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Thursday, April 4, 2013
mike feifel/times news Cody Asche will open the season as the IronPigs third baseman,

When the Lehigh Valley IronPigs open up the 2013 season tonight, there will be something inherently different with the look and feel of this year's squad.

In past years the IronPigs were filled with grizzled veterans who were still capable of playing in the big leagues with a few sparse prospects sprinkled in.

This year's IronPigs are strewn with the cream of the Phillies crop. According to Baseball America, there are five of the Phillies top-10 prospects in uniform tonight at Coca-Cola Park.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Dan Hrbek fields a ground ball at shortstop during the Bears game against East Stroudsburg North.

East Stroudsburg North kept making mistakes, so Pleasant Valley kept capitalizing off of them.

Although the Bears' baseball team recorded just four hits in their Mountain Valley Conference opener with the Timbewolves, they were able to score 12 runs thanks in large part to nine free-passes and five errors by the opposition. In the end it was Pleasant Valley walking away with the 12-1 five-inning win.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

April 4, 1961 Bobby Gelatko collects two hits, scores three runs and also earns the pitching win as Lansford pulls away from Northwestern for an 18-4 victory. The Panthers, coached by Dick Forster, actually trail 3-0 before coming up with four-run innings in the second, fourth and fifth. Mike Karnish contributes a pair of hits, one a double, and two runs scored, while Frank Bydlon adds a hit and three runs. The winners also receive a hit and two runs from George Neyer and Mike Baran.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Christine Streisel throws the shot put during Tuesday's meet. Streisel won the event with a throw of 38-0.

Jim Thorpe and Northwestern gained sweeps in track action Tuesday, while trhe Palmerton girls also came up with a big win.

The Olympians downed Jim Thorpe in Schuylkill League action, while the Tigers disposed of Salisbury and Pen Argyl in Colonial League competition.

The Lady Bombers, meanwhile, defeated Bangor in an important Colonial League showdown.

Jim Thorpe-Tamaqua

Jim Thorpe recorded a sweep of Tamaqua in a Schuylkill League Division I matchup.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Northwestern freshman Lydia Danner couldn't have started her high school pitching career much better.

After throwing a shut out Monday in the first start of her varsity career, Danner returned to the mound Tuesday and shut down Northern Lehigh, earning a 13-1 win in Slatington.

"It was a good, solid performance two days in a row," said Northwestern head coach Carey Troxell. "We'll rest her a little bit. One of our pitchers has a finger problem. We have three on the staff and we'll use all of them."

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Bob Ford/Times News Palmerton's Tony Gardo swings through the ball in tennis action Tuesday afternoon at Jim Thorpe.

The Palmerton boys tennis team continued their great start to the 2013 season, getting their fifth win of the year. The Bombers took four out of five from Jim Thorpe to earn the non-league victory.

The Bombers (5-2) made quick work of the Olympians, but it wasn't easy for any of the competitors to consistently get the ball over the net. Cold temperatures and gusty winds once again affected local competition as it has the past few weeks, but the Bombers were able to adapt best to the inconvenient weather conditions.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Ryan Karnish Marian

Three local scholar athletes will be among those honored at The Schuylkill Chapter of the National Football Foundation's 52nd annual Scholar-Athlete Award Banquet at 5 p.m. this Sunday at Hillcrest Hall in Minersville.

Marian's Ryan Karnish, Panther Valley's Richard Smith and Tamaqua's Brandon Fogel will represent the TIMES NEWS area.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Northwestern rolled past rival Northern Lehigh in Colonial League action Tuesday.

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N'western-No. Lehigh

Northwestern made the most of a strong start and held on for a 12-4 win over rival Northern Lehigh in Colonial League action.

Boston Furjanic and Richard Perry each knocked in four runs for Northwestern. Taylor Breininger went 4-for-4 and also drove in two for the Tigers (3-1; 1-1).

Ryan Martinez had two hits and scored a run for Northern Lehigh (0-3).

Northwestern 410 133 0 - 12 17 2

No. Lehigh 002 100 1 - 4 10 6

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April 3, 1987 Lehighton sends 12 men to the plate and scores seven runs in the sixth inning to rally for a 9-4 Centennial League win over Pleasant Valley. Chris Pekurney collects a two-run triple during the uprising while Tim Frey adds an RBI triple. The Indians, coached by Tom Schaeffer, also receive run-scoring hits in the big frame from Matt Schaeffer and Ron Steigerwalt. Schaeffer and Skimmer Andrews finish the game with three hits apiece while Steigerwalt earns the pitching win.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April 2, 2003 Tamaqua opens its track season by sweeping Schuylkill League Division I foe Pine Grove. In the boys meet, Matt Wagner registers wins in both the long and triple jumps to lead the Raiders to an 88-61 victory. Kevin Lempfert (100), Zac Evans (200), Mark Waidell (1600), Derrik Keich (300 IH) and Andrew Danko (javelin) each contribute with an individual first. In girls action, Eileen Gurcsik (100, 200), Liz Manness (400, 800) and Erin Mohrbach (long, triple jumps) all cop two events during a 130-20 win.