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Friday, April 24, 2015
Black representing District 11on PSADA

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association recently held a conference at the Hershey Lodge. Last July, Panther Valley Athletic Director Kristin Black (bottom row, seventh from left) was elected to the PSADA by District 11 athletic directors. The association consists of two athletic directors from each district. Since being elected to the PSADA, Black took a position of Membership Chair. In that role, Black is in charge of registering all athletic directors throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's John Lowin hits a forehand during the District 11 Class AA Singles Tournament on Wednesday. Check out our online gallery for more tennis pictures at

OREFIELD - Though the first day of the District 11 Class AA boys' singles tennis tournament ended with all five players from the Times News area being eliminated, it certainly wasn't without positives both on and off the court.

Jim Thorpe's Brett Luicana, one of three Olympians to qualify for the event, advanced to the second round with a 6-4, 6-2 first round win over Pen Argyl's Anthony Polizzi.

Luicana's tournament ended, however, when he was defeated by No. 7 seed Abbhi Sekar of Moravian Academy, 6-2, 6-1.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
nancy scholz/times news Pleasant Valley's Jon White follows through on a backhand during the District 11 Class AAA Singles Tournament.

HELLERTOWN – Pleasant Valley didn't just magically earn an 8-6 overall record in its first year of gritty Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tennis competition.

Two senior Bears fearlessly led Mark Allison's squad this season. Jon White has been one of the best players in the district for a few years and fellow senior Erik Ammermann has improved immensely during his time with the program.

Both Pleasant Valley players earned berths in the District 11 Class AAA Singles Tournament on Wednesday.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

April 23, 1991 Trevor Steigerwalt and Jim Hope combine to shut out Mount Carmel, 8-0, in a Schuylkill League Division I game. Steigerwalt, who tosses the first four frames, helps his own cause by collecting two hits, one a two-run double. The Blue Raiders, coached by Bob Livingston, also receive two hits and two runs from Keith James. Ron Rega and Kevin Krell both finish with a pair of hits while Micah Gursky contributes a two-run single. Hope, who closes the game with three scoreless innings, also scores a pair of runs.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It was hard to imagine that Earl Paules went a whole season without a Modified victory, which actually is a rarity in the career of one of the winningest drivers in eastern Pennsylvania short track pavement racing.

Running two, three and at times four different cars each week may have had a role in that too. So for the first time in three years Paules hauled just one car to the race track and it made an immediate difference as the prolific racer notched his first Modified win since late August of 2013.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 22, 1983 Scott Lutz delivers a two-run single in the eighth inning to lift Pleasant Valley to a 5-3 Centennial League win over Northern Lehigh. Charlie Delp pitches all eight innings for the winners, allowing just three hits while striking out 12. Rich Ruch, who scores the go-ahead run on Lutz's hit, had tied the game earlier with an RBI hit. The Bears also receive a hit and run scored from Mike Mullane. For Nolehi, Chris Farber knocks in two runs with a double.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Northern Lehigh's Kaitlin Hoffman swings at a pitch during Tuesday's game against Salisbury.

SALISBURY For both the Salisbury and Northern Lehigh softball teams, one-run losses have been a commonality all season long.

Entering Tuesday's meeting between the two teams, five of Salisbury's losses in a recent seven-game losing skid in the Colonial League came by one run. Northern Lehigh hasn't had much better luck, with three losses coming by one run. During last week's pivotal stretch in the Colonial League, one-run defeats to Palmerton (2-1) and Southern Lehigh (3-2) haunted the Bulldogs once again.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
ron gower/special to the times news Marian's Nick Kubishin waits for a throw as the Williams Valley runner slides safely into second base.

Lehighton, Pleasant Valley and Palmerton all posted tennis wins in action Tuesday.

The Indians gained two victories over Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg while the Bears downed Pocono Mountain West. The Bombers blanked Notre Dame-Green Pond and then lost to Southern Lehigh.

Other area winners included Marian baseball, Lehighton softball, Pleasant Valley softball and Northwestern softball.


Palmerton-Notre Dame GP

Palmerton blanked Notre Dame of Green Pond in a Colonial League contest, 5-0.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

North Schuylkill seemed to have Tamaqua's number late last year.

The Spartans softball team earned shutout victories in both the Schuylkill League Division I wild card game and the first round of the District 11 Class AA playoffs.

But in their first meeting this season, the Raiders flipped the script on their rivals, pounding out eight hits en route to an easy victory in the league opener.

Tuesday, Tamaqua proved it could do it again, this time claiming a 6-3 triumph in come-from-behind fashion to sweep the regular season series.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pleasant Valley and Jim Thorpe both earned sweeps in track action Tuesday.


ES South-Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley swept East Stroudsburg South in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference dual meet.

The PV girls won 104-45, while the boys earned a 99-50 victory.

Jennifer Mickens of Pleasant Valley won three events (400, 800, and 1600) while the Lady Bears also captured all three relay races.

PV's Khai Samuels took two events (400, 800) in the boys meet.


Pleasant Valley 99, ES South 50