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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

When people think of Allison Updike, the first thing that probably comes to mind is that she is one of the top javelin throwers in the nation.

As a matter of fact, the recent Tamaqua High graduate will continue her education and track and field career at the University of Georgia this fall.

Her accolades don't stop there, however.

Updike was also a starter on the Lady Raiders' outstanding girls basketball team and led the girls soccer team to two District 11 fall gold medals.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Mick Stefanek

After months of consternation, the Palmerton High School boys' basketball team finally has a mentor in place.

The school board unanimously agreed n a 9-0 vote on Tuesday to appoint Michael Stefanek as head boys' basketball coach at a salary of $5,901.

Last month, a motion to appoint Mark Maholick to the post died for lack of a majority vote after the school board deadlocked 4-4 with one abstention.

Maholick - who ended this past season as the team's interim coach - was chosen in January to replace Mike Snyder, who began the season as the team's head coach.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ALLENTOWN – Some walls are too big to climb. For starters, a last minute switch of Indianapolis starting pitchers set the tone for the night. The Indians then threw out five pitchers backed by stellar defense that took away scoring opportunities as Indianapolis shutout the first place Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2-0 before 8,998 disappointed fans.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
@Caption Stand Alone:Tamaqua Boys Basketball Camp award winners The Tamaqua Boys Basketball Camp was held last week under the direction of first-year Blue Raider head coach Cas Kosciolek. Among the camp award winners were, front row, from left, Tavio Agosti and Seth Paluck. Back row, Thadd Zuber, Matt Minchoff and Russell Blaker.  Special to the TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Boys Basketball Camp was held last week under the direction of first-year Blue Raider head coach Cas Kosciolek. Among the camp award winners were, front row, from left, Tavio Agosti and Seth Paluck. Back row, Thadd Zuber, Matt Minchoff and Russell Blaker.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 21, 1994 A five-run fifth inning helps Northwestern gain a 10-6 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Southern Lehigh. Jack Mosser and Nate Davidson both single and score runs in the big frame while Chris Rothrock adds an RBI single and Randy Metzger contributes a run-scoring double. Davidson, the game's winning pitcher, also finishes with three hits, one a double, and two runs scored.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lehigh Valley picked up a 9-6 win over Tri-Cape at Citizen's Bank Park on Monday to advance to today's Carpenter Cup finals.

The Ted Plessl-coached squad faced Burlington County this morning in search of its third Carpenter Cup title.

Lehigh Valley had three errors and just seven hits over nine innings, but Tri-Cape, made up of players from southern New Jersey, left 14 runners on base and had six errors.

Pocono Mountain East's Evan Fardella had a three-run double in the second inning and Justin Pacchioli of Nazareth had an RBI double in the sixth for LV.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The District 18 11-12 year old Little League Tournament will get under way on Friday, June 24 with six games on tap.

The Anthracite team will play all home games at Nesquehoning, the White Haven/Bear Creek team will play all home games at White Haven and the Hazle Township/Tri-County team will alternate home games between McAdoo and Hazle Township.

The 10-11 tournament will get underway on July 7, while the 9-10 tournament will open with one game on Friday, June 24.

The schedules are as follows:

District 18 11-12 tournament

(All games are at 6 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
ron gower/times news The Birches Howie Stevens follows through after releasing a pitch against Northampton. Stevens tossed a complete game to lead the Birches to a 13-3 victory.

SAYLORSBURG - The Birches' baseball team had both phases of the game working Monday evening.

The Birches' bats were swinging heavy in its NORCO Legion contest with Northampton, as the locals plated 13 runs on 11 hits en route to a 13-3 blowout. Meanwhile, Howie Stevens handled his business on the mound and helped lead his team to the victory.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ALLENTOWN – Road kill. Left for Dead. Walking Dead. All of these video game titles pretty much summed up the IronPigs' play through seven innings of Monday night's game.

The situation was nothing new to the IronPigs. After being no-hit for most of the game and almost all hope gone, Delwyn Young's two run single in the bottom of the eighth inning capped a one-out rally that resuscitated the IronPigs. Michael Schwimmer closed out the ninth to give Lehigh Valley a 4-3 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Ready, 'Walling' and able to deliver

Change is inevitable for high school athletes.

While an athlete may not have the option of resisting the change, how he or she accepts the alteration and deals with the adjustment can make or break their respective career.