Saturday, April 29, 2017

Local Sports

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Miranda Chinchar of Tamaqua slides into third base ahead of throw to Lehighton’s Heidi Green. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The true identity of a team is revealed when adversity strikes.

On Monday against Lehighton, the Tamaqua softball team overcame missed opportunities and defensive errors to squeak out a 3-2 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory over the Tribe.

The Blue Raiders (13-1, 8-1) didn’t turn in their best defensive effort of the season, committing three errors, but a late-game rally where Tamaqua scored a run in both the sixth and seventh innings helped them to the win.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 25, 1981 — Bill Plasko collects two hits and scores three runs to help Tamaqua earn a 5-2 Schuylkill League victory over Pottsville. Plasko singles and scores in the first inning to give the Blue Raiders a lead, and doubles and scores in the third. Mark Bauzon adds two hits, one a double, and knocks in a pair of runs, while Todd Tracy delivers a two-run double in the fifth frame. Wally O’Donnell tosses a six-hitter to gain the pitching win, and helps his own cause with an RBI single. The winners also receive a double and run scored from Todd Lepage.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base.

Colorful, candid and talented, Earnhardt has been plagued by concussions the last several years and he missed half of last season recovering from the latest head injury. It caused him to delay contract talks on an extension to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet, and the two-time Daytona 500 winner with deep family roots in auto racing appears ready to call it quits.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Panther Valley’s Mason Goida unwinds with a pitch against Lehighton. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS.

Allison Armbruster pitched a perfect game in the Lehighton softball team’s win over Panther Valley on Saturday. The Northern Lehigh, Northwestern and Palmerton softball teams also earned victories over the weekend.


Panther Valley-Lehighton

Allison Armbruster hurled a perfect game and Lehighton cruised to a 15-0 non-league win over Panther Valley in four innings.

Monday, April 24, 2017
No. Lehigh’s Dan Belfonti will play soccer at Manor

Northern Lehigh senior Dan Belfonti has committed to Manor College to continue his academic and athletic career.

Belfonti will play soccer at Manor College.

A four-year member of the varsity team, Belfonti scored 33 goals and recorded 12 assists from his midfield/forward position.

Belfonti earned Colonial League all-league honors and was named team MVP as a junior and senior.

In addition to soccer, Belfonti also participated in wrestling, football and track and field for the Bulldogs.

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24, 1951 — Paul Kroculick pitches a two-hitter to lead East Mauch Chunk to a 2-1 victory over Rock Glen. Kroculick allows just one walk and two fourth-inning singles, while striking out four. Harry Kroculick delivers an RBI single in the home fourth to tie the game at 1-1, and a run-scoring hit by Allen Bennyhoff in the sixth frame give the Bruins the lead for good. Jack Huber, who had walked, scores what proves to be the winning run. EMC, coached by Joe Hoching, also receives a hit and run scored from Rader.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Bulldogs’ Neff will wrestle at Wilkes University

Northern Lehigh senior Ezra Neff will continue his academic and athletic career at Wilkes University.

Neff will wrestle at Wilkes.

A member of the varsity team for four years, Neff finished third at the District 11 Class 2A tournament at 132 pounds this season and was a Southeast Regional qualifier.

Neff finished his career with a record of 81-50 and is a member of the 150-point club. Neff was a Times News Second Team All-Star this year.

The son of Tara and Hermon Neff, Ezra will major in mechanical engineering at Wilkes.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Scores received from this weekend's games. Check out Monday's Times News for more coverage.

Lehighton 15, Panther Valley 0
Northern Lehigh 15, Saucon Valley 0
Northwestern 15, Notre Dame Green Pond 2
Palmerton 11, Palisades 1

Lehighton 3, Panther Valley 2
Weatherly 11, Salem Christian Academy 1 (Game 1)
Weatherly 6, Salem Christian Academy 0 (Game 2)
Tamaqua 11, Susquehanna Township 3
Crestwood 10, Marian 4
Saucon Valley 4, Northern Lehigh 1
Notre Dame Green Pond 3, Northwestern 2
Palisades 2, Palmerton 1

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Palmerton head baseball coach Mike Svetik tried to rest some of his key players Friday against Moravian Academy.

Having already played three games in five days, and having another one scheduled Saturday, he was hoping to give his regulars a break. The move would also allow others on the roster to get some valuable playing time.

The move almost backfired, but thanks to some senior leadership and some timely hits the Blue Bombers came back from a four-run deficit to gain a 13-5 Colonial League win over the Lions.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Pleasant Valley's Seth Slavin competes in the 1600 at the ASD Invitational. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton’s Aaron Bowman won the pole vault at the annual ASD Invitational.

Many other locals finished in the top three.


ASD Invitational

Northern Lehigh, Northwestern, Palmerton, Pleasant Valley, and Lehighton competed at the ASD Invitational on Friday.

Pleasant Valley was the highest finishing team in both the girls (fifth) and the boys (sixth) competitions.

Five girls finished in the top-three of their respective events.