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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
steve shinko/special to the times news Jim Thorpe's Samantha Herlan clears the final hurdle on her way to victory in the girls' 100 meter hurdle race against Tamaqua.

Allison Updike is raising the bar quite high for herself.

In just her third competition of the season, the Tamaqua junior established a new school, stadium and all-time TIMES NEWS area record in the javelin.

Updike uncorked a heave of 147 feet Monday afternoon and also won the shot put as the Lady Raiders knocked off visiting Jim Thorpe 90-59 in the Schuylkill League Division I opener for both squads on sunny Stadium Hill.

On the boys side, the Olympians gained a split with an 88-61 victory.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Travis Raseley slides in to second base as Es South's Matt Walters covers.

The Pleasant Valley baseball team didn't muster many hits Monday afternoon.

Fortunately for the Bears, they were given a lot of free passes.

Although Pleasant Valley had just four hits in six innings, three East Stroudsburg South pitchers combined to walk ten batters and hit two others in the same stretch. Six of those runners would eventually come around to score as the Bears topped the Cavaliers, 8-4 in Mountain Valley Conference play.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
bob ford/times news Alura Bellis of Pleasant Valley slides safely across the plate.

A pair of Marian pitchers combined to no-hit Lourdes in scholastic baseball action on Monday.

Other baseball highlights included extra inning victories by both Lehighton and Northern Lehigh.

BASEBALL

Stroudsburg-Lehighton

Derrick Heffelfinger singled up the middle to score Tyler Harris with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Lehighton edged Stroudsburg, 9-8, in a Mountain Valley Conference game.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Marian swept Mahanoy Area in scholastic track action on Monday.

TRACK

Marian-Mahanoy Area

Marian swept Mahanoy Area in a Schuylkill League meet.

Robert Kelly finished first in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump to lead the Colts to a 98-45 victory.

Phillip Marzen (1600, 3200) and Paul Martin (200, long jump) also had multiple firsts for Marian.

In the girls meet, the Fillies posted a 91-55 victory. Gillian Ferko (discus, triple jump) and Corrine Markiewicz (1600, high jump) both had a pair of first to lead Marian.

BOYS

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Pleasant Valley baseball team didn't muster many hits Monday afternoon.

Fortunately for the Bears, they were given a lot of free passes.

Although Pleasant Valley had just four hits in six innings, three East Stroudsburg South pitchers combined to walk ten batters and hit two others in the same stretch. Six of those runners would eventually come around to score as the Bears topped the Cavaliers, 8-4 in Mountain Valley Conference play.

Monday, April 12, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Zac Knox slides in to second base safely as Andrew Rivera of Northwestern Lehigh waits for the throw with teammate Sean Nagle backing up.

Northwestern, Lehighton and Pleasant Valley all picked up baseball and softball wins over the weekend.

BASEBALL

Northwestern Lehigh-Jim Thorpe

Northwestern held off a late Jim Thorpe rally to secure a 4-3 non-league victory.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers' Nate Kester threw out Zach Knox, who doubled and then tried to score on a Pat Janecki fielder's choice, spoiling Jim Thorpe's chances.

Kester paced the Tigers (3-2) with a triple and two RBIs, while Sean Nagle and Colton Breininger both chipped in with doubles.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Third Annual Hunter Meckes Memorial Soccer Tournament will be held April 18 at the Lehighton Area High School soccer fields. The event starts at 9 a.m. U-9 to U-18 teams will be playing. D.J. Larry will be spinning tunes and there will be a basket raffle and bake sale by Jim Thorpe cheerleaders. Refreshments will be available.

The event will fund scholarships in the name of Hunter Meckes, which will be presented to seniors in Lehighton and Jim Thorpe schools at end of school year award assemblies.

Monday, April 12, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh shortstop Kristi Seiler puts the tag on Jim Thorpe's Amber Fiducia. Fiducia was throw out trying to steal second base.

Lauren Haberern couldn't have asked for a better result in her first-ever varsity pitching start.

The Northern Lehigh sophomore turned in an impressive performance by tossing a four-inning no-hitter.

She also received plenty of offensive support in 22-0 non-league victory over Jim Thorpe.

"I couldn't have done it without all of the bat support and all my fielders behind me," Haberern said. "They really helped me through this game.

Saturday, April 10, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian shortstop Abbie Burkhardt doesn't get the ball in time to tag Sarag Walasavage of Minersville at second base.

A cold, steady breeze wasn't the only thing blowing around Marian's softball field Friday afternoon.

Minersville's Laykin Hughes was creating some turbulence of her own.

Hughes took the mound for the Lady Miners and fanned 11 Marian batters en route to leading her team to a 12-0 victory. While one run would have been enough to get the win, Minersville pushed seven runs across the plate in the sixth inning to enact the ten-run rule.

Saturday, April 10, 2010
bob ford/times news Northwestern's Tim Schaeffer dives back into first base as Palmerton's Jesse Reis applies the tag.

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

BASEBALL

N'western-Palmerton

Adam Wehr had three hits and scored two runs to help Northwestern outscore Palmerton, 15-10, in a Colonial League contest.

The Tigers (2-3; 1-2) trailed 6-5 after two innings but used a five-run third frame to go ahead for good. Sean Nagle finished with two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs while teammate Colton Breininger had a pair of hits and scored three times.