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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.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 31, 1998 Nick Mangold draws a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to force in the winning run as Lehighton registers an 11-10 comeback victory over Fullerton in Lehigh Valley Legion action. Ron Johnson hits a grand slam for the winners while Brent Kunkle also contributes a three-run blast. Tim Matula, who earns the mound win with two scoreless innings in relief, collects three hits. Kunkle, Mangold and Casey Hydro each finish with two.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30, 1955 Nesquehoning's Bill Sluck and Lansford's Mike Kerestes both win two events at the Carbon County track and field meet, held at Summit Hill. Sluck captures the 880 and mile, while Kerestes tops the field in the shot put and discus. The Panthers, who capture the team title by one point over Lehighton, also receive firsts from Bussy Earley (440), Charlie Wernett (broad jump) and Mike Midas (high jump). The Indians get top performances from Carl "Skippy" Koons (100) and LaMar Semmel (pole vault).

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29, 1964 Gary Druss collects two hits and scores three runs to help lead Lansford to a 10-7 Black Diamond League comeback victory over Summit Hill. Dave Padora tosses two innings of scoreless relief to gain the pitching win. John Zubek finishes with three hits and a run scored for the Panthers, who use a four-run sixth inning to offset a deficit. Tom Major and Ed Sabol each contribute two hits and two runs scored while Dave Malkin adds two hits and knocks in a pair of runs.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Christine Streisel winds up to release a throw in the javelin during Saturday's PIAA Championships. Streisel won a silver medal in the event.

SHIPPENSBURG – The TIMES NEWS area was represented quite well on day two of the PIAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, bringing home medals in seven events.

Tamaqua's Christine Streisel and Eric Hertzog, Jim Thorpe's PJ Johnson, Palmerton's Monty Szukics, the Blue Bombers 4x100 relay team, Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson and Pleasant Valley's Kelecia Harris all earned hardware.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 26, 1952 Bob Andrews earns the pitching win and collects two hits at the plate to help Lehighton post a 9-3 legion victory over Tamaqua. Andrews scatters six hits, allows two walks and strikes out seven in his eight innings of work. Bob Zellner contributes two hits, one a solo homer, and scores three runs. The winners, coached by "Moose" Kunkle, also receive a pair of hits from Earl Knappenberger and three runs scored from Jack Mullen.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

People often ask what the favorite aspect of my job is. One of the driving reasons that I became a golf professional in the first place was the avenue it gave me to help young people develop all of the wonderful traits of a golfer: respect for rules and others, etiquette, politeness and honesty. Junior golf is the lifeblood of the future of the game.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

DALMATIA In less than 13 months, Keystone Shooting Park has earned the reputation as one of the finest Olympic Trap training facilities in the world.

Located on the grounds of Martz's Game Farm in Dalmatia, KSP and its founder Allen Chubb, president of Chubb International Shooting Sports in Elizabethville, held an open house earlier this month for members of the outdoors media attending the annual Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association Spring Conference based in Pottsville.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Tigers' Paiste accomplishes goal

HERSHEY Improvement is the name of the game in any sport, and Northwestern tennis player Henry Paiste is certainly playing along.

The back-to-back Disrict 11 AA Champion took his talents to Hershey Friday for the PIAA AA State Tennis Singles Championships. Paiste's goal was to improve on his first round exit of last season and it was mission accomplished for the sophomore.