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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Panther Valley posted a 48-42 non-conference win over host Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech.

Sam Zlock netted eight of her team-high 12 points in the Panthers' third quarter, during which they outscored CMVT 16-8.

The Panthers' Bryanna Kehrli scored a season-high 11 points in the victory.

CMVT's Charlene Cook led all scorers with a game-high 27 points.

Panther Valley finishes the season 3-18.

PANTHER VALLEY

Blasko 2-2-2-7, Kehrli 4-3-5-11, Thomas 1-1-5-3, Rice 4-1-4-9, Cullen 0-2-5-2, Cunfer 2-0-0-4, Zlock 5-2-9-12, Paul 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 18-11-30-48.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ken Eck stepped down as Jim Thorpe head baseball coach following last season. On Monday the school board voted to hire Gary Heydt as his replacement after interviewing four candidates for the position last week.

Members of the baseball team attended the meeting to see who would be voted in as their new coach. One of the candidates for the position was Derek Reis, an assistant coach under Eck. The team showed their support for their assistant coach but also mentioned how much they love baseball and will play no matter whom is hired.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February 15, 1946 A 16-point performance from "Flexy" Stachina helps St. Ann's of Lansford gain a 54-33 victory over St. Jerome's of Tamaqua. The winners, who post their 12th straight league win, also receive 12 points from Mac Delpero and seven from Bill Donovan. St. Jerome's, who is outscored in every quarter, gets a team-high 10 points from Keefer.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

TIMES NEWS Wrestling Rankings

(through Feb. 13)

(Bout minimum - 11)

103 - 1. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Sr. (30-5); 2. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (28-5); 3. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (23-5).

Honorable Mention - Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Jr. (24-6); Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (18-11); Benny Mazzella, Jim Thorpe, So. (6-6).

Notes - Top three remain the same. O'Donnell hits the 30-win mark.

112 - 1. Josh Evans, Palmerton, Fr. (21-4); 2. Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley, So. (22-7); 3. Brian Ohl, Jim Thorpe, So. (23-9).

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

When Shawn Albert took over as head coach at Jim Thorpe this season, he knew he would have to build the foundation for the Olympians' wrestling program.

A year ago, Jim Thorpe did not win a dual meet. With the Olympians moving into the Schuylkill League's Division I this year, Albert realized he had his work cut out for him.

A former wrestler at Upper Moreland High School and Bloomsburg University, Albert had been an assistant coach at his scholastic alma mater before serving as a volunteer coach at Thorpe for two seasons under Guy Franko.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Northern Lehigh School Board approved the following cocurricular matters on Monday:

- Accepted the resignation of Fred Wagner as assistant girls soccer coach. Due to an increased work load at his current job, he is unable to continue as assistant coach.

- Appointed Wagner as assistant girls soccer coach cocurricular volunteer for the 2010-11 school year.

- Appointed Jason Reinhard as assistant girls soccer coach at a stipend of $2,721.

- Appointed Elizabeth Ache as middle school field hockey coach.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Six TIMES NEWS area teams will be in semifinal action tonight and tomorrow as the Schuylkill League, Mountain Valley Conference and Colonial League basketball playoffs begin.

The Marian boys will be in Schuylkill League action tonight, while the Pleasant Valley girls take the court in the MVC.

On Wednesday, the Tamaqua girls are in Schuylkill League play, the Pleasant Valley boys battle in MVC competition and the Palmerton and Northern Lehigh girls are in opposite sides of the bracket in the Colonial League playoffs.

BOYS

SCHUYLKILL LEAGUE

Monday, February 14, 2011

February 14, 1974 Rick Koch's pin at heavyweight not only gives Lehighton a 25-19 win over Northampton but it also clinches the Lehigh Valley League wrestling championship for the Indians. Tied at 19-19, Koch registers his fall in 4:20 to give Rollie Alger's squad the victory and the title. Bob Rhyder also records a pin at 158, while Rick Brownmiller (129), Bruce Cheslak (135) and Glenn Neff (170) add decision wins.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Palmerton, Tamaqua and Northern Lehigh all picked up girls basketball wins over the weekend.

The Panther Valley wrestling team also came out on the winning side.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Moravian Academy-Palmerton

Palmerton's Casey Rinfret lit up the scoreboard with a game-high 26 points to help the Lady Bombers roll to a 66-36 win over Moravian Academy.

The senior point guard nailed five treys to lead her squad, while Kelsey Hay's 12 and Gina Farquhar's 11 provided support.

For the Lady Lions, Maddie Steen led the way with 15.

Monday, February 14, 2011
ron gower/times news Joann Butkus of Tamaqua captured first place and set a Schuylkill League record in the 50 Breaststroke during Saturday's league championships in Pottsville.

POTTSVILLE Tamaqua recovered from a slow first half of the meet to take the team title at Saturday's Schuylkill League Swimming Championships held at the D. H. H. Lengel Natatorium.

Freshman Joann Butkus earned gold in the 200 freestyle (2:03:90) and the 50 breaststroke, breaking the league record in the latter with a time of 32:56.

"It's great," Butkus said. "I hope I can keep improving. I'm very happy that I can do what I can for the team."