Saturday, March 28, 2015

Local Sports

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 9, 1959 Five Jim Thorpe players reach double figures in scoring as the Olympians pull away from Jenkintown for an 85-66 victory in the PIAA Class C playoffs. Tommy Klitsch finishes with a team-high 20 points for the winners while Billy Bechtold follows close behind with 19. Thorpe, which uses a 29-14 fourth quarter to break open a close game, also receives 17 from Kenny Ackerman and 15 from Charley McHugh. Kenny Kline's Olympians also get 14 points from Gary Hiller.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Last week's column established how easy it is for teens and preteens to get more than a healthy amount of caffeine during the day, especially if they consume an energy drink. But the excess of caffeine creates more than a few hours of bouncing-off-the-walls hyperactivity.

It also reduces sleep time and makes any sleep less restorative.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

I've spent many fruitless hours searching for shed antlers; when in fact, the first one I found was right next to the archery target (a deer replica) in my back yard. Perhaps that buck was seeking companionship, I can't know. But he did donate his shed antler.

Those of us who'd like to be more successful finding shed antlers should look no further than the family pet even if our family companion isn't from the hunting breeds. Basically, any dog which has the inclination to retrieve can be taught to hunt for sheds.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
BOB FORD/times news Panther Valley's Rian Shubeck tries to pick up Luke Fournier of Elizabeth Forward in their quarterfinal match at 195 pounds in the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey. Fournier won the match. Shubeck will wrestle for seventh place this afternoon.

HERSHEY - Kevan Gentile has shown physical toughness all year.

The Jim Thorpe junior has rarely been challenged this season, dominating opponents throughout the District 11 and Southeast Regional tournaments on his way to back-to-back Class AA titles.

But on Friday morning, Gentile suffered what could have been a devastating loss to Chestnut Ridge's Aaron Burkett in the 106-pound quarterfinals of the PIAA Wrestling Championships.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek looks for help as Steel-High's Jaron Grayer (00 defends.

HERSHEY It was a historical ride for Tamaqua's basketball team this winter, but the ride came to an unfortunate end Friday night.

The Blue Raiders, who were making their first appearance in the PIAA tournament in 20 years, battled and relished in the moment against a talented Steelton-Highspire squad, but didn't have enough firepower to overcome the Rollers during a 64-51 defeat.

Caszy Kosciolek's squad gave the District III champs everything they could in the first quarter, but that's when the Rollers turned on the jets to essentially keep distance the rest of the way.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

March 7, 1979 Cindy Miller and Barb Koch both turn in outstanding efforts to give Tamaqua to a 76-57 victory over Catasauqua in the District 11 Class AA girls basketball semifinals. Miller pours in a game-high 29 points, collects 16 rebounds and hands out eight assists. Koch notches a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 18 boards and 10 assists. The Raiders, coached by Dennis Kormonick, lead by just four points heading into the fourth quarter but use a 28-14 final period to clinch the win. Tamaqua also receives 12 points from Beth Delay and 10 from Jane Boyer.

Friday, March 6, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK Angelo Mangiro exhaled and exploded upward, driving 455 pounds toward the ceiling of Penn State's weight room on Thursday afternoon.

Mangiro's weight-room battle cries he grunted and screamed as he pushed himself to the limit with each grueling squat rep were answered by his teammates' encouraging words. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg stood to Mangiro's right, offensive guard Brian Gaia to his left and strength and conditioning coach Dwight Galt directly behind him in case the lineman needed help.

Mangiro didn't.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Gentile falls in quarters

HERSHEY - For the first time this postseason, Kevan Gentile didn't get his hand raised.

Gentile suffered his first true loss of the year when he dropped an 8-7 decision to Chestnut Ridge's Aaron Burkett in the 106-pound quarterfinals of the PIAA Wrestling Championships on Friday morning.

Burkett showed more aggression and offense than Gentile has seen this year, scoring more points than any of the Jim Thorpe's junior's previous opponents.

Friday, March 6, 2015

March 6, 1998 Marian uses a big rally to force overtime and then pulls out a 43-41 victory over Girard College in the opening round of the PIAA Class A boys basketball playoffs. The Colts, coached by Dave McAndrew, trail by 11 points late in the third quarter but battle back to gain the win. Mike Murphy hits two three-pointers and Mike Bartholomew adds five points during the rally. Brent Andrew's basket in OT gives Marian the lead for good. Andrew and Scott Holloman each finish with a game-high 12 points.

Thursday, March 5, 2015



Tamaqua (21-6; D-11, 3rd place) vs

Steelton-Highspire (22-5; D-3, 1st place)

TIP OFF: Friday, March 6th at 7:30 p.m. at Milton Hershey High School

COACHES: Tamaqua- Caszy Kosciolek, Steel-High- Rick Binder