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Friday, April 8, 2011

Pleasant Valley and Northwestern recorded shutout victories in girls soccer action on Thursday.

In a softball game, Palmerton doubled up Lehighton.

GIRLS SOCCER

Lehighton-ES South

East Stroudsburg South knocked off Lehighton in Mountain Valley Conference soccer action, 3-1.

The Cavs received goals from Shannon Connors, Mandy Brown and Taylor Fish.

The Indians' (0-5) lone goal was tallied by Amanda Acabou. She was helped by teammate Jordyn Homyak.

PM West-Pleasant Vy.

Friday, April 8, 2011

April 8, 1968 Ed Jacoby and Wilbur Arner both win a pair of events to help Lehighton's track team post an 84 1/2-11 1/2 win over Marian. Jacoby claims the top spot in the shot put and discus while Arner breaks the tape in the 100 and 220 yard dashes. The Indians, coached by Ken Reid, receive five more individual firsts. Those come from Denny Harleman (mile), Monroe Berger (440), Gary Fedor (880), Norm Frey (high jump) and Gary Reabold (broad jump).

Friday, April 8, 2011
ron gower/times news Lehighton's Nick Mantz sets his feet for a backhand shot. Mantz posted a three set victory against Tamaqua.

Tamaqua's Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante continued his domination.

But thanks to Nick Mantz's determination and a major female donation, Lehighton was able to post a 5-2 non-league tennis victory over the Raiders on Thursday.

Hernandez Cascante proved his unbeaten record was no fluke as he won his singles match without surrendering a game. He followed that up by teaming with Joe Binder for a doubles victory.

But in between Hernandez Cascante's bookend wins, it was all Lehighton.

Friday, April 8, 2011
mike feifel/times news Lehighton's Sarah Keer gets set to release the javelin. Keer won the event with a throw of 111-8.

Northwestern swept Pen Argyl to highlight area track action on Thursday.

TRACK

Pen Argyl-N'western

Northwestern swept Pen Argyl in its Colonial League track meet.

The Lady Tigers won by a score of 102-47. Sarah Murray led Northwestern by winning the shot put and the javelin. All three Tiger relay teams posted victories as well.

Despite being on the losing side, Pen Argyl's Sara Vough won four events.

Friday, April 8, 2011

ALLENTOWN - Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg said a better script couldn't have been written for his team's International League opener against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Yankees before 9,225 excited fans at Coca-Cola Park.

The 'Pigs jumped right on the Yankees from the get-go and rolled to a 7-2 win, putting them in first place and over .500 for the first time in the club's history.

Friday, April 8, 2011

By SHAWN MCFARLAND

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Palmerton Youth Wrestling and Cheerleading Association (PYWCA) held their annual awards banquet at the Aquashicola Fire Company. Palmerton finished with its best season ever, finishing in sixth place out of 32 teams in the VEWL varsity tournament. Palmerton was the top Class AA team in the tourney with six place winners. The teams also captured the King of the Ridge title for second year in a row.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
bob ford/times news filephoto Ali Updike of Tamaqua throws the javelin at the 2009 PIAA State Championships. Updike was just a few months removed from an ACL injury to left knee at the time and was wearing a protective brace. Earlier this week Updike tore the ACL in her right knee.

Tamaqua track coach Tom Kanger first thought it was a belated April Fool's joke.

When he realized the news was true, there was nothing funny about it.

Allison Updike, the defending state champion in the javelin, decided to get a few more throws in near the end of practice this past Monday. On one of those attempts, though, the Raider senior suffered a devasting injury that will more than likely cost her the rest of the season and a chance to repeat at the PIAA meet.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Pleasant Valley softball team and Northwestern soccer team both picked up victories on Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

Pleasant Vy.-ES South

Pleasant Valley ran away with a 17-2 Mountain Valley Conference victory over East Stroudsburg South in a game that was ended in three innings by the mercy rule.

Dianne Klapatch led the Bears with a perfect 3-for-3 performance at the plate, which included three singles, three runs scored and and three RBIs.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 7, 1980 A solid pitching performance from Joe Ambrose helps Tamaqua gain a 4-1 Schuylkill League win over Shenandoah Valley. Ambrose allows six hits and three walks while striking out eight batters. The Blue Raiders receive a key two-run double off the bat of Joe Seigenfuse while Mark Bauzon also contributes an RBI single.