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Thursday, April 28, 2011

It was a special day for Pleasant Valley's Keegan Bray.

Bray, a sophomore on the Bears' track team, set two school records in Wednesday's 92.5-57.5 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton. Bray set new records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with a little help from a tail wind.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

ALLENTOWN - The frustration is over!

In the previous eight games, the IronPigs won only two, averaging less than three runs per game.

In their series opener on Monday, the IronPig offense was non-existent with 2-runs on two hits.

The IronPig's collective bats came alive as Lehigh Valley downed Pawtucket 8-2 before 7,535 at Coca Cola Park.

It did not have anything to do with preaching to the baseball gods, starting new superstitions, or selling their souls to change their fortunes, all they did was continue to do what they always do.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 28, 1942 Eddie Becker tosses a two-hit shutout and strikes out 13 batters to lead Nesquehoning to a 2-0 victory over Mahanoy Township. Becker receives the only run he would need in the second inning when singles by Mike Saus, Francis Pillar and Ted Haldeman produce the game's first run. The Nesquers, coached by Bill Griffith, receive an insurance run in the seventh frame when Raymie Bonner triples and scores on a groundout. Pillar and Lee Richards both end with two hits for the winners.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
times news filephoto Gonzala Hernandez Cascante of Tamaqua earned the No. 1 seed for the District 11 Class AA tennis tournament.

It's been a busy school year for Tamaqua exchange student Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante.

Hernandez Cascante hit the ground running and hasn't slowed down since arriving from Spain on Aug. 20.

Not only has he had his hands full adapting to the American school system and trying to perfect his already very fluent use of the English language, but he has also been a huge part of the Blue Raider sports program.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Any time that Palmerton and Northern Lehigh meet on a sporting venue, the rivalry is present.

Wednesday night proved to be no different, as the two teams were battling, tempers were flaring, and fans were vocal at the PHS Stadium Field in a Colonial League soccer match. It was the Bombers who grabbed a big advantage early and rolled to a 9-1 win.

Palmerton forward Casey Rinfret overcame some early Senior Night jitters to score four goals and assist on another to lead the Lady Bombers to the win.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Courtney Berger (22) battles for ball against Wilson's Alesha Seifert.

Tamaqua and Northern Lehigh both picked up baseball and softball wins on the local scholastic sports scene on Wednesday.

BASEBALL

Pleasant Vy.-ES North

Pleasant Valley exploded for 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 20-9 Mountain Valley Conference victory over East Stroudsburg North.

The Bears (7-3, 5-1) banged out 17 hits, seven of them for extra bases.

Travis Raseley had three hits, two of them doubles, scored four runs and knocked in one while Drew Borger had a pair of hits, one a homer, drove in three and scored twice.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bucknell University junior Meredith Dickson has played in 37 softball games this season, starting in 27 of them.

The former Northwestern stand out, Dickson is batting .202 with eight runs scored and six RBIs. Behind the plate Dickson owns a .945 fielding percentage.

@Breif.Head:Fignar playing well for Kings baseball team

Kings College senior Mike Fignar is enjoying a fine season on the baseball diamond.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 27, 1965 The Panther Valley Jointure wins its first-ever track meet, edging Schuylkill Haven by a 53-50 score. Bill Benyo claims first in both the discus and javelin for the Panthers, coached by Tom Raymer. The winners also receive individual firsts from Rudy Butterworth (880), John Krauchick (shot put) and John Yankovich (pole vault) while the team of Butterworth, Yankovich, Ken Vermillion and John Vanko claims the mile relay.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Sam McLaughlin of Northwestern (center) clears the hurdle during a meet at Saucon Valley. The Panthers swept Northwestern, winning the boys meet, 86-64, and taking the girls meet, 95-65. No results from the meet were received by the TIMES NEWS.

Marian picked up a sweep while the Palmerton girls picked up a pair of wins to highlight area track action on Tuesday.

Marian-Schuylkill Haven

The Marian track teams cruised past Schuylkill Haven. The Colts posted a 101-40 victory, while the Fillies recorded a 100-30 win.

Gillian Ferko led Marian with four individual firsts (shot put, discus, long jump, high jump). Alex Hutta added wins in the 100 and 200, while Emma Boyle (400, javelin) and Sam O'Donnell (1600, 3200) also notched individual victories.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Corey Ligenza returns a shot during Tuesday's tennis match against Lehighton. Ligenza won his match to help the Olympians post a win.

Pleasant Valley picked up Mountain Valley Conference wins in baseball and softball, while Tamaqua picked up a big softball win on diamond on Tuesday.

BASEBALL

PM West-Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley's Russell Baldino pitched a four-inning no-hitter, as the Bears posted a 15-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Pocono Mountain West.

Baldino struck out four, while issuing just one walk.