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Spring Sports

Friday, April 2, 2010

It only took the Palmerton softball team two days to surpass last year's win total.

A year ago, the Blue Bombers managed to win just one of their 20 regular-season games.

This year, the Bombers (2-1 overall) have already won back-to-back games.

After beating Catasauqua on Wednesday, Palmerton came from behind to beat Lehighton, 10-4 in non-conference game Thursday afternoon.

The Blue Bombers broke open a 3-3 game with a six-run seventh inning.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Lehighton and Northern Lehigh both posted shutout wins in baseball action Thursday.

The Indians blanked neighboring rival Palmerton, while the Bulldogs used a trio of pitchers to record a five-inning perfect game against Wilson.

In other action, Northwestern earned a softball win against Tamaqua.

BASEBALL

Palmerton-Lehighton

Lehighton blanked visting Palmerton for a 7-0 non-conference victory.

Dave Behler paced the Indians with a single, double, three runs scored and a RBI.

Friday, April 2, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Payton Bachman slides into third base ahead of the throw to Mike Streisel of Tamaqua. The Tigers rallied for a 25-15 victory in Thursday's game.

When a nearly baseball marathon between Northwestern and Tamaqua ended Thursday afternoon, the 40 runs and 36 hits combined on the scoreboard at Northwestern's field wasn't an April Fool's Day joke.

Instead, it was indicative of how both teams will likely excel with their hitting and work to improve their pitching this season.

In a contest marred by 10-run turnarounds by both teams, Northwestern outslugged Tamaqua, 25-15. Both teams evened their records at 1-1.

Thursday, April 1, 2010
steve shinko/special to the times news Palmerton's Sierra Miller applies the tag as Catasauqua's Paige Kogelman gets picked-off at first base to end the game Wednesday afternoon in Palmerton.

Pleasant Valley posted victories in baseball, soccer and tennis to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports card.

BASEBALL

Northampton-Pleasant Vy.

Pat Kregeloh had a big day at the plate to lead Pleasant Valley to an 11-3 non-league win over visiting Northampton.

Kregeloh went 4-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers.

The Bears, who collected 11 hits, also received two from Derek Walling. Alex Jimenez chipped in with a pair of RBIs while Jake Chamberlain and Travis Raseley each scored two runs.

Thursday, April 1, 2010
JT sweeps Marian Olympians' Reis, Susko set records

The Jim Thorpe track team didn't wait long to start setting records.

In their first league meet of the season, senior Hilary Reis and sophomore Kayla Susko each set new school records in the Olympians' afternoon match-up with Marian. Together the two led the girls' team to a 96-44 victory over the Fillies.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Palmerton rolled to a sweep of Catasauqua and Salisbury in track and field action Wednesday.

In other action, Lehighton dropped both decisions to Pocono Mountain East.

TRACK & FIELD

Lehighton-PM East

Pocono Mountain East swept visiting Lehighton in a Mountain Valley Conference track and field meet.

Alex Price and Chad Gleason each won two events to help the Cardinal boys gain an 80-70 victory.

In the girls meet, PM East used a 60-27 advantage in the track events to gain an 81-69 win.

Thursday, April 1, 2010
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Derek Heffelfinger tags out Jim Thorpe's Pat Janecki at second base.

Close games are often won by the team that does the best job of capitalizing on its opportunities.

After five innings of play on Wednesday, Jim Thorpe had the upper hand against Lehighton.

But thanks to a big sixth inning, it was the Indians who had the last laugh in a 3-2 non-league victory.

"We had a runner on third with nobody out. We had a runner on second with nobody out. We didn't score in either of those innings," Lehighton coach Brian Polaha said. "But, we did what we needed to do in the sixth innings. That was the bottom line.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pleasant Valley opened up league play with a girls soccer win on Monday.

GIRLS SOCCER

Pleasant Vy.-ES North

Pleasant Valley used two second-half goals to pull away from East Stroudsburg North for a 3-0 Mountain Valley Conference win.

Dianna Connor gave the Bears a 1-0 lead with a first-half goal. PV (2-0) then used second-half tallies from Maggie Patterson and Kayla Dorney to clinch the victory.

Kaiti Forte, Kira Sever and Kristin Hart all had assists for the Bears.

PV had an 18-6 advantage in shots with Bear keeper Jackie Guiliano making five saves.

Monday, March 29, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Derek Linkhorst juggles the ball as Lehighton's Tyler Hill steals second base during Saturday's game at Tamaqua. The Raiders' Adam Smarr (12) backs up the play.

Tamaqua graduated a good portion of its line-up from last year's 18-5 Schuylkill League championship team.

The Blue Raiders still know how to win games, however.

Good pitching, smart baserunning and a timely RBI single by Mike Toth lifted the Raiders to a 3-2 non-league victory over visiting Lehighton Saturday afternoon in the season opener for both squads.

Monday, March 29, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua catcher Emily Zancofsky waits for the ball as Southern Lehigh's Cory Ozanne slides home safely during Saturday's softball game at Tamaqua.

Panther Valley picked up a baseball win, while Jim Thorpe notched a victory in girls softball over the weekend as the scholastic spring sports schedule got into full swing.

BASEBALL

Mahanoy Area

-Panther Valley

Panther Valley scored runs early and picked up a 10-0 win in five innings.

Jeff Corby led the Panther attack, finishing three-for-three with a run and two RBIs. Ryan Porambo had a two-run double in the third, while Brandon Gurka added a two-run single in the same inning.

Gregory Pecha picked up the mound win striking out five.