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Monday, June 7, 2010
mike feifel/times news Dalton Conway of Northwestern saw action on the mound for the red Team in the annual Howard E. Deppe All-Star Baseball Classic on Saturday.

LIMEPORT It was basically Northwestern and Northern Lehigh against the rest of the Colonial League in the second game of the Howard E. Deppe All-Star Baseball Classic at Limeport Stadium on Saturday evening.

Due to no-shows and playoff conflicts, the Tigers and Bulldogs made up five of the seven players on the roster of the short-handed Red team.

Despite getting down 10-1 in the fifth inning, the Red squad put together a furious rally before falling short in a 10-9 loss to the Purple team.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
nancy scholz/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Michelle Rickert rounds first base after hitting a single in the fifth inning as Northern Lehigh first baseman Sarah Frantz waits for tje throw.

Experienced softball teams take advantage of any breaks their opponents give them and usually come away with a win.

That was the case in the District 11 Class 2A semifinal between Palmerton and Northern Lehigh on Tuesday afternoon when the Bulldogs used one big inning to pull away for a 8-3 victory.

Brian Schell's Bulldogs made the most of four Palmerton errors and just one hit to score four runs in the fifth inning to grad the win that earned them a spot in the championship game on Thursday against Pine Grove ( a 8-0 winner over Pen Argyl) at Blue Mountain at 4 o'clock.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
bob ford/times news Allison Updike of Tamaqua gets set to launch the javelin at Saturday's PIAA State Track and Field Championships. Updike won gold in the event.

SHIPPENSBURG – Allison Updike has a new number.

She also has a PIAA gold medal to go with it.

The Tamaqua junior capped a phenomenal spring by winning the State title in the Class AA javelin Saturday morning at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

Updike had already clinched first place by hitting four of her first five throws in the 150-foot range when she uncorked a personal best 161 feet, two inches as a victory heave on her final attempt.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
bob ford/times news Palmerton’s Danny Buck eyes the bar as he lauches himself skyward in the pole vault. Buck captured a PIAA Class AA gold medal on Friday.

SHIPPENSBURG – Lanny Buck ascended to the top of the medal stand, secure in sharing a special legacy of accomplishment.

The Palmerton senior etched his name into the track and field history book Friday afternoon as the third Blue Bomber to capture a State gold medal in the pole vault.

Buck, the District 11 Class AA champion, cleared 14 feet, six inches on his first attempt to claim Palmerton's first boys State title in 33 years at the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

ORWIGSBURG - Trailing 8-1 when the rain came in the top of the third on Thursday night, the Marian Fillies knew it would be a monumental task to beat No. 1 seed Minersville in a District 11 Class A semifinal when the game resumed on Friday afternoon at Blue Mountain.

The Fillies wound up losing 12-2 in five innings, but managed to threaten in both the third and fourth frames.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lehighton senior Dave Behler watches as the fourth ball is given up to him in the bottom of the eighth inning. Dust is emitted from the mitt of Allentown Central catcher Ryan Smale. The fourth ball came with the bases loaded and let the Indians win, 7-6, sending them to the District XI AAA championship game.

COPLAY Senior Dave Behler became the game hero for Lehighton's baseball team yesterday just by watching the ball pass by.

On a full count with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, Behler proved to have a good eye and took ball four. It allowed the Indians to score an extra inning, 7-6 win over Allentown Central Catholic in a District 11 Class AAA semifinal at Coplay. It also got Behler the game ball.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

SHIPPENSBURG - Despite competing at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships the past two seasons, Vanessa Rimbey had nothing to show for it.

On Friday, the versatile Lehighton senior doubled her pleasure, earning State medals in two events and putting herself in position for a third.

Rimbey began her morning at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium by placing fifth in the Class AA long jump, then completed her performance with a bronze medal in the AA high jump.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

WHITEHALL No. 1 seeded Northwestern and No. 2 seeded Southern Lehigh were scheduled to face off Thursday at Emmaus High School in the consolation game of the District 11 soccer tournament. However, lightning and thunder riddled the skies and the two teams were forced to put their dreams of qualifying for a berth in the PIAA State Tournament on hold for another day.

When the two teams met at Whitehall High School on Friday, the players seemed unphased by the delay, as they battled evenly.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
bob ford/times news Cory Kresge of Lehighton shows his form in the Class AAA long jump. Kresge finished third in the event.

SHIPPENSBURG - Joe Hall walked out of Seth Grove Stadium as a double State medal winner.

The Northwestern senior was seeded within medal range in two events as he entered the PIAA State Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University, and he managed to deliver on that promise.

The University of South Florida recruit placed fourth in the Class AAA javelin and tied for eighth place in the AAA high jump, making his responsible for half of the medals earned by TIMES NEWS area athletes during the boys competition Saturday.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

SHIPPENSBURG – Here are the results of TIMES NEWS Area athletes who are competing in the PIAA State Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium this weekend.

BOYS AA

100 Meters – Zach Lakitsky, Tamaqua, 11.77, 8th in heat, tied for 22nd overall, did not advance to the semifinals.

400 Meters – Kareem Mickens, Jim Thorpe, 51.88, 6th in heat, 20th overall, did not advance to finals.

1,600 Meters – Zach Fleming, Northern Lehigh, 4:24.45. 6th in heat, 12th overall, advanced to finals.