Sunday, May 29, 2016

Local Sports

Friday, May 27, 2016
Seventh-inning run sinks N’western

ORWIGSBURG — Northwestern used a strong pitching performance from Lydia Danner, and some key defensive plays, to give defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic all it could handle.

The Tigers and Golden Hawks battled through six scoreless innings in the Thursday’s District 11 AAA semifinals at Parkland High School.

Ironically, one defensive miscue led to the Tigers downfall as the Bethlehem Catholic scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 1-0 victory.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Palmerton catcher Alyssa Acker (left) and Tamaqua base runner Cailyn Joseph collide at the plate. Acker held on to the ball to record the game’s final out. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Palmerton’s Alyssa Acker had three big hits in Thursday’s district playoff win.

Two of them she delivered. The final one, she received.

Acker, the Blue Bombers’ catcher, hit a pair of solo homers in the 6-4 Class AA quarterfinal game against Tamaqua.

But with the game on the line in the bottom of the seventh inning, the biggest hit by Acker was the one she took at home plate.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Northern Lehigh centerfielder Taylor Herman prepares to throw the ball back to the infield after making a catch. LINDA ROTHROCK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One pitch is all that separated Northern Lehigh and Catasauqua in the District 11 Class AA softball quarterfinals on Thursday.

The score was even at one apiece with a full count and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Then, Catty’s Shannon Gallagher took ball three on Katie Hoffman’s prior 2-2 pitch. Hoffman’s pitch was almost too close to take, as it was around the black of the plate and could have gone either way. The Catty fans let out a simultaneous sigh of relief, as the Northern Lehigh section moaned in disbelief.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Pleasant Valley’s Mary Cerbone (seated, middle) will continue her swimming career at the West Point Military Academy. With Cerbone at the Bears’ press conference were her parents John and Huayang (seated); brother William (standing, left); coach BJ Conklyn (standing, middle); and head coach Mike Wolbert (standing, right) from the Pocono YMCA. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Mary Cerbone and Kelsey Eastman never had the opportunity to represent Pleasant Valley High School as swimmers.

But the lack of a pool or a swim team at their high school didn’t stop the pair from excelling at the sport they love.

Cerbone and Eastman took their talents to the Pocono YMCA in Stroudsburg where they competed against some of the best swimmers in the region.

It paid off.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Palmerton’s Brinn Doherty soars through the air during one of her jumps at the District 11 meet last week. Doherty returns to the state meet this weekend after missing them a year ago due to an injury. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Palmerton’s Brinn Doherty seemed primed for a breakout season.

Coming off a sophomore campaign that ended with her second consecutive trip to the PIAA Track and Field Championships in the Class AA long jump, Doherty appeared set to take another step forward as a junior.

But Doherty never got the chance to hit her stride.

Working her way back from a hamstring injury suffered on the second day of practice, Doherty’s season came to an abrupt end on April 16.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Panther Valley’s Darren Goida delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s District 11 Class AA playoff game against Schuylkill Haven. The Panthers dropped a 7-2 decision and ended their season with an 11-10 record. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – The dream season for the Panther Valley baseball team couldn’t sustain itself for much longer.

Panther fans had a lot to cheer about most of the season and Wednesday afternoon things were still flickering entering the first round of the District 11 Class AA tournament against Schuylkill Haven.

When the Panthers (11-10) last met the Hurricanes (18-4), the upstart Carbon County team beat the Hurricanes on their home field.

When the Panthers raced off with an early two-run lead Wednesday, it looked like they were poised for another upset.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lehighton and Palmerton pulled big upsets to highlight Tuesday’s District 11 playoff action.

In Class AAA baseball, No. 8 seed Lehighton stunned No. 1 seed Northwestern, 8-3, and No. 7 seed Palmerton edged No. 2 seed Allentown Central Catholic, 1-0.

In another AAA baseball game, No. 3 seed Tamaqua outlasted No. 6 Pottsville, 8-6.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jacen Nalesnik enjoyed an outstanding junior season on the Lehigh University baseball team, and was recently named to the Patriot League’s second team all-star squad.

Nalesnik, a Lehighton graduate, led his team in three offensive categories and tied for first in another.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24, 1971 - Glenn Behr collects two hits and knocks in a pair of runs to lead Tamaqua to a 17-0 rout of Jim Thorpe. Gene Boyle contributes two hits and scores two runs, while Mike Heller allows just one hit and no runs in gaining the pitching win. The Blue Raiders, coached by Durbin Wagner, receive a hit and two runs scored from Tom Yelito, Bill Milot, and Bob Davidson. Dave Yelito contributes with two runs scored for Tamaqua, who scores in every inning.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Physical exams for fall sports for Lehighton High School and Middle School students will be held in the field house at the new athletic complex on Wednesday, June 8,. Students are asked to report at their scheduled time and wear shorts and a t-shirt.