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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The hardest part about preparing for opponents in the PIAA State Basketball Tournament usually stems from the lack of familiarity.

For the District 11 Class AA runner-up Northern Lehigh girls, the hardest part was getting a roster of their first-round foe. In fact, up until Tuesday night, Bulldog head coach Dave Oertner had a sole videotape of one game from Bishop McDevitt's season.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Last Friday, the Marian boys' basketball team won its second consecutive District 11 A title by knocking off Mahanoy Area.

The Colts' reward if it can even considered a reward: matching up with the No. 2 ranked class A team in the state in MCS Charter this Friday in the first round of the state playoffs.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

HERSHEY – Zane Heller's plan for his first State wrestling bout was to attack.

While that tactic didn't result in many points, Heller can't argue with the outcome.

The Northern Lehigh junior 125 pounder picked up the winning point when his opponent, freshman Shane Gentry of South Side Beaver, was penalized for stalling with 38 seconds left.

That gave Zeller a 2-1 decision during this morning's Class AA preliminary round of the PIAA State Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March 10, 2000 Lacey Gonzalez and Esther Hoffer combine for 50 points as Panther Valley cruises to a 72-45 victory over Boiling Springs in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs. Gonzalez hits for a game-high 27 while Hoffer ends with 23. The Lady Panthers, who use a 23-11 second quarter to take control of the game, also receive 13 points from Trish O'Gurek.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 9, 1954 Bill Gmitter tallies a game-high 17 points to help lead St. Joseph's of East Mauch Chunk to a 41-30 comeback victory over SS Peter and Paul of Lansford. The win gives St. Joe's, co-coached by Mickey Hodor and Walter "Smokey" Moser, the championship of the Panther Valley CYO League. The winners, who use a 32-17 spread in the second half to claim the title, also receive nine points from Joe Duffy and seven from Joe Engler.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Suns finished the season with a overall record of 11-3 and captured the championship game of the Jim Thorpe Booster Club Basketball Tournament. Owen Snisky scored 29 points and Kenny Pugh had 26 points to pace the winners in the title game. Team members include, First row, from left, Vice Isabella and Jake Burkhardt. Second row, Frank Prisinzano, Emilio Zammito and Billy Steen. Thrid row, Phillip Struble, Kenny Pugh, and Owen Snisky. Back row, coaches Chelsea Smelas, Mike Snisky, and Tom Ferguson. Felician Konopka is also on the team.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

This year's Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Game will be held Saturday, June 11, at Rotary Field, Schuylkill Haven, kicking off at 7 p.m.

Coach Rick Geist of Anthracite Football League champion North Schuylkill is the North head coach. Coach Kevin Keating of District 11 Class AAA qualifier Pottsville is the South head coach.

Honorary captains, team rosters and the 2011 SCFCA Hall of Fame Class will be announced later.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Colin Hedash hand fights with Wyomissing's Julio Arredondo during the Regional semis. Hedash won the match with a pin in 1:50.

A total of eight wrestlers from THE TIMES NEWS area have traveled the Road to Hershey all the way to the Giant Center for this year's PIAA State Championships, which begin Thursday and run through Saturday night.

Those who survived the Southeast Class AA Regional at Wilson West Lawn High School included Northern Lehigh's Zane Heller (103), Ty Herzog (145) and Colin Hedash (171), as well as Lehighton's Anthony Farole (140), Northwestern's Bobby Clymer (152) and Tamaqua's Garth Lakitsky (215).

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson (center) is shown with her father Gabriel and her mother Paulette during a ceremony celebrating her 1,000th career point.

Celeste Robinson always dreamed of scoring 1,000 points in her basketball career.

Thanks to her talent and hard work, that dream has finally become a reality.

On Feb. 8, during a game at Pine Grove, the 5-foot, 9-inch junior became the fifth girls' basketball player in Jim Thorpe High School history to reach that scoring milestone.

Needing only three points to become part of program history, Robinson scored 17 points to surpass a mark that thousands of high school athletes dream about, but only a select group actually reach.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 8, 1977 Tied at 41-41 in the third quarter, Lehighton pulls away down the stretch to post a 74-61 win over Wilson in a District 11 Class AA semifinal playoff game. Bryan Sauers scores 13 of his 16 points during the span that the Indians, coached by Jim Smith, pull away from the Warriors. Jeff Miller finishes with a game-high 20 points for the winners while Kris Kunkle contributes 18 points and eight rebounds. Lehighton also receives 10 points and 11 boards from Dave Warner.