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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Palmerton Area School District’s board of directors approved the following coaching hires Tuesday night:

*Josh Nenscel-head cross-country coach

*Dr. Mike Martinez-assistant cross-country coach

*Mike Pasco-assistant football coach

*Ashley Andrews-assistant girls’ basketball coach

*Casey Rinfret-assistant girls’ basketball coach

*Suzanne Lynn-assistant girls’ basketball coach

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Mitchell leaps to win

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – Mike Mitchell made it clear last week that he was going to be ready for the District 11 championships.

The Pleasant Valley senior left the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference meet a week prior with a runner-up finish in the long jump and a bronze medal in the triple jump.

What a difference a week makes.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tamaqua Area School Board, on an 8-0 vote Tuesday, with board President Larry Wittig absent, approved the following coaches for the 2017-18 school year:

• Jennifer Paisley, head swimming and diving coach

• James McCabe, head wrestling coach

• Rich Gibson, head tennis coach

• James Barron, head boys basketball coach

• Erika Barron, head girls basketball coach

• Edward Titus, volunteer assistant girls basketball coach

• Duane Barron, volunteer assistant girls basketball coach

• Kyle Kester, volunteer assistant girls basketball coach

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Weatherly’s Emily Zoscin, Marian’s Camaryn Wheeler and Northern Lehigh’s Jillian Olewine sprint toward the finish line in the Class 2A 100 meter dash at the District 11 Track and Field Championships on Wednesday. Zoscin won the event. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – Jillian Olewine has proven she can produce when the pressure is on.

The Northern Lehigh junior did it last week at the Colonial League championships, winning the long jump and triple jump.

That momentum carried over into the first day of the District 11 meet, when Olewine won the Class 2A long jump, setting a school record in the process.

What could she do for an encore? Add another gold medal to her collection.

Olewine captured her second district title in as many days Wednesday, winning the Class 2A triple jump with a leap of 36-03.00.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 18, 1971 — Randy Stubits tosses a four-hitter to lead Palmerton to a 6-3 Lehigh Valley League victory over Stroudsburg. Stubits strikes out six batters and tosses all seven innings. The Blue Bombers take the lead for good with a four-run second inning. Gene Roberts and Darryl Roberts both deliver RBI hits in the frame, and each finish the contest with two hits. The winners receive a hit and two runs scored from Rich Fedor and Glen Levendusky, while Ed Haja chips in with an RBI single.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Slavin, Fredericks, Mitchell all golden

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – For Seth Slavin, it was a dream.

For Chris Fredericks, it was surreal.

And for Mike Mitchell, it was a chance to prove he’s one of the best.

The first day of the District 11 Championships offered something a little different for everyone.

Slavin captured his first district title. The Pleasant Valley senior cruised to a win in the Class 3A 3200, crossing the line in 9:25.63.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Northwestern first baseman Ashley Sisco awaits a throw during Tuesday’s Colonial League semifinal against Bangor. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

ALLENTOWN — Northwestern softball coach Josh Zimmerman thought his team would need a near-perfect game to knock off top-seeded Bangor in the Colonial League semifinals.

And for six innings, the Tigers played as close to perfect as he could have asked for. But Bangor still had one last inning to work with.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dan Keer’s ninth-inning grand slam lifted Marian to a victory over Northwest.



Marian exploded for nine runs in the ninth inning to defeat Northwest, 14-5, in non-league action.

Keer capped a huge game at the plate for the Colts (12-7) with his extra-inning slam. He went 4-for-4 with five RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Pleasant Valley’s Mary Michael tied for second in the Class 3A pole vault and advanced to states. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – Jillian Olewine has been on a roll.

At last week’s Colonial League Championships, the Northern Lehigh junior turned in personal best performances en route to winning the long and triple jump.

Olewine kept that momentum going Tuesday at the District 11 Championships.

Not only did she win the Class 2A long jump Tuesday at Blue Mountain High School, Olewine set a school record in the process, capturing the event with a leap of 18-2.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17, 1991 — Joe Butchko and Dave Figura both hit home runs to help Jim Thorpe post a 10-2 Schuylkill League win over Panther Valley. Figura gives the Olympians an early lead with a solo blast in the first inning, while Butchko connects for a two-run shot in the second. Butchko finishes the contest with two hits and four RBIs, while Mike Kmetz also adds a pair of hits. Joe Kehrli earns the pitching win in relief, striking out six in three scorless innings of work. Thorpe also receives a two-run single from Lee Marzen and an RBI hit from Randy Hydro.