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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Ryan Karnish Marian

Three local scholar athletes will be among those honored at The Schuylkill Chapter of the National Football Foundation's 52nd annual Scholar-Athlete Award Banquet at 5 p.m. this Sunday at Hillcrest Hall in Minersville.

Marian's Ryan Karnish, Panther Valley's Richard Smith and Tamaqua's Brandon Fogel will represent the TIMES NEWS area.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Northwestern rolled past rival Northern Lehigh in Colonial League action Tuesday.

BASEBALL

N'western-No. Lehigh

Northwestern made the most of a strong start and held on for a 12-4 win over rival Northern Lehigh in Colonial League action.

Boston Furjanic and Richard Perry each knocked in four runs for Northwestern. Taylor Breininger went 4-for-4 and also drove in two for the Tigers (3-1; 1-1).

Ryan Martinez had two hits and scored a run for Northern Lehigh (0-3).

Northwestern 410 133 0 - 12 17 2

No. Lehigh 002 100 1 - 4 10 6

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April 3, 1987 Lehighton sends 12 men to the plate and scores seven runs in the sixth inning to rally for a 9-4 Centennial League win over Pleasant Valley. Chris Pekurney collects a two-run triple during the uprising while Tim Frey adds an RBI triple. The Indians, coached by Tom Schaeffer, also receive run-scoring hits in the big frame from Matt Schaeffer and Ron Steigerwalt. Schaeffer and Skimmer Andrews finish the game with three hits apiece while Steigerwalt earns the pitching win.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April 2, 2003 Tamaqua opens its track season by sweeping Schuylkill League Division I foe Pine Grove. In the boys meet, Matt Wagner registers wins in both the long and triple jumps to lead the Raiders to an 88-61 victory. Kevin Lempfert (100), Zac Evans (200), Mark Waidell (1600), Derrik Keich (300 IH) and Andrew Danko (javelin) each contribute with an individual first. In girls action, Eileen Gurcsik (100, 200), Liz Manness (400, 800) and Erin Mohrbach (long, triple jumps) all cop two events during a 130-20 win.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Lehighton's Thatcher David unwinds with a pitch against Jim Thorpe. David tossed four shutout innings as the Indians rolled to a 13-0 victory.

It was a very windy and wild Monday afternoon in the TIMES NEWS area.

Fortunately for the Lehighton baseball team, so too was Jim Thorpe's pitching and fielding.

The Indians took advantage of three first-inning walks by Olympian starter Ian Sterling to grab an early three-run lead. Later in the fourth, Lehighton pushed across seven more runs thanks in large part to three Jim Thorpe errors. The big fourth inning eventually led to a 13-0 victory for the Indians.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Sophia Everett slides into home before Jim Thorpe catcher Bryanna Kehrli can apply a tag.

The Lehighton softball field could've been mistaken for the Chicago Cubs famous Wrigley Field Monday afternoon. It's not because the Indians' field staff planted ivy by the outfield fence, but that the constant wind gusts made West Lehighton seem like downtown Chicago.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Northwestern pulled out narrow victories over Tamaqua in both baseball and softball action on Monday.

BASEBALL

Tamaqua-Northwestern

Nick Rodriguez delivered what turned out to be the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Northwestern to a 6-5 non-league victory over visiting Tamaqua.

Rodriguez sparked the Tigers' attack with two singles, a double, a stolen base and an RBI. Richard Perry (single, double, two runs scored) and Collin Breidinger (single, double, run scored, RBI) contributed to the Northwestern win.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

ALLENTOWN - Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Dave Brundage has been around the game of baseball long enough to realize how special Opening Day is. So when he makes his debut as the third manager of the franchise at Coca-Cola Park on Thursday night against the Syracuse Chiefs, he'll be ready to try and resume the success that Ryne Sandberg had at his two years at the helm. Sandberg was promoted to third base coach of the major league Phillies in the off-season.

Monday, April 1, 2013

April 1, 1977 Joe Kavusak knocks in six runs to help lead Palmerton to a 9-6 Centennial League win over East Stroudsburg. Kavusak belts a grand slam in the first inning and later rips a two-run double. The Blue Bombers, coached by Ted Plessl, also receive a solo homer off the bat of Rich Steigerwalt while Kerry Solt contributes a two-run single. Rod Strohl picks up the pitching win, with Bob Kolnik providing key relief help in the seventh frame.

Monday, April 1, 2013
Pleasant Valley's Devon Howard goes up for two as he plays for the Mountain Valley Conference All-Stars in the VIA Basketball Classic against the Lehigh Valley Conference All-Stars on Saturday at Northampton Area Community College. NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP - Spring sports have began in the TIMES NEWS area, but there was still a little basketball to be played this past weekend at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem Township.

All stars from the Lehigh Valley Conference East faced off with all stars from the Mountain Valley Conference on "Super Saturday" at the Via All Star Basketball Classic.

The day also featured two games between the Lehigh Valley West and the Colonial League all stars squads in the early afternoon along with a Special Olympics Shootout.