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Thursday, February 16, 2012
ron gower/times news Marian's Kelly Shober handles the ball in the lane while surrounded by Jim Thorpe defenders, from left, Celeste Robinson, Chelsea Smelas, Chasity Mosteller and Kristin Lawrence. The Fillies' Emily Sofranko (13) is also in the lane.

POTTSVILLE - The Schuylkill League semifinal match-up last night between Jim Thorpe and Marian showed that the game of basketball is most certainly a game of runs.

The Lady Olympians trailed the Fillies as much as 14 in third quarter, but stormed back to close within one late in the fourth.

That's as close as Jim Thorpe would get however, as Marian held on and pulled out a 38-36 victory to advance to the Schuylkill League Championship.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Sekou Jones leaves his feet to lay up a shot against Stroudsburg.

POCONO SUMMIT – After playing in two barnburners earlier this season, Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley's Mountain Valley Conference semi-final matchup did not disappoint.

Things didn't start out very well for Pleasant Valley, as it found itself down by 14 points after the first quarter. Still, the Bears never quit and thanks to a spark from senior Selwyn Wright, fought their way back into the game. The Bears went on to hit their free throws late and defeated the Mounties in overtime, 48-41 to advance to their first MVC championship game under the new playoff format.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

February 16, 2000 Panther Valley scores the final six points of the third overtime to pull out a 69-64 win over Williams Valley in a Schuylkill League semifinal game at Martz Hall. Charlie Depuy's two free throws with just under two minutes left in the third OT gives the Panthers the lead for good. Keith Gogal later adds an inside basket and seals the victory with a pair of foul shots. Brad Yuricheck leads PV, coached by Dan Matika, with 27 points while Scott Marek hits for 16. Gogal ends with nine while Mike Vito chips in with eight.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

First, there were his words. Then came his offseason moves. This weekend in Clearwater will bring Ruben Amaro's challenge. From the minute the Phillies lost in the last NLDS until the end of their 2012 season, there will be a challenge to Charlie Manuel to manage.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 15, 1989 Gerry Eckhart, John Kromer and Bryan Slivka all register pins to help Palmerton gain a 42-23 Centennial League wrestling win over rival Northern Lehigh. Eckart's fall comes at 119 pounds while Kromer gets a 56-second pin at 130. Slivka also decked his opponent in under a minute (59 seconds) at 171. The Blue Bombers also receive a technical fall from Terry Dushack at 152 while Dave Christman (103) and Eddie Moyer (145) pick up major decisions.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Amber Chieffo (14) goes up for a shot as Pocono Mountain East's Cheyanne Ruggiero defends.

Pocono Mountain East and Pleasant Valley have played each other twice throughout the course of the regular season, with the teams splitting the decisions, as both took home a win against the other. When the two teams met again in last night's Mountain Valley Conference semifinals, there should have been no need for a scouting report. The two opposing coaching staffs had all they would need heading into the game.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Panther Valley graduates Sami Vavra a school record setters and her sister, freshman Karoline Vavra, lead East Stroudsburg University into the 2012 PSAC Swimming Championships, this Thursday through Sunday at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.

Sami Vavra, a junior, set the school record in the 100 breast on December 3 at the Grove City Invitational with a time of 1:07.22, good for the 12th seed entering the PSAC Championships. She will also compete in the 200 breast and 200 IM and has the second-fastest times in school history in both events.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ /Special to THE TIMES NEWS Sara Jones of Northwestern dribbles around Melann Amory of Southern Lehigh on her way to the hoop. So. Lehigh won, 57-48

CATASAUQUA - The defending Colonial League champs are headed back to the girls championship game.

Top-seeded Southern Lehigh got a big night from Bridgette Dougherty and some well-timed three-pointers from her teammates in a 57-48 win over Northwestern and advance to Friday's finals.

"They're a good team," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "There's a reason why they're Colonial League champs. They can score inside. They can score outside."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner (center) signs a letter-of-intent to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point to continue her education and basketball career following graduation. Looking on are her mother Beatrice and father and coach Dave.

During her high school career, Aimee Oertner has done her best to be a true floor leader for the Northern Lehigh girls' basketball team.

Oertner has received an appointment to continue her education and athletic career with the United States Military Academy at West Point.

To her, it was a "great" choice to make so she could play the game she so loves, but it was truly the academics that drew her attention in choosing the Patriot League program.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

(Through Feb. 13)

106 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, So. (32-3); 2. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Sr. (22-6); 3. Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, So. (31-6)

Honorable Mention - Ryan Rubio, Northern Lehigh, Fr. (15-9).