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Thursday, April 7, 2011
bob ford/times news filephoto Ali Updike of Tamaqua throws the javelin at the 2009 PIAA State Championships. Updike was just a few months removed from an ACL injury to left knee at the time and was wearing a protective brace. Earlier this week Updike tore the ACL in her right knee.

Tamaqua track coach Tom Kanger first thought it was a belated April Fool's joke.

When he realized the news was true, there was nothing funny about it.

Allison Updike, the defending state champion in the javelin, decided to get a few more throws in near the end of practice this past Monday. On one of those attempts, though, the Raider senior suffered a devasting injury that will more than likely cost her the rest of the season and a chance to repeat at the PIAA meet.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Pleasant Valley softball team and Northwestern soccer team both picked up victories on Wednesday.

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Pleasant Vy.-ES South

Pleasant Valley ran away with a 17-2 Mountain Valley Conference victory over East Stroudsburg South in a game that was ended in three innings by the mercy rule.

Dianne Klapatch led the Bears with a perfect 3-for-3 performance at the plate, which included three singles, three runs scored and and three RBIs.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 7, 1980 A solid pitching performance from Joe Ambrose helps Tamaqua gain a 4-1 Schuylkill League win over Shenandoah Valley. Ambrose allows six hits and three walks while striking out eight batters. The Blue Raiders receive a key two-run double off the bat of Joe Seigenfuse while Mark Bauzon also contributes an RBI single.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State will resume its rivalries with Michigan and Minnesota during the 2013 and 2014 football seasons, as the Big Ten Conference office today announced the conference schedules for both seasons.

During the 2013 Big Ten schedule, Penn State will host: Michigan (Oct. 12), Illinois (Nov. 2), Purdue (Nov. 16) and Nebraska (Nov. 23). The Nittany Lions will visit Indiana (Oct. 5), Ohio State (Oct. 26), Minnesota (Nov. 9) and Wisconsin (Nov. 30). The Big Ten Football Championship Game will be December 7, 2013 at a location to be determined.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Lehigh Valley Coalition on Sports Ethics presented a public forum March 24, on the impact of sports-related concussions at DeSales University.

Rev. Thomas Dailey introduced a panel of three experts and showed a ten minute video from ESPN that provided some background as to what the panel would be addressing. The video featured the case of a football player from Marlton, New Jersey.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It was a good day for the Pleasant Valley track team, but it wasn't as good for Lehighton.

The Bears picked up boys and girls wins over East Stroudsburg South, while the Indians dropped both of their meets t Stroudsburg.

Pleasant Vy.-ES South

The Pleasant Valley track teams posted a Mountain Valley Conference sweep over host East Stroudsburg South.

On the boys side, eight different Bears scored individual wins. Distance runners Alex Larkin and Anthony Ruiz finished first in the 1600 and 3200 respectively, while both teamed up for a win in the 3200 relay.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The weather conditions were damp, dreary and disgustingly dismal, but that didn't stop the Palmerton track teams from shining brightly to outscore host Northern Lehigh in a Colonial League meet yesterday afternoon.

In fact, the Lady Bombers improved to 3-0 on the season with a 123-26 win, while the male Bombers pulled out a 83.67-65.33 win for the PHS sweep.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April 6, 1973 Jan Krawchuk sets a new school record in the triple jump and Palmerton wins every event in cruising to a 102 1/2-15 1/2 track win over Marian. Krawchuk, who also is first in the 100, leaps 41-4 1/2 to break the old Bomber mark. George Donchez claims two events (200, long jump) for Palmerton, coached by Art George. Other winners include Bill Graver, Gene Behler, Pete Turner, Jim Tyahla, Ron Haydt, Mike Dakan, Hay and Jack Zmarzley.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Amy Zehner goes in for a layup in a District 11 Class 3A playoff game against Southern Lehigh. Zehner received another honor on Tuesday when she was named to the Pennsylvania sportswriters' 3A girls all-star first team.

This past year, Amy Zehner helped guide Tamaqua to one of its most memorable seasons, one in which the Lady Raiders were recognized as one of the top teams in the State.

Yesterday afternoon, the State returned the favor by recognizing Zehner as one of its top players.

Chosen by a panel of writers from across the state, Zehner was selected to the 2010-2011 Pennsylvania sports writers' Class 3A All-State First Team.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
ron gower/times news Northwestern second baseman Blaise Barron puts the tag on Palmerton's Emily Knauss.

This time, Northwestern didn't let a bad start prevent it from winning.

The Tigers allowed Palmerton to score three times in the top of the first inning, but roared back for a 6-5 Colonial League victory on Monday afternoon.

It was the first win of the season for Northwestern, which suffered setbacks to Emmaus and Pen Argyl last week.