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Monday, May 21, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Sabrina Mertz controls the ball down field against Emmaus during Friday's 1-0 victory in a District 11 quarterfinal matchup.

Northwestern Lehigh sophomore Trista Cunningham lined up along the sidelines a little further down from the Emmaus bench ready to attempt a throw in with a little under eight minutes gone in their District 11 playoff matchup against the Hornets.

And that throw in wasn't anything ordinary.

She used the ball on ground to steady herself while completing a front flip before throwing the ball into play, a move that obviously allowed the ball to travel further in the air.

Monday, May 21, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Katie Forte (18) heads the ball away from Easton's Natalie Purdue during Friday's district 11 quarterfinal. The Bears wound up winning by a 2-1 score.

With the way things panned out last Friday, the Pleasant Valley girls' soccer team wasn't quite ready to see the same thing happen to them again a week later.

After losing the Mountain Valley Conference championship to Pocono Mountain East, the Bears weren't quite ready to be eliminated from the District 11 Tournament.

The No. 6 seeded Bears were able to accomplish what they set out to do yesterday and walked away with a 2-1 win over the No. 14 seeded Easton in the quarterfinals of the district playoffs.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Four TIMES NEWS Area baseball and six softball teams have qualified for the District 11 tournament, scheduled to get underway with Class 4A baseball first round games this afternoon.

Pleasant Valley's baseball team begins action today as the 11th seed in Class 4A and travels to Northampton for a 4:30 start.

In Class 3A, action begins with quarterfinal round games with No. 4 Northwestern Lehigh hosting No. 5 North Schuylkill and No. 2 seed Lehighton at home with No. 7 Southern Lehigh.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Ian Sterling unwinds with a pitch against Blue Mountain.

Jim Thorpe and Palmerton both suffered a pair of losses on the diamond Monday.

Blue Mountain-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe kept the contest scoreless for the first four innings, but Blue Mountain's offense came to life late to get a 7-1 Schuylkill League victory.

Dane Ciavarella had two hits and Bryce Micciche added a hit and an RBI for the Olympians.

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Snyder, Reynolds (7), and Harting; Sterling, Ciavarella (6), Gavornik (7), and Duvigneaud; W - Snyder L - Sterling.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Anthony Ruiz (left) takes the baton from teammate Nick Corrales in the 3200 meter relay. The Bears finished first in the event.

EAST STROUDSBURG - Pleasant Valley's Kelecia Harris spent most of the track season beating up on her opponents in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the triple jump.

Harris' performance at the 2012 Mountain Valley Conference Track and Field championships Monday afternoon at East Stroudsburg South proved to be no different.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley coach Mark Allison goes over strategy with doubles players Jon White (left) and Vince Voulo during the District 11 Class AAA consolation match.

ALLENTOWN Pleasant Valley coach Mark Allison saw some familiar faces taking part in the consolation match of the District 11 Class AAA Doubles Tennis Tournamant.

The veteran Bears' mentor was glad to see his top doubles team of Vince Voulo and Jon White in action especially knowing a bronze medal was on the line.

But their opponents were also familiar to Allison. The Bears' duo was facing the same Allen doubles' team that knocked off Pleasant Valley's Lou Bravo and Kyle Tamarez in the opening round of the tournament.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh shortstop Amber Kibler takes the throw and tries to tag out Northwestern Lehigh's Lauren Horner.

Coming off two straight losses, Northwestern needed a win to get back some of the momentum the team had during an eight-game winning streak that spanned from April 2 until just last Thursday.

The Tigers got the win they needed Monday, but it wasn't easy. They fought off two Northern Lehigh comebacks before winning 6-5 in the eighth inning.

"A W is a W right now," said Northwestern head coach Jen Horner. "We needed to bounce back after [Saturday's 1-0 loss to Bangor] and we really needed this win."

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Ty Cunningham slides in ahead of the tag as Northern Lehigh's Ryan Trexler covers.

The Marian baseball and Lehighton softball teams qualified for District 11 post-season play with victories on Monday.

BASEBALL

Marian-Mahanoy Area

Marian qualified for the district playoffs with a 5-3 Schuylkill League win over Mahanoy Area.

Nick Kweder paced the Colts with two singles, two runs scored and a RBI, while Mike Cataldo chipped in with two singles and a run scored.

Marian pitcher Luke Stawick had 11 strikeouts, while allowing four walks, and finished with the win.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
BOBO FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Kelecia harris (right) sprints to the finish line in the 100-meter dash ahead of Lehighton's Sage Terembula. Harris won the event in 12.31.

It was just another day at the office for Pleasant Valley's Kelecia Harris and Keegan Bray.

Harris won all four of the events she competed in and helped her Lady Bears defeat Lehighton, 82-68 in Mountain Valley Conference track action. Her male teammate, Bray, did his part by taking all three of the sprints en route to an 87-63 victory for the boys.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Joe Romano of East Stroudsburg North gets back to first base on a pickoff attempt. Pleasant Valley first baseman Jordan Caffrey takes the late throw.

Pleasant Valley posted a pair of wins on the diamond while Northwestern and Palmerton each gained sweeps in track action on Tuesday.

BASEBALL

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Tom Agosta had a big day on the mound and at the plate to help Pleasant Valley earn an 11-1 Mountain Valley Conference win over East Stroudsburg North.

Agosta tossed a three-hitter in the six-inning contest, walking two while striking out 10. He also aided his cause with a double and knocked in three runs.