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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
bob ford/times news Palmerton's Aaron Cook (25) throws the ball to first base after forcing out Northwestern's Kyle Lutton.

The game of baseball can definitely work in mysterious ways.

Sometimes in favor of a team, sometimes against a team.

Things went in favor of Northwestern on Monday afternoon, while they went against host Palmerton.

The Tigers were only able to muster four hits off the Bombers' pitching staff, but they found a way to cross home plate numerous times to score a lopsided 12-3 Colonial League victory. Meanwhile, the Bombers racked up double digits in hits (10), but couldn't turn them into enough runs to stay within reach.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northwestern third baseman Nicole Metzger tags out a sliding Janel Tracy of Palmerton's during Monday's Centennial League softball game.

The Palmerton softball and Lehighton and Marian baseball teams remained undefeated after posting wins on Monday.

The Lady Bombers edged Northwestern in Colonial League play while the Indians rolled past Pocono Mountain East in a Mountain Valley Conference clash. The Colts cruised past Nativity in Schuylkill League action.

BASEBALL

Lehighton-PM East

Lehighton's offense proved to be too much for Pocono Mountain East in the teams' MVC opener, as the Indians pulled out a 14-1, six-inning win.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Mary Kate Sherkness clears the high jump bar at five feet, four inches for a first place finish. She also won the triple jump during Tuesday's meet at Jim Thorpe.

It's certainly early on in the 2012 high school track season, but on Tuesday afternoon the Jim Thorpe girls and boys track teams got off to a running head start.

The Olympians swept Marian by a score of 72-69 on the boys side and 89-52 on the girls.

The Jim Thorpe girls ran strong all day, behind a stellar performance by junior Anjelica Poallilo. Poallilo placed first in all three individual events she competed in and was also the anchor on the 400 meter relay team that placed first as well.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Vnce Voulo returns a serve during Tuesday's win at Lehighton. The Bears went on to score a 6-1 Mountain Valley Conference win.

Palmerton proved to be quite successful in its 2012 track and field opener when it swept Wilson and Saucon Valley to end the Warrior boys' 58-meet win streak that dated ack to 2005.

In other action, Pleasant Valley picked up victories in tennis and track to highlight Tuesday's scholastic sports action.

TRACK

Pleasant Vy.-ES North

Pleasant Valley swept East Stroudsburg North in a Mountain Valley Conference meet.

The Bears won the boys meet, 81-69.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Marian baseball team maintained its patience in the batter's box and used it to its advantage.

Palmerton allowed its inability to focus over the duration of the game get the best of it in the end.

The result was a 13-3 non-league victory for the Colts on Monday afternoon.

After five innings of play, it looked like the non-league contest might come down to the final out between the Colts and the Bombers because only two runs seperated the teams.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
bob ford/times news Adam Bates of Tamaqua dives back safely as Northwestern first baseman Matt Maher awaits the throw.

With strong winds blowing across Northwestern's baseball field, any fly balls to the outfield could turn into extra bases.

Tiger pitcher Rich Perry allowed two first-inning hits, including one wind-aided single to right field. Those hits resulted in an early jam for Perry. The junior got out of it with a pair of strike outs, however, then retired 12 of the next 13 batters in a five-inning, 11-0 Northwestern win over Tamaqua.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Chey Bates slides in to second base safely as Northwestern Lehigh's Lauren Horner takes a late throw. The Tigers kept the Lady Raiders from crossing home plate, however, and rolled to a 10-0 non-league win.

Lehighton and Northern Lehigh picked up baseball and softball wins in non-league action on Monday.

Elsewhere, Northwestern also triumphed in softball and girls soccer.

BASEBALL

Northern Lehigh

-Jim Thorpe

Northern Lehigh held Jim Thorpe scoreless for the last five innings of the ball game en route to a 5-1 victory.

Pitcher Lucas Pierce gave up just one run in four innings of work along with collecting two hits for the Bulldogs. Trevor Yashur also had two hits and a stolen base.

Nicholas Montenero had two of the four hits for the Olympians.

Monday, March 5, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Sawyer Allen heads for the wall to win the gold medal in the AA boys 100 breaststroke.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP –Sawyer Allen got a good look at what it takes to win a district gold on Friday evening.

On Saturday morning, Allen made the most of his opportunity.

The Palmerton junior won the third gold for the school at the District 11 Class 2A championships, taking the 100 breaststroke title on Saturday at Parkland High School.

He joined teammate Karl Peilmeier as Bombers to top the medal podium at the meet. Peilmeier, who won 200 IM gold on Friday, added to his medal haul with the 500 free title on the event's second day.

Monday, March 5, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian’s Kelly Shober drives past Lauran Deibert of Tri-Valley during Saturday’s District 11 Class A championship game.

POTTSVILLE – Tri-Valley earned gold...

...but Marian earned respect!

On Saturday night at Martz Hall, the Lady Bulldogs claimed their third straight District 11 Class A Championship with a 60-52 victory over the Fillies.

The win was the third straight for Tri-Valley over Marian this season and marked the third consecutive postseason meeting between the two clubs that the Bulldogs have denied Marian a Schuylkill League and/or District 11 Championship.

However, on Saturday night, the Fillies made sure they would not be denied their dignity.

Monday, March 5, 2012

POTTSVILLE The Jim Thorpe girls basketball team no doubt had a rough outing against Allentown Central Catholic in the District 11 AAA semifinal last Thursday night. However, even with the loss Thorpe had a chance to advance to the state tournament with a win over Southern Lehigh in the District 11 AAA consolation game at Martz Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Unfortunately for Jim Thorpe, Southern Lehigh had state playoff aspirations of their own, going on a late fourth quarter run to down the Lady Olympians 56-42 to advance to the PIAA Class AAA tournament.