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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Palmerton picked up a baseball win on Tuesday.

BASEBALL

Palmerton-Jim Thorpe

Palmerton ended its regular season with a 2-1 non-league victory over Jim Thorpe.

The Bombers' Nate DeKorte (2-for-2) singled and later scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh on an Olympian error. Eli Borge added a RBI single in the sixth.

Lee Kuntz tossed a complete game, while striking out 12 on his way to the win on the mound.

Pat Duvigneaud led the Olympians with a RBI single. Dominic Pompa added a double and a run scored.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley shortstop Dan Hrbek makes a diving attempt to catch a fly ball in shallow leftfield. The Bears' Nicholas Domenici (4) moves in from behind.

For the first time since 2009, and just the second time in the last 11 years, the Pleasant Valley baseball team will not be playing for the Mountain Valley Conference championship.

It turned out to be one of those days for Pleasant Valley on Tuesday. The Bears stranded several runners on base and made too many mental mistakes in the field to be able to pull out the win. In the end the third-seeded Cardinals from Pocono Mountain East knocked off Pleasant Valley, 6-3 to advance to the MVC title game against Stroudsburg on Thursday.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 15, 1948 Coaldale's Tom Flyzik wins both the discus and shot put to help the Tigers claim the District 11 Class B championship. Coaldale scores 75 1/2 team points to finish ahead of runner-up Summit Hill (52 1/2 points). The Tigers also receive first-place finishes from Charley Zlock (440), Mike Gregus (mile), Joe Rilo (broad jump), Tony Adamec (javelin) and the half-mile and mile relay teams. The Hillers' Walter O'Gurek was a double-winner, bettering the field in the pole vault and high jump, while teammates Donald Billig (110 hurdles) and Tommy Ronemus (880) also win gold medals.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

STROUDSBURG - Coming in as the fourth seed in the Mountain Valley Conference baseball tournament, there's no doubt Lehighton was the underdog in its matchup against top-seeded Stroudsburg.

The Indians, however, were riding a four-game winning streak coming into the contest in which they had outscored their opponents 26-5, which certainly created a sense of hope and optimism heading into the game.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
mike feifel/times news Palmerton shortstop Steph Brinker fields a grounder against Catasauqua.

The Palmerton softball team entered its Colonial League playoff game with Catasauqua riding the momentum of a 10-game winning streak. That streak included a shutout victory over the Rough Riders.

But the momentum and confidence that was created by the streak and the victory came to a crashing halt on Tuesday night.

Catasauqua made sure of that as it downed the Lady Bombers 15-4 in five innings. The Rough Riders will move on to play Pen Argyl in the Colonial League championship game on Thursday.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Four local gymnasts recently placed at state meets.

The four include Alexa Fegley of New Ringgold, Katie Goetz of Tamaqua, and Anna and Sarah Laible of Lehighton.

Below are the results of each girl at their respective meet.

Alexa Fegley - a nine-year old Level 6 gymnast with the Parkettes competed at the state competition in Cranberry Township. She finished third on bars (9.00), fourth on beam (9.575) and third all-around with a combined score of 36.375.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lehighton High School two-sport star Dylan Flexer has announced plans to continue his academic and football careers at Mansfield University.

Flexer was captain of the Indians' football team this past season and received the "coaches award" for dedication, drive and being able to adapt and play different positions.

At Mansfield, he will play on the sprint football team which is open to players 172-pounds or lighter.

At Lehighton, Flexer was a four-year member of both the football and wrestling teams.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

PINE GROVE Last season, when the Tamaqua baseball team needed a clutch hit or big defensive play it just didn't seem to happen. The Raiders were young and it showed as they lost five one-run games in 2012.

This season, however, the Raiders are a much different ball club. When the game has been on the line, it has brought out the best in Tamaqua. The Raiders showcased that yet again Monday night in the Schuylkill League semifinals against Williams Valley.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lehigh Valley Conference officials had a chance to meet last week to discuss the future of the league and some clarity is now coming into focus. The league met on Monday in an emergency meeting to discuss the Mountain Valley Conference invitation of 10 of the league's schools, while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.

Principal's and athletic directors met last Wednesday as well in a regularly scheduled meeting and all indicators point to the LVC staying intact with all of its members.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May 14, 1979 Pete McGuire slugs a two-run home run and also contributes an RBI single to help Jim Thorpe edge Weatherly, 8-7, in Hughie McGeehan League action. The Olympians, coached by Tony Forte, score two runs in each of the first three innings. Ed Kementovic, who gains the pitching win, adds a triple and run scored while Dave Carrigan chips in with an RBI single. Barry Haupt also delivers a key double. For the Wreckers, Jim Suitch hits a two-run homer.