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Friday, April 29, 2016
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

Northern Lehigh’s Matt Schmall will continue his academic and wrestling career at Emmanuel College. With Schmall are his parents, David and Robin Schmall. Standing behind them is Bulldog head wrestling coach Steve Hluschak. Emmanuel is a Division II school in Georgia.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Zach Eflin delivers a pitch toward the plate during a recent Lehigh Valley game. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

Every ballplayer wants to get off to a great start, especially if you are climbing the ladder in the minor leagues.

IronPig righty Zach Eflin could not have started the season any better, as he has amassed one of the best starts of any pitcher in the history of the Lehigh Valley franchise.

The 22-year-old, the second youngest in all of Triple-A, who came over in the Jimmy Rollins deal, recently posted his second scoreless outing in four starts to raise his record to 3-0 and lower his ERA to 2.05.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Pleasant Valley scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead the Bears to a 4-2 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference win over Pocono Mountain West.

PV’s Nathan Coursey twirled a three-hitter and struck out five batters.

Brendan Kearns drove in two runs for the Bears (7-7; 7-5).

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DeLeo and Franks; Coursey and Stasiak. W - Coursey. L - DeLeo.

Postponements

Thursday’s rain forced the postponement of nine baseball and softball games involving area schools.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A short memory can only be beneficial to a young team as it develops.

A youthful Pleasant Valley team displayed the ability to bounce back during a rainy Eastern Pennsylvania Conference contest with Pocono Mountain West on Thursday.

The Lady Bears showed no signs of a tough-loss hangover, after being the recipient of a 24-0 shutout against Stroudsburg on Tuesday.

Forty-eight hours later, Pleasant Valley needed just six innings to defeat the Lady Panthers, 13-3.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Lehighton School District approved the following athletic hires for the 2016-17 season on Monday night:

Head wrestling coach – Floyd Brown

Head boys’ basketball coach– Richard Oertner

Head girls’ basketball coach – Eric Gidney

Assistant boys’ soccer coach– Kevin Kotch

Fall weight room supervisor – Guy Potts

Head cheerleading coach – Rebecca Schaeffer

Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2003 - Northern Lehigh scores runs in each of the first six innings to roll past Bangor, 14-5, in a Colonial League contest. Kyle Follweiler and Chris Knappenberger each drive in three runs for the Bulldogs, coached by Frank Carazo. Knappenberger and Aaron Mill both finish the game with three hits, while Jack Gill adds two hits and knocks in a pair of runs. Nolehi also receives two hits from Follweiler, Joe Donohoe, and Josh Zeigler. Ben Schaffer tosses four inning to gain the pitching win.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Two Times News area tennis teams have qualified for the District 11 team championships.

Palmerton and Lehighton have both earned spots in the Class AA field, which consists of eight teams.

The Blue Bombers, who sport a record of 12-6, received the No. 5 seed and will take on fourth-seeded Allentown Central Catholic in the quarterfinal round. The match will take place Saturday.

The Indians, meanwhile, have compiled a 9-5 record this season and gained the No. 8 seed. They will travel to top-seeded Moravian Academy on Saturday with a start time of 10 a.m.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Van Horn, Amodea, Kloap named scholar athletes

The 32nd annual Schuylkill County Female Scholar Athlete Banquet will be held on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. at Pine View Acres in Pottsville.

The Times News area will have three representatives — Kelsey Van Horn of Panther Valley, Allison Amodea of Tamaqua and Maureen Kloap of Marian.

Following are biographies on the three area scholar athletes:

KELSEY VAN HORN

PANTHER VALLEY

Kelsey Van Horn is the daughter of Rick and Nancy Van Horn. Kelsey is ranked second in a class of 90 students.

Friday, April 29, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) — California love for Jared Goff, and Philadelphia pride for Carson Wentz.

It was all about the quarterbacks before Laremy Tunsil's bizarre tumble down the board at the NFL draft.

Goff went No. 1 overall to the Rams on Thursday for their first pick since they moved to Los Angeles in the offseason. Wentz was the No. 2 selection by the Eagles after a successful career at North Dakota State in the second tier of college football.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
RICH GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The 2015 District 4 Jr Babe Ruth All Star Championship banner was presented to the Palmerton/Towamensing Athletic Associatiuon 14U team. Team members were, front row, from left, Tyler Haydt, Zach Schoenberger, Eric Nothstein and Ben Netznik. Back row, Logan Kresge, coach Steve Serfass, Cody Waterhouse, Ben Serfass, Hunter Schoch, Wade Haydt, Matt Binder, Babe Ruth president Brian Taschler. Also part of the team were Matt Doherty, Nick Reimer, manager Glen Reimer and coach Ross Haydt.