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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Brooke Heller tries to break up a douoble play attempt, but Tamaqua's Chey Bates makes the throw to complete it. Brianna Boyle of the Raiders looks on.

Over the past two seasons, Tamaqua has really struggled against Colonial League teams.

Yesterday afternoon, the Lady Raiders reversed their fortunes with a little bit of "small ball," in addition to some great defense and a timely hit off the bat of Jordan Nowacki, en route to a 4-1 nonleague victory over Northwestern.

The win improves Tamaqua to 8-6 on the year and snaps an 0-5 skid against Colonial League foes dating back to the beginning of last season.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Kayla Knight slides into third base safely as Panther Valley's Krista Knepper covers.

Palmerton's baseball and softball teams picked up wins over Salisbury in local sports action on Tuesday.

In other action, Weatherly and Tamaqua scored softball wins, while Lehighton and Jim Thorpe got baseball victories.

SOFTBALL

Panther Valley-Marian

The Fillies improved to 11-2 on the season with a 17-2 triumph over the Lady Panthers in four innings.

The Lady Panthers fell victim to nine errors and some big hits by the Fillies to drop the decisive outcome.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Palmerton gained a boys and girls sweep in Colonial League track action on Tuesday.

The Bombers defeated both Southern Lehigh and Palisades.

TRACK

Palmerton-So. Lehigh-Palisades

The Palmerton girls took first in five of the seven field events and cruised to a pair of wins to stay undefeated.

Kelsey Hay earned three of those individual wins, capturing all three throwing events, to help the Lady Bombers improve to 8-0. Kristen Romano added two wins, taking both hurdling races.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ernie Ruch, a Northwestern graduate and current Mansfield University catcher, was recently named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Player of the Week.

Ruch helped Mansfield go 4-2 last week to stay in the race for a PSAC tournament berth as he hit .500 (7-for-14) with nine runs scored, a grand slam and seven RBI. He hit safely in all six games, had a .714 slugging percentage and a .611 on-base percentage for an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 1.325.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pleasant Valley graduate and current Wilkes University freshman Jordan Borger was recently named to the All-Freedom Conference Softball Second Team.

Borger, who made it as a utility player, led the Lady Colonels and was seventh in the conference with a .384 batting average, posting a team-leading 33 hits in 29 games this season. Her 11 doubles also led the team and was second in the Freedom, also posting team-highs with 50 total bases, a .581 slugging percentage, and a .439 on-base percentage.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May 4, 1993 Aaron Sebelin and Randy Hydro both slug homers to help Jim Thorpe earn a 6-3 Schuylkill League win over Cardinal Brennan. Sebelin's solo blast comes in the first inning while Hydro also connects for a solo shot in the third. Hydro finishes with two hits, as does Norm Garner and Pete McFadden. Mike Gruber adds a hit and two runs scored for the Olympians, coached by Mike Lewis, while Jason Skrimcovsky gains the pitching win.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
ron gower/times news Northwestern catcher Katie Williams blocks the plate and prepares to tag out Northern Lehigh's Meghan Weil.

What a day Brooke Heller had for Northwestern's softball team on Monday.

Besides going 3-for-4 at the plate, it was her triple in the bottom of the seventh inning with two runners on that helped the Lady Tigers stun Northern Lehigh, 5-4 in a Colonial League contest.

The win avenged an 11-2 loss that Northwestern (6-8, 5-6) sustained earlier this year at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs.

Heller said it was "nerve-racking" stepping up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with her team trailing by a run with two runners on base and one out.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
mike feifel/times news Derick Reis prepares to head to the Iron Pigs bullpen during a recent game.

Derick Reis considers baseball and hunting his top two hobbies and it's rare that someone will find the Jim Thorpe grad not involved in one or the other.

Reis, who came up through his high school and collegiate career as a pitcher, now finds himself on the other end of the battery.

Now a substitute teacher in the Jim Thorpe Area School Districts, Reis is living out a dream as the bullpen catcher for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs during their home games at Coca-Cola Park.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Northwestern's Henry Paiste backhands a return during the finals of the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament on Monday. Paiste defeated Andrew Ma of Moravian Academy in three sets to capture the championship.

SOUTH WHITEHALL – Henry Paiste is one of the top tennis players in the state in his age group. He has won his share of tournaments outside of high school tennis.

However, his one experience with scholastic tennis quickly turned into the highlight of his career.

Paiste beat Moravian Academy's Andrew Ma, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 Monday afternoon at West End Racquet Club for this year's District 11 Class AA singles championship.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 3, 1952 Tamaqua's Jack Burcin wins one event and ties for first in another in the annual Coaldale Invitational Track and Field Meet. Burcin cops the broad jump with a leap of 18-7 and clears 5-8 in the high jump to match Frank Zlock of Lansford. Ray Yasson of Summit Hill and Bob Burcin of Tamaqua share the title in the pole vault by clearing 9-9 while Lansford's Danny Leonard also is a co-winner in the 400 breaking the tape in 56.5.