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Friday, June 3, 2011

By TJ ENGLE

It was through the actions of Tiffani Christman and her supporting cast that Palmerton's version of "Save Our Sports" came to life a few weeks ago.

With heart-warming support from the local community, "SOS" was able to attain its mission of rescuing seven sports wrestling, swimming, tennis, boys' and girls' cross country, and boys' and girls' soccer.

When Christman received word of the plan by the Palmerton School Board, she didn't hesitate.

Friday, June 3, 2011
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Megan Hardy (40) slides home with a third inning run as Easton catcher Brooke Limeberry stretches for a wide throw.

ALLENTOWN - Early on, Pleasant Valley's bid for a first-ever District 11 Class AAAA championship seemed completely out of sight.

It was never out of mind, however.

Despite an early seven-run deficit in Thursday's championship game, the Bears' never lost their vision of district gold.

"Coming off the field after their big [six-run second] inning, our group of seniors made sure that everyone knew the game wasn't over," said Pleasant Valley coach Steve Caffrey. "They talked about battling back and that's exactly what we did."

Friday, June 3, 2011

June 3, 1955 Lehighton scores a run in the top of the ninth inning to pull out a 4-3 win over Tamaqua in a Tri-County Junior Legion exhibition contest. Bob Arner, who had singled earlier, races home from third with the eventual winning run on a bad throw to first. Arner, who had two hits, also gains the pitching win. He tosses all nine innings, allows six hits and strikes out 10. Zimmerman adds two hits, one a double. For Tamaqua, Mike Stebilla collects three hits and scores twice while Joe Kopena slugs a homer.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Towamesning Yankees concluded a busy stretch by going 4-3 in recent Keystone Senior Babe Ruth action.

NORCO LEGION

Birches-Big Pocono

Daniel Sharpe hit a pair of doubles and knocked in two runs to help Big Pocono gain a 7-1 Northampton County Legion victory over the Birches on Wednesday.

Frank Argentieri pitched a two-hitter to earn the mound win while Howie Stevens suffered the loss.

KEYSTONE SENIOR BABE RUTH

Towamensing-McAdoo/Tresckow

Thursday, June 2, 2011
Kosciolek Tournament winners

The annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament to benefit the Cazzie Kosciolek Memorial Scholarship Fund was won by, from left, Dennis McGinley, Joe Tamagini, Jason Derr and Brad O'Donnel. The tournament was held at at the Ginther Courts in Summit Hill on Saturday, May 28.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

During a special meeting last evening, the Lehighton Area School Board hired two head basketball coaches and an Athletic Director.

Former Northern Lehigh basketball coach Richard Oertner was named the Indians' head boys' basketball coach.

"We're very excited to get someone of his caliber," said School Board President David Krause."Oertner enjoyed a tremendous amount of success at Northern Lehigh ."

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June 2, 1979 A five-run fifth inning and an excellent pitching performance from Joe Rauscher carries Northwestern to a 6-2 win over Catasauqua in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 playoffs. Rauscher, who also collects three hits at the plate, allows just four hits and strikes out eight. The Tigers, coached by Mike Haberern, receive a solo homer from Keith Edsall and an RBI on a squeeze bunt by Ron Pierce.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

HERSHEY - Nobody can accuse the Northwestern girls' soccer team of taking it easy this postseason.

The Tigers battled through the new single-class district playoff bracket in order to earn a PIAA tournament berth, knocking off a few of their bigger brethren in the process.

Their reward for that run: a first-round state date with talented Mechanicsburg, the District 3 runner-up and a returning state qualifier.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 1, 1999 Ann Marie Miller drives in Katy Kresge with the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Marian's softball team to a 7-6 win over Tri-Valley in the District 11 Class A semifinals. Kresge singles, moves to second on a sacrifice and snaps a 6-6 tie when Miller delivers her RBI hit. The Fillies, coached by Michelle Borzok, enjoy a big second inning. Michelle Kott has the key hit during the five-run frame.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

For the first three weeks of the season at Mahoning Valley Speedway, Kunkletown's Tyler Haydt was within reach of the checkered flag as in each of those Modified features, finishing a close second.

Haydt finally shunned the bridesmaid role and wheeled his Bill Teel owned #16 to victory. In doing so he assumed the division point lead over Earl Paules, who ironically he had been runner-up to twice thus far.