Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Lehigh Valley’s Ben Lively has been a consistent starting pitcher in the Phillies minor-league system since being acquired from Cincinnati. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

Ben Lively has emerged as one of the Phillies most promising prospects.

His 4-1 record combined with a 2.48 ERA makes him one of the top starters in the system this season, but it is also his consistency that makes him attractive to be called up to the Phillies the next time they need a starter.

Cincinnati traded Lively to the Phillies for Marlon Byrd before the 2015 season, and since his arrival he has gone 30-13 with a 3.25 ERA in 59 starts in the Phillies minor league system. IronPig manager Dusty Wathan, Lively’s manager at Reading, has seen most of those games.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Tamaqua inductees include Willing, Miller

The annual Carbon County Hall of Fame banquet will be held Sunday, May 28, at Memorial Hall, Jim Thorpe.

The program will start promptly at 1 p.m. with the dinner, followed by individual inductions of 23 persons who attained athletic accomplishments.

This year’s inductees are:

Palmerton – Bart Wagner, Gerald Rehrig and Art George.

Lehighton – Dennis Rehrig, Jerry Serfass and Bruce Barry.

Nesquehoning – Ed Wise, Robert Coombe and Thomas Zaengle.

Lansford – Dennis Boyle, Dave Padora and Joe Petko.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Northern Lehigh’s Kaitlin Hoffman delivers a pitch. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

ALLENTOWN — The ball just didn’t seem to find the ground anywhere away from a glove.

That seems to be a recent problem for the Northern Lehigh softball team.

In three of their last four games, the Bulldogs have only scored three or fewer runs, and it has come back to haunt them.

Friday afternoon it was more of the same.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Northwestern’s Ashley Sisco connects with a pitch. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

ALLENTOWN — What stood in the on-deck circle was someone that Northwestern would have liked to avoid at all costs.

With the game-tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh inning, Wilson’s Devyn Losko was a batter away from getting her shot.

But Losko never got to the batter’s box.

Wilson’s Morgan Casciole lined out to first base to end the game and Northwestern edged the Warriors, 4-3, on Friday evening at Pates Park in Allentown in the Colonial League quarterfinals. The win advances the Tigers to the semifinals against No. 1 seed Bangor.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

In many of these columns,“optimal health and fitness” is used as a catch-all term and for good reason. Workouts and diets you see as well-suited for you may be ill-suited for someone else.

That’s because different readers not only have different goals and different medical histories, but also widely differing ages. A demanding workout routine for a boy of 16, for instance, might be too difficult for a woman of 36, and too dangerous for anyone over 60.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Tamaqua second baseman Jen Frederickson tries to make a play while sliding into the bag is Pottsville’s Olivia Moran. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

ORWIGSBURG – Will someone please pass the Pepci, the acid reflux is starting to wear on the Tamaqua softball fans.

Friday evening at Patton Softball Field, the Blue Raiders weren’t making life in the fast lane easier. But, when they had to come up with the right antidote, they whipped up the right receipt for success.

Friday, May 12, 2017

There were multiple games with playoff implications across the Times News area on Thursday.

Lehighton defeated Catasauqua in baseball, which propelled Palmerton into the Colonial League playoffs. The Blue Bombers are now the No. 6 seed and will travel to third-seeded Bangor on Monday.

In softball, Tamaqua’s rout of Lehighton earned the Blue Raiders a spot in a Schuylkill League tiebreaker game against Pottsville today. The winner will clinch the Schuylkill League wild card and square off with Minersville in the semifinals on Monday.

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Northwestern’s Derek Holmes slides into third base as the throw arrives to Catasauqua’s Shane Dolon. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley baseball team needed one win across its final two games to clinch a district playoff berth. The Panthers got the job done against Mahanoy Area on Wednesday during an 11-5 Schuylkill League win.


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Panther Valley clinched a spot in the District playoffs with an 11-5 Schuylkill League win over Mahanoy Area.

Anthony Micholik had the hot bat for the Panthers, finishing with two singles, a double, and two RBIs. Tristan Blasko followed with a single, double, run scored and two RBIs.

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Pleasant Valley’s Michael Mitchell captured second place in the long jump of the EPC track and field meet Wednesday. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

EAST STROUDSBURG – Northern Lehigh’s Nick Miller and Jill Olewine usually aren’t too far apart during a meet.

When she’s not on the track, Olewine is leaping into the jumping pits, while Miller is nearby reaching great heights in the pole vault.

The duo came together once again during the second day of the Colonial League and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships at East Stroudsburg South High School.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Northern Lehigh School Board unanimously agreed on Monday to renew the following co-curricular positions for the 2017-18 school year:

• Jeff Miller, head boys’ basketball coach, $7,445

• Ken Shankweiler, head girls’ basketball coach, $7,445

• Sarah Arndt, assistant girls’ basketball coach, $4,839

• Anna Leigh Conway, assistant junior high girls’ basketball coach, $4,743

• Scott Snyder, head wrestling coach, $7,445

• Nick Hosford, assistant wrestling coach, $4,839

• Alfred Ortiz, Jr, assistant junior varsity wrestling coach, $4,839