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Saturday, March 31, 2012
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary president Jerry Regan, left, and Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe have a celebratory handshake after their join announcement of plans to construct the Pennsylvania Game Commission Amphitheater at the 2,500-acre wildlife sanctuary.

DREHERSVILLE – Although most associate Hawk Mountain Sanctuary with the annual Autumn Hawk Watch that begins in mid-August and extends into December, the internationally known world's first refuge for birds of prey and center for raptor conservation is also an outdoors destination from early spring through the summer.

Friday, March 30, 2012
Bob Ford/times news Lehighton's Parker David slides safely into second base during Thursday's game against Palmerton. Taking the late throw is the Bombers' Aaron Cook.

Pleasant Valley continued its early season success in both boys tennis and girls soccer on Thursday.

BASEBALL

Lehighton-Palmerton

Lehighton edged Palmerton in a non-league game, 4-3.

The Indians scored a run in four straight innings from the third to the sixth to gain the victory.

Jacen Nalesnik had a triple and an RBI and Josh Kern had a double and an RBI for Lehighton (3-0).

Tanner Gutenkust had three hits for Palmerton (0-3). Mike Horvath, Aaron Cook and CJ Cressman all chipped in two hits.

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Friday, March 30, 2012
bob ford/times news Palmerton's Jenna Ritter (right) freezes between second and third base as she watches the play in front of her. The Lehighton fielder is Emily Kollar.

It's something no one wants to see happen.

In the top of the sixth inning, Palmerton senior Sierra Miller was struck in the back of the head by a thrown ball on a play at first base.

Miller sustained a mild concussion on the play. But even though her head got a little banged up, she still gave her team a little "heart."

After the four-year starter was assisted off the field, her Blue Bomber teammates finished off the rally Miller had initially started.

It eventually turned out to be an emotional 10-6 non-league victory for the Bombers.

Friday, March 30, 2012

March 30, 1978 Slatington pulls off a sweep of rival Northwestern in Centennial League track and field action. The Bulldog boys roll to a 113-37 decision behind two first-place finishes from Barry Eckhart (mile, two mile). In the girls meet, Suzy Jones earns three wins (shot put, discus, javelin) to lead Nolehi to a narrow 69-63 win. The Tigers receive double wins from Jim Hoffman (440, 880) in the boys meet and from Jenny Greenawalt (100, 220) and Kathy Stravino (880, mile) in the girls.

Friday, March 30, 2012

In today's technologically dependent world it's no secret there are distractions that kids and young adults have to deal with. This is not to say that video games, surfing the internet, and using IPads or IPhones are all bad things. It's just that I believe these things have contributed to a noticeable decline in the interest and level of play in athletics over the past few seasons. Kids just simply do not spend all day at the basketball court or baseball field anymore and it shows, which brings me to my next point.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Pleasant Valley's Getz will attend Widener

Pleasant Valley senior Rob Getz will continue his academic and football career at Widener University.

Getz was a three-year member of the Bears' varsity where he played running back, defensive back and also returned punts and kickoffs.

During his senior season, Getz led Pleasant Valley in rushing (155 carries, 990 yards); receiving (31 catches, 403 yards); and scoring (15 touchdowns, 90 points).

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Jim Thorpe offense in high gear

Jim Thorpe scored in every atbat to beat Weatherly in a mercy-rule shortened baseball game on Wednesday.

BASEBALL

Weatherly-Jim Thorpe

An eight-run fourth inning helped Jim Thorpe pull away from a close contest and post a 17-5 non-league win in five innings over Weatherly.

Ian Sterling paced the Olympians with a perfect 3-for-3 performance at the plate, which included two doubles, two runs scored and four RBIs. Teammates Christian Gavornik (two singles) and Bryce Micchiche (single, double, run scored, RBI) also played well..

Thursday, March 29, 2012
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe second baseman Gianna Bucci prepares to put the tag on Weatherly's Tiana Genetti.

Age really is just a number with this year's Weatherly softball team.

Lady Wreckers' freshmen pitchers Jess Polchin and Kelly Parker combined to throw quite a ball game against Jim Thorpe, allowing just four hits and three runs in five innings of work. Their performance on the mound along with an explosive offensive effort from their teammates earned Weatherly a 19-4 non-league victory against The Lady Olympians on Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March 29, 2006 Alysia Hough scores two goals to help the Lehighton girls soccer team pick up the first victory in the history of the program. The Indians, who were winless in their initial season the previous year, register a 3-2 Mountain Valley Conference triumph of Stroudsburg. The winners, coached by Mike Guidice, also receive a goal from Tiffani Horn.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March 28, 1955 Palmerton's all-state basketball player Jim Oravec participates in the annual LeRoy Katz Memorial game in the Bethlehem High gym. The contest pits the Bethlehem City League all-stars against the Lehigh Valley Scholastic all-stars. The Blue Bombers' standout hits on five field goals and scores 10 points but his squad drops a 98-85 decision.