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Thursday, May 2, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tyler Crum digs the ball out of the dirt on an attempted steal.

With eyes on postseason play, Lehighton entered Wednesday's game knowing exactly what needed to be done.

Standing in its way was East Stroudsburg South and starting pitcher Zack Werner.

The Indians rose to the occasion, pushing across a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to post an important 3-2 Mountain Valley Conference win.

The victory improves Lehighton's record to 9-6 overall and 5-4 in the MVC. It also practically assures the Indians a berth in the league playoffs.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Representing winning teams in the Panther Valley Dart League playoff championships are, l-r, Jason Yanett of Lansford American Legion, Division I champs; Gary Petrash of Coaldale Russian Club, Division II champs, and Sam Degiglio of the Batters Box in Summit Hill, Division III champs. The dart league held its annual dinner program in the Summit Hill American Legion Post.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May 2, 2006 Pleasant Valley freshman Ali Yozwiak sets a new school record for goals in a season as the Bears cruise to a 7-1 Mountain Valley Conference win over Lehighton. Yozwiak tallies twice for PV and also adds an assist. Her two goals push her total to 27, breaking the old mark of 25. The winners, coached by Rocco Seiler, also receive goals from Krissy May, Cheyenne Eberhart, Jenny Huber, Lindsay Foder and Amanda Masullo.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Both Marian track teams claimed their division titles by sweeping past Schuylkill Haven Wednesday.

Marian-Schuylkill Haven

With a sweep of Schuylkill Haven, the Marian boys and girls track teams clinched the Schuylkill League Division 2 championships. Both teams finished undefeated in the League with 6-0 records.

The Colts, who won 12 of 17 events, defeated Schuylkill Haven by a score of 96-45. Nico Agosti (200, 400) and Philip Marzen (1600, 3200) were double-event winners for Marian.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Named top shooters in the Panther Valley Dart League, and honored at the league's annual dinner, are, l-r, Jason Yanett, Don Mantz, Joseph Charles Dietz, and Matthew Engler. The dinner was held at the Summit Hill American Legion Post.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Among the top dart shooters in the Panther Valley Dart League were, l-r, Rich Gould of the Lansford AmVets, Jason Yanett of the Lansford American Legion, Dan Polak of Batters Box in Summit Hill, and Jason Charles Diets Sr. of Nesquehoning VFW Post No. 1. The dart shooters were honored at the league banquet, held in the Summit Hill American Legion Post.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
@Caption Stand Alone:Jim Thorpe Little League improvements Jim Thorpe National Bank President Craig Zurn, Jim Thorpe Little League Vice President Pat Joyce, and Papillon & Moyer Treasurer/Managing Partner Jeff Farnell at the April 20 Jim Thorpe Little League Opening Day Ceremonies. The bank donated the scoreboard in the background and Papillon & Moyer donated thousands of dollars of labor and equipment to rebuild the entire infield at McGarvey's field.

Jim Thorpe National Bank President Craig Zurn, Jim Thorpe Little League Vice President Pat Joyce, and Papillon & Moyer Treasurer/Managing Partner Jeff Farnell at the April 20 Jim Thorpe Little League Opening Day Ceremonies. The bank donated the scoreboard in the background and Papillon & Moyer donated thousands of dollars of labor and equipment to rebuild the entire infield at McGarvey's field.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Mark Williams scores in the seventh inning, eluding an effort to tag him by Marian cacher K. J. Snerr.

Backyard rivalries sometimes write their own story.

When Panther Valley and Marian meet on a baseball diamond, the Panthers simply refuse to lose.

Yesterday afternoon in Hometown, the script held true to form – Another year, another game, another Panther Valley victory.

With the Panthers authoring a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over the Colts, Panther Valley extended its winning streak against Marian to nine games. The last time the Colts defeated PV was in 2006.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Palmerton's Tyler Snyder and Spencer Shigo drew the No. 8 seed for District 11 AA Doubles Tennis competition which gets under way on Thursday at West End Racquet and Fitness Club in Allentown.

Snyder and Shigo will face off against Marcin Boraganli and Paolo Turco of Bethlehem Catholic in the first round. Another Bomber duo of Anthony Gardo and Rich Roselli drew the No. 1 seed of Zach Shaff and Madhav Sekar for their first round match. Palmerton's Ty Green and Hunter Roberts will play Saucon Valley's Niko Hahalis and Michael Vidal.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 1, 1986 Palmerton hits three home runs, one of them a grand slam by George Schmidt, to roll to a 17-2 Centennial League win over Notre Dame. Schmidt also adds a double and scores a pair of runs. The Bombers, coached by Ted Plessl, receive a three-run blast from Steve Susel in the first inning while Mike Papay hits a solo shot in the second. Jamie Tracy contributes a two-run triple, and Tony Harry knocks in a pair with a double. Tom Wargo, the game's winning pitcher, chips in with two hits and two runs scored.