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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March 16, 1990 Northwestern's Matt Masters and Central Catholic's Rich Evans (from Palmerton) both win during quarterfinals in the morning and then at semifinals at night to reach the finals of the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships. Masters, at 135 pounds, rolls to an 11-3 win over Mike Knisely of Claysburg-Kimmel in the quarters before holding off Troy Gump of Chartiers-Hosuton 9-6 in the semis. Evans, at 189, advances when (ahead 13-9) he gains a default win from Ridgway's Jared Kulick. He then reaches the finals by edging Mike Gentile of Reynolds 7-6 in the semis.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tonight, the Tamaqua girls basketball team finds itself back in a familiar position.

For the third consecutive year, the Lady Raiders have advanced into the second round of the PIAA State tournament, and for the third straight season, their opponent hails from District 3.

After losing back-to-back second round games to Delone Catholic (in Class AA) the previous two years, Tamaqua will have an opportunity to reverse its fortunes and extend its undefeated season against District 3 champion Oley Valley tonight at Hamburg high school (7:30 p.m.).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Clymer wrestling in NCAAs

Ben Clymer has been taking his college wrestling career one step at a time.

He earned a spot in the Hofstra University line up as a freshman. He made his first appearance at the NCAA Championships as a sophomore. And this year, as a junior, he won his first conference title.

The Northwestern graduate defeated nemesis Nate Schiedel (Binghampton), 4-3 in last week's Colonial Athletic Association 184-pound final.

The win earned him an automatic berth into this weekend's NCAA Championships, which will be held in Philadelphia.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

103 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (36-11); 2. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Sr. (34-7); 3. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (28-10).

Honorable Mention - Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Jr. (26-8); Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (19-11).

Notes - Yanovich went 1-2 in making his first appearance at the PIAA Class AAA Championships. Look for both Yanovich and O'Donnell to be recognized when THE TIMES NEWS 2010-11 Wrestling All-Star Team is announced in the upcoming weeks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 15, 1961 Billy Jones of Slatington scores a game-high 20 points to earn MVP honors at the Lansford Lions Club All-Star Basketball Classic. Jones helps the Blue squad, coached by Milo Sewards, cruise to a 72-55 victory over the Gold team. Slatington's Doug Farber adds eight points to the winning effort while John Hrapsky of Nesquehoning chips in with six. For the Gold, coached by Tamaqua's Eli Purnell, Dave Lewis of Marian tallies a team-high 15 points.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Colin Hedash (left) and Grove City's Wes Phipps battle during their 171-pound semifinal match at the PIAA State Championships on Friday.

It's time to clean out the notebook after another action-packed weekend at the PIAA State Wrestling Championships at Hershey's Giant Center.


PERFECT - Senior 215 pounder Garth Lakitsky not only gave Tamaqua its first State wrestling champion, he did so by finishing with an undefeated record of 42-0.

While entering the State Meet with an unbeaten record isn't a guarantee of a trip to the top of the awards stand, it doesn't always hurt one's chances. At least it didn't this year, as 11 grapplers claimed gold medals while finishing unblemished.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Tina Bastardi

Northern Lehigh girls' basketball coach Dave Oertner only had a single tape of Bishop McDevitt entering the opening round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic State Class AA playoffs.

Oertner and his Bulldogs were still prepared enough to walk off with the program's first state playoff win since 1993, a 62-18 rout of the District 12 runners-up last Saturday.

With only a day to prepare for its second round game, Oertner managed to get his hands on a bit more information on his team's second round opponent Mid-Valley.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ryan's Oil and Heating and Cuz-N-Joe's Place both notched victories Wednesday night in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league. The win keeps both teams tied atop the standings with R.R. Frey Services with records of 4-0.

Matika's/Blazosky-Midas Touch Salon

Matika's Lawn Care/Blazosky Funeral Home got a four-point play from Brad Yuricheck in the closing seconds of regulation and beat Midas Touch Hair Salon in overtime, 66-61 victory.

Monday, March 14, 2011

March 14, 1970 Bob Parfitt of Coaldale fires a 56 game to capture top individual honors in the Annual State Dart Tournament, held in Limeport. Parfitt, shooting for the West Ward Rod and Gun Club, helps his team finish fourth in a field of 30 teams. Other members of the team include John Lazur, Bob Hoben, Len Hoben and Fishie Castagna.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Following is a list of ticket sales for PIAA State Tournament basketball games. Ticket prices for this round are $6 for adults/sr. citizens and $3 for students. All tickets at the door are $6.

Fans are reminded that schools receive reimbursements based on advance tickets sales. Schools will be reimbursed by the PIAA $1 for every adult ticket and $0.50 for every student pre-game ticket sold.

Northern Lehigh

Tickets are available for the Northern Lehigh vs. Mid Valley Girls AA PIAA state playoff basketball game at Hazleton High School on Tuesday at 5 p.m.