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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

With one week remaining in the regular season, the playoff picture in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league is beginning to take shape.

In Wednesday's marquee matchup, R.R. Frey Services posted a 26-point victory over Ryan's Oil & Heating to ruin the defending league champion's undefeated season.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
photo courtesy of the University of georgia Georgia's Kristen Shickora dives into the water at the start of the backstroke during a recent meet. Shickora's outstanding four-year college career with the Bulldogs will end at the NCAA Championships this week.

Four years ago almost to the day Kristen Shickora walked out of Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium after being named Swimmer of the Meet at the PIAA State Championships.

It was the final shining moment in a high school career that produced incredible success. A six-time state champion and a 10-time state medalist, Shickora was just a couple of months away from graduation. Having already accepted a swimming scholarship to the University of Georgia, the next step in her swimming career and in her life was on the horizon.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

At this point in the season, there are no second chances.

Marian coach Paul Brutto came right out and said it, "It's do or die. You win or you go home."

Brutto and his Marian Fillies, the only basketball team in the TIMES NEWS coverage area still alive, know the circumstances. In the state playoffs, one bad game and your season can end.

Marian will try to continue its march toward Hershey when it meets Harrisburg Christian on Wednesday night at Hamburg High School at 7 p.m. in a PIAA Class A second round playoff game.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Pleasant Valley boys' 8th grade basketball team recently became the champions of the Greater Pocono Basketball Tournament when it defeated Stroudsburg in the final, 38-30. The Bears finished their season with a 20-4 overall record. Team members include, front row, from left, Shane Nagle, Andrew Kaspszyk, Demetrius Harper, Courtney Cummings, Gino Huerta, Logan Jacobson and Austyn Borre. Back row, Head coach Shawn McFarland, Matt Pierce, Brendan Kearns (MVP), Lucas Schaffner, Dean Krcic, Mack van Schouwenburg, Romello Smaltz and assistant coach Matt Gould.

Monday, March 12, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Michael Balliet (left) pinned Brett Przekop in the seventh place bout.

HERSHEY - Lehighton's Michael Balliet, Northwestern Lehigh's Levi Veppert and Palmerton's Kane Kralik all finished their high school wrestling careers on a positive note on Saturday afternoon picking up victories to take home seventh place medals at the PIAA 2A Wrestling Championships here at the Giant Center.

Palmerton senior Sam Oberlander and Northern Lehigh junior Ty Herzog also medaled finishing eighth and Tamaqua's Colin Mashack settled for a sixth place medal rounding out the hardware collection of the local contingent.

Monday, March 12, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Michael Dahlstrom (top) battles Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca in the 126-pound fifth-place bout on Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships in Hershey.

HERSHEY It wasn't the way Pleasant Valley senior Michael Dahlstrom wanted to finish his high school wrestling career.

Following a 3-2 loss to Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca in the fifth place 126-pound consolation round Saturday night at the PIAA AAA wrestling championships, Dahlstrom had to settle with a defeat and a sixth place medal from Hershey.

The anguish from the result was prevalent on Dahlstrom's face, but if there's one thing every wrestler needs to remember, it's that the sun comes up tomorrow.

Monday, March 12, 2012
Fillies rip LM

SUNBURY – There's a commonly used expression that states, "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."

Luckily for Marian, head coach Paul Brutto makes his living as a history teacher.

And fortunately for the Fillies, they all remembered the hard lesson they learned 364 days ago.

Monday, March 12, 2012

March 12, 1993 Northern Lehigh heavyweight R.C. Price earns a Southeast Class AA Regional championship by gaining a late takedown against Pine Grove's Andy Lehman and winning a 7-6 decision in the finals. Price gets his takedown with only five seconds left. The Bulldogs, coached by Bob Kern, also get one other wrestler to states as 125-pounder Mike Altif claims a third-place finish. Altif, who loses in the semifinals, registers a 6-2 decision over Tri-Valley's Dave Masser in the third-place match to gain his trip to Hershey.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

So often today, the only thing agreed upon is that the agreed-upon thing is not the best solution. It's merely a solution that allows us to move on.

It seems to happen more so now than ever before in politics because more so now than ever before the philosophies of the Democrats and Republicans don't seem to allow for commonsense compromise.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Pleasant Valley's Kelcia Harris prepares to go up with a shot against Council Rock South.

AMBLER – Coming into Friday's state playoff game with Council Rock South, Pleasant Valley head coach Nadia Gauronsky wanted her team to slow down the tempo of the game in order to compete with the Hawks' fast-paced transition offense.

For whatever reason, her Lady Bears didn't seem to grasp the idea.