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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Bob Ford/times news Tamaqua's Josh Turner captured the discus at the Schuylkill League Track and Field Meet with a throw of 141-5.

TAMAQUA – Tamaqua head coach Tom Kanger might not have been wearing ruby slippers, but he could have just as well clicked the heels of his black asics sneakers three times while echoing the words, "There's no place like home ... there's no place like home ... there's no place like home."

Thursday, May 12, 2011

GIRLS

1. Pocono Mountain West (PMW) 147 1/2, 2. Pocono Mountain East (PME) 112, 3. Pleasant Valley (PV) 104, 4. Stroudsburg (St) 85 1/2, 5. East Stroudsburg South (ESS) 68 1/2, 6. Lehighton (Leh) 66, 7. East Stroudsburg North (ESN) 24 1/2.

100 - 1. Johnnay Mims (PMW) 12.49, 2. Kelecia Harris (PV) 12.56, 3. I'Sha Schultz (St) 12.76, 4. Natasha Rattigan (PMW) 13.12, 5. Saviana Jocelyn (ESS) 13.26, 6. Sage Terrembula (Leh) 13.49.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May 11, 1949 Louie Huber fires a two-hit shutout to help East Mauch Chunk gain a 2-0 Mountain League victory over Ringtown. Huber strikes out six, doesn't walk a batter and also starts a double play. He also knocks in the game's first run with a groundout. John "Doley" Smith collects two hits, one a triple, scores a run and steals a base while Joe Walck also finishes with two hits for the winners, coached by Harvey Rehrig.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Former Northwestern High School baseball player Adam Wehr is headed to the Small College World Series.

The freshman first baseman at Penn State Greater Allegheny hit a two-run home run in his team's Penn State University Athletic Conference tournament championship game to help beat Penn State Brandywine, 3-2. It was Greater Allegheny's third one-run victory in three days.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bloomsburg University baseball player Kyle Hunter has been named the 2011 PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year.

Hunter, a Lehighton graduate, won his last four decisions for the Huskies. On the season he is 4-1 with a team-best 2.61 ERA and has twice been named the PSAC East Pitcher of the Week.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Northern Lehigh picked up a non-league softball victory over Jim Thorpe to highlight Tuesday's scholastic sports action.

SOFTBALL

Jim Thorpe-No. Lehigh

Northern Lehigh cruised to an 11-2 non-league victory over Jim Thorpe.

Kristi Seiler and Cassie Toth both had three hits for the Bulldogs (11-7). Seiler knocked in two runs and Toth scored twice. Erika Bowman had two hits, including a two-run homer.

Jim Thorpe 000 101 0 - 2 3 5

No. Lehigh 415 001 x - 11 10 1

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
ron gower/times news Tamaqua shortstop Derek Linkhorst fouls off a pitch against Tri-Valley. The Raiders dropped a 10-5 decision.

Needing just one win in its remaining two games to get into the District 11 playoffs, Tamaqua entered Tuesday afternoon's nonleague contest against Tri-Valley in control of its own destiny.

However, it was the Blue Raiders' total lack of "control" on the mound and in the field which now sets up a "do-or-die" game this Thursday night at Pottsville (7:00 p.m.).

Tamaqua (9-10, 5-6) allowed four Tri-Valley runs before recording its first out, issued a combined 12 walks and committed four costly errors, as the visiting Bulldogs took home a 10-5 victory.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
mike feifel/times news Northwestern's Mitchell Snyder releases a pitch against Palmerton.

"This was a big win for us," Northwestern head coach Len Smith said Tuesday.

Big games require players to step up and make key plays at the right time and with their playoff hopes on the line, the Northwestern Tiger baseball team got just that.

Mitchell Snyder put together a solid pitching performance and a key hit by Andrew Rivera sparked the Tigers to an 8-6 win over host Palmerton to qualify for the District 11 AAA playoffs.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Kayla Dorney (18) heads the ball away from East Stroudsburg South defender Cortney Gill.

Since Tim Hinton took over as head coach of the Pleasant Valley girls' soccer team in 2009, the Lady Bears have won back-to-back Mountain Valley Conference championships.

This Thursday they will be looking for a three-peat.

Top-seeded Pleasant Valley (15-3, 12-1) received four goals from four different players and went on to knock off fourth-seeded East Stroudsburg South in the MVC semi-finals, 4-0. The Bears have been getting goals from a number of players all season long and that trend continued Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Katie Reimer was happy for the chance to make amends.

After committing an error that led to Northwestern scoring the tying run in the top of the seventh, Reimer had an opportunity to make up for her mistake.

She led off Palmerton's seventh inning with a hit and eventually came around to score the winning run on a wild pitch, giving the Lady Bombers a 6-5 win and keeping the Tigers one win from a district playoff berth.