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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Palmerton girls' basketball team will welcome back a familiar face to the sidelines, while the boys' basketball team's coaching situation remains in limbo.

By a unanimous vote, the school board agreed on Tuesday to approve Rodney Strohl as girls' coach, effective for the 2013-14 school year, with salary pending the negotiated contract.

Prior to that decision, the board agreed to accept the resignation of former coach Donald Delich, effective March 19, 2013.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Steven Maas clears the 110 high hurdles in 16.16 for a first place finish in Tuesday's meet against Lehighton.

There wasn't too much drama at Pleasant Valley and Lehighton's Mountain Valley Conference track meet Tuesday afternoon.

The two teams split on the day, with each school possessing a team that won in a decisive manner. The Lehighton girls' won by a score of 95-55, while the Pleasant Valley boys ran away with a 119-31 victory.

Sage Terembula led the Lady Indians' to the win, as she won both the 100 and 200-meter dashes along with the long jump. Terembula posted times of 12.75 and 26.93 seconds in the 100 and 200 respectively.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Jessica Pereira runs to a first place finish in the 100-meter dash during Tuesday's meet at Northern Lehigh. Pereira was clocked at 12.7.

With only a week left in the regular season, the Palmerton boys' and girls' track teams are showing no signs of slowing down.

The Bombers' picked up a sweep over Colonial League foe Northern Lehigh, with the boys claiming a 95-55 victory and the girls cruising to a 111-39 win.

The Palmerton boys' won nine individual events and were paced by John Snyder (shot put, discus) and Austin Shupp (110H, 300H). The Bombers' (7-2, 3-2) also won the 400 and 3200 relays.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Palmerton Area School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the following extracurricular position, pending contract negotiations, for the 2013-14 school year:

- Justin Arifaj, assistant football coach, pending contract negotiations.

By an 8-0 vote, with an abstention from Director Barry Scherer, the board approved the following extracurricular position, pending contract negotiations, for the 2013-14 school year.

- Fred Lesher, volunteer football coach

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 24, 1978 Mike Bubak stars on the mound while Joe Seigenfuse comes up big at the plate in Tamaqua's 10-1 victory over Mahanoy Area. Bubak goes the distance, allowing just two hits while striking out 10. Seigenfuse collects three hits, one a triple, and knocks in four runs. The Blue Raiders, coached by Frank Zlock, also receive two hits and two RBIs from both Greg Rottet and Dave Valentine. Ken Frantz adds two hits and knocks in a run.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
bob ford/times news Harold Moll (left) of Tamaqua rounds second base during Monday's game against Panther Valley. The Panthers' Patrick Owens (1) covers the base.

After breaking a 17-inning scoreless streak this past Friday in a 2-1 win against Blue Mountain, the Tamaqua Blue Raiders left no doubt that they have rediscovered their offense.

Tamaqua jumped on Panther Valley early, with six runs in the first, en route to a 10-0 Schuylkill League Division I win.

The Blue Raiders (9-3, 5-1) batted around in the opening frame, an inning that was highlighted by Matt Roberts' three-run blast to right centerfield.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Jack Wathen, Pleasant Valley

Highligh package - Won both the 400-meter (54.06) and 800-meter (2:12.18) races last week versus Pocono Mountain West.

Favorite team - Manchester United

Favorite athlete - David Beckham

Favorite subject - Math

Favorite sports movie - "Prefontaine"

Favorite music artist - Macklemore

Favorite food - Pasta and chicken breast

Future plans - attend Penn State University main campus, join the Air Force ROTC with hopes of becoming a pilot.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lee Kuntz, Palmerton baseball

Highlight package - Has played varsity ball for the Bombers the last three years.

Favorite sports team - Philadelphia Phillies

Favorite athlete - Bryce Harper

Favorite subject in school - Science

Favorite sports movie - "42"

Favorite music artist - Jason Aldean

Favorite food - Tacos

Future plans - To attend a two month basic training with the Army Reserves and then intends to attend college and play the game of baseball.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

For the first five innings of yesterday's Marian softball contest against perennial powerhouse, Minersville, nothing was going well for the Fillies.

Minersville pitcher, Grace Lescavage was completely dominating Marian's lineup by striking out 11 and allowing no hits in what would eventually become an 8-1 victory for the Lady Miners.

"I told my players to keep competing," said Marian coach Joe DeAngelo. "We gave up runs early and first we had to stop the bleeding."

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It was the recommendation of the Lehighton Area School District Athletic Committee and District Solicitor William Schwab not to accept the invitation to join the Colonial League for the 2014-2015 school year. By a five-to-three vote last evening, the school board agreed.

According to Schwab, LASD already has a contract with the Anthracite League for football and the Schuylkill League for other sports for 2014-2015.