Saturday, July 4, 2015

Local Sports

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Alexis Richey slides into second base as Stroudsburg's Morgan Pizzo covers. The Lady Bears picked up a 5-4 win.

Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg are familiar foes.

The Lady Bears and Mounties met twice during the regular season, with PV winning both contests.

But beating a team three times in one year is no easy task, something Pleasant Valley head coach Steve Caffrey was well aware of heading into yesterday's District 11 Class AAAA opening round showdown between the two Eastern Pennsylvania Conference rivals.

And while it wasn't quite a dominant performance, the sixth seeded Lady Bears got the hits and runs when they needed them to claim a 5-4 win over the No. 11 Mounties.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
linda rothrock/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Matthew Konopke takes the throw as a Freedom runner slides into second base.

BETHLEHEM Through three innings of Freedom's PIAA District 11 Class AAAA first round contest against Pleasant Valley, Zak Gagnon limited the Bears to just one hit and issued no walks.

The fourth inning was a different story, as the Bears sent seven batters to the plate and tallied three runs.

It was Pleasant Valley's Travis VanHouten who outdueled his counterpart on the mound the rest of the way as the Bears edged Freedom, 3-2

Gagnon was on cruise control for most of the game except for the fourth frame.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 19, 1992 Josh Friebolin has a strong day on the mound and at the plate to help Northern Lehigh register a 10-2 win over Notre Dame in the opening round of the District 11 Class AA playoffs. Friebolin pitches six innings, allowing just two runs and four hits while striking out 11. He also collects two hits and knocks in a pair of runs. Scott Reitz finishes with two hits, one a triple, and knocks in three runs. The winners, coached by Frank Carazo, also receive a hit, two RBIs and three runs from Damian Olewine while Craig Sell chips in with a hit and two runs.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Nietz to attend Lebanon Valley

Marian's Lauren Nietz will continue her academic and volleyball career at Lebanon Valley College.

Nietz was a four-year letterwinner for the Fillies, playing the libero position. She finished with 755 career digs, placing her in the school's all-time top ten in that category. This past season, she received Schuylkill League Division 2 and All-Schuylkill League First Team honors and District 11 Second Team recognition.

Monday, May 18, 2015

It's been a strong spring sports season across the board for the Times News area teams.

Eleven TN teams earned a spot in the District 11 playoffs that get underway this week. Heading the list are the Marian baseball (Class A) and Tamaqua softball (Class AA) teams who earned No. 1 seeds.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Caleb Calarco outdueled Zach Palansky as the Northern Yankees edged the Berlinsville Braves, 1-0, in a Blue Mountain League contest.

Calarco, a graduate of Tamaqua, pitched five scoreless innings to gain the win. He scattered six hits while striking out four. Casey Cooperman tossed the final two frames for the save.

Palansky, a Northern Lehigh grad, went the despite and gave up just three hits. He walked two while fanning 10.

Christian Marcin, who graduated from Palmerton, had a triple for the Braves but was left stranded at third.

Monday, May 18, 2015
Bob Ford/Times News Northwestern's Chuck Groller is in his first year as head coach of the Northwestern girls track and field team. The Tigers are the only area school to have a different coach for their boys and girls track teams.

Over the past few seasons, the Northwestern boys and girls track and field teams have been among the best squads in the Colonial League.

This season has been no different. The girls finished with a perfect 11-0 record in conference en route to another regular season crown, marking their third straight unbeaten campaign.

The boys went 7-4 in conference. Both had a number of medalists from last week's district meet, and plenty have the opportunity to compete in this week's PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18, 1956 Larry Silliman pitches a three-hitter and hits a home run to help lead Palmerton to a 9-3 Lehigh Valley League win over Stroudsburg. Silliman allows just a second-inning run and finishes the contest with 10 strikeouts. He helps his own cause by blasting a two-run homer during a four-run fourth inning. The winners also receive three hits from Marty Renshaw while Dick Standen, Bob Mlkvy, Terry Eckert, G. Wargo and Solt all chip in with a hit.

Saturday, May 16, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Sarah Frantz of Tamaqua gets geared up for practice.

I position my left hand under the gun's stock and when I nod that I'm ready, Tom Fister lets me support its entire weight. I'm surprised by how heavy the gun is – about ten pounds – because the shooters I've been watching hadn't seemed to be struggling at all to support their guns.

The next difficulty is keeping the peep sights in the right place on the targets that are positioned 50 feet down range. The circle I'm seeing is swimming around the target circles. The gun's trigger is very light, and when I think I'm on target for a fleeting nanosecond, I take the shot.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Some should ask the question periodically. Others should ask the question daily.

But for all, asking the question engaging in the mental process required to produce an answer is more important than the answer itself. That's partially because even the best or the worst answer is a type of compromise, accentuating one element at the expense of another. Yet it's primarily because of something else.

The question: How hard should you exercise?

The "something else" that makes that question so important yet so difficult to answer comes from one word in the question: "You."