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Saturday, May 28, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Kayla Hope shows her gold medal form in this eight photo composite of her winning long jump at the PIAA Class AA State Track and Field Championships on Friday.

SHIPPENSBURG - One last jump.

That was all Tamaqua's Kayla Hope had left in her quest for a state gold medal in the long jump.

So she did the only thing a state champion would do. She let it all hang out and just went for it.

Friday, May 27, 2011

If Pen Argyl's softball team received a scouting report about Tamaqua heading into their matchup against the seventh seeded Lady Raiders, it would have proven to be inconclusive.

With wins against quality programs, losses to sub-par squads, and an overall record of 9-11 heading into its District 11 Class AA quarterfinal matchup, Tamaqua was certainly a mystery.

Add into that mix, a heartbreaking loss by his own team in the Colonial League championship and Green Knight head coach Bill Schankel wasn't exactly sure what to expect.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pleasant Valley's Dianne Klapatch was only trying to hit a fly ball to the outfield.

As it turns out, she got a little extra.

With teammate Kasey Meckes on third base with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning of a tie game, Klapatch knew a sacrifice fly would chase home the winning run in Thursday's District 11 Class AAAA quartefinal game against Emmaus.

The Bears' No. 3 hitter got her fly ball and then some. Klapatch's shot to left cleared the fence to give PV a 5-3 walkoff win and a berth in Tuesday's semifinals.

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27, 1997 Ivan George tosses a four-hitter to help Palmerton's legion team open the season with an 8-2 victory over Fullerton. George strikes out 11 and doesn't walk a batter in the Lehigh Valley Legion contest. The winners use a four-run fifth inning to take the lead for good. John Kovacs, Jason Hernandez and Bob Young each finish with two hits to lead Palmerton's 11-hit attack.

Friday, May 27, 2011

WHITEHALL - After suffering a 2-1 loss to Southern Lehigh in the Colonial League semifinals earlier this month, Northwestern Lehigh had an opportunity for revenge in the District 11 consolation game.

The winner of this game would be awarded a spot in the 2011 PIAA state championships which will begin on June 1.

The Tigers understood what was at stake, and defeated the No. 1 seeded Spartans 1-0 on Thursday.

Friday, May 27, 2011

@Breif.Head:Mangold will play football at Albright

Jim Thorpe High School senior Tyler Mangold has announced that he will continue his academic and football career at Division III Albright College.

Mangold was a four-year starter for the Olympians, where he was named captain the past two two seasons. A two-way starter, Mangold led the team in pancake blocks as an offensive lineman and tackles as the team's linebacker.

This year, Mangold had 75 tackles, including 16 tackles for a loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks.

Friday, May 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh catcher Erika Bowman hurls the ball to first after fielding a bunt. Behind her is teammate Kristi Seiler.

There wasn't any power hitting by either Northern Lehigh or North Schuylkill in their first round, District 11 Class AA matchup Thursday. The only hits by both teams were singles.

The visiting Spartans won the game, 5-0, scoring early by capitalizing on errors and speed.

Also worth mentioning is a superb pitching performance by North Schuylkill's Cassie Lapotsky, who allowed only four N.L. hits, struck out 11 Lady Bulldogs, and walked just two.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Three District 11 playoff games involving TIMES NEWS area teams were impacted by Thursday night's powerful storms that swept through the area.


A severe thunderstorm and a tornado warning caused the suspension of the District 11 Class A baseball semifinal between Marian and Tri-Valley.

The Colts were leading 3-0 in the third inning. The game will be resumed at 5 p.m. today at Pine Grove.

No. Lehigh-Salisbury

Friday, May 27, 2011
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Northwestern coach Len Smith (left) watches the action on the field and directs baserunner Tyrone Williams back to third base.

OREFIELD – Something had to give when two of the hottest teams in the area met up in Thursday night's District 11 Class AAA baseball game at Parkland High School.

Northwestern came in on a seven-game winning streak. Pottsville had won 12 of its last 14 games. With its season on the line, the Crimson Tide ended Northwestern's streak with a 9-0 win to advance to next week's title game against Blue Mountain at Coca-Cola Park.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
ron gower/times news Derek Walling of Pleasant Valley easily beats the throw to the plate and scores in the fifth inning against Nazareth. The Blue Eagle catcher waiting for the throw is Justin Pacchioli.

Pleasant Valley knew all about Nazareth and highly-touted Division I recruit Karl Keglovits.

The Bears were impressed, but not intimidated.

Pleasant Valley entered the District 11 Class AAAA quarterfinal game ready to play spoiler and came extremely close to accomplishing goal.

Despite a valiant effort by the Bears, however, Nazareth pulled out the 4-2 win.

"In no way, shape or form, was our team intimidated," Pleasant Valley head coach Karl Rentzheimer said. "It seemed as though we were just a hit away in about five of the seven innings."