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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Natcheli Gomes of Northwestern clears 5-1 to win the girls high jump during Tuesday's Colonial League meet.

The Northwestern girls track and field program has been the class of the Colonial League for as long as many on the team can remember.

Entering the season, the Lady Tigers were 22-0 over the last two years, winning back-to-back CL regular season dual meet titles in the process.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April 29, 1957 Jack Slapcinsky pitches a four-hitter to lead Jim Thorpe Catholic to a 5-3 win over Marian. The left-hander walks three batters and strikes out two in his seven innings of work. Billy Gmitter delivers a double and RBI, while Gene Bing and Joe Brown each collect a hit, run scored and RBI. The winners, coached by Hugh "Skipper" McFadden, also receive a hit and run scored from Joe Martonyak.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
RICH GEORGE/Special to The Times News Lehighton catcher Cody Scherer puts the tag on Palmerton's Isaac George for the out. The Bombers did hang on to beat the Indians, however, 2-1.

Palmerton and Lehighton are both in desperate need of wins on the baseball diamond. The two teams are at slightly different stages in their seasons, as the Blue Bombers hope to make a run towards a District playoff berth. Meanwhile, the Indians are playing for pride and trying to get wins, period.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Times News sportswriter Jason Boris, who writes a NFL mock draft story for The Times News, will once again be put to the test in Thursday's edition.

Boris has been Huddle Report's top rated drafter the past five years.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Northwestern Lehigh and Northern Lehigh have struggled on the baseball diamond recently so both were looking for a little bit of spark to get the back into the "win" column on Monday afternoon.

The Tigers (10-5, 10-4) had lost three in a row and their last two by a run. The Bulldogs (4-11, 3-9) had lost seven straight and five were by two runs or less.

Even though Northwestern blanked Nolehi 12-0 the first time they met, things were different this time.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Lehighton Area School District approved the following coaches for 2015-16 on Monday night:

Allison Solley - assistant field hockey

Rich Oertner - boys' basketball head coach

Eric Gidney - girls' basketball head coach

Daniel Williams - wrestling head coach

Rebecca Schaeffer - cheerleading head coach

Logan Hittle - football volunteer

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Seven Times News area teams will be in action Wednesday during the opening round of the District 11 doubles tournaments.

The Pleasant Valley duo of Jon White and Erik Ammerman lead the way as the only seeded pair from the TN area in the event.

White and Ammerman earned the No. 2 seed in the Class AAA bracket, and will take on Pocono Mountain East's Zyang Lin and Tristen Boheim.

The other six teams in action on Wednesday will be competing in Class AA.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
bob ford/times news Weatherly's Kyle Osifat puts the tag on Marian's Angelo Maskornick at second base.

Marian and Tamaqua scored baseball wins, while Northern Lehigh, Palmerton and Pleasant Valley were all softball winners on Monday.

BASEBALL

Marian-Weatherly

Marian rattled off six runs in the top of the seventh to put an end to a Schuylkill League game against Weatherly, 15-0.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
ron gower/special to the times news Tamaqua catcher Carly Sassaman tries to pick up a bunted ball as Lehighton's Autumn Bickert sprints down the line.

Two teams who will become much more familiar with each other over the upcoming years clashed in a Schuylkill League contest on Monday.

First-year league member Lehighton has been gaining momentum recently as it entered the contest with a three-game winning streak.

Tamaqua was looking to continue its Schuylkill playoff run after a non-league loss to Tri-Valley over the weekend.

In the end, the Lady Raiders rallied to pull out a 4-3 victory.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The 14-15 year-old champions of the Blue Bombers Invitational Weightlifting Meet include, front row, from left, Jared Collett (Palisades), Trace Hermany (Tamaqua) and Jhodari Reid (Whitehall). Back row, Jon Fikentscher (Jim Thorpe), Jordan Georgis (Tamaqua), Dez Boykin (Whitehall), Bret Legath (Whitehall), Mike Ajami (Whitehall). Tristin Blasko (Panther Valley) was also a champion. Back row,

On Sunday April 26th, the Palmerton football team hosted its 11th annual Blue Bomber Invitational Weightlifting Meet at the high school gymnasium.

A record 144 football players representing Palmerton, Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, Palisades, Northampton, Souderton and Whitehall high schools participated.

For the fourth consecutive year, Whitehall captured the team championship. The 36 team points earned by the Zephyrs were enough to better second place Tamaqua's 27 and third place Palisades' 22 points for the team title.