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Monday, April 2, 2012

Pleasant Valley and Palmerton had a good showing on Saturday at the Annual Zephyr Relays at Whitehall.

In the only other event involving an area team that wasn't postponed by rain, Pleasant Valley fell to Parkland in soccer.

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Zephyr Relays

The Bears finished third and the Blue Bombers fifth on both the boys and girls side of the ledger.

The Bears finished first in the 800 relay, distance relay and 1600 relay in the boys division and second in the 400 and 3200 relays.

Monday, April 2, 2012
Ryan's Oil & Heating captured its third straight ESRC Winter Basketball League Championship with a 71-66 victory over R.R. Frey Services on Wednesday evening at the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center. Members of the championship team include front row, from left, Shawn Tray, Mike Stankiewitch, Ted Styka and Jon Scheuer. Back row, Jeff Peel, Jeff Krusinsky, Joe Schaeffer, Kieran Conway and ESRC Executive Director Jason Boris.

Ryan's Oil & Heating defeated R.R. Frey Services, 71-66, to capture the 2012 Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission Winter Basketball League Championship. It marked the third straight ESRC winter league championship for Ryan's Oil & Heating and its sixth winter league championship in the past seven years.

R.R. Frey Services came out with an early lead before Ryan's exploded for 25 points in the final 10 minutes of the half to take a 38-29 lead into halftime.

Monday, April 2, 2012

April 2, 1980 Ed Kusko and Frank Wehr combine on a two-hit shutout to lead Panther Valley to a 4-0 win over Shenandoah Valley. Kusko earns the victory, pitching the first four frames. He allows one hit, walks three and strikes out six. Joe Matika walks twice with the bases loaded to account for two of PV's runs. Fielder's choice grounders off the bats of Dave Bonner and John Kurash plate the other two runs. Joe Flyzik scores two of the Panthers' four runs.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Katie Williams of Northwestern prepares to make contact with a pitch against Northern Lehigh.

Down three runs with two outs in the seventh inning, Northwestern was one out away from losing to rival Northern Lehigh and falling 0-2 in Colonial League play.

But the Tigers got three quick hits, including back to back home runs by Brooke Heller and Cailie Rehrig for an 8-7 win.

"We had our heads down a little bit in the middle innings, but we knew what we had to do," said Rehrig after her walk-off solo home run. "We knew we could do it. We have big hitters. We had the top of the line up up."

Saturday, March 31, 2012

A number of well-known nutritionists have said something similar to this: that the obesity epidemic in the U.S. has occurred not from belt-loosening pig-outs but from minor miscalculations. A few go so far as to say that the epidemic would end abruptly and the collective health of America would improve radically if Americans simply consumed 100 fewer calories a day.

That's not much food at all.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

With Major League Baseball's Opening Day just around the corner, Philadelphia Phillies fans can start to get excited for another year of championship-caliber baseball.

However, unlike the last few seasons, this year's Phillies baseball renewal brings some added skepticism.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Women's Basketball-VCU

Rachel Connely and the James Madison University women's basketball team will play Oklahoma State today at 3 p.m. in the WNIT championship game.

Connely, a Marian High School graduate, is a senior center for the Dukes. She has played in 18 games this season, starting once. She averages 7.5 minutes, 1.2 points, and 1.0 rebounds a game.

James Madison (29-7) advanced to the finals of the 64-team tournament by beating Davidson, Wake Forest, South Florida, Virginia and Syracuse.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

March 31, 1967 The Philadelphia Eagles basketball team rebounds from a slow start to hand the Panther Valley Stars a 94-76 defeat in an exhibition played at Panther Valley High School. The PV Stars jump out to a 21-12 first-quarter lead behind 10 points from Tony Zonca but the Eagles dominate the rest of the way. Timmy Brown (who played eight season for the Eagles and ran for 3,703 yards) scores a game-high 32 points in the contest. For the PV Stars, Zonca finishes with a team-high 16 points. Joe Paluck contributes 13, Tom Ouly nets 12 and Bob Parfitt adds 10.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Gov. Tom Corbett has issued an executive order creating the Governor's Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation to help ensure the concerns of hunters, anglers and others are heard at the highest levels of state government.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary president Jerry Regan, left, and Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe have a celebratory handshake after their join announcement of plans to construct the Pennsylvania Game Commission Amphitheater at the 2,500-acre wildlife sanctuary.

DREHERSVILLE – Although most associate Hawk Mountain Sanctuary with the annual Autumn Hawk Watch that begins in mid-August and extends into December, the internationally known world's first refuge for birds of prey and center for raptor conservation is also an outdoors destination from early spring through the summer.