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Friday, June 1, 2012

The history of Coal Region football is well-documented, but, in reality, not everyone who leaves area high schools with expectations of playing in college actually makes it to the field. Be that as it may, there's an alternative to it for those who want to continue to compete.

"Rugby is an amazing game," says Pat Boyle, a 2003 graduate of Marian High School who found his niche at Villanova University and continues to play the sport in "men's club" while coaching it at Temple University.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June 1, 1945 Joe Watto collects two hits and steals five bases including one of home to help Mauch Chunk gain a 5-4 Panther Valley League victory over Lansford. Winning pitcher Larry Getz scatters 11 hits and four walks while striking out 11. Xavier Wernett and Heydt both contribute a hit and run scored for Mauch Chunk. In a losing effort, Eddie Kusko finishes with three hits.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Lauren Campbell slides into third base with a triple as Pine Grove's Samantha Lengel waits for the throw.

ORWIGSBURG Palmerton pitcher Martina Herring and her defense worked through numerous jams during Wednesday's District 11 Class AA semifinal matchup against Pine Grove.

Unfortunately for the Blue Bombers, they couldn't get out of the final one.

After stranding eight Cardinal runners through the first six innings, Palmerton's magic finally ran out as Pine Grove pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 3-2 victory and earn a berth in today's district final.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Big games are usually filled with big moments, but in the case of the Northwestern and Red Land opening round state soccer match-up there was only one.

Unfortunately, for the Tigers the monumental moment was in the favor of Red Land. The Patriots out-scored Northwestern 6-5 in the shootout session to get the 1-0 victory, ousting the Tigers from state competition.

The Tigers (20-3) lived dangerously throughout the whole first half, with Red Land (19-3) looping passes into the Northwestern box on numerous occasions.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Panther Valley School District will be holding fall sport physicals on Thursday June 7.

The sport physicals will be held in the Panther Valley high school nurses office. See below for sports and times.

@$:1:00pm-Volleyball, 1:30pm-7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball, 2:00pm-Freshman, JV and Varsity Football, 2:30pm-7th and 8th grade Football

Cheerleading will be held on Monday June 11th at 5:00pm in the Panther Valley high school nurses office.

In order to receive a physical, student athlete must have a physical form signed by a guardian.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Becahi blanks Northwestern

Bethlehem Catholic is on a roll. And Northwestern got in its way Wednesday in the District 11 Class AAA softball playoffs.

The Lehigh Valley Conference champ Golden Hawks took out the Tigers, 10-0 in five innings to advance to Thursday's title game. They'll face No. 2 seed Pottsville, which beat Saucon Valley 5-2 in the other semifinal.

Bethlehem Catholic had 14 hits and took advantage of three Northwestern errors in Wednesday's win.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tamaqua has announced its schedule for Junior and Senior High School sports physicals. All sports for the 2012-13 school year will receive their physicals at this time.

Tuesday, June 12

(all sports)

8-9:30 a.m. - grades 7 and 8

9:30-11:30 - grades 9-10

Wendesday, July 11

(all sports)

8-9:30 - grades 11-12

9:30-11:30 - make up physicals

Notes

* A student-athlete may attend during another time frame, but is encouraged to attend during their scheduled time.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

ALLENTOWN – Following his team's ten-run loss to Pleasant Valley back on April 16th, Lehighton manager Brian Polaha wasn't shy about expressing his displeasure with his players and their recent play.

Despite being 9-2 at the time, Polaha felt as if his team's sub-par defensive play did not match their above-average record.

"Our record is a lot better than we are," Polaha said at the time. "A 9-1 team should not play like this. Yeah, sometimes a hard hit ball will get booted. Even good teams make mistakes. But there is no excuse for the amount of errors we made today."

Thursday, May 31, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's A.J. Wenrich charges in to scoop up an infielder grounder.

ALLENTOWN – Following his team's ten-run loss to Pleasant Valley back on April 16th, Lehighton manager Brian Polaha wasn't shy about expressing his displeasure with his players and their recent play.

Despite being 9-2 at the time, Polaha felt as if his team's sub-par defensive play did not match their above-average record.

"Our record is a lot better than we are," Polaha said at the time. "A 9-1 team should not play like this. Yeah, sometimes a hard hit ball will get booted. Even good teams make mistakes. But there is no excuse for the amount of errors we made today."

Thursday, May 31, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton catcher Jacen Nalesnik puts the tag on Blue Mountain's James Bromwell at home plate. Bromwell was out on the play.

ALLENTOWN - Giving up nine walks over the course of seven innings, most of the time you would be on the losing end by a ton of runs.

That wasn't the case for the Lehighton baseball team on Wednesday at Coca-Cola Park when they faced District 11 3A defending champion Blue Mountain.

The No. 2 seeded Indians, who defeated Saucon Valley two years ago for the district crown, never gave up.