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Monday, March 11, 2013
NL's Herzog wins finale

HERSHEY - Ty Herzog saved his best for last.

After losing two straight matches on Friday night and leaving the arena with one banged up twisted and bloody nose, the Northern Lehigh wrestler was as focused as he could be when he entered the Giant Center on Saturday afternoon for his fifth place consolation match in the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships. he wanted to make sure that when he walked off the mat for the last time in his high school career, he was a winner.

And he was.

Saturday, March 9, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich controls Tanner Shoap of Chambersburg in their 113-pound Class AAA consolation bout at the PIAA State Wrestling Championships Friday afternoon.

Kenny Yanovich wrestled a better match than Chambersburg's Tanner Shoap during Thursday afternoon's second round of consolations at the PIAA 3A tournament.

Unfortunately, better didn't equate to victorious, as Yanovich was ousted from the tournament following a heart-breaking 4-2 defeat.

It was the third straight trip to Hershey for the Pleasant Valley junior and it'll be his third straight journey home without a medal.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

It might be news, but it's hardly a surprise.

Michigan State University researchers spent time analyzing data gathered on 312 middle school students. They considered standardized academic scores, similar to Pennsylvania's PSSA test; report card grades in core classes, like math and language arts; performance in physical fitness tests, like number of push-ups completed and time in the shuttle run; and general fitness indicators, such as body fat percentage and flexibility.

Saturday, March 9, 2013
bob ford/times news Michael Ortiz (right) of Northwestern tries to fight off and Mike Fetchet of South Fayette in a 170-pound Class AA consolation bout.

HERSHEY - Northern Lehigh's Ty Herzog entered the Giant Center looking for a spot in the 152-pound Class AA final on Friday night, but ran into a buzzsaw.

Herzog lost a 7-2 decision in his semifinal match against Coudersport's Kyle Bova that dropped him into the consolation round.

Herzog wound up against Hughesville's Kyle Barnes for a chance to wrestle for third place this afternoon and lost a 13-6 decision.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

State agencies confirmed this week that three new cases of chronic wasting disease all in free-ranging deer were detected in an adult buck in Frankstown Township, Blair County; an adult doe in Freedom Township, Blair County; and a year-and-a-half-old buck in South Woodbury Township, Bedford County.

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Participants between the ages of 14-17 at the Pennsylvania Bucktails School sponsored by the Wildlife Leadership Academy June 18-22 in Huntingdon County will learn about all aspects of a whitetail deer’s life cycle.

Numerous area sportsmen's organizations, clubs and dedicated individuals do an excellent job of exposing youth to the joys of outdoors activities.

This exposure can range in scope from target shooting to hiking to boating to hunting and just about anything else that falls in between. Of all the topics that traditionally hold the interest of Pennsylvanians of all ages, whitetail deer and trout would be near the top of the list.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

March 9, 1973 Palmerton jumps to an early lead and never trails in gaining a 69-58 win over Salisbury in the District 11 Class B consolation game. Jim Hay and Emil Suarez each score four points during a 12-2 run to open the contest. Hay finishes with 14 points and 19 rebounds for the Blue Bombers, who advance to the state playoffs with the victory. Suarez also scores 14 points while George Donchez ends with a team-high 15. Palmerton, coached by Art George, also receives nine points and seven boards from Jan Krawchuk.

Friday, March 8, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

The 2012-2013 Lehighton Middle School Girls Basketball team captured the Mountain Valley Conference title with an undefeated league record of 12-0. The team had an overall record of 17-1. This is the fourth championship for the Lehighton Middle School in the last eight seasons. Team members are, front row, from left, Rajah Quinones, Allison Armbruster, Jada Whiteman, Morgan Yurasits and Aubrey Blasiak. Back row, head coach Larry Koons, Savannah Buchinsky, Lyssa Pantella, Cassandra Gower, Thera Hibbler, Katie Higgins and assistant coach Courtney Schliecher.

Friday, March 8, 2013

HERSHEY - Northern Lehigh's Ty Herzog felt that if he went into Friday morning's Class AA 152-pound semfinal against Southern Columbia's Blake Marks as the aggressor, he'd be in good shape.

Herzog did just that, never letting Marks take a lead, and scoring a 10-7 decision to move into the semifinal round and guarantee himself a medal.

Herzog (30-4) will meet Coudersport's Kyle Bova (38-1) for the right to wrestle in the final Saturday afternoon here at the Giant Center.

Friday, March 8, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich (bottom) battles Twin Valley's Daniel Grant in the consolation round of the PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Tournament on Thursday. Yanovich pulled out a 6-3 decision in the 113-pound weight class.

HERSHEY Kenny Yanovich was cursed at, taunted and got a couple hard knocks to the face in his consolation round bout against Twin Valley's Daniel Grant at the PIAA championships Thursday evening.

But when the final buzzer sounded, Pleasant Valley's Yanovich shook Grant's hand with a big smile and a weight lifted off his shoulders as he kept his medal hopes in Hershey alive.

Yanovich scored takedowns in the first and seconds periods to build a 4-0 advantage en route to a 6-3 win over Grant.