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Thursday, February 21, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Christopher Skutnik of Pleasant Valley (center) tries to split Emmaus defenders Nate Feiertag (left) and Noah Bertram.

Marquis Brown's rebound and put-back brought Pleasant Valley to with four points with a little less than two minutes to play in Wednesday's District 11 Class AAAA boys matchup against Emmaus.

After trailing by double digits just minutes earlier, it looked as if the Bears would make that trek all the way back as they had an opportunity at cutting the Hornets' lead to a one possession game the next time down the court.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Photo courtesy of Jeffrey A. Camarati Northwestern graduate and current North Carolina student Madison Burns swims the breaststroke during a recent meet.

Like any college athlete, Madison Burns was excited to embark on her swimming career at the University of North Carolina.

She looked forward to starting a new chapter in her life and her swimming career. And, as much as anything, she couldn't wait to be part of a team.

Growing up, she had been part of youth teams and swam for club teams such as the Parkland Aquatic Club. But Northwestern Lehigh High School does not have a swim team, so other than some summer leagues, Burns missed out on the dual-meet experience that most swimmers get used to before college.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

February 21, 2004 Four TIMES NEWS area wrestlers capture gold medals at the District 11 championships. Winning titles are Northern Lehigh's Jack Gill and Scott Snyder, Northwestern's Scott Clymer, and Lehighton's Joe Tartar. Gill uses four takedowns to help gain a 10-4 decision in the 171-pound finals. Snyder works for a takedown at the final buzzer for a dramatic 3-1 victory in the 189-pound final. Tartar earns his title by registering a fall at 215 pounds. Clymer gets to stand atop the medal stand after posting a 10-0 major at 103.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The seeds for the District 11 Wrestling Championships were announced yesterday.

Northern Leihigh's Ty Herzog (152) and Northwestern's Michael Ortiz (170) both secured top seeds in their Class AA brackets.

Ortiz, a defending district champ, went 26-3 this season. Herzog, a runner up last season, went 21-4.

A foursome of area grapplers enter as No. 2 seeds. Panther Valley's Lenny Ogozalek (106) and Rian Shubeck (285) along with Tamaqua's Collin Mashack (113) are seeded second in Class AA. Pleasant Valley's Mike Benner (285) in No. 2 in AAA.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek (24) reaches above the outstretchd hand of Northern Lehigh's Cale Jonson for a rebound during their District 11 3A First Round battle on Tuesday night. The Raiders pulled out a 47-44 victory to avenge an earlier loss when the two met in the regular season.

Tweaking the game plan wasn't going to do it.

Minor adjustments weren't going to be enough.

No, when you're trying to reverse a 16-point regular season setback, the game plan has to be gashed and the adjustments have to be major.

That's the situation Tamaqua faced in the opening round of the District 11 Class AAA boys basketball playoffs on Tuesday – and that's exactly what Tamaqua did.

It was obviously the right decision.

Playing a zone defense for one of the few times the entire year, the 10th-seeded Raiders upset 7th-seeded Northern Lehigh, 47-44.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tyler Crum floats to the rim as the Spartans' Nick Heiser-Koch tries to defend.

CENTER VALEY - During the course of a game a coach can usually see what adjustments need to be made after the first few minutes of play. That being said, Lehighton head man Rich Oertner must have had his best pair of eye glasses on yesterday evening.

Oertner switched the Indians to a 2-2-1 three quarter court defense, speeding up the tempo, helping Lehighton get out and run to a 50-46 District 11 AAA first round playoff victory over Southern Lehigh.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February 20, 1959 Tamaqua sets numerous school records and also claims the Black Diamond League championship in a 116-70 victory over Coaldale. The points scored are the most in a game by a Raider team while leading scorer Billy Yelsh establishes a single-game high of 41. Bill Storch contributes 25 points to the big win while Tony Fredicine adds 13. Tamaqua, which wins its 11th straight game, also receives 11 points from George Willing and 10 from Paul Keich.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Weatherly's Joe Haganey (33) drives down the lane for a shot in Tuesday night's District 11 Class A playoff game.

Weatherly showed plenty of heart this season by qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in seven years.

In last night's District 11 Class A first round contest against Nativity, the Wreckers controlled the pulse of the game for the first eight minutes.

However, their rate of play flat-lined in the second quarter, and by the time the second half rolled around, Weatherly was on life support, as ninth-seeded Nativity cruised to a 60-38 victory.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Joell Toledo is close to pinning Ardis Smith of Liberty during the District 11 Team Duals. Pleasant Valley, Panther Valley and Palmerton all made the team duals this season.

With the regular season winding down and the postseaon on the horizon, it's time to take a look at how TIMES NEWS Area teams fared this season. Some teams came into this season with high hopes after achieving success last year, and most met or exceeded those expectations.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

(through Feb. 17)

(bout minimum: 5)

106 - Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, Jr. (29-6); 2. Tegan Durishin, Lehighton, Fr. (24-5); 3. Kevan Gentile, Jim Thorpe, Fr. (21-12).

Honorable Mention - Jarrett White, Northwestern Lehigh, Fr. (12-8).