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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jim Thorpe and Pleasant Valley recorded victories in scholastic tennis action on Monday.

BOYS TENNIS

Tamaqua-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe improved to 1-1 on the year with its 4-1 tennis victory over Tamaqua.

Corey Ligenza and Kyle Bacher each posted singles wins for the Olympians. They each won in straight sets, with Ligenza winning 6-1, 6-1 and Bacher winning 7-6, 6-3. Both Jim Thorpe doubles teams of Shane Bleicher-Otto/Dalton Becker and Avery Magill/Zach Nace won as well.

Tamaqua's lone victory came from No. 2 singles player Tyler Krell. He won 6-0, 6-2.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Bob Ford/times news filephoto Marian coach Paul Brutto talks to his team during a state playoff game against Harrisburg Christian last week.

Eight seconds.

That's all that stood between Marian and a one and done postseason.

Trailing underdog Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg by two points with just :08 remaining in their District 11 semifinal game, the Fillies were inbounding the ball just inside the midcourt line.

Marian was on life-support. Its season was about to expire.

That's when the Fillies ran "The Play."

The call was "box out of bounds" – and it worked to perfection.

Marian's Danielle Tristani got free for an uncontested layup that tied the game and forced overtime.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Zack King (left), Thad Ogozalek (center) and Tom Gallagher (right) take advantage of the warm weather to get their arms ready for the upcoming baseball season.

As the scholastic sports season changes from winter to spring, the weather doesn't always cooperate with the local teams for the first few weeks of practice.

That has been the case for most of the baseball teams over the last few years. The inclement weather, consisting mostly of rain and wind and even some snow, had forced the hardball teams indoors and away from their natural playing field.

Monday, March 19, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Palmerton's Sawyer Allen competes in the consolation finals of the 100 breaststroke at the PIAA Swim Championships.

LEWISBURG The PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships came to a close at Bucknell University's natatorium on Saturday, with two more local finishers representing the area well with their performances in the water.

Palmerton's Karl Pielmeier III and Sawyer Allen both had good enough results in the morning session of preliminaries to advance to the consolation finals later on in the day.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Jim Thorpe Blue won the championship of the SS. Peter and Paul's Youth Basketball Tournament that was held recently in Lehighton.

Jim Thorpe Blue won the Peter Division with a 2-1 record. Tamaqua won the Paul Division with a 3-0 record. The two teams then met for the championship with JT Blue posting a 36-31 victory.

Tournament results

Palmerton 36, SS.Peter/Paul's 25

Tamaqua 39, Jim Thorpe Blue 34

Jim Thorpe Red 23, LABC 18

Jim Thorpe Blue 36, Palmerton 19

LABC 36, SS. Peter/Paul's 23

Tamaqua 26, Jim Thorpe Red 13

Monday, March 19, 2012

March 19, 2000 Tamaqua's Andy Breiner registers a pin over Jason Woodall of Pittston in the annual Challenge of Champions wrestling match. The event pits the state's top AA wrestlers against ones from AAA. Breiner, who was a third-place finisher at Hershey at 152 pounds, trails by a 5-4 score before gaining a fall of Woodall, the AAA runner-up, at the 5:54 mark. Jim Thorpe's Mike Wernett, who finished fourth at states at 160, also competed in the Challenge and drops a 10-5 decision to Woodall's brother, James.

Monday, March 19, 2012

HAZLETON – Kaysi McLaughlin and her Marian teammates had green and white carnations in their hands as they walked out of the locker room on Saturday.

The flowers were a St. Patrick's Day gift after the Fillies had defeated Old Forge, 44-39, in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class A State Tournament..

For McLaughlin, it was a good day to be Irish. But it was even a better day to be a Fillie.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Indiana University's Allysa Vavra earned her third medal of the NCAA championships on Saturday, finishing in eighth place in the 200 breaststroke. Vavra qualified for the A Finals with a seventh place finish in the prelims.

Vavra, who is a Panther Valley High School graduate, was eighth in the 200 IM on Thursday and fifth in the 400 IM on Friday.

Also on Saturday, Kristen Shickora of the University of Georgia qualified for the B Final in the 200 backstroke and finished in 12th place overall.

Monday, March 19, 2012
Marian's Kaysi McLaughlin flies through the air after being knocked off her feet during Saturday's PIAA Class A State Tournament game against Old Forge. Looking on are Lady Devil players Taylor Nemetz (25), Teri Vieira (4) and Lauren Carey (21).

The Marian Fillies have had their share of unsung heroes step up this season.

Saturday afternoon was no different.

With Fillies' inside forces of Kelly Shober and Danielle Tristani on the bench for almost half of the second quarter, Marian needed to depend on their role players to keep the game manageable. Once again, the Marian reserves didn't disappoint taking a one-point lead into intermission and Marian was able to hold on for a 44-39 victory over Old Forge to advance to the Class A State Semifinal.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

ST. LOUIS Ben Clymer's collegiate wrestling career came to an end Friday after losing in the consolation round of the NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Clymer, a 184-pound Hofstra senior and graduate of Northwestern Lehigh, was locked in a scoreless tie with Missouri's Mike Larson and also had the edge in riding time when he gave up a defensive pin at the 4:26 mark.

The former TIMES NEWS Wrestler of the Year won his opening match in the tournament on Thursday before being sent to the consolation rounds after a loss to Penn State's Quentin Wright.