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Palmerton captures title

It almost looked like Palmerton was dangling a carrot in front of Notre Dame in the District 11 Class AA softball championship game.

Everytime it appeared the Crusaders were about to get the carrot, the Bombers and pitcher Reese Dugan would yank it away.

Dugan threw a complete game for Palmerton as it downed Notre Dame, 3-1, on Thursday for its first district title since 1989.

Dugan, who admitted after the game that she is battling a sore wrist from a heavy workload, threw 121 pitches in the game, striking out five hitters.

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Some call it frustrating, maddening, the reason why they don't pay more attention to the latest research in health and fitness. I call it something else.

Progress.

Competitiveness drives Tribe's Keer
She is asked a question about being competitive. And before she answers, a wry little grin appears. The grin eventually becomes a full-fledged smile the kind of smile that says the level of her competition on a scale from 1 to 10 is actually a 12. So it's not surprising when she replies. "I'm very competitive," said Lehighton field hockey standout Sarah Keer. "I think that's because I come from a family where everyone played sports.
After losing the past two Saturday nights to rain, Mahoning Valley Speedway racers came out loaded for bear as the pit are swelled to a season high 131 race cars making for a jam packed night of stock car action at the Lehighton paved 14-mile oval.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tiffany Thompson gets set to shoot as Northern Lehigh's Jessica Olewine (left) and Emily Bevins (hidden) defend.
The Lehighton girls earned every bit of their 43-38 victory over Northern Lehigh Thursday night in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic. Heading into the fourth quarter, Lehighton had a 38-28 lead over the Bulldogs. Both teams exchanged baskets to open the quarter. The Bulldogs went on a run early in the quarter. Kelsey Follweiler hit a three-pointer with 5:22 left to play, which sparked a 9-0 spurt. The Indians clung to a three-point lead with 3:41 left to play, 40-37.
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Tes Jolly with the Nebraska Merriam turkey that completed her grand slam of turkeys.
There are knots of horses grazing contentedly in various spots of the grasslands, their heads down and their tails blowing straight out behind them, as if frozen that way. I'm thinking that turkey decoys will have to be affixed to the ground using four-foot rebar stakes. My nondescript little rental car is dwarfed by diesel trucks towing trailers carrying farm tractors tall as a two-story building. Soon I am slowing for Arnold, Nebraska, where this year's graduating class numbers four students.
Blue Mountain captured its league championship and advanced to the state tournament at Spring-Ford this weekend in Cal Ripken League 10U play. The team, comprised of players from East Penn Township, West Penn Township and the Northern Lehigh School District, will play two games on both Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. Team members include, front row, from left, Grant Olewine, Logan Davis, Evan Zambo, Ryan Hammond, Josh Kistler and John Abidelli. Second row, Brett Misera, Brayden Hamby, Matt Frame, Zach Chamberlain, Riley Albert and Teague Hertzog.