Tuesday, March 31, 2015
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Seth Slavin (front) and Khai Samuels were the top finishers in the 1600 meters on Monday.

Coming into the season, Pleasant Valley track and field head coach Michelle Piontkowksi was hopeful that she could lean on her returning athletes to guide the Bears into their first season of competition in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

After yesterday's meet against Nazareth and Liberty, Piontkowski's faith seems to have been well placed.

The Pleasant Valley boys used several dominating performances to dispatch the Blue Eagles, 96-54, while also slipping by the Hurricanes, 79.5-70.5, to move to 3-0 this year.

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About 20 years ago, I began my school day by teaching a group of eighth graders that contained four girls who were close friends, sat close to my desk, and were not only impressively intelligent but also rather well-behaved. They approached eighth grade English like a grad course where an "A" equaled a pay raise, and I never had to worry about them talking or giggling or failing to pay attention.

Except on certain days after Christmas vacation. They changed. Really changed. They whispered. They giggled. Their minds seemed to stray.

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 Ralph and Vicki Ciancuarulo are one of the outdoor industry's best known hunting couples.
I had just stepped into the weakest reaches of the porch light when some small projectile pinged against my knit hat. That's odd, I thought, and bent to pick it up. Ping! Another took me in the shoulder. The objects were stuffed mushrooms, being thrown from the deck by my soon-to-be-ex boyfriend, mad because I'd been hunting and was late to the supper he'd prepared. "These are great!" I said, around a delicious mouthful of mushroom with crabmeat stuffing. A virtual volley of mushrooms followed.
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.