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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

HEGINS - After losing twice to Schuylkill League Division II foe Tri-Valley this season, Marian relished the chance to redeem itself in Tuesday's District 11 Class A quarterfinal rematch.

The fifth seeded Colts took advantage of their chance at redemption, pushing across five runs over the final two innings to upend the Bulldogs 8-5.

Marian, now 15-6, advances to Thursday's semifinals, where it will face top-seeded Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg (15-3) at Northampton in a 4:30 p.m. start.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pat Kregeloh had to think for a moment when asked when he became a home run hitter.

Whitehall got a chance to see what Pleasant Valley head coach Karl Rentzheimer has labeled "U.S.S. Kregeloh" when the senior standout hit a line drive home run off of a school bus in left centerfield to ignite a four-run inning giving the Bears a 4-0 win over Whitehall in the District 11 quarterfinal round matchup at Brodheadsville.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
mike feifel/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Sara Jones tries to settle the ball during Tuesday's game against Allentown Central Catholic.

EMMAUS – The speed and physical play proved to be too much as Allentown Central Catholic scored two-second half goals in a come from behind, 3-2, win over Northwestern in the semifinal round of the District 11 Class AA soccer playoffs.

The Lady Tigers are not eliminated as they have a chance to claim third-place and a spot in the state tournament Thursday when they face second-seeded Southern Lehigh, a 2-1 overtime loser to Saucon Valley.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley goalie Jackie Guiliano leaps high to punch a Parkland shot ball off the crossbar. The Trojans' Emily Schneider (12) moves in for a rebound.

WHITEHALL – Eighteen seconds.

That's how long it took for Parkland's lead to grow from tenuous to enormous.

Mathematically, Morgan O'Brien's lighting quick strike to open the second half only doubled the Trojans' 1-0 halftime lead. But in reality, the goal increased Parkland's chances exponentially.

With the Trojans dominating possession and play from the opening whistle, Pleasant Valley never had a chance to recover from O'Brien's deflating goal.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – All season long, the Panther Valley baseball team has been plagued by streakiness and inconsistency.

Last night, it caught up to them, as the Panthers suffered a 12-10 season-ending loss to second-seeded Schuylkill Haven in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class AA Tournament.

The win marked the third time this season that the Hurricanes (17-4) have defeated the Panthers (11-10).

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton shortstop Kyle Hunter steps on second base and prepares to throw to first to complete a double play in Tuesday's District 11 playoff game against Pottsville. Indian second baseman Matt Schaeffer (4) is also part of the action.

For most coaches, it's a bad thing when the other team scores first.

But with Lehighton's Brian Polaha, trailing early is actually a blessing in disguise.

In Tuesday's District 11 Class AAA quarterfinal contest, visiting Pottsville made the mistake of scoring two first-inning runs against the Indians.

Faced with that deficit, Lehighton's offense responded by plating five runs in the bottom of the first and eventually cruised to a 12-2 five-inning victory.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian's Kayla Knight delivers a pitch toward the plate Tuesday against Pius X.

It's not always spectacularity that makes the difference in a sporting contest. Sometimes just good, solid playing is all that's needed.

The Marian Fillies showed consistency in fielding and produced just enough offense yesterday afternoon to defeat Pius X of Roseto, 3-0, in District XI softball playoff game in Hometown.

Two things did stand out, though, for the local squad: The two Kaylas as in Kayla Merchlinsky and Kayla Knight.

Both had hits two of their three times at bat. In addition, Knight was the winning pitcher, giving up just three hits and stirking out five.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Ty Cunningham puts the tag on a Central Catholic runner during Tuesday's district playoff game.

LIMEPORT - Teams that hit like Northwestern can get away with sloppy defense in the regular season.

But in the playoffs, miscues against good teams are much harder to overcome.

Three Tiger errors and a solid pitching performance by Allentown Central Catholic's David Rosenberger resulted in a 9-1 Vikings win in the first round of the District 11 Class AAA baseball playoffs Tuesday at Limeport Stadium.

"We are our own worst enemies," said Northwestern head coach Len Smith. "We do not make routine plays at times and it comes back to haunt us. That was what happened."

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Adam Wehr was not sure about giving the high school part of the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby a shot.

After some thought, the Northwestern senior made the decision to participate in the event this past Sunday at Coca Cola Park after the IronPigs played. The other 20 participants wished he would have stayed home as Wehr blasted his way to the next round of the competition by posting the highest total of the day with 20 points.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

TIMES NEWS Area Track and Field Bests

(through May 24)

BOYS

EVENT NAME AND SCHOOL PERFORMANCE DATE

100 M Trevor German, Northwestern 10.8 4/15

200 M Tim East, Northwestern 22.5 5/4

400 M Kareem Mickens, Jim Thorpe 50.9* 5/20

800 M Zach Fleming, Northern Lehigh 2:01.52* 5/20

1,600 M Zach Fleming, Northern Lehigh 4:32.99* 5/19

3,200 M Zach Fleming, Northern Lehigh 9:45.63* 5/19

110 HH Jalen Blot, Pleasant Valley 15.2

300 IH Tim East, Northwestern 38.67* 5/19

4x100 Jim Thorpe 43.7 5/7