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Spring Sports

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Sam McLaughlin of Northwestern (center) clears the hurdle during a meet at Saucon Valley. The Panthers swept Northwestern, winning the boys meet, 86-64, and taking the girls meet, 95-65. No results from the meet were received by the TIMES NEWS.

Marian picked up a sweep while the Palmerton girls picked up a pair of wins to highlight area track action on Tuesday.

Marian-Schuylkill Haven

The Marian track teams cruised past Schuylkill Haven. The Colts posted a 101-40 victory, while the Fillies recorded a 100-30 win.

Gillian Ferko led Marian with four individual firsts (shot put, discus, long jump, high jump). Alex Hutta added wins in the 100 and 200, while Emma Boyle (400, javelin) and Sam O'Donnell (1600, 3200) also notched individual victories.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Corey Ligenza returns a shot during Tuesday's tennis match against Lehighton. Ligenza won his match to help the Olympians post a win.

Pleasant Valley picked up Mountain Valley Conference wins in baseball and softball, while Tamaqua picked up a big softball win on diamond on Tuesday.


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Pleasant Valley's Russell Baldino pitched a four-inning no-hitter, as the Bears posted a 15-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Pocono Mountain West.

Baldino struck out four, while issuing just one walk.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua shortstop Derek Linkhorst awaits the throw as Jim Thorpe's Christian Gavornick slides safely into second base. Backing up the play is the Blue Raiders' Matt DelBorrello (11)

Heading into Tuesday's Schuylkill League baseball game between Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe, most fans had to figure the perennially tough Blue Raiders would win in a cakewalk.

If Vegas was involved, the odds would be stacked against the host Olympians, who entered with a record of 0-9.

Tamaqua eventually pulled out the win, but it turned out to be a lot closer than most people anticipated.

The Raiders held off a late Jim Thorpe rally to post a 9-8 victory.

One person who never expected anything less than a tough battle from Olympians was Tamaqua coach Jeff Reading.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Jake Kern jumps high for a late throw as Lehighton's Alex Storm pulls in safely. The Indians wound up beating the Bulldogs 14-4 in the non-league contest.

At a different time and under different circumstances, it could have been the ultimate "statement" game.

The non-league meeting between Northern Lehigh and Lehighton on Monday featured a pair of teams that had just one loss each and had combined to win 13 of their 15 games.

But thanks in large part to spring weather that has at times both frosted and flooded fields, the matchup between the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference powers was used more to answer questions than make statements.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Northwestern had already played a full game Monday before Catasauqua showed up to take on the Tigers in the second half of Monday's double header.

After dispatching of Saucon Valley early in the day, Northwestern kept its momentum going early in the second game. The Tigers scored four runs in the first inning against Catty en route to a 5-3 win.

"I give them credit," said Catty head coach Steve Bradley. "They played a game before ours and they still came out and hustled and made all the plays. They were into the game in all seven innings. We were flat."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's Nicole Metzger slides back in to first as Catasauqua's Amanda Strohl misses the throw.

Tamaqua played a home-and-home twinbill in baseball and softball with North Schuylkill on Monday and came away with a split.

In other action, Marian and Weatherly scored Schuylkill League baseball wins, while Northwestern picked up a Colonial League victory.

In tennis, Lehighton picked up a non-league win over Tamaqua.


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The Raiders and Spartans each won on their own field.

Tamaqua rode the strong pitching of Michael Streisel as he struckout eight, walked two and scattered four hits in a 3-1 win.

Friday, April 22, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Casey Rinfret (4) takes a shot on goal as Lehighton midfielder Kacy Beck moves in from behind. Rinfret scored two goals as the

Palmerton's girls soccer team got a little gut check on Thursday afternoon when Lehighton visited PHS Stadium for a non-league contest.

The Lady Bombers not only overcame a late first half goal by the Indians to tie it, but managed to score the final three goals of the game to come from behind for a 4-2 victory on a brisk, windy day.

With both teams trying to battle the wind through the opening half, Casey Rinfret finally pushed one past Lehighton goalie Kayla Troutman with 5:19 left in the half to give the Bombers a 1-0 lead.

Friday, April 22, 2011
Tamaqua's shortstop Derek Linkhorst, left, and second baseman Ian Nichols watch as Pottsville's Nick Schlitzer steals second base during Thursday's game. Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS

Marian picked up softball and baseball wins in scholastic sports action on Thursday.



Kristian Zanis went the distance for Pottsville, striking out nine and walking one in a 4-0 shutout of Tamaqua.

The Tide'sNick Schlitzer was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Tamaqua's two hits came from Mike Streisel and Brandon Hosler. Both had singles.

The Raiders drop to 4-4.

Pottsville 010 010 2 - 4 6 0

Tamaqua 000 000 0 - 0 2 3

Zanis and Heffner; Reinhardt and Roberts. W - Zanis. L - Reinhardt.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
bob ford/times news Casey Rinfret has been busy splitting her time between the Palmerton track and soccer teams this spring.

The opportunity was there for Casey Rinfret.

With one last chance to play sports for Palmerton High School, Rinfret decided to sign up for two sports rather than just one.

"I like playing soccer and I definitely love running track," Rinfret said. "So, my mom was like, 'It's your last year at Palmerton. You're not going to be able to play with these girls again. It would be a good idea to go and play the game with them again.'

"I decided that was definitely a good idea and I'm really glad that I came out for both sports this season."

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Lehighton's Brook Lucykanish (17) rounds second base on her way to a two-run homer against Panther Valley. Looking on is Panther second baseman Cassie Schmidt

Over the last few days, Lehighton softball coach Todd Weaver had been stressing the important of patience to his hitters.

Wednesday afternoon the Lady Indians' patience paid off in the form of a victory.

Lehighton hosted Panther Valley in a non-league match-up and went on to win in three innings, 15-0. The Indians heeded the words of their coach and worked out 11 walks on the day. When they did decide to swing, they delivered with powerful hits to drive in runs.