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Friday, April 22, 2016
Tamaqua’s Courtney Hoffman (left) pulls in safely at third base as Pine Grove’s Faith Sleva takes the throw. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Jillian Barron knew there would be little room for error.

Entering Friday’s Schuylkill League Division I showdown against first place Pine Grove one game back in the standings, the Tamaqua head coach was well-aware that her team needed to come out ready to play.

The Lady Raiders answered the challenge.

Tamaqua delivered an inspired performance, topping Pine Grove 7-1 and handing the Lady Cardinals their first blemish in league play this season.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Marian’s Aaron DeAngelo (left) slides into third base against Minersville. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The most frustrating thing for a baseball team is to waste strong pitching performances.

Marian has experienced that during the past week.

For the last three games, the Colts’ offense has struggled mightily, scoring just six runs. Those struggles have led to a pair of losses — the first ones of the season for Marian.

Minersville handed Marian a 3-1 Schuylkill League setback on Friday.

Friday, April 22, 2016

April 23, 2008 - Wayde Williams delivers a three-run double and “Gus” Evans tosses a three-hitter to help Tamaqua post an 11-1 Schuylkill League victory over Shamokin. Mark Streisel adds two hits and a pair of runs scored for the Blue Raiders, who use a five-run fourth to break open the game. The winners, coached by Jeff Reading, also receive two hits and an RBI from Travers Schmidt, and a double and two RBIs from Ryan Palsgrove.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Long ago, I accepted the fact that many, many people in the world are much better at calling turkeys than I am. That doesn’t mean I don’t practice to get better; also, I’m living proof that a marginal turkey caller can call in turkeys.

But I don’t practice on turkeys.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Tamaqua’s Zachary Coleman goes high to take a throw at second base as teammate Thad Zuber hustles over to back up the play. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley, Palmerton and Pleasant Valley all grabbed baseball wins on Friday.


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Panther Valley (6-4, 5-0 SL) exploded for eight runs in the first inning to defeat Tri-Valley in a Schuylkill League contest, 10-5.

Sam Stanko led PV with three hits, a run scored, a double, and one RBI. Tristan Blasko was3-for-3 with a trio of runs scored, a stolen base and one RBI. Michael Hutt also contributed two hits.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Lehighton swept North Schuylkill while Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua split in track action on Thursday.

Jim Thorpe-Tamaqua

Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe split in Schuylkill League track action on Thursday.

The Olympian boys defeated the Raiders 97-52, while the Lady Raiders defeated Thorpe 83-67.

In boys action, the Olympians Jian Gentile was a double winner in the 1600 and 3200. Joseph Schwartz also came in first in both the hurdle events to help propel JT to the win.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Pleasant Valley’s Jake Ammerman competed Thursday in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys’ tennis tournament at Pocono Mountain East, playing No. 3 singles. The tournament will conclude Saturday. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Northwestern and Pleasant Valley’s softball teams picked up victories on Thursday, while Lehighton’s baseball squad also earned a win.



Lehighton rallied for a 9-6 Schuylkill League victory over Pottsville.

Collin Haupt had three hits, one a triple, scored two runs and knocked in three for the Indians, who trailed 4-0 before their first at-bats.

The winners also received two hits and a run from Joseph Heery, while Terry Buss chipped in with a double, two RBIs and a run.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Second baseman Saige Miller of Lehighton tries to tag Pottsville’s Jessika Sadusky. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pottsville and Lehighton were both looking to rebound on Thursday after suffering lopsided defeats the previous day.

Both teams were able to put a plethora of runners on base during this Schuylkill League contest. However, Pottsville was able to take advantage of one more opportunity in a gritty 3-2 victory over the Tribe.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tamaqua Area School Board, on a 6-0 vote Tuesday, with directors Daniel Schoener, Thomas Rottet, and Aaron Frantz absent, approved the following for the 2016-17 school year, with stipends to be determined:

• Erika Davis, head girls basketball coach

• Sam Bonner, head varsity football coach

• Michael Bonner, assistant varsity football coach

• Shane A. McCabe, head junior varsity football coach

• Dalton Nunemacher, junior varsity assistant football coach

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Palmerton High’s Brinn Doherty (seated center) signs a letter-of-intent to further her education and track career at Millersville Univrsity. Loking on are: seated, Janice Doherty, her mother and Joe Doherty her father. Back row, Athletic Director Andrew Remsing, head track and field coach Jeff Minnich, high school principal Paula Huszar, sprint coach Austin Cseh and her trainer, Brandon Byrd. Brinn will compete in the 100 and 200 meter runs.