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Spring Sports

Monday, May 10, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Zach Ligenza returns the ball during the District 11 Class AA Doubles Tournament on Saturday.

Saturday turned out a little gloomy for Sam Lux and Zach Ligenza at the District 11 Class AA Doubles Tournament at the West End Racquet and Fitness Club in Allentown.

After winning a pair of matches on Friday and then surviving a marathon quarterfinal round match against Blue Mountain to start the day on Saturday, Lux and Ligenza were finally eliminated by Moravian Academy's Logan Bernard and Jack Dealtrey in the semifinals.

Saturday, May 8, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Zach Ligenza returns a serve as his Jim Thorpe teammate looks on. The duo defeated Becahi to advance to today's quarterfinal round.

SOUTH WHITEHALL - Sam Lux and Zach Ligenza don't play a lot of doubles tennis.

But it didn't show Friday in the first round of the District 11 Class AA doubles tournament at West End Racquestball Club.

The Jim Thorpe seniors disposed of both their opponents in two sets and are headed to today's quarterfinal round.

Friday, May 7, 2010
bob ford/times news Alura Bellis of Pleasant Valley slides safely into third base as Brittany Allivato of Pocono Mountain West awaits the throw.

No-hitters highlighted softball action involving area teams on Thursday.

Pleasant Valley's Hayli Marini tossed one in the Bears' mercy-rule victory over Pocono Mountain West while both Jim Thorpe and Panther Valley were on the wrong end of no-hitters in games against Pine Grove and Pottsville respectively.


Pine Grove-Jim Thorpe

The Olympians picked up their first Schuylkill League win of the year with a 5-2 victory over the Cardinals.

Friday, May 7, 2010
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Jake Chamberlain connects for a single against Pocono Mountain West.

Chris D'Arcy wasn't going to let Wednesday's loss to Stroudsburg ruin the rest of his senior year.

With three key Mountain Valley Conference games Lehighton, Pocono Mountain East and Stroudsburg still left, the Bears' senior catcher knew it was time to move on.

Less than 24 hours later, Pleasant Valley's first Mountain Valley Conference loss of the season was forgotten.

The Bears (13-3 overall; 8-1 MVC) did that by rolling to a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over Pocono Mountain West on Thursday.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Northern Lehigh's Julie Wagaman was on the entire game. The rest of her teammates took a little bit of time to warm up.

The senior pitcher threw a one-hit shutout and the Bulldogs' bats came alive after a slow start in a 7-0 win over rival Northwestern on Thursday afternoon.

Wagaman struck out seven and allowed only a Jackie Wear first-inning single in Northern Lehigh's fourth straight league victory.

Thursday, May 6, 2010
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Sam Zlock slides safely into third base as Tamaqua's Brianna Boyle awaits the throw.

Over the course of the season, Tamaqua has been searching for some consistency with its bats.

On the other hand, Panther Valley has been trying to overcome problems in the field..

Wednesday afternoon, the Blue Raiders were finally able to string together some key hits together and walked off with a 11-7 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Thursday, May 6, 2010
steve shinko/special to the times news Tamaqua Allison Updike follows through after releasing the shot put. Updike won the event with a toss of 33-9 in the Schuylkill League championship meet against Marian.

POTTSVILLE - After a year's absence, the Tamaqua girls track and field dynasty is back.

It might be around for awhile, too, given the number of underclassmen scoring points in the Lady Raiders' 115-34 triumph over Marian in the Schuylkill League dual meet championship Wednesday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

A year ago, Tamaqua was an uncharacteristic 2-3 with an inexperienced squad that also had some key injuries.

To get to the title meet, the Raiders had to develop in a hurry to survive a tough and deep Division I.

Thursday, May 6, 2010
steve shinko/special to the times news Marian's Jamie Ramer finishes the last leg of the 1600 meter relay for a first place finish during the Schuylkill League team championships at Pottsville.

POTTSVILLE - There is no doubt the numbers were stacked in Blue Mountain's favor at the Schuylkill League track and field dual meet championship.

The Division I champion Eagles showcased their superior depth at every turn, and Division II titlist Marian could not match it.

Blue Mountain captured 16 of 18 events to repeat as Schuylkill overall champion, cruising to a 122-28 victory Wednesday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The rematch of last year's title tilt was once again lopsided, as four Eagles were multiple individual event winners.

Thursday, May 6, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Amber Fiducia (3) tags out Pottsville's Steph Sweat at second base.

Northern Lehigh, Marian and Northwestern all picked up baseball and softball victories on Wednesday.


Tamaqua-Panther Vy.

Panther Valley won its fifth straight game and in the process clinched a District playoff with a 7-4 Schuylkill League victory over Tamaqua (4-11).

The win improves the Panthers to 10-5 on the season.

Jeff Corby had three hits for Panther Valley, while Kyle McAvoy tacked on a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

Tamaqua received a solo home run from Mike Toth and Matt Delborrello chipped in with two hits in the loss.

Thursday, May 6, 2010
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley pitcher Russell Baldino and catcher Joe Wiesmatch talk on the mound during a recent baseball game. The Bears' baseball, softball and soccer teams are all enjoying outstanding success this spring.

The spring sports season is going very well for Pleasant Valley and three of its athletic programs.

Pleasant Valley currently boasts one of the Mountain Valley Conference's best teams in baseball, softball and girls' soccer. All three teams have at least 11 wins and have already qualified for the District 11 playoffs. Furthermore, all three teams have a shot at securing the No. 1 overall seed in both the MVC and district playoffs.