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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Northern Lehigh and Northwestern both earned splits, while Palmerton got one win in Colonial League tri-meet track action on Tuesday.

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Salisbury-No. Lehigh

Northern Lehigh ended up splitting with both Salisbury and Southern Lehigh in a Colonial League tri-meet on Tuesday.

On the boys’ side, the Bulldogs scored a 108-42 win over Salisbury, but dropped a 93-56 loss to Southern Lehigh. On the girls’ side, Northern Lehigh earned an 80-60 win over Salisbury, but suffered a 105-60 setback to Southern Lehigh.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Team Neff turned in a strong performance during the Bald and Fat Wrestling Classic held on Saturday in Jim Thorpe. Team members are from left, Bruce Hartman, Brent Herzog, Dave Eubanks and Jason Pychinka. On the right is tournament director Joe Musti. Also part of Team Neff was John Mertz. Hartman, Herzog and Eubanks all had first-place finishes, while Pychinka and Mertz finished in second place in their respective classes. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

About 30 of yesteryear’s wrestlers participated in the Bald and Fat Wrestling Classic held on Saturday at Jim Thorpe High School. Proceeds benefited the Jim Thorpe Knee-Hi youth wrestling program.

The event began with the Tommy Toughnuts division, opened to wrestlers age 19 and up. John Mertz, a 2010 grappler and graduate of Lehighton High School, pinned his first opponent before losing by decision in his next match.

“I just can’t give up the sport,” he said. “If I’m alive at 60 years old, I still intend to wrestle in these events.”

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It’s all about the matchups when it comes to Tamaqua playing North Schuylkill in baseball.

So far, it has been in favor of the Spartans.

A second meeting for the Blue Raiders against southpaw Bobby Grigas turned into another loss, as the Spartans parlayed Grigas’ pitching and the timely hitting of fellow senior CJ Steinhilber into a 3-0 victory.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Palmerton’s Seth Andress moves to hit a return during his opening round match in the District 11 Class AA tennis tournament. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

OREFIELD – The results won’t tell the whole story.

Though Palmerton’s Nate Andress and Sal Melo, along with Lehighton’s Tegan Durishin, were unable to advance to the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class AA singles tennis tournament, the trio created their own narrative on the court Monday at Parkland High School.

So, too, did Jim Thorpe’s Shaun DiCostanzo, and another Blue Bomber, Seth Andress, who were both eliminated in the first round.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Marian finished its Schuylkill League track competititon undefeated on the boys and girls side, while Jim Thorpe and Pleasant Valley also swept their meets.

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Marian-Nativity

The Colts and Fillies won their sixth league meet to finish Division II competition undefeated. The boys won 99-42 over the Hilltoppers, while the girls were victorious by a 82-59 score.

Dom Mussoline (400, 800), Aaron Srinivasan (1,600, 3,200) and Zaccary Roberts (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles) were double winners for the Colts.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Panther Valley’s Tristan Blasko slides into second base as Marian’s Dante Salerno applies the tag. Check out more photos on the Times News photo galleries at www.tnonline.com BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Schuylkill League Division 3 rivals Marian and Panther Valley both showed the ability to battle adversity on Monday.

When faced with deficits on the day, the Colts and Panthers battled back and made big plays.

It was Marian however, that was able to come through with the winning effort by scoring two runs in the top of the eighth inning to come away with a 4-2 extra inning victory.

In the eighth, it was second baseman Mason Evitts, ,of Marian (9-2, 4-2 SL), who played the role of the hammer as he drove the final nail in the Panthers’ coffin.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April 26, 1984 - Scott Freeman’s grand slam highlights a seven-run first inning and aids Lehighton’s 12-2 Centennial League win over Northwestern. Allen Shanton collects a pair of hits and earns the pitching win, allowing just four hits in his five innings of work. The Indians, coached by Tom Schaeffer, also receive a pair of doubles of Jeff Hill, while Guido Dominic adds a single, triple and two runs scored. Rich Barilla chips in with two hits and an RBI.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Marian’s Stephanie Lencovich tries to corral the ball as Panther Valley’s Chloe Miller slides into second base. Check out more photos on the Times News photo galleries at www.tnonline.com BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Candace Olson hasn’t seen things start off too well for her Panther Valley softball team in every game it played this season.

That was the case again on Monday as Marian opened with a three-run first inning.

It ended up to be the last inning that turned out to be the worst, however, as the Fillies put together a seven-run fifth frame to pull away for a 13-2 Schuylkill League victory.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
PV’s Nale eliminated

HELLERTOWN — It would have been easy for Pleasant Valley’s Steven Nale to go out quickly and quietly in the opening round of the District 11 Class AAA Tennis Tournament.

But Nale wasn’t going to let that happen.

The Bears’ only representative in the 32-player singles’ field, Nale fought back after a slow start and had Emmaus’ Cameron Widdoss on the ropes in the second set.

Widdoss weathered the storm, however, and went on to post a 6-0, 6-3 victory on Monday afternoon at Saucon Valley High School.