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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
mike feifel/times news Northwestern's Mitchell Snyder releases a pitch against Palmerton.

"This was a big win for us," Northwestern head coach Len Smith said Tuesday.

Big games require players to step up and make key plays at the right time and with their playoff hopes on the line, the Northwestern Tiger baseball team got just that.

Mitchell Snyder put together a solid pitching performance and a key hit by Andrew Rivera sparked the Tigers to an 8-6 win over host Palmerton to qualify for the District 11 AAA playoffs.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Kayla Dorney (18) heads the ball away from East Stroudsburg South defender Cortney Gill.

Since Tim Hinton took over as head coach of the Pleasant Valley girls' soccer team in 2009, the Lady Bears have won back-to-back Mountain Valley Conference championships.

This Thursday they will be looking for a three-peat.

Top-seeded Pleasant Valley (15-3, 12-1) received four goals from four different players and went on to knock off fourth-seeded East Stroudsburg South in the MVC semi-finals, 4-0. The Bears have been getting goals from a number of players all season long and that trend continued Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Katie Reimer was happy for the chance to make amends.

After committing an error that led to Northwestern scoring the tying run in the top of the seventh, Reimer had an opportunity to make up for her mistake.

She led off Palmerton's seventh inning with a hit and eventually came around to score the winning run on a wild pitch, giving the Lady Bombers a 6-5 win and keeping the Tigers one win from a district playoff berth.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pleasant Valley graduate Jeremy Gigliotti was recently named the PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) East Pitcher of the Year after completing an incredible regular season.

The East Stroudsburg University redshirt senior capped an outstanding year by throwing a no-hitter against Mansfield on Monday.

The Saylorsburg native leads all of Division II with an ERA of 0.45 and was also named one of five semifinalists from the Atlantic Region for the Tino Martinez Award, which goes to the Division II Player of the Year.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley shortstop Drew Borger (right) awaits the throw at second base as Lehighton courtesy runner Parker David dives back safely.

It was a tale of two different pitching staffs Monday in Brodheadsville.

While Lehighton's staff had trouble throwing strikes and getting people out all day, Pleasant Valley's stayed on point and did a good job of keeping the Indians off of the bases.

In the end, it was the Bears earning some redemption from an early season Mountain Valley Conference loss in Lehighton by beating up on the Indians, 14-1.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Marge Gerber and Helen Laurricella were the Flight A winners during recent women's golf action at the White Birch Golf Course.

Nancy Stevens, Regina Barclay and Jackie McGovern all were Flight B winners.

The Flight C winners were Maria Hoppes Montero and Barabra Logan.

Among the special event winners were: Regina Barclay (Closest to Line, hole #3); Sally Egan (Chip-in, hole #6); Anne Marie Hoppy (Chip-in, hole #8); Marge Gerber (Closest to the Pin, hole #5); Helen Lauricella (Birdie, hole #2); and Jeannette McGovern (Longest Drive, hole #4);

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May 10, 1991 TIMES NEWS area performers total six gold medals at the annual Schuylkill All-League track and field championships at Mount Carmel. Tamaqua crowns three champions as Kenny Dunkelberger wins the 1600, Marsha Knadler cops the 100, and Courtney Novey claims the 300 hurdles. Marian places two on the top of the podium with Mike Makovec earning first in the long jump and Michelle McBride winning the 100 hurdles. The Panther Valley relay team of Jim Miller, Brian Newton, Fenton Black and Brad Miller also wear gold after winning the 4x100.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tamaqua graduate Travis Pitts was recently named the 2011 Middle Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after winning two events at the conference meet.

Pitts, a junior at Delaware Valley College, won both the 100 and 200 meters at the meet held at Messiah College.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
ron gower/times news Panther Valley's Josh Vega (second from right) gets to the finish line just ahead of Marian's Dylan Quirk (left) in the 100 meter dash. The Colts' Bob Kelly is on the right. No results of the meet were received by the TIMES NEWS.

Three area teams captured championships on Monday. The Palmerton girls track team won the Colonial League title, the Marian baseball team captured the Schuylkill League Division 3 crown, and the Northern Lehigh baseball team won the Colonial League North Division title.

BASEBALL

Marian-Shenandoah

Marian rolled to a pair of mercy-rule victories over Shenandoah to clinch the Schuylkill League Division 3 championship.

The Colts' doubleheader sweep combined with a Nativity loss secures Marian's berth in next week's Schuylkill League playoff semifinals.

Monday, May 9, 2011
ron gower/times news Panther Valley's second baseman Thad Ogozalek (left) gets the ball in plenty of time to stop steal attempt by Jim Thorpe's Colton Knox. The Panthers defeated Jim Thorpe, 15-8, on Saturday. No other information on that game was received by the TIMES NEWS.

Lehighton picked up a baseball win and Panther Valley posted its first softball victory of the season to highlight the weekend's scholastic sports action.

Lehighton-Palmerton

Parker David scattered seven hits to lead Lehighton to a 9-1 non-league win over Palmerton in a game played Saturday at PNC Field in Moosic.

The Indians (12-3) were led offensively by Tyler Harris, who had two hits, two runs scored, and two RBIs. Anthony Farole added a hit, a run scored and three RBIs.

For Palmerton (3-11), Rich Steigerwalt had two hits and knocke din his team's only run.