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Thursday, February 9, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's John Horvath takes down Schuylkill Haven's Nick Ingraham before pinning him in 44 seconds in the 195-pound bout.

Panther Valley proved to be the only local winner on the mats on Wednesday night.

WRESTLING

Schuy. Haven-Panther Vy.

The Panthers took advantage of seven forfeit wins won all five bouts that were wrestled in taking a 60-6 victory over the Hurricanes.

Zachary Glassic, Dustin Marblestone, Matt Buss and Rian Shubeck all won by decisions and John Horvath added a pin for PV.

Panther Vy. 60, Schuylkill Haven 6

106 - Lenny Ogozalek (PV) won by forfeit

113 - Seth Oriel (PV) won by forfeit

126 - Zachary Glassic (PV) dec. Shay Mattern (SH), 3-2

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Palmerton Area School Board has approved various extracurricular positions per the negotiated contract for the 2012-13 school year.

The board at a special meeting on Tuesday approved the positions on an 8-0 vote, with one abstention. Director Darlene Yeakel abstained from the vote.

- Ryan Sharkazy, head boys' soccer coach

- Chris Walkowiak, head football coach

- Jeff Minnich, cross country coach

- Bethany Rowland, head cheerleading adviser

- Kimberly Seiler, head field hockey coach

- Travis Fink, assistant football coach

Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 9, 1983 Cathi Evans scores 12 of her team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter to help Northern Lehigh gain a 60-48 Centennial League victory over Lehighton. The Bulldogs, coached by Dick Jones, lead by just one entering the final frame but outscore the Indians 26-15 to seal the win. Dena Hofmann contributes 12 points to the NL cause while Mel Fronheiser chips in with 10. Janice Bisko also collects 11 rebounds. For Lehighton, Karen Klotz scores 24 points and pulls down 14 boards.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pleasant Valley High School has announced the members of its 2012 Hall of Fame Class.

Inductees will be honored between games of Friday's girls-boys basketball doubleheader against Stroudsburg.

JOHN BLICK

John Blick was a three-year letter winner in football, as well as a four-year letter winner in track. He was the District 11 discus champion in both 1994 and 1995. He also won district gold in the shot put in 1995.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Playoff teams dealing with injuries

Basketball coaches can plan for a lot of things. They can map out their offenses, set up their defenses, and go over certain strategies for different types of teams.

However, there is one thing that coaches have no control over that can ultimately decide the fate of their season injuries.

Pleasant Valley and Marian, two boys' teams that will be competing in the District 11 playoffs later this month, will have to deal with two key losses to their respective teams as they try and advance through the post-season.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Arizona State women's gymnastics team is off to a 3-0 start on the season and Jim Thorpe native Morgan Steigerwalt has been a major contributor.

Arizona State recently upset 15th-ranked Arizona in the first of two State Farm Territorial Cup match-ups.

Steigerwalt has competed in the both the balance beam and the floor exercise in all three of the Sun Devils meets. In the balance beam, she had scores 9.675 (UC Davis), 8.450 (California) and 9.775 (Arizona). In the floor exercise, she has had scores of 9.550 (UC Davis), 9.700 (California), and 9.875 (Arizona).

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Kayla Hope (4) drives the lane as Panther Valley's Trayvonda Rice defends.

Entering last night's rivalry matchup between the Tamaqua and Panther Valley girls, the Lady Raiders had already punched their ticket to the district playoffs, while the Lady Panthers still needed a win.

When the final buzzer sounded, it was Tamaqua that picked up a 52-35 victory. With the loss, Panther Valley's chance is now down to winning on the road Friday at Pine Grove.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February 8, 1974 Five Panther Valley players reach double-figure scoring and the Panthers use a big second half to pull away from Mahanoy Area, 76-49. Don Nihen leads a balanced PV attack with 16 points while John McLaughlin tallies 13. The winners, who outscore their opponent 44-16 over the final two quarters, also receive 12 points from Bob Melnick while Jim Trusa and Gary Evans each finish with 10.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tuesday night's boys' basketball game between Pocono Mountain East and Pleasant Valley wasn't the prettiest game to watch, but it was definitely full of excitement.

The Mountain Valley Conference tilt came down to the final minutes despite some sloppy play. After East's Jok Asiyo scored with 55 seconds to go to give his team a two-point lead, Pleasant Valley had one last chance to tie or win. However, after using up all of the time and getting their final shot blocked, the Bears came up short.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Siegfried will play field hockey at Ursinus

Kaitlyn Siegfried, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School has been recruited and will be playing field hockey at Ursinus College next fall.

Kaitlyn is an Honors student at Pleasant Valley and an oboist in the PVHS concert band.

She intends to major in Biology at Ursinus College.

Last season, Ursinus finished with a record of 19-4 and won its eighth straight Centennial Conference championship. It is an NCAA Division III school in field hockey.