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Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 30, 1950 Jack Esrang has a big day at the plate to lead Mauch Chunk to an 8-3 Panther Valley League win over Coaldale. Esrang collects four hits, including a triple, double and two singles, and scores two runs. Vince Huber goes the distance on the mound for the victory, striking out eight batters while walking five. The winners also receive a hit and two runs scored from Joe Kuhla. For Coaldale, Frank Radocha, Al Zummers and Johnny Danyo each finish with two hits.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
linda rothrock/special to the times news Palmerton pitcher Kendra Pekurney settles under an infield pop up.

OREFIELD - Palmerton's girls softball team hadn't played a game since Catasauqua embarrassed it in the Colonial League semifinals two weeks ago.

There was no rust showing on the Lady Bombers, however, as they shut out Southern Lehigh by a 3-0 score in the District 11 Class AAA semifinal at Parkland on Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Matt Minchhoff slides home with the go-ahead run as Southern Lehigh catcher Jacob Del Priore awaits the throw.

ALLENTOWN – Confidence.

You can't have it without success, but you can't be successful without it.

That's what makes it so crucial, yet so elusive.

It can be the difference between close losses and narrow victories. It doesn't happen overnight, but when you get it, you can become an overnight success.

It can be the magical ingredient that turns a frustrating 5-15 season into a memorable district championship run.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Rikki Correll of Pleasant Valley  releases a pitch against Liberty in the District 11 semifinals.

It looked like top-seeded Pleasant Valley (16-8) would have just enough gas to down defending champion Liberty in the District 11 Class AAAA softball semifinals, but the Hurricanes woke up in the top of the seventh to score five runs and down the Bears 6-2.

Pleasant Valley had earned the top seed by virtue of winning the Mountain Valley Conference, but knew that Liberty (15-7) wouldn't go easily.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The International Association of Lions Clubs from Lehigh and Northampton counties recently announced the schedule and players for their 32nd Annual All Star Soccer Classic.

This year's event will be held on Sunday, June 2 at Whitehall High School. The games will again feature graduating high school senior all-star boys and girls from the Mountain Valley Conference, Colonial League and the Lehigh Valley Conference.

Starting time for the boys game will be 3 p.m. and the girls game will begin at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS NFL Punt-Pass-Kick contest held in Jim Thorpe This year to mark the 50th anniversary of Jim Thorpe's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Carbon County Special Olympics hosted an NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick contest during their annual competition at the Jim Thorpe High School football stadium. Pictured with State Rep. Doyle Heffley and Special Olympic's Competition Coordinator Dave Rodrigues are brothers Brandon and Bailey Becker who both placed first in their age brackets.

This year to mark the 50th anniversary of Jim Thorpe's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Carbon County Special Olympics hosted an "official" NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick contest during their annual competition at the Jim Thorpe High School football stadium. Pictured with State Rep. Doyle Heffley and Special Olympic's Competition Coordinator Dave Rodrigues are brothers Brandon and Bailey Becker who both placed first in their age brackets.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May 29, 1980 Marian's Andy Sherkness fires a no-hitter in the opening round of the District 11 Class AA playoffs as the Colts post a 5-0 victory over Saint Clair. Sherkness, a junior left-hander, strikes out 13 batters while walking eight. He dodges bases-loaded jams in both the first and second innings and also helps his own cause by delivering a two-run single. Jim Dennis, Pete Bubel and Dave Koin each add RBI singles while Bob Pasquariello finishes with three hits, one a double.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Allysa Vavra

Allysa Vavra knows swimming and she's anxious to share that knowledge with area youths.

Vavra will combine her incredible talent in the pool with her unmatched passion for the sport to give aspiring swimmers an incredible opportunity for improvement.

The Panther Valley High School and Indiana University graduate will be running a week-long swimming camp next month in Lansford.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

It makes the pursuit of optimal health and fitness fascinating, frustrating and to some degree liberating. Sometimes with the key word being sometimes the science behind it all means squat.

You need to find things out for yourself.

Consider, for instance, an odd example I read more than 20 years ago about a bodybuilder so perfectly proportioned that he not only won major national competitions but also worked as a mainstream fashion model. Years before his success, however, he had struggled to put on muscle no matter how well he ate after his intense workouts.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Blue Ridge Rifles Muzzleloader Club, Coon Club Road, located off Route 183, south of Summit Station, is the site of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rendezvous and Muzzleloader Shoot, through Monday, with shooting events today and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for campers and day shooters.

There is no registration or target fee for those shooting the junior match, ages 16 and younger. Rifles are available for those not having their own, and prizes are awarded to the top three scorers.