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Friday, April 15, 2011

April 15, 1957 Lehighton's team of Tom Rehrig, John Ronamus, Austin Blew and Ron Elsasser wins the 4/5-mile relay to gain a 49-46 victory over Nesquehoning. Rehrig also breaks the tape in the 100 while the Indians receive firsts from Sterling Frey (mile) and Herb Werner (high jump). Three Lehighton pole vaulters - Carl Everitt, Dick Haberman and Keith Fritz - tie for the top spot in that event. For the Nesquers, Fritz Ferko takes both the shot put amd discus.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
bob ford/times news filephoto Northern Lehigh's Maggie Lear unwinds with a pitch during a game against East Stroudsburg North. This season, the softball rubber was moved back three feet.

Over the years, pitchers have ruled high school softball.

But thanks to a rule change this season, which has been mandated by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), that might be starting to change.

During the 2009-10 school year, the NFHS made a revision to Rule 1-1-2b in the softball rulebook by increasing the distance from the pitching rubber to home plate from 40-feet to 43-feet.

According to the NFHS, its main rationale was in "creating a better balance between the offense and defense" on the softball diamond.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 14, 1967 Ron Arner collects three hits, including two in one inning, and knocks in four runs to help Palmerton gain a 12-9 Lehigh Valley League win over Slatington. Arner, who also scores a run, delivers a single and double during the Bombers' eight-run second inning and later hits a two-run triple. The winners receive two hits and two RBI from Joe Valo while John Ondrasik adds a hit, two runs scored and a pair of RBI.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
ron gower/times news Eric Herzog, front, takes baton from Tamaqua teammate Zach Lakitsky in 400 meter relay race.

The Tamaqua girls track team and the Northwestern soccer team picked up victories on Wednesday.

TRACK

No. Schuy.-Tamaqua

Tamaqua and North Schuylkill split their Schuylkill League meet.

The Spartans won the boys meet, 101-49, while the Lady Raiders posted a 97-53 win in the girls meet.

Kayla Hope led the Lady Raiders with first-place finishes in the 200, long and triple jumps. Maria Streisel (100M, high jump), Amber Carroll (1600M, 3200M), Christine Streisel (javelin, shot put) also added muliple firsts.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 13, 1992 A big game from Damian Olewine helps Northern Lehigh cruise to a 12-0 Centennial League win over Pleasant Valley. Olewine tosses a two-hitter in the five-inning contest to gain the pitching win. At the plate he collects three hits, scores two runs and knocks in one. The Bulldogs' Chad Schaeffer adds two hits, one a two-run homer, while Josh Friebolin also finishes with two hits and two runs scored. Steve Kistler and Eric Hunsicker both chip in with two-run doubles.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In the only scholastic sporting event held yesterday in the TIMES NEWS area, the Pleasant Valley track teams posted a non-league sweep over visiting Hazleton.

The Pleasant Valley boys earned an 86-55 victory. The Bears captured 10 of 17 events, including both relays. Eight different Bears captured individual wins.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Franklin Township's Little League opener is scheduled for tonight at 5:30, weather permitting.

If the opener is rained out, it will be held on Friday, April 15 beginning at 5:30 as part of a doubleheader.

The funraiser drawing will still be held tonight as planned.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
JV and Varsity Jim Thorpe Wrestlers 2010-2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Northern Lehigh School Board unanimously agreed on Monday to approve the following:

Co-Curricular Appointments 2011-12

- Jeff Miller, head boy's basketball coach, $6,876

- Dennis Rehrig, assistant boy's basketball coach, $4,469

- Richard Mantz, assistant boy's basketball coach, $4,469

- David Oertner, head girl's basketball coach, $6,876

- Todd Herzog, head wrestling coach, $6,876

- Ivan Chlebove, assistant wrestling coach, $4,469

- Robert Marlatt, assistant junior high wrestling coach, $4,469

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 12, 2003 Marian's Nate Phillips and Chris Gugliemini both earn gold medals at the annual Mount Carmel Track and Field Invitational. Phillips takes the high jump with a leap of 6-4 while Gugliemini earns first in the 400 with a time of 52.47. Three other TIMES NEWS area athletes claim second-place finishes. Tamaqua's Matt Wagner is runner-up in the triple jump while the Raiders' Eileen Gurcsik gains second in the 200. Panther Valley's Becky Lukac also earns a silver in the javelin.