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Saturday, February 5, 2011

HARRISBURG – In an attempt to balance the Pennsylvania Game Commission's program of deer management between the recommendations of staff biologists and input from hunters, the board of game commissioners gave preliminary approval at Tuesday's quarterly meeting to expand the split, five-day antlered deer season and seven-day concurrent season to a total of 11 wildlife management units during the statewide firearms season for the 2011-12 hunting and trapping seasons.

Saturday, February 5, 2011
don herb/times news Garth Lakitsky of Tamaqua (white headgear) gets set to put the finishing touches on a pin of Tri-Valley's Mason White in the 215 pound bout. Lakitsky got the fall in 1:04.

BETHLEHEM - Tamaqua had the momentum, as well as the hammer.

The result was the Blue Raiders' first-ever victory at the District 11 Class AA Team Wrestling Championships.

The sixth-seeded Raiders grabbed the early lead against third seeded Tri-Valley, then held off the Schuylkill League Division I rival Bulldogs the rest of the way.

Unbeaten Garth Lakitsky delivered the clinching fall at 215 that sealed a 39-36 Raider triumph in the quarterfinals Friday night at Freedom High School.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are encouraging bird and nature fans throughout the state to join tens of thousands of everyday North American bird watchers for the 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday-Monday, Feb. 18-21. A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this free event is an opportunity for families, students, and people of all ages to discover the wonders of nature in backyards, schoolyards, and local parks, and, at the same time, make an important contribution to conservation.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are encouraging bird and nature fans throughout the state to join tens of thousands of everyday North American bird watchers for the 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday-Monday, Feb. 18-21. A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this free event is an opportunity for families, students, and people of all ages to discover the wonders of nature in backyards, schoolyards, and local parks, and, at the same time, make an important contribution to conservation.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

You might think that my lack of a medical degree would in some way limit this column. Instead, the lack is liberating, allowing intuition, experimentation, and common sense to be peers rather than poor little sisters of scientific research.

My first column on the low-carb crazecreated in large part by the paperback publication of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution in 1999serves as a fine example of the fruits of this freedom.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

HARRISBURG – In an attempt to balance the Pennsylvania Game Commission's program of deer management between the recommendations of staff biologists and input from hunters, the board of game commissioners gave preliminary approval at Tuesday's quarterly meeting to expand the split, five-day antlered deer season and seven-day concurrent season to a total of 11 wildlife management units during the statewide firearms season for the 2011-12 hunting and trapping seasons.

Saturday, February 5, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Chris Barletta (11) pulls down a rebound in front of Panther Valley's Joe Dalessio.

Rivalry games usually bring out the best in teams and last night's contest between Marian and Panther Valley did just that.

The Colts started off strong with 27 first quarter points and never looked back as they put a major dent in the Panthers playoff hopes with a 68-53 victory.

However, rivalry games also bring out the best in players – just ask Marian's Mark Stawick.

The senior guard entered yesterday averaging 2.05 points per game, and in Marian's first 19 games this season, Stawick combined for 39 points and five three-pointers.

Saturday, February 5, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Kelly Harris gets ready to go up for a shot between the defense of Pocono Mountain West's Katie Schickling (left) and Stephanie Davis (right).

Pleasant Valley's Kasey Meckes had a hard time concentrating in class on Friday.

With a showdown for first place in the Mountain Valley Conference looming, you couldn't blame the senior point guard and her teammates for being a little distracted.

When it came to game time, though, the Bears were anything but preoccupied.

Meckes did an outstanding job handling the ball, Kelly Harris dominated in the paint and PV's defense frustrated Pocono Mountain West all night long to post a convincing 35-22 victory on Senior Night.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Jim Thorpe and Palmerton gained wins in both boys and girls basketball on Friday.

The Olympian boys defeated Tamaqua while the girls downed Pottsville.

Both Bomber teams, meanwhile, were winners over Northwestern.

BOYS BASKETBALL

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The Cavaliers broke open a close game with a 30-point second quarter and rolled to a 65-41 win over the Indians.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

You might think that my lack of a medical degree would in some way limit this column. Instead, the lack is liberating, allowing intuition, experimentation, and common sense to be peers rather than poor little sisters of scientific research.

My first column on the low-carb crazecreated in large part by the paperback publication of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution in 1999serves as a fine example of the fruits of this freedom.