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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Derek Linkhorst slides safely into second base as Panther Valley infielder Brandon Gurka awaits a throw.

Early Monday morning, Tamaqua head baseball coach Jeff Reading thought it was going to be yet another day of practice in the high school gym.

Instead, thanks to the hard working grounds crew, the Blue Raiders were finally able to open Schuylkill League Division I play against Panther Valley.

"There was no way I felt we were playing at eight o'clock this morning," Reading said. "I have to give kudos to our maintenance crew here as they spent all day working on this field.

"We spent the last week in the gym, so to get out here was just great."

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
ron gower/times news Lehighton's Kristina Schnell (left) and Courtner Berger (right) race Pleasant Valley's Kira Sever to a loose ball.

It is interesting how two teams will look at a game differently.

Pleasant Valley and Lehighton got together on the soccer pitch Monday afternoon for the first of their two Mountain Valley Conference match-ups on the year. The Lady Bears controlled most of the play throughout the day and went on to win, 3-1. After dropping their first two games of the season, the Bears have now won five games in a row by a collective score of 13-1.

Still, head coach Tim Hinton was not entirely pleased with his team's effort.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP – Palmerton had been knocking on the door in its last few games. The Lady Bombers finally broke through Monday night, beating Salisbury 2-0 for their first win of the season.

"We lost two games by one goal, one in overtime," said Palmerton head coach Barry Hahn. "We were in every game and just came up short. Today it came together."

The game was stopped because of lightning 16 minutes into the second half and was eventually called, making it official because it was after halftime.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Chey Bates rounds second base as Panther Valley's Sam Zlock looks towards first base behind her.

Northwestern and Marian scored wins in both baseball and softball on Monday afternoon

In other action, Northern Lehigh kept its baseball streak intact, Tamaqua's softball team was victorious and Palmerton won its first girls soccer match of the season.

BASEBALL

Moravian Acad.-Marian

The Colts exploded for 14 runs in the third inning and took a 15-0 win over the Lions in a game called after three innings by the 15-run rule.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Northwestern picked up wins in both baseball and softball over the weekend, while Marian managed a split against Nativity.

BASEBALL

Jim Thorpe-N'western

Northwestern (2-2) used a late inning surge to score a 8-2 non-league win over visiting Jim Thorpe (0-3).

After trailing 2-0 after four innings, Ty Cunningham delivered what was the game-winning hit with a three-run homer in the fifth. Cunningham ended up with a single, home run, five RBI and also scored a run.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pleasant Valley and Northwestern recorded shutout victories in girls soccer action on Thursday.

In a softball game, Palmerton doubled up Lehighton.

GIRLS SOCCER

Lehighton-ES South

East Stroudsburg South knocked off Lehighton in Mountain Valley Conference soccer action, 3-1.

The Cavs received goals from Shannon Connors, Mandy Brown and Taylor Fish.

The Indians' (0-5) lone goal was tallied by Amanda Acabou. She was helped by teammate Jordyn Homyak.

PM West-Pleasant Vy.

Friday, April 8, 2011
ron gower/times news Lehighton's Nick Mantz sets his feet for a backhand shot. Mantz posted a three set victory against Tamaqua.

Tamaqua's Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante continued his domination.

But thanks to Nick Mantz's determination and a major female donation, Lehighton was able to post a 5-2 non-league tennis victory over the Raiders on Thursday.

Hernandez Cascante proved his unbeaten record was no fluke as he won his singles match without surrendering a game. He followed that up by teaming with Joe Binder for a doubles victory.

But in between Hernandez Cascante's bookend wins, it was all Lehighton.

Friday, April 8, 2011
mike feifel/times news Lehighton's Sarah Keer gets set to release the javelin. Keer won the event with a throw of 111-8.

Northwestern swept Pen Argyl to highlight area track action on Thursday.

TRACK

Pen Argyl-N'western

Northwestern swept Pen Argyl in its Colonial League track meet.

The Lady Tigers won by a score of 102-47. Sarah Murray led Northwestern by winning the shot put and the javelin. All three Tiger relay teams posted victories as well.

Despite being on the losing side, Pen Argyl's Sara Vough won four events.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
bob ford/times news filephoto Ali Updike of Tamaqua throws the javelin at the 2009 PIAA State Championships. Updike was just a few months removed from an ACL injury to left knee at the time and was wearing a protective brace. Earlier this week Updike tore the ACL in her right knee.

Tamaqua track coach Tom Kanger first thought it was a belated April Fool's joke.

When he realized the news was true, there was nothing funny about it.

Allison Updike, the defending state champion in the javelin, decided to get a few more throws in near the end of practice this past Monday. On one of those attempts, though, the Raider senior suffered a devasting injury that will more than likely cost her the rest of the season and a chance to repeat at the PIAA meet.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Pleasant Valley softball team and Northwestern soccer team both picked up victories on Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

Pleasant Vy.-ES South

Pleasant Valley ran away with a 17-2 Mountain Valley Conference victory over East Stroudsburg South in a game that was ended in three innings by the mercy rule.

Dianne Klapatch led the Bears with a perfect 3-for-3 performance at the plate, which included three singles, three runs scored and and three RBIs.