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Thursday, May 26, 2011
ron gower/times news Derek Walling of Pleasant Valley easily beats the throw to the plate and scores in the fifth inning against Nazareth. The Blue Eagle catcher waiting for the throw is Justin Pacchioli.

Pleasant Valley knew all about Nazareth and highly-touted Division I recruit Karl Keglovits.

The Bears were impressed, but not intimidated.

Pleasant Valley entered the District 11 Class AAAA quarterfinal game ready to play spoiler and came extremely close to accomplishing goal.

Despite a valiant effort by the Bears, however, Nazareth pulled out the 4-2 win.

"In no way, shape or form, was our team intimidated," Pleasant Valley head coach Karl Rentzheimer said. "It seemed as though we were just a hit away in about five of the seven innings."

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Eric Snyder never forgot what happened in last year's District 11 playoff game against Pine Grove.

In Wednesday's D-11 Class AA quarterfinal rematch, the Northern Lehigh senior pitcher got another shot at the Cardinals.

It wasn't going to be easy for Snyder and the Bulldogs, however, as they were facing the Cardinals' Dave Hafer the same left-hander that shut down them down a year ago.

But this time, it was Snyder who was just a little bit better.

Snyder was able to put last year's heart-breaking setback behind him with a 3-2 win over the Cardinals.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
Streisel, Strauss earn highest seeds

As a freshman, Christine Streisel entered last year's PIAA State Track and Championships with a solid source of experience she could lean on.

Streisel took advantage of that to grab a fifth-place medal at States. Streisel's Tamaqua teammate Allison Updike, who provided that experience, was the perfect role model as she won a state gold in the javelin.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
bob ford/times news Northwestern's Andrew Rivera rounds third base and heads home as Lehighton third baseman Alex Storm (right) waits for his teammates to get the ball back to the infield.

The top of your lineup is supposed to produce runs.

But what Northwestern's first four hitters did in Tuesday's District 11 Class AAA quarterfinal game at Lehighton goes beyond normal expectations.

The combination of Payton Bachman, Andrew Rivera, Ty Cunningham and Sawyer Smith collectively went 13-for-20 at the plate and knocked in nine runs.

That kind of offensive power propelled the sixth-seeded Tigers to a 13-9 victory and a berth in Thursday's semifinal round.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Parkland edges Tigers to reach District 11 title game

WHITEHALL – Parkland was creating more opportunities and outshooting Northwestern from the opening whistle, but through the first 80 minutes the Lady Trojans couldn't get anything through the Lady Tigers defense and into the goal.

Head coach Al Haddad gave his team some advice before heading into overtime and Parkland's Liz Andrew's scored the game-winner in the seventh minute of the extra period.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The vote was closer than it was two years ago.

But it still wasn't close to being enough for Lehighton.

On Tuesday morning at Green Pond Country Club, the Colonial League once again considered expansion and Lehighton was once again one of the schools hoping to get in. But as has happened time and time again during the past 14 years, the league voted to keep the status quo.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 25, 1972 Mike Soley tosses a four-hitter to help Marian gain a 4-2 victory over Freeland and even its Anthracite League playoffs at one game apiece. Soley strikes out five and limits the Whippits to their lowest hit total of the season. The Colts, coached by Pat Morgans, receives RBI triples from Joe Balascik and Soley during a three-run sixth inning. Jack Bargilione adds a hit and run scored.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
bob ford/times news Marian's Kayla Knight unwinds with a pitch against Nativity.

As Marian head coach Joe DeAngelo was filling out his lineup card before Tuesday afternoon's District 11 Class A quarterfinal round game against Nativity, he knew his team would be dealing with adversity.

Starting center fielder Abby Burkhardt was on crutches and starting shortstop Ashley Donlin was out sick. If that wasn't enough to deal with, courtesy runner Gabby Cann was unavailable after finger surgery and starting third baseman Shannon Skotek was just cleared following a knee injury.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 24, 1982 Lehighton's Dennis Semmel clears 13 feet to win the gold medal in the District 11 Class AA pole vault. The event is held at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena because of earlier inclement weather. With the win, the senior qualifies for the state meet. Northern Lehigh's Darrin Evans takes third by clearing 11-9 while Pleasant Valley's Tim Wireman finishes fourth.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Don Wagner of Wharton, NJ, has been yearning to win one of the infamous Mahoning Valley Speedway 100-lap features for years. He always seems to be in the mix at each event but the end results would always fall short of the top prize for the talented veteran.

Saturday he finally got the job done with a sterling performance in the Modified 100 Poker Series.