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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Double duty for area athletes

Lehighton’s Collin Haupt and Donovan Buchinsky know their way around the diamond. That was evidenced last season when the duo played key roles in helping the Indians reach the District 11 Class 3A baseball title game as juniors.

This spring, Haupt and Buchinsky are once again leaders for the Tribe’s baseball squad.

And Lehighton’s track and field team.

Haupt and Buchinsky have balanced participating in baseball and track and field, while excelling in both.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

One of the strengths of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms throughout the season was the fact they had two strong goalies, both capable of shutting down opposing offenses.

In the final week of the season, though, Anthony Stolarz went down with a knee injury that requires surgery, and in Game 2 of the Atlantic Division series, Alex Lyon also went down with a knee injury.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Pleasant Valley’s Najia Francis moves to the net to hit a return shot during his District 11 Class 3A singles match against Aneesh Kapoor of Parkland. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

BETHLEHEM — Six Times News area tennis players competed at the District 11 Singles Tournament on Monday at Lehigh University.

The original plan was to play the first and second rounds in both Class 2A and Class 3A on Monday, but Mother Nature had other ideas.

Before the rain came in the afternoon, five of the six local players were able to get their matches finished on the outside playing surfaces of the Ulrich Varsity Tennis Courts.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Palmerton’s Avery Neipert tags a Northern Lehigh runner at second base, while Bomber teammate Sadie Heiney watches. RICH GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Northern Lehigh baseball and softball teams defeated Palmerton on Monday.

BASEBALL

Northern Lehigh-Palmerton

Northern Lehigh topped Palmerton 3-0 in Colonial League play.

Jacob Kistler went 2-for-4 while Anthony Evangelist had one hit and drove in a run for the Bulldogs.

Tekoah Guedes was 2-for-3 with a double for the Blue Bombers.

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Colon, Hess (6) and Kistler; Perschy, Schoenberger (7) and Burnett. W - Colon. L - Perschy.

Pine Grove-Jim Thorpe

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Scores received from Monday's games. Check out Tuesday's Times News for more coverage.

BASEBALL
Northern Lehigh 3, Palmerton 0
Pine Grove 4, Jim Thorpe 2 (8 innings)
Tamaqua 4, Lehighton 2
Williams Valley 12, Marian 2
East Stroudsburg North 7, Pleasant Valley 4
Northwestern 13, Moravian Academy 1

SOFTBALL
Northern Lehigh 3, Palmerton 0
Pine Grove 16, Jim Thorpe 0
Williams Valley 16, Marian 1
Northwestern 22, Moravian Academy 0
Tamaqua 3, Lehighton 2

TRACK
Boys
Pleasant Valley 80, East Stroudsburg South 70
Girls
Pleasant Valley 88.50, East Stroudsburg South 61.50

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Miranda Chinchar of Tamaqua slides into third base ahead of throw to Lehighton’s Heidi Green. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The true identity of a team is revealed when adversity strikes.

On Monday against Lehighton, the Tamaqua softball team overcame missed opportunities and defensive errors to squeak out a 3-2 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory over the Tribe.

The Blue Raiders (13-1, 8-1) didn’t turn in their best defensive effort of the season, committing three errors, but a late-game rally where Tamaqua scored a run in both the sixth and seventh innings helped them to the win.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 25, 1981 — Bill Plasko collects two hits and scores three runs to help Tamaqua earn a 5-2 Schuylkill League victory over Pottsville. Plasko singles and scores in the first inning to give the Blue Raiders a lead, and doubles and scores in the third. Mark Bauzon adds two hits, one a double, and knocks in a pair of runs, while Todd Tracy delivers a two-run double in the fifth frame. Wally O’Donnell tosses a six-hitter to gain the pitching win, and helps his own cause with an RBI single. The winners also receive a double and run scored from Todd Lepage.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base.

Colorful, candid and talented, Earnhardt has been plagued by concussions the last several years and he missed half of last season recovering from the latest head injury. It caused him to delay contract talks on an extension to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet, and the two-time Daytona 500 winner with deep family roots in auto racing appears ready to call it quits.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Panther Valley’s Mason Goida unwinds with a pitch against Lehighton. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS.

Allison Armbruster pitched a perfect game in the Lehighton softball team’s win over Panther Valley on Saturday. The Northern Lehigh, Northwestern and Palmerton softball teams also earned victories over the weekend.

SOFTBALL

Panther Valley-Lehighton

Allison Armbruster hurled a perfect game and Lehighton cruised to a 15-0 non-league win over Panther Valley in four innings.

Monday, April 24, 2017
No. Lehigh’s Dan Belfonti will play soccer at Manor

Northern Lehigh senior Dan Belfonti has committed to Manor College to continue his academic and athletic career.

Belfonti will play soccer at Manor College.

A four-year member of the varsity team, Belfonti scored 33 goals and recorded 12 assists from his midfield/forward position.

Belfonti earned Colonial League all-league honors and was named team MVP as a junior and senior.

In addition to soccer, Belfonti also participated in wrestling, football and track and field for the Bulldogs.