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Saturday, April 6, 2013
Tigers rout Bombers

Heading into the season Northwestern head coach Len Smith thought his batting order, which includes seven first-time varsity starters, could take some time to adjust to the higher level.

It only took a couple weeks.

The Tigers pounded out 11 hits in routing Palmerton, 12-2 Friday for their second straight dozen-run game . It marked the third time in five games they have scored 12 or more runs.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Janelle Tracy leads off of first base during Friday;s win over Northwestern Lehigh.

Marian, Palmerton and Pleasant Valley grabbed softball wins, while Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua were baseball winners on Friday.

SOFTBALL

No. Lehigh-Pen Argyl

Pen Argyl used a strong finish, scoring all six runs in the final three innings, to secure a 6-0 Colonial League win over Northern Lehigh.

Emily Smull pitched a complete game four-hitter and struckout nine for Pen Argyl while also going 2-for-4 with a double at the plate.

Amber Kibler was 2-for-3 with a triple and Taylor Herman also added a triple for Northern Lehigh.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013
A proposed regulatory change by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is designed to assure the high quality of Penns Creek in Center County, one of the most scenic locales in Pennsylvania, as a premier trout fishery for years to come.

With the Saturday, April 13, opening of the statewide trout season approaching, many anglers are making plans to travel north and visit traditional fishing spots.

One of the most popular of those spots is Penns Creek, and as good as the trout fishing is on this well-known water, if a proposed regulatory change by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is finalized – as expected – next year, the future of this pristine fishery will be preserved.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Panther Valley Breaker Boys rallied for a 33-28 victory over the Scranton-based the NEPA Shock.

The Breaker Boys (1-1) fought back time-and-time again against the Shock as they overcame deficits on five different occassions.

It didn't take the Breaker Boys long to grab the lead. On their first play from scrimmage, the Breaker Boys' talented running back Jay Torres hauled in an 18 yard pass from Brock Mitchell. A 12-yard run by Torres followed before a 13-yard touchdown pass from Craig Zurn to Mark Fox put PV up 6-0.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

April 6, 1955 Palmerton's Jim "Toss" Oravec, who finished his high school career with 1,088 points, receives First Team All-State basketball honors by the Associated Press. Oravec tallied 432 points (an average of 17 a game) his senior season and also led the Blue Bombers, coached by Win Evans, in defensive rebounds and assists. On nine occasions he reached double digits in assists and had a single-game high of 21. He went on to captain the Georgetown cage team. Also on the First Team is a 7-1 senior from Overbrook High Wilt Chamberlain.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Four Raiders capture gold

If you are a fan of track and field the place to be on Friday evening was Tamaqua Area High School. The third annual Tamaqua Blue Raider Invitational played host to 15 teams and three schools that just ran individuals to give area athletes quite the platform early on in the track season.

The TIMES NEWS area was represented by four schools at this year's Tamaqua Invite with Jim Thorpe, Marian, Panther Valley, and host Tamaqua all participating.

Many TIMES NEWS area athletes performed well on the day and some even broke personal and school records in the process.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

You should never assume similar experiences produce similar feelings.

While that statement should strike you as being rather straightforward, failure to recognize it produces problems in many areas of life.

I thoroughly enjoy writing, for instance, but there's a specific element to it that I enjoy even more than the rest. Rewriting. Most forms of writing especially fiction do not come easily to me. I struggle to get my ideas from my mind to the page.

And when I finally do, the words rarely possess the clarity, impact, or emotion of my initial ideas.

Friday, April 5, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS A youth team representing Cypress Lanes, Lehighton took first place in the Handicap Division Pennsylvania Junior Bowling Tournament First Annual Center Championship. From left are, Donna Steigerwalt, owner; Kacie Knappenberger, Caleb Carpenter, Daron Gilbert, Chelsea Schneider, Alden Everett and Brian Steigerwalt, owner.

A youth team representing Cypress Lanes in Lehighton has taken a first place award in the Handicap Division at the Pennsylvania Junior Bowling Tournament First Annual Bowling Center Championship held March 24, 2013, at AMF Parkway Lanes, Allentown.

The team bowled against 16 other teams across the state to compete for one of the six slots in the tournament.

The Cypress Lanes team was comprised of Caleb Carpenter, Daron Gilbert, Alden Everett, Kacie Knappenberger and Chelsea Schneider.

Friday, April 5, 2013
rich george/special to the times news Steph Brinker of Palmerton slides home as Lehighton catcher Kelsey Andrews waits for the throw.

The rosters of the Palmerton and Lehighton softball teams are saturated with so many underclassmen that they could easily be mistaken for junior varsity squads.

The talent displayed on the field, especially on the part of the Blue Bombers, told a different story.

The ages of the players might have said JV. But the ability screamed varsity.

Thursday afternoon, buoyed by a host of freshmen and sophomores, Palmerton rolled to a 15-3 non-league victory over the Indians.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Marian earned a sweep in Schuylkill League track action Thursday while the Colts baseball team also posted a victory.

In other action, the Northwestern girls swept a Colonial League tri-meet while the Pleasant Valley tennis team earned a shutout.

Nativity-Marian

The Marian track squad got a nice win on Thursday afternoon over division rival Nativity.

The Colts and Fillies swept the Hilltoppers for the Schuylkill League Division 2 victory, with many Marian athletes performing well on the day.