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Friday, February 24, 2012

Six TIMES NEWS area basketball teams will be in District 11 quarterfinal round action.

The Marian boys, Pleasant Valley girls and Northern Lehigh girls will all play tonight.

The Panther Valley boys, Jim Thorpe girls and Palmerton girls will all be in action Saturday.

DISTRICT 11 CLASS A BOYS

Marian (12-10, 4-4 Schuylkill League)

vs. Moravian Academy (11-11)

TIPOFF: Friday, Feb. 24th at 6 p.m. at Northern Lehigh

COACHES: Marian - John Patton; Moravian Academy - John Donmoyer.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Two TIMES NEWS area wrestlers were named top seeds in the upcoming District 11 wrestling championships.

Pleasant Valley's Sean Bianco (113 pounds) and Michael Dahlstrom (126) both earned No. 1 seeds in the Class AAA tournament, which starts Friday at Liberty High School.

The Bears also have two No. 2 seeds in the tourney. Kenny Yanovich is second at 106 pounds while Alex Yanovich is the same at 126.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Kelsey Hay (left) and Emily Meinhart (right) battle with Tamaqua Jaclin Valasek for control of the ball.

There are three attributes that can give a basketball player a distinct advantage when the game is on the line.

Experience, skilled ball handling, and the ability to hit free throws under pressure.

Palmerton's Jade Farquhar has the ball handling and clutch shooting down, but the experience is one trait she does not possess. However, the freshman never showed signs of her young age and carried the Bombers on her back in the fourth quarter. Farquhar scored seven points in the frame and propelled Palmerton to a 44-39 District 11 AAA first round victory over Tamaqua.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The tournament field and schedule have been announced for the 8th Annual SS. Peter and Paul's of Lehighton Biddy Basketball Tournament

This year's six-team field is comprised of SS.Peter/Paul's CYO; Palmerton Booster Club; Jim Thorpe (Blue); Tamaqua; Jim Thorpe (Red); and L.A.B.C.

The tournament will be held March 10 at the Lehighton Junior High School.

Following is the schedule:

9 a.m. - SS.Peter/Paul's vs Palmerton

10 a.m. - Jim Thorpe (Blue) vs Tamaqua

11 a.m. - Jim Thorpe (Red) vs L.A.B.C.

12 p.m. - Palmerton vs Jim Thorpe (Blue)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Two Panther Valley wrestlers earned medals at the District 11 Junior High Tournament held at Parkland High School the weekend of Feb. 17-18.

Dylan Moyer earned a third place finish and Darren Goida had a seventh place finish.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
mike feifel/times news Pleasant Valley's Selwyn Wright goes to the basket against Easton's Noel Hightower and James Middleton (12).

EASTON – The Pleasant Valley boys' basketball team has been up and down all season long.

Not only would the Bears win a few games in a row only to lose the next couple, they would also go from hot to cold in seemingly an instant during games.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

February 23, 2002 The Marian girls force 11 first-quarter turnovers and race to an early lead on their way to a 54-29 District 11 Class A quarterfinal win over Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg. Autumn Barna hits three jumpers during the opening period as the Fillies, coached by Paul Brutto, jump out to an 18-2 advantage. Heather Thomas finishes with 14 points to pace Marian while Barna and Colette Makowiec each contribute 12. The Fillies also receive 11 points from Alanna Zahora.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Woods wins at MPC;

top seed Donald out

Tiger Woods had to play a left-handed shot out of the desert. Retief Goosen holed out from 156 yards and didn't even win the hole. Dustin Johnson twice won a hole after taking a penalty drop.

But the strangest sight of all at the Match Play Championship didn't come from the golf course.

It was Luke Donald on his way to the airport.

Donald lost 5-and-4 to Ernie Els, becoming only the third No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round.

UConn's Calhoun

will have back surgery

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Sara Jones of Northwestern tries to protect the ball as North Schuylkill's Caitlyn Deeter defends.

Down 43-40 with just over two minutes left, Northwestern appeared to have momentum on its side. The Tigers had come back from an 11-point and seemed to had North Schuylkill on its heels.

But the No. 11 seed Lady Spartans cranked up the defense and held No. 6 seed Northwestern scoreless for the final 2:01 of their District 11 Class AAA girls final Wednesday night in New Tripoli.

North Schuylkill hit free throws down the stretch to come away with a 47-40 win and advance to face No. 3 seed Bethlehem Catholic Saturday at Allen.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Friese will play soccer at VMI

Eric Friese, son of Rick and Rhonda (Vilcheck) Friese of Elizabethtown, PA and the grandson of the late Paul and Mildred (Zlock) Vilcheck of Third St. Coaldale, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his athletic career at the college level.

Eric has been offered a partial scholarship to play soccer at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA.