship in 1967, '68 and '69 back at Panther Valley High School. It was a little tougher back then because unless you were a league champion, you didn't have a shot at a district title.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Three local TIMES NEWS athletes were named to the 2010-2011 Mountain Valley Conference Boys' Basketball All-Star team.

Pleasant Valley's Mike Sharpe led the way be receiving First Teams honors, while teammate Nick Stanoviock was named to the Second Team.

Lehighton's DJ Rossino was recognized for his all-around play with an Honorable Mention selection.

Pocono Mountain West's Tynell Fortune was named the conference's Most Valuable Player for this season.

Mountain Valley Conference 2010-2011 Boys' Basketball All-Stars

FIRST TEAM

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nets get Williams

The New Jersey Nets finally landed a big-name All-Star in a blockbuster trade that gives them point guard Deron Williams and sends rookie Derrick Favors and point guard Devin Harris to the Utah Jazz.

The Jazz also will receive the Nets' first-round pick in 2011, which could be a lottery pick, cash, and Golden State's 2012 first-round draft pick.