Saturday, May 30, 2015

Local Sports

Monday, May 4, 2015
mike feifel/times news Sophia Everett of Lehighton rounds third base and heads home for a fourth inning run against Northwestern.

When Northwetsern's offense gets rolling, it can be relentless.

Every time Lehighton moved ahead during Saturday's nonleague softball game in New Tripoli, the Tigers had an answer.

The loudest and most emphatic of those answers came in the fourth inning, when Kaitlyn Bowers smashed a three-run double to left field that gave her team the lead for good. The Tigers added to the lead in the fifth inning before coming away with a 13-7 win that clinches a District 11 Class AAA playoff berth.

Monday, May 4, 2015
mike feifel/times news Northwestern's Tyler Schreiner steals second base as Lehighton's Frank Bokan covers.

Palmerton came up with a pair of big baseball wins over the weekend to keep its district playoff hopes alive.



Northwestern pulled out a non-league win over Lehighton in the latest of stages of their contest, scoring a last-inning run for a 2-1 victory.

Brady Mengel smacked a double for the Tigers in the winning effort.

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Northwestern 000 100 1 - 2 5 0

Scherer and Wagner; Eden and Wilk. W - Eden, L - Scherer.

Palmerton-Jim Thorpe

Saturday, May 2, 2015
mike feifel/times news Brett Hardy of Pleasant Valley steals second base as the Stroudsburg infielder stretches to get a high throw.

Phil Stokes loves baseball. And why shouldn't he? His Stroudsburg team entered play on Friday with a 16-1 record and a District 11 Class AAAA playoff berth in hand.

But with his squad scheduled to play seven games this week, it would have been understandable if the Mounties had a letdown somewhere along the way.

And yesterday's Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game against Pleasant Valley looked like just the right time for that to happen, with the Bears fighting for a spot in the postseason and Stroudsburg playing its fourth consecutive game on the road.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

May 2, 1986 Pleasant Valley belts four home runs, two of them by Pete Prior, to cruise past Lehighton in a Centennial League contest. Prior hits a two-run blast in the second inning and adds a solo shot in the sixth. Brandon Gill helps the Bears grab an early advantage with a three-run homer in the first inning while Mike Meitzler's grand slam in the sixth puts the finishing touches on the 18-0 victory. Jim Frable benefits from the run support, earning the pitching win. Frable allows just four hits in six shutout innings.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

I wanted to tell the principal he was full of it.

In January of 1984, I was hired as the second-semester substitute for the English chairperson at Oley Valley High School who needed a medical sabbatical. Since a chairperson often determines which teacher teaches which course, the schedule I inherited hers was filled with the best ones, upper level courses filled with college-bound kids.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Good day for Marian, Tamaqua, NW

Marian, Tamaqua and Northwestern all posted wins in both baseball and softball Friday.



Harold Moll and Russell Blaker combined on a five-hitter to lead Tamaqua to a 2-1 non-league victory over Kutztown.

Moll tossed five shutout innings and struck out six while Blaker earned the save by striking out three over the final two innings.

Casey Rother led the Tamaqua offense with three hits and an RBI. Daylon Barron scored a pair of runs.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
nancy scholz/times news Erik Ammermann of Pleasant Valley extends to return a shot during the District 11 Class AAA Doubles Tournament. Ammermann and teammate Jon White won a pair of matches to advance to Monday's finals.

PARKLAND If you felt bad for Pleasant Valley's Jon White because he didn't make the singles finals in his senior season, don't. That wasn't his real goal.

As it turns out, White had a bigger dream that he and doubles partner Erik Ammermann would make the finals in District 11 Class AAA Doubles. They did just that on Friday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Freedom's Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky and Ross Sonnenblick in a semifinal match played at Parkland High School.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club member Fred Pickard, Lehighton, practices with his revolver, under the watchful eyes of Leonard Parry, Germansville, range master.

The Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club, New Tripoli, will host the East Coast I-CORE (International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts) Championship from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday May 31. The event is expected to draw more than 50 shooters. It's open to spectators; eye and ear protection should be worn.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Lansford inducts three members

The annual Carbon County Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Sunday, May 24 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

This year's inductees are:

Palmerton - Jan Sosik, Nicole Levandusky, Joe Visnosky Jr., Charles "Biddy" Romig.

Lehighton - Carl Wolfe, Wayne Wentz, George Tkach.

Jim Thorpe - Mary Gillespie Whalen, Kevin Trice, Scott Kmetz.

Nesquehoning - Katherine A. "Kitty" Curry, Anita Misantone, Robert "Bob" Rehatchek, James Agosti, Carl Mikovich.

Lansford - Robert D. "Bob" Popik, John "Nini" Kranchick, Edward J. "Moose" Kosciolek,

Friday, May 1, 2015
bob ford/times news Palmerton's John Schwartz slides safely into third base during Thursday's game against Bangor.

The Palmerton baseball team helped its cause for a postseason bid with a key Colonial League win while Northwestern earned a non-league victory. In softball, Panther Valley routed Shenandoah.



After watching its lead disappear in the top of the seventh, Palmerton answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to claim a 4-3 Colonial League victory over Bangor.

Jonathan Schwartz led the Blue Bombers (7-9), going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Jared Mooney also had two hits, one of which was a triple.