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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mahoning Valley Speedway had its second setback of the season as rain washed out the Saturday, May 14 race card.

Moving ahead to this coming Saturday, May 21 at 6:00 pm, Mahoning Valley will present a six division show that will include heats and features for Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.

Also, the debut of the Jr. Enduro Series sponsored by Ahner Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning of Palmerton, will take to the track.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Palmerton Area School Board approved the following coaching and advisor positions on Tuesday night at its regular meeting. Salaries are pending:

• Linsey German – head cheerleading advisor

• Kathryn McKeon – junior high cheerleading advisor

• Trevor Sherman – assistant boys soccer coach

• Kelsey Kralik – volunteer girls soccer coach

• Anthony Thomas – assistant boys basketball coach

• Alex Knoll – head tennis coach

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Lady Raiders’ Shimko, Boyle and Pedersen all post first place finishes

WHITEHALL – For the third consecutive year, Tamaqua’s Monika Shimko captured gold in the 800 at the District 11 Track and Field Championships. The junior won the Class AA title with a time of 2:21.99, well ahead of runner-up Tina Capparell of Marian (2:25.17).

“It feels good because it’s always so nerve-racking waiting the whole meet just to run the 800,” said Shimko. “It’s good to win my third title. It feels good.”

Though proud of her accomplishment, Shimko, admitted she was hoping for a slightly faster time.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Mussoline’s clutch anchor leg helps Colts win 1600-meter relay

WHITEHALL – Dominic Mussoline had just run the race of his life. It wasn’t a victory, but the Marian Catholic senior turned in an electric performance in the Class AA 800 at the District 11 Track and Field Championships Wednesday, nearly running down Notre Dame East Stroudsburg’s Mike Sheptuk before settling for second with a personal best time of 1:57.62.

Not only was the time a PR for Mussoline, it was also good enough to lock the senior into his second event at the PIAA Championships after having already qualified as a member of the 3200-meter relay team on Tuesday.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

1. CHERRY WINE(Dale Romans, Corey Lanerie): Romans earned first Classic win with Shackleford in 2011 Preakness ... could add another if late-running colt gets a quick enough pace to launch a closing bid ... a Derby also eligible who did not make the 20-horse field. ... Odds: 20-1.

2. UNCLE LINO(Gary Sherlock, Fernando Perez): California colt has been off the board only once in seven starts ... if you think West Coast horses are as superior to their East Coast counterparts this year, you may want to use this son of Uncle Mo in one of your exotic wagers. ... Odds: 20-1.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Marian’s Rob Hinkle celebrates after hitting a double against Tamaqua. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Every athlete has his own pregame ritual.

Unfortunately Marian’s Joe Nahas had no opportunity to stick with his routine Wednesday.

Nahas, the Colts’ starting pitcher, and teammate Tyler Wackley, were involved in a car accident en route to grabbing the team bus prior Wednesday’s Schuylkill League championship against Tamaqua at Pine Grove.

Nahas’ car was destroyed, but he took the mound anyway. Despite his day being a complete mess, he cleaned up the Raiders and fired a two-hit shutout during a gutsy 3-0 league title-clinching performance.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WHITEHALL – As sisters go, Jim Thorpe’s Autumn and Brooke Cope are pretty close.

While there might not necessarily be any sibling rivalry between the two, both push each other to always strive for more.

Their bond was never more apparent than at Tuesday’s District 11 Track and Field Championships, where the duo displayed what they’re capable of doing.

Autumn Cope captured gold in the Class AAA javelin with a throw of 131-0, while Brook earned silver with a toss of 130-2.

“We just hope we do well,” said Autumn.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Palmerton’s Alyssa Olewine stretches at first base to record an out against Catasauqua’s Hannah Edwards. LINDA ROTHROCK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

ALLENTOWN – Bend but don’t break. It’s what good teams do.

Both Palmerton and Catasauqua bent quite a bit during the Colonial League semifinals on Tuesday at Pates Park.

Neither team deserved to get bounced from the tournament after this competitive showing, but it was Catasauqua that made one more play in the ninth inning to oust Palmerton, 2-1.

Both starting pitchers went the entire duration of the game and worked out of countless jams.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 18, 2004 - Northwestern’s Heather Hartman collects four hits, including a double and triple, and knocks in two runs to help lead the Tigers to a 7-0 victory over Pen Argyl in a Colonial League semifinal playoff game. Pitcher Kim Klusaritz scatters seven hits, striking out five, to gain the shutout. The winners, coached by Jen Horner, receive two hits from Jen Belknap, Lindsay White, Erin Wear, Carolyn Beitler and Amy Weist. Wear also knocks in a pair of runs.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Panther Valley’s baseball and softball teams closed regular-season play with wins on Tuesday.


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Panther Valley scored nine runs in the first inning and cruised to a 17-2 non-league win over Lincoln Leadership Academy.

Anthony Vavra pitched a four-hitter and helped his own cause with two hits and two RBIs for the Panthers (11-9)..

Jon Hafer had two hits, one of them a double, while Mason Goida also contributed a pair of hits.

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