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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ALLENTOWN – The New York Yankees releasing Ronnie Belliard just may be the move of the year by season's end for the Phillies.

With Chase Utley's season in peril, the Phillies grabbed the 13-year veteran and stashed him at Triple-A Lehigh Valley where all he has done through the first four games is perform.

Last night, the IronPig third-baseman notched his fourth straight multi-hit game including a one-out triple in the sixth inning of last night's game to provide the spark that led Lehigh Valley (2-2) to a 4-3, 10 inning win over Syracuse.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Chey Bates rounds second base as Panther Valley's Sam Zlock looks towards first base behind her.

Northwestern and Marian scored wins in both baseball and softball on Monday afternoon

In other action, Northern Lehigh kept its baseball streak intact, Tamaqua's softball team was victorious and Palmerton won its first girls soccer match of the season.

BASEBALL

Moravian Acad.-Marian

The Colts exploded for 14 runs in the third inning and took a 15-0 win over the Lions in a game called after three innings by the 15-run rule.

Monday, April 11, 2011

ALLENTOWN – Baseball is a game of numbers and a two tell the tale of the IronPigs as the Syracuse Sky Chiefs pluck successive close losses from Lehigh Valley.

The failure to drive in runners in scoring positon and the failure to catch a ball paved the way for Syracuse to shutout the IronPigs 2-0 in front of 8,690 at Coca-Cola Park on Sunday.

Tom Milone, making his Triple-A debut, stymied the IronPigs through seven shutout innings.

A pair of relievers completed the shutout that negated a solid start by IronPigs starter Eddie Bonine.

Monday, April 11, 2011

April 11, 1975 Paul James wins three events to help Tamaqua roll to a 114-36 Schuylkill Track League victory over West Hazleton. James takes the javelin, long jump and triple jump for the Raiders, coached by Harry Fetterman. Gary Marchak (100, 220) and Rick Fenstermacher (120 hurdles, 330 hurdles) also cop two individual firsts. Other Tamaqua wins come from Vince Keip (440), Bob Holmberg (shot put), Tony Kenetsky (discus), Steve Price (high jump) and Andy Smarr (pole vault).

Monday, April 11, 2011

Northwestern picked up wins in both baseball and softball over the weekend, while Marian managed a split against Nativity.

BASEBALL

Jim Thorpe-N'western

Northwestern (2-2) used a late inning surge to score a 8-2 non-league win over visiting Jim Thorpe (0-3).

After trailing 2-0 after four innings, Ty Cunningham delivered what was the game-winning hit with a three-run homer in the fifth. Cunningham ended up with a single, home run, five RBI and also scored a run.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Casey Rinfret scored two first half goals to give Palmerton the lead, but Palisades came back with three in the second half for a 4-2 Colonial League girls soccer win on Friday.'

In another Colonial League match, Northern Lehigh was shut out by Moravian Academy 5-0.

Rinfret has now scored nine of the 10 goals this season by the Bombers (0-4).

Elissabeth Berdini had a hat trick for the Pirates and Sarah Nolan added a goal.

The Pirates had 17 shots on goal, while the Bombers finished with nine shots on goal.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

HARRISBURG – Last year's revamping of the black bear season by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commission was one of mixed results.

By opening the three-day statewide firearms season on a Saturday, more youth licenses were sold than ever before. By eliminating all concurrent bear hunting during the first week of the firearms deer season, however, approximately 1,000 fewer bears were taken by hunters than was hoped.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

On May 23, 2009, the Times News ran a "Fitness Master" article titled "No surprise that 20 percent of U.S. 4-year-olds now obese." In it, I noted the dramatic rise in obesity since the mid-1970s in both children and adults, stressed the increased use of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) by American food processors since that time, and suggested the former was to some degree a result of the latter.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Final adoption of the 2011-12 hunting and furtaking seasons, bag limits and antlerless allocations will highlight the quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners, Monday and Tuesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. both days, at agency headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Ave. exit of Interstate 81, Harrisburg.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The PV Breaker Boys traveled to Bristolto take on the defending Eastern division champion Bucks County Broncos last week and dropped a 35-26 decision.

The lead changed hands several times as Shawn Nunemacher pulled down three receptions for touchdowns.

Defensive end Tony Stoeckel had 11 tackles and two sacks and linebacker Dean Founds added 10 tackles. Nate Shook threw three touchdown passes and ran one in himself.

In the third quarter, center Kevin Sanders was taken by ambulance to the hospital tearing his MCL.