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Saturday, April 21, 2012

April 21, 1958 Charlie McHugh collects two hits, scores three runs and steals three bases to help Jim Thorpe gain a 4-3 victory over Summit Hill. The Olympians win the contest in the bottom of the seventh inning when McHugh scores from second on Bill Flyte's single. Flyte finishes the contest with three hits, one a double, and knocks in three of his team's four runs.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Nesquer inductees are Sweeney, Kurash, Roscoe

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2012 class on May 27 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

The doors will open at 12:45 p.m., with cocktail hour from 1-2 p.m. Dinner will be at 2, with the induction ceremony to follow.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
No. Lehigh track team swept

The Northern Lehigh boys and girls track teams haven't enjoyed a lot of success this season..

Thursday afternoon, the Bulldogs were swept in a tri-meet with Palisades and Wilson.

The boys dropped a 97-53 decision to Palisades and a 86 1/2-63 1/2 decision to Wilson. The No. Lehigh girls fell 94 1/2-55 1/2 to the Pirates and 88-62 to the Warriors.

These kinds of days aren't going to slow down some particular Bulldogs athletes from gearing themselves up for the upcoming Colonial League championships.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

On more than one occasion, I've argued that the key to health and fitness is awareness, the realization or knowledge of an occurrence or situation. But sometimes, awareness is just not enough.

Most of us, for instance, are aware that the government is horribly in debt, but when you hear the figure is $15.5 trillion (the sum as of early March but it's increasing daily) do you really comprehend that?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

April 20, 1974 Frank Jacobs races home with the winning run in the eighth inning as Panther Valley takes advantage of a Schuylkill Haven miscue to win a 3-2 decision. Jacobs singles and steals second before a throwing error allows PV the walk-off win. Greg Whitehead tosses all eight innings for the Panthers, coached by Bob Gelatko. The righty strikes out seven in earning the victory. Ben Arthur also contributes with two hits and an RBI.

Friday, April 20, 2012
Pierce played season for ailing mom

Basketball season was important to Luke Pierce. But it wasn't nearly as important as other things in his life last winter.

The Northern Lehigh junior played this season while watching his mother battle through her final days before cancer took her life shortly after the season ended.

He played the season with a heavy heart and a lot on his mind. But he still performed well enough to lead his team to a 20-win season and earn an All Colonial League First Team selection as well as this year's TIMES NEWS Player of the Year.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Ian Nicholls goes down to block a throw at second base as Pine Grove's Nick Todero (7) slides in safely.

Pleasant Valley picked up victories in baseball, softball, boys tennis and girls soccer to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports action.

BASEBALL

PM West-Lehighton

Lehighton scored early and often in its Mountain Valley Conference baseball game with Pocono Mountain West, winning 16-1 in three innings.

Jacen Nalesnik led the Indians (10-2, 4-2) with three hits, three runs scored, and three RBIs. Steve Shanton added two hits and three runs scored and Darrin Wanamakerhad two hits and a RBI.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 19, 2001 Both Tamaqua track teams reach the century mark in sweeping Marian. John Henne wins the long and triple jump for the Raiders boys, who claim a 101-49 victory. Tamaqua also receives firsts from Andy Yearick (200), Adam Rupert (800), Brian Cipko (1600), Nick Birosik (3200), Todd Breiner (110 HH), Jeff Schock (300 IH), Brian Faust (discus) and Mike Daukshus (pole vault). In the girls meet, LeAnna Vidzicki takes all three jumping events (long, triple, high) to help her team post a 114-36 win.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Tyler Hope (left) sprints to the finish line ahead of Jim Thorpe's P.J. Johnson in the 100 meter dash.

Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe have certainly got to know each other during the early stages of the track season.

The two teams have already competed together at the Palisades Invitational, the Blue Raider Invitational and the Jim Thorpe Invitational.

Despite the familiarity,Wednesday afternoon marked the first time the Raiders and Olympians have waged a head-to-head battle.

In the girls meet, Tamaqua won 14 of the 18 events to take home a 97-52 victory, while on the boys side, Jim Thorpe captured 10 first-place finishes, en route to a 84-65 victory over the host Blue Raiders.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Robinson worked hard to become best

Former NBA superstar Michael Jordan has had a lot of inspirational quotes over his historic basketball career. Jordan's words have surely inspired other athletes to strive for greatness.

One Michael Jordan quote in particular seemed to hit home for Jim Thorpe senior guard Celeste Robinson heading into her final season. "My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength," Jordan explained.