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Thursday, May 3, 2012
ED HEDES/TIMES NEWS New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski (left) and ESPN football commentator Matt Millen (right) take time out at the Fifth Annual Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament to sign autographs for special gust Connor Lavelle, a fan of the Super Bowl Champs.

Henry Hynoski made quite an impact during his rookie season in the NFL.

The Elysburg native, who grew up playing high school football for Class A state champion Southern Columbia and later at the University of Pittsburgh, is still a small town boy at heart.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
 The Tamaqua girls 4th grade basketball team recently completed a stellar undefeated season with a 22-0 record. They finished the regular Schuylkill League season with a record of 13-0. They also were also champions of the North Schuylkill Booster Club Tournament, Mahanoy Area Basketball Tournament and the Freeland YMCA tournament compiling a 9-0 record during tournament play. Team members were, front row, from left, Bella Hamm, Jamie Zuber and Jen Frederickson. Back row, coach Steve Zuber, Maxine Beers, Bailey Reinhardt, Rebekah Hromyak, Emily Titus, Emma Kuczynski and coach John Hamm.

Front Left to right: Bella Hamm, Jamie Zuber, Jen Frederickson

Rear Left to Right: Coach Steve Zuber, Maxine Beers, Bailey Reinhardt,

Rebekah Hromyak, Emily Titus, Emma Kuczynski, Coach John Hamm

Thursday, May 3, 2012

May 3, 1988 John Mateyak, Vance Welker and Missy Chinchar all win three events to help Tamaqua's track teams gain a sweep of Blue Mountain. Mateyak claims first in the shot put, javelin and discus while Welker breaks the tape in the 100, 200 and 110 high hurdles as the Raider boys roll to a 101-49 victory. Jamie Gerber also aids the cause by taking both the long and high jumps. Chinchar leads the Lady Raiders to an 89-52 triumph with wins in the long and triple jumps, and the 110 hurdles. Tricia Plasko cops the 100 in 12.3 to set a new Tamaqua stadium record.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
bob ford/times news filephoto Palmerton's Monty Szukics pulls away for an easy victory during a meet earlier this year. Szukics has overcome injuries to be the area's top sprinter this season.

Palmerton sprinter Monty Szukics has been through some frustrating times through his high school athletic career.

Szukics saw football injuries play havoc through his junior and senior seasons, not only on the gridirion, but to his track and field career.

He needed surgery as a junior that left him run just a couple of meets before districts. This past fall, a broken collarbone ended his career as one of the Blue Bomber wide receiver threats early.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Palmerton girls track team clinched the Colonial League North Division championship on Tuesday with a sweep of Salisbury and Pen Argyl. The Lady Bombers had a 10-1 league record.


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The Palmerton boys and girls track teams posted a Colonial League sweep of Pen Argyl and Salisbury.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May 2, 1969 Kim Edwards pitches a three-hit shutout to lead Slatington to a 2-0 Lehigh Valley League win over Lehighton. Edwards, who strikes out eight and doesn't walk a batter, is perfect through 4 innings before Bob Zellner collects a single. The winners push across both runs in the third inning. Ron Kuntz drives in Dave Gogel with a base hit, and Gogel eventually scores on a suicide squeeze by Lou Kern.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Henry Paiste returns a serve to No. 1 seed Libario Obeid of Central Catholic in the Distrcit 11 2A Singles tournament at West End Racquet and Fitness Club. Paiste won to repeat as champion.

ALLENTOWN – Like a true champion, Northwestern's Henry Paiste was at his best when things looked worst.

Because he was, Paiste is now a two-time champion.

Monday afternoon at the Westend Racquet Swim and Fitness Club, Paiste captured the District 11 Class AA tennis championship with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Allentown Central Catholic's Libario Obeid.

"I'm excited I was able to defend my district championship," said Paiste. "To win titles in my first two years is something that I never imagined.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh shortstop Amber Kibler takes the throw and tries to tag out Northwestern Lehigh's Lauren Horner.

Coming off two straight losses, Northwestern needed a win to get back some of the momentum the team had during an eight-game winning streak that spanned from April 2 until just last Thursday.

The Tigers got the win they needed Monday, but it wasn't easy. They fought off two Northern Lehigh comebacks before winning 6-5 in the eighth inning.

"A W is a W right now," said Northwestern head coach Jen Horner. "We needed to bounce back after [Saturday's 1-0 loss to Bangor] and we really needed this win."

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May 1, 2004 Marian's TJ Lawrence has a good day on the mound and at the plate to help the Colts gain a 7-1 victory over Minersville. Lawrence pitches all seven innings and allows just five hits for the win. He also adds a double and knocks in two runs. Marian, coached by Jeff Nietz, receives two hits and two RBIs from Mike Furey while Andrew Ligarewski finishes with two hits, one a double, and an RBI. Ed Kamenas chips in with a pair of hits.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

One of the emerging story lines of the 2012 season is undoubtedly the inconsistency of the offense.

The IronPig run production has been horrendous as they have only scored 16 total runs in their 11 losses. To make things worse, they have not scored any runs past the fourth inning in 13 of their 24 games.

Lehigh Valley does have 13 wins and that is due to the outstanding pitching and just enough hitting.

The contrasting start to the season can be seen in the play of prospect Cody Overbeck and MLB veteran Kevin Frandsen.