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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Christine Streisel winds up to release a throw in the javelin during Saturday's PIAA Championships. Streisel won a silver medal in the event.

SHIPPENSBURG – The TIMES NEWS area was represented quite well on day two of the PIAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, bringing home medals in seven events.

Tamaqua's Christine Streisel and Eric Hertzog, Jim Thorpe's PJ Johnson, Palmerton's Monty Szukics, the Blue Bombers 4x100 relay team, Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson and Pleasant Valley's Kelecia Harris all earned hardware.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Tigers' Paiste accomplishes goal

HERSHEY Improvement is the name of the game in any sport, and Northwestern tennis player Henry Paiste is certainly playing along.

The back-to-back Disrict 11 AA Champion took his talents to Hershey Friday for the PIAA AA State Tennis Singles Championships. Paiste's goal was to improve on his first round exit of last season and it was mission accomplished for the sophomore.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Martina Herring puts the tag on Catasauqua's Ali Gesick after the latter tried to stretch a single into an extra base hit. Gesick was out on the play and the Lady Bombers went on to beat the Roughies 5-1.

Palmerton's Martina Herring gave off a lead-off single and then settled down, keeping Catasauqua off of the basepath until the sixth inning.

In between the Lady Bombers used some clutch hits and smart base-running, turning it into a 5-1 victory in the District 11 2A quarterfinal played at Palmerton.

No. 3 seed Palmerton will now take on No. 2 seed Pine Grove on Tuesday night at Blue Mountain High School at 5:30.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Tyler Hope gets set to unleash the javelin. Hope grabbed a silver medal in the event with a throw of 198-4.

SHIPPENSBURG - They say there is nothing like a good sibling rivalry.

However, for Tamaqua's Kayla and Tyler Hope, there was only sibling encouragement taking place on day one of the PIAA Track and Field Championships.

Kayla and Tyler, who are brother and sister, each won silver medals in their first events Thursday. Kayla took second in the AA long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 11 inches, while Tyler was the runner up in the AA javelin with a throw of 198 feet, four inches.

For the older sister, it was a great experience.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Tracy Deubler crosses the plate to score Pleasant Valley's lone run in a 2-1 loss to Northampton as umpire Andy Harvan looks on.

It took two days and two different fields, but ultimately it was too much Marly Laubach that ended Pleasant Valley's season.

Laubach, Northampton's junior fireballer, limited the explosive Bear offense to just four hits and struck out 11. The Konkrete Kids needed that type of performance to post a 2-1 victory on Friday in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class AAAA softball playoffs.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

BETHLEHEM – The Pleasant Valley baseball team had Liberty right where it wanted it after two innings of play on Tuesday.

Then again, maybe it was the Hurricanes that had the Bears directly in their crosshairs.

Trailing by two heading into the bottom of the third, Liberty's bats exploded for eight runs on five hits and delivered a knockout blow to Pleasant Valley's upset chances. The third-seeded 'Canes recorded at least one run and two hits in each inning of play en route to a 16-6 victory over the 11th-seeded Bears in the District 11 AAAA quarterfinals.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Pleasant Valley's Amber Skworzow (13) clears the ball from in front of her goal on a Parkland corner kick. Bear Goalie Sarah Elmonticir (yellow shirt) and defender Kayla Kishbaugh are in the background. The Parkland players are Kiera Kaunas and Camille Roberts (4).

WHITEHALL Coming off of an exciting victory in the District 11 quarterfinals over last year's District runner up Easton, the Pleasant Valley girls soccer team found itself in the final four, and matched up against the dominant defending champs Parkland Trojans.

A goal that may have been screened from the view of goalkeeper Sarah Elmontacir, proved pivotal in a 2-0 loss to the Trojans in the semifinals on Tuesday at Whitehall High School.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's A.J. Wenrich looks to first after tagging the base to force out Southern Lehigh's Connor Vanin during Tuesday's District 11 Class 3A quarterfinal.

Lehighton head coach Brian Polaha knew that Anthony Farole was "dialed in for a strong at-bat."

With the game tied, the winning run in scoring position and a full count against him, Farole responded in the best way possible by driving the game-winning hit down the third base line that scored Billy Angst and allowed the Indians to play ball another day.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Dylan Latham steals second base as Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg's Tarek Christen covers. Marian picked up a 5-3 win to advance to Thursday's District 11 A semis.

For a moment, Marian head baseball coach Jeff Nietz must have thought he was seeing a little deja vu.

Over the course of the regular season, the Colts struggled at times to hold on to leads in sixth and seventh innings.

In Tuesday's District 11 Class A quarterfinal against Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg, Marian watched the Spartans make it interesting but a quick double play and a strikeout swinging in the top of the seventh gave the Colts a 5-3 win.

The victory moves Marian (12-9) into Thursday's semifinal against No. 1 seed Tri-Valley in a 7 p.m. game at Pine Grove.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Clutch hits win baseball games.

North Schuylkill came up with big hits Tuesday and Northwestern didn't in a 5-3 extra inning district playoff loss to the Spartans.

A seventh-inning home run by Brandon McCloskey tied the game at 3-3. The senior returned to the plate to hit a one-out triple in the ninth and score the game-winning run, capping a 4-for-4 day by the team's eighth hitter in the batting order.