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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Kosciolek's love for hoops started early

Brett Kosciolek has vivid memories of himself flying down the court and dunking the basketball.

He can see himself taking hundreds and hundreds of shots in an attempt to perfect his jumper.

Kosciolek pictures those things like they happened yesterday.

But the dunks and jump shots that Kosciolek was thinking about weren't happening yesterday, or earlier this season, or even in the past year.

No, Kosciolek was reflecting back quite a bit further to his pre-school years. Back then, the court was a hallway in his house and the ball was a nerf.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Jones a natural leader for N'western

Leaders ascend to their positions in different ways. Some are thrust into it. Others try to force themselves into a position of authority.

But the best leaders are those who just let it happen. Those who see a void and fill it.

That's how Sara Jones became the the leader for the Northwestern girls basketball team.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Sam Young hands off to Abigail Kaspszk in the 3200 relay. The Bears won the event in 10:35.49.

The Mountain Valley Conference track meet between the Pocono Mountain West and Pleasant Valley girls' teams came down to the final event Tuesday afternoon.

With the Lady Bears clinging to a one-point lead heading into the 1600-meter relay, the winning team would claim victory for their school.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
RON GOWE/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Sabreena Strauch takes a throw in the discus in Tuesday's meet against Palisades and Pen Argyl. Strauch won the javelin and placed third in the shot put.

Palmerton's boys and girls and the Northwestern girls picked up sweeps in Colonial League track action on Tuesday.

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Blue Mountain swept Jim Thorpe in Schuylkill League action, with the boys falling 82-68 and the girls dropping a 98-52 decision.

The Blue Mountain boys used strong performances in the field events, taking the shot put, discus and javelin en route to the victory. Khaaliq Lynch (100, long jump) was the only multiple event winner for the Olympians

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April 17, 1964 Don Jones collects two hits and knocks in a pair of runs to help Lansford post a 7-5 victory over Northwestern. The Panthers, coached by Vince Spisak, jump out to a 6-0 advantage and hang on for the win. Paul Goida contributes two hits, one a double, and knocks in a run while Ed Sabol adds two hits and a run scored. John Zubek also chips in with a two-run single. Mike Lukac gains the mound win, allowing just two hits in his five innings of work.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Panther Valley picked up its first baseball win of the season and Marian snuck past Weatherly in Schuylkill League baseball action.

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The Panthers scored three runs in the sixth inning to down the Golden Bears in six innings by a 13-1 score.

Mark Williams and Colton Black each had two hits and two RBI's for Panther Valley (1-7). Jake Szczecina also had two hits.

Luke Stano picked up the win.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
It's just not catchers wearing masks

Over the weekend, Northwestern softball coach Cary Troxell saw an opposing player take a liner off the shin.

Moments later, in the same game, Troxell had to dodge a foul ball down the third baseline.

When it comes to high school softball, the close proximity of the pitchers, infielders and even coaches to the plate can be a bit intimidating, Because of that, several local players have decided to take some added precaution when playing this season.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Madison Kymer (5) steals second base as Lehighton shortstop Sophia Everett covers.

Rikki Correll wasn't happy with how she had been pitching early in the season - and the Pleasant Valley southpaw knew exactly what she needed to do about it.

Correll went for an in-season pitching lesson.

If Monday's results against Lehighton are any indication, Correll learned her lesson well.

Correll tossed a one-hitter, struck out nine, and allowed just one ball out of the infield all day as Pleasant Valley rolled to a 13-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory over the Indians.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

For the past three seasons, District 11 has held its baseball championships at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. It's return for 2013 was in jeopardy after the district had to pick up the full $8,000 cost for the use of the stadium last season when their previous sponsorship from Coca-Cola ended following the 2011 tournament. Fortunately, two new sponsors have stepped up to pick up half of the tab for this year's cost, allowing District 11 to return to the premier facility.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

All Trey Shackleton and his parents wanted was something to fulfill his physical education requirement.

Little did they know that requirement would become a life-changing experience.

Shackleton, a resident of Weisenberg Township in the Northwestern Lehigh school district, first thought about participating in football or hockey to meet his homeschooling obligation. Once those were quickly dismissed (with some help from his mother), the student briefly gave tennis a try. When that failed, he turned to swimming.

The rest, as they say, is history.