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Friday, April 29, 2011

ALLENTOWN - Less than an hour before Thursday night's contest against the Pawtucket PawSox, Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg had to enter the clubhouse and tell Vance Worley, his scheduled Friday night starter, to pack his bags and head for Philadelphia.

The Phillies had just put starting pitcher Joe Blanton on the disabled list with a medial impingement of the right elbow.

Friday, April 29, 2011

April 29, 1974 Kerry Solt hits two home runs to help Palmerton gain an 11-4 victory over Jim Thorpe. Solt, just a freshman, drills a grand slam in the first inning and adds a two-run blast in the fourth frame. The Blue Bombers also receive a two-run homer off the bat of Denny Strohl while Jerry Serfass contributes a two-run single. Bill Mazepa chips in with a hit, RBI and three runs scored.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

By JASON BORIS

This year's NFL draft is loaded with uncertainties due to a murky labor situation, the lack of a collective bargaining agreement and a league-imposed lockout. With no free agency, no negotiations between players and teams, and the state of the NFL at a standstill, the 2011 NFL Draft can be summed up in one word - "unpredictable."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It was a special day for Pleasant Valley's Keegan Bray.

Bray, a sophomore on the Bears' track team, set two school records in Wednesday's 92.5-57.5 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton. Bray set new records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with a little help from a tail wind.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

ALLENTOWN - The frustration is over!

In the previous eight games, the IronPigs won only two, averaging less than three runs per game.

In their series opener on Monday, the IronPig offense was non-existent with 2-runs on two hits.

The IronPig's collective bats came alive as Lehigh Valley downed Pawtucket 8-2 before 7,535 at Coca Cola Park.

It did not have anything to do with preaching to the baseball gods, starting new superstitions, or selling their souls to change their fortunes, all they did was continue to do what they always do.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 28, 1942 Eddie Becker tosses a two-hit shutout and strikes out 13 batters to lead Nesquehoning to a 2-0 victory over Mahanoy Township. Becker receives the only run he would need in the second inning when singles by Mike Saus, Francis Pillar and Ted Haldeman produce the game's first run. The Nesquers, coached by Bill Griffith, receive an insurance run in the seventh frame when Raymie Bonner triples and scores on a groundout. Pillar and Lee Richards both end with two hits for the winners.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
times news filephoto Gonzala Hernandez Cascante of Tamaqua earned the No. 1 seed for the District 11 Class AA tennis tournament.

It's been a busy school year for Tamaqua exchange student Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante.

Hernandez Cascante hit the ground running and hasn't slowed down since arriving from Spain on Aug. 20.

Not only has he had his hands full adapting to the American school system and trying to perfect his already very fluent use of the English language, but he has also been a huge part of the Blue Raider sports program.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Any time that Palmerton and Northern Lehigh meet on a sporting venue, the rivalry is present.

Wednesday night proved to be no different, as the two teams were battling, tempers were flaring, and fans were vocal at the PHS Stadium Field in a Colonial League soccer match. It was the Bombers who grabbed a big advantage early and rolled to a 9-1 win.

Palmerton forward Casey Rinfret overcame some early Senior Night jitters to score four goals and assist on another to lead the Lady Bombers to the win.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Courtney Berger (22) battles for ball against Wilson's Alesha Seifert.

Tamaqua and Northern Lehigh both picked up baseball and softball wins on the local scholastic sports scene on Wednesday.

BASEBALL

Pleasant Vy.-ES North

Pleasant Valley exploded for 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 20-9 Mountain Valley Conference victory over East Stroudsburg North.

The Bears (7-3, 5-1) banged out 17 hits, seven of them for extra bases.

Travis Raseley had three hits, two of them doubles, scored four runs and knocked in one while Drew Borger had a pair of hits, one a homer, drove in three and scored twice.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bucknell University junior Meredith Dickson has played in 37 softball games this season, starting in 27 of them.

The former Northwestern stand out, Dickson is batting .202 with eight runs scored and six RBIs. Behind the plate Dickson owns a .945 fielding percentage.

@Breif.Head:Fignar playing well for Kings baseball team

Kings College senior Mike Fignar is enjoying a fine season on the baseball diamond.