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Thursday, May 3, 2012

May 3, 1988 John Mateyak, Vance Welker and Missy Chinchar all win three events to help Tamaqua's track teams gain a sweep of Blue Mountain. Mateyak claims first in the shot put, javelin and discus while Welker breaks the tape in the 100, 200 and 110 high hurdles as the Raider boys roll to a 101-49 victory. Jamie Gerber also aids the cause by taking both the long and high jumps. Chinchar leads the Lady Raiders to an 89-52 triumph with wins in the long and triple jumps, and the 110 hurdles. Tricia Plasko cops the 100 in 12.3 to set a new Tamaqua stadium record.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
bob ford/times news filephoto Palmerton's Monty Szukics pulls away for an easy victory during a meet earlier this year. Szukics has overcome injuries to be the area's top sprinter this season.

Palmerton sprinter Monty Szukics has been through some frustrating times through his high school athletic career.

Szukics saw football injuries play havoc through his junior and senior seasons, not only on the gridirion, but to his track and field career.

He needed surgery as a junior that left him run just a couple of meets before districts. This past fall, a broken collarbone ended his career as one of the Blue Bomber wide receiver threats early.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Palmerton girls track team clinched the Colonial League North Division championship on Tuesday with a sweep of Salisbury and Pen Argyl. The Lady Bombers had a 10-1 league record.


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The Palmerton boys and girls track teams posted a Colonial League sweep of Pen Argyl and Salisbury.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May 2, 1969 Kim Edwards pitches a three-hit shutout to lead Slatington to a 2-0 Lehigh Valley League win over Lehighton. Edwards, who strikes out eight and doesn't walk a batter, is perfect through 4 innings before Bob Zellner collects a single. The winners push across both runs in the third inning. Ron Kuntz drives in Dave Gogel with a base hit, and Gogel eventually scores on a suicide squeeze by Lou Kern.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Henry Paiste returns a serve to No. 1 seed Libario Obeid of Central Catholic in the Distrcit 11 2A Singles tournament at West End Racquet and Fitness Club. Paiste won to repeat as champion.

ALLENTOWN – Like a true champion, Northwestern's Henry Paiste was at his best when things looked worst.

Because he was, Paiste is now a two-time champion.

Monday afternoon at the Westend Racquet Swim and Fitness Club, Paiste captured the District 11 Class AA tennis championship with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Allentown Central Catholic's Libario Obeid.

"I'm excited I was able to defend my district championship," said Paiste. "To win titles in my first two years is something that I never imagined.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh shortstop Amber Kibler takes the throw and tries to tag out Northwestern Lehigh's Lauren Horner.

Coming off two straight losses, Northwestern needed a win to get back some of the momentum the team had during an eight-game winning streak that spanned from April 2 until just last Thursday.

The Tigers got the win they needed Monday, but it wasn't easy. They fought off two Northern Lehigh comebacks before winning 6-5 in the eighth inning.

"A W is a W right now," said Northwestern head coach Jen Horner. "We needed to bounce back after [Saturday's 1-0 loss to Bangor] and we really needed this win."

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May 1, 2004 Marian's TJ Lawrence has a good day on the mound and at the plate to help the Colts gain a 7-1 victory over Minersville. Lawrence pitches all seven innings and allows just five hits for the win. He also adds a double and knocks in two runs. Marian, coached by Jeff Nietz, receives two hits and two RBIs from Mike Furey while Andrew Ligarewski finishes with two hits, one a double, and an RBI. Ed Kamenas chips in with a pair of hits.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

One of the emerging story lines of the 2012 season is undoubtedly the inconsistency of the offense.

The IronPig run production has been horrendous as they have only scored 16 total runs in their 11 losses. To make things worse, they have not scored any runs past the fourth inning in 13 of their 24 games.

Lehigh Valley does have 13 wins and that is due to the outstanding pitching and just enough hitting.

The contrasting start to the season can be seen in the play of prospect Cody Overbeck and MLB veteran Kevin Frandsen.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Ty Cunningham slides in ahead of the tag as Northern Lehigh's Ryan Trexler covers.

The Marian baseball and Lehighton softball teams qualified for District 11 post-season play with victories on Monday.


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Marian qualified for the district playoffs with a 5-3 Schuylkill League win over Mahanoy Area.

Nick Kweder paced the Colts with two singles, two runs scored and a RBI, while Mike Cataldo chipped in with two singles and a run scored.

Marian pitcher Luke Stawick had 11 strikeouts, while allowing four walks, and finished with the win.

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Monday, April 30, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Lee Kuntz is congratulate by teammates Cody Geist and Brett Snyder as he scores the winning run on a bases loaded hit by pitch in Saturday's game with Jim Thorpe.

Palmerton, Lehighton and Weatherly all came away with baseball and softball wins over the weekend.


Jim Thorpe-Palmerton

With two strikes and two outs in the seventh inning, Lee Kuntz scored the winning run on a hit-by-pitch for the Blue Bombers to pull out a 5-4 win over JT.

Kuntz finished the contest 2-for-4 with two runs scored for the winners, while CJ Cressman was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Ryan Saylor picked up the mound win impressively, with ten Ks.