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Thursday, March 17, 2011

March 17, 1941 Lee Shuck scores a game-high 13 points to help East Mauch Chunk post a 38-28 victory over Mauch Chunk Catholic in both team's season finale. Johnny Watto adds 10 points for the winners, coached by John "Bud" Eiler, while Eddie "Eppie" Herman contributes 10. East Mauch Chunk, the champions of the Mountain League, take control of the game with a 9-3 third quarter. Paul Solski tallies nine points to lead Mauch Chunk Catholic.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tamaqua senior Garth Lakitsky, the PIAA Class 2A 215-pound state champion, will represent the Pennsylvania team in the 37th annual Dapper Dan Classic on Sunday, March 27 at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Pennsylvania team will wrestle against a team made up of United States All-Stars.

Lakitsky, who finished the season at 42-0, will wrestle Andrew Campolattano of Bound Brook, N.J.

The match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in Fitzgerald Field House.

It will be preceded by a match between the WPIAL All-Stars against the Michigan All-Stars.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner (33) looks for a teammate as Mid Valley's Alyssa Miraglia (23) looks on. Mid Valley defeated the Lady Bulldogs 46-41 in the PIAA Class AA Girls second round playoff game on Tuesday at Hazleton High School.

HAZLETON - Northern Lehigh head coach Dave Oertner's scouting report on Mid Valley said that the Lady Spartans weren't overall good shooters from three-point range.

Danielle Terranella, one of the team's two 1,000-point scorers who finished with a game high 23 points, erased that theory, however. She drilled her third of the game with 1:04 left on the clock to break a tie and start a five-point run that led to a 46-41 win to end the Lady Bulldogs season at Hazleton High School on Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Three of The TIMES NEWS Area tennis teams need to alter and adapt lineups this coming season, as their former number one singles players are gone from their respective rosters.

Pleasant Valley's Kevin Peer, Jim Thorpe's Sam Lux and Tamaqua's Kyle Oliver are all gone for their own reasons, whether it is graduation or transferring schools, and their remaining teams and coaches are left with some questions unanswered.

Despite the losses that the teams face in the early going, there are both negatives and positives that the coaches are witnessing so far.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tamaqua has hired a familiar face as its new boys basketball coach.

On Tuesday evening the Tamaqua Area School Board approved Caszy Kosciolek as the Blue Raiders' head varsity coach, at a salary to be established at the start of the 2011-12 school year.

Kosciolek replaces Jay Daubert, who coached the Raiders to a 16-50 record in three years, including 5-17 this past season.

Kosciolek, who resides in Lake Hauto, is the Magisterial District Justice in Lansford.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March 16, 1990 Northwestern's Matt Masters and Central Catholic's Rich Evans (from Palmerton) both win during quarterfinals in the morning and then at semifinals at night to reach the finals of the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships. Masters, at 135 pounds, rolls to an 11-3 win over Mike Knisely of Claysburg-Kimmel in the quarters before holding off Troy Gump of Chartiers-Hosuton 9-6 in the semis. Evans, at 189, advances when (ahead 13-9) he gains a default win from Ridgway's Jared Kulick. He then reaches the finals by edging Mike Gentile of Reynolds 7-6 in the semis.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tonight, the Tamaqua girls basketball team finds itself back in a familiar position.

For the third consecutive year, the Lady Raiders have advanced into the second round of the PIAA State tournament, and for the third straight season, their opponent hails from District 3.

After losing back-to-back second round games to Delone Catholic (in Class AA) the previous two years, Tamaqua will have an opportunity to reverse its fortunes and extend its undefeated season against District 3 champion Oley Valley tonight at Hamburg high school (7:30 p.m.).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Clymer wrestling in NCAAs

Ben Clymer has been taking his college wrestling career one step at a time.

He earned a spot in the Hofstra University line up as a freshman. He made his first appearance at the NCAA Championships as a sophomore. And this year, as a junior, he won his first conference title.

The Northwestern graduate defeated nemesis Nate Schiedel (Binghampton), 4-3 in last week's Colonial Athletic Association 184-pound final.

The win earned him an automatic berth into this weekend's NCAA Championships, which will be held in Philadelphia.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

103 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, Fr. (36-11); 2. Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley, Sr. (34-7); 3. Colin Mashack, Tamaqua, Fr. (28-10).

Honorable Mention - Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Jr. (26-8); Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Fr. (19-11).

Notes - Yanovich went 1-2 in making his first appearance at the PIAA Class AAA Championships. Look for both Yanovich and O'Donnell to be recognized when THE TIMES NEWS 2010-11 Wrestling All-Star Team is announced in the upcoming weeks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 15, 1961 Billy Jones of Slatington scores a game-high 20 points to earn MVP honors at the Lansford Lions Club All-Star Basketball Classic. Jones helps the Blue squad, coached by Milo Sewards, cruise to a 72-55 victory over the Gold team. Slatington's Doug Farber adds eight points to the winning effort while John Hrapsky of Nesquehoning chips in with six. For the Gold, coached by Tamaqua's Eli Purnell, Dave Lewis of Marian tallies a team-high 15 points.