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Thursday, May 19, 2011
bob ford/times new Lehighton's Jon Strauss won the AAA javelin with a throw of 191-5.

ORWIGSBURG - Lehighton's Jon Strauss wasn't worried about carrying a bullseye on his back.

The Indian junior entered the javelin competition at the District 11 Class AAA Track and Field Championships as the No. 1 seed.

"I never look at it as people are chasing me," said Strauss, when asked if was there any pressure holding the top seed. "I just want to beat myself every single time and beat my PR. As long as I do that, I will be fine."

Thursday, May 19, 2011
ron gower/times news Dana McAllister of Pleasant Valley, left, and Camille Roberts of Parkland both pursue ball.

It the sport of soccer, especially in the playoffs, one goal can make the difference between losing and living to play another day.

One goal was all Parkland needed to end Pleasant Valley's season on Wednesday, as the Trojans knocked off the Lady Bears 1-0 on a rain-soaked turf. Parkland's Camille Roberts scored with 8:58 remaining in the first half and eventually pushed her team into the second round of the District 11 playoffs. It is the first time since 2008 that the Bears have been eliminated from the playoffs in their very first game.

Thursday, May 19, 2011
mike feifel/times news Cassy Yost of Northwestern (white uniform) goes over Sara Cressman of Emmaus to head the ball.

NEW TRIPOLI – After losing to Southern Lehigh in the first round of the Colonial League playoffs was disappointing to say the least. That fire was a spark to ignite the Lady Tigers as they put it all together to top Emmaus 4-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the District XI tournament.

"We're really excited about this win. We were trying to get back into the groove of things after losing to Southern Lehigh," Northwestern's Katie Hughes said. "We worked really hard and it all started to come together."

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May 19, 1977 Charlie Horner's two-out infield single in the bottom of the seventh inning drives in the winning run and completes Slatington's 4-3 comeback victory over Palmerton. The Bulldogs trail 3-0 entering the final frame but Dennis Mankos starts the rally with a single. John Roberts, who goes 3-for-3 in the contest, follows with an RBI triple and scores on Jeff Wertman's ground out. After Tom Evans reaches base, Ron Breiner's triple ties the game. Horner then delivers his game-winning hit.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May 18, 1960 Dave Lewis tosses a four-hitter to help lead Marian to an 8-2 Anthracite Catholic League win over Shenandoah Catholic. Lewis allows two walks and strikes out 10 batters. Francis Hager collects three hits and scores two runs for the Colts, coached by Hugh "Wink" Gallagher. The winners also receive two hits and a run scored from both Hank Epler and Jack Gillespie while Leo Lenick and Joe Novack each add a hit and two RBI.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Palmerton High School boys' basketball program remains without a coach.

A motion to appoint Mark Maholick to the post died for lack of a majority vote after the school board deadlocked 4-4 with one abstention on Tuesday.

Directors Michael Ballard, Darlene Yeakel, Clarence Myers and board President Barry Scherer were in favor. Directors Carl Bieling, Carol Dwyer, Stuart Henritzy and Susan Debski were opposed.

Director Tina Snyder - the wife of former coach Mike Snyder - abstained from the vote. She could have broken the tie with a yes vote, but declined to do so.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 17, 1983 Michele Danner and Sherry Vadimsky both have big days at the plate to help Northwestern blast Pleasant Valley, 18-7, to claim the Centennial League second half softball title. Danner collects four hits, scores fout times and knocks in three runs while Vadimsky collects three hits, one a homer, scores four times and adds three RBI. The Tigers also receive two hits from both Patty Walko and Susan Geiger.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Lehighton Area School Board hired Lamar Long as head field hockey coach on Monday night. Long replaces Shawn Hindy who resigned from that position on April 1 to take an assistant coaching position at Michigan State University/.

In other sports related business, the school board hired Amber Konek as a track assistant. Beth Kamowski, Lisa Sawyer, and Kara Kamowski were hired as cheerleading advisors.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference have postponed their baseball semifinal playoffs that were scheduled for today.

Both leagues will now play their semifinals on Wednesday with the times and locations remaining in the same.

In games involving area teams, Northern Lehigh will face Southern Lehigh at 7 p.m. in Limeport in the CL semis while Lehighton will be at Pleasant Valley for a 5 p.m. game in the MVC playoffs.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

As the Lehigh Valley IronPigs sealed another series win Monday with their 4-3 win over Norfolk, a rare weekly honor was bestowed on the pitching staff.

Brian Gordon became just the third IronPig to be named the International League Pitcher of the Week for May 9-15.

The right-hander had a 0.36 ERA in 13.2 innings pitched last week including 6.2 shutout innings against Toledo that gave him his first win as a starter for Lehigh Valley.

"He's been very steady," IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg says. "He's got a great demeanor on the mound.