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Thursday, May 13, 2010
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern's Haley Kubat (right) beats Katie Burns of Saucon Valley to the ball.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP Scoring chances were hard to come for both teams. The one that made the most of theirs turned out to be the winner.

After 51 minutes of scoreless soccer, Northwestern capitalized on two second-half chances to beat Saucon Valley 2-0 in Wednesday's Colonial League semifinal girls soccer game at Salisbury High School. The Tigers (13-3 overall, 11-2 Colonial League) advance to Friday's final where they will face No. 4 seed Bangor, which knocked off undefeated Southern Lehigh in Wednesday's second semifinal.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Weatherly was the only area school that was able to play its baseball and softball games on Wednesday.

The Wreckers were blanked by Williams Valley in both sports.

The softball team lost 17-0. No other information on that game was received by the TIMES NEWS.

BASEBALL

Williams Vy-Weatherly

Williams Valley jumped out early and never looked back to cruise to a 15-0 Schuylkill League victory over Weatherly.

The Vikings' Tyler Yanoscak and Jordan Collins combined to pitch a no-hitter.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Kayla Dorney (right) and Angela Munoz of Pocono Mountain East battle for control of the ball.

The Pleasant Valley girls' soccer team completed their first task for the week.

Now, the Lady Bears can turn their focus to their second and final step.

Pleasant Valley won the rubber match with Pocono Mountain East Tuesday night, as the Bears defeated the Cardinals 2-0 in the Mountain Valley Conference semi-finals. The Bears scored twice in the first half, including one with 11 seconds left, and will now play for their sixth conference title in seven years.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Bob Ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Oliver Schulz prepares to return the ball at the net during Tuesday's match with Saucon Valley. Schulz teamed with Josh Mohn at the No. 1 doubles position.

It wasn't a surprise that the Saucon Valley-Jim Thorpe tennis match went down to the wire.

What was a surprise – a very pleasant one for the Panthers – was how well their No. 1 doubles team delivered in the clutch.

Saucon Valley's Luis Devia and Gavin Coyne pulled out a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Jim Thorpe's Oliver Schulz and Josh Mohn to give their team a 3-2 win in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class AA Team Tournament.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
steve shinko/special to the times news Palmerton's Sarah Andrews (left) tries to maintain control of the ball as Lehighton's Katrina Reppert closes in to defend.

Palmerton gained a win over Lehighton in soccer action Tuesday.

In other scholastic action, Weatherly lost its baseball game to Nativity.

BASEBALL

Nativity-Weatherly

Nativity got off to a fast start by scoring ten runs over the first three innings, en route to a 12-1 Schuylkill League Division 2 victory over Weatherly.

The loss drops the Wreckers to 0-17 (0-14) on the season.

Alex Mansell paced Nativity with two hits and three RBI, including a two-run homer in the third inning. Nick Malloy also tacked on two doubles and four RBI in the win.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Bob ford/times news Lehighton's Matt Schaeffer makes the relay throw to first base after getting the force out of Pleasant Valley's Jake Chamberlain.

On paper, the Mountain Valley Conference baseball match-up between Pleasant Valley and Lehighton had playoff implications all over it.

Pleasant Valley entered yesterday's regular season game against the Tribe with an overall record of 14-3 and 8-1 in the MVC and was sitting atop the District 11 Class AAAA rankings.

Lehighton, on the other hand, had a 14-4 overall record, an 8-2 league record and was first in the District 11 Class AAA rankings.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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 Cody Matlock, Pleasant Valley 51.2 4/20

800 M Zach Fleming, Northern Lehigh 2:06.7 4/20

1,600 M Zach Fleming, Northern Lehigh 4:35.9 4/8

3,200 M Zach Fleming, Northern Lehigh 10:10.9 4/22

110 HH Jalen Blot, Pleasant Valley 15.2

300 IH Tim East, Northwestern 39.5 5/4

4x100 Jim Thorpe 43.7 5/7

4x400 Jim Thorpe 3:30.0 4/30

4x800 Jim Thorpe 8:39.0 5/7

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Bob Ford/times news Lehighton's Sarah Snyder slides safely back to first base before Megan Hardy (left) of Pleasant Valley can apply the tag.

Northern Lehigh scored a run in the 10th inning to defeat Catasauqua and clinch the Colonial League North Division championship.

In other action Monday, Northwestern and Tamaqua earned baseball wins while Pleasant Valley's softball team posted a victory.

BASEBALL

No. Lehigh-Catasauqua

Northern Lehigh clinched the Colonial League North Division title with a 3-2 extra-inning win over Catty.

Jake Kern delivered with the game-winning RBI-single in the top of the tenth. He finished the day 2-for-4 and also earned the save.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
nancy Scholz/times news Jim Thorpe's Sam Lux tosses the ball in the air as he prepares to serve against Notre Dame.

ALLENTOWN - Zach Ligenza played in the No. 2 singles slot for the Jim Thorpe boys' tennis team this season.

During the last five days, however, Ligenza was on some unfamiliar ground as he was playing in the District 11 Class AA Doubles Tournament.

It was an adjustment Ligenza and his partner Sam Lux, the Olympians' No. 1 singles player, handled well together. So well in fact that the Jim Thorpe seniors walked away with the bronze medal after knocking off Notre Dame of Green Pond's Matt Crouse and Mike Antonis, 6-3, 6-4 in Monday's consolation match.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Tamaqua rallied to edge Jim Thorpe in softball on Saturday. In other action, Pleasant Valley picked up baseball and softball victories.

BASEBALL

Liberty-Pleasant Vy.

Pleasant Valley took advantage of Liberty's wildness on the mound and posted an 8-3 non-league victory.

The Bears, who only collected six hits, received 14 walks and was hit by two pitches in the win.