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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Northern Lehigh's David Getz clears a hurdle during Tuesday's Colonial League track and field meet against Catasauqua. Getz won the 100 high hurdle event in a time of 16.2 but the Rough Riders earned a 76-74 victory. Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe's track teams gained a sweep of North Schuylkill in scholastic action Tuesday.

PJ Johnson set a new school record and had three individual firsts in the Olympians' victory.

In other action, the Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley girls track teams earned wins, while the Marian softball team also posted a victory.

BASEBALL

Pottsville-Jim Thorpe

Pottsville's Stephen Delinko struck out 11 of the 17 batters he faced to lead Pottsville to a 13-0 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory over Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
 Amy Miller/TIMES NEWS

Kristin Black, athletic and activities director at Panther Valley High School, left, recognizes Sam Zlock, a junior at Panther Valley High School, in front of the new electronic softball scoreboard, which can be seen at right, on Tuesday afternoon. Zlock raised $6,000 for the school's new scoreboard as her senior project. She noted that she felt it was a good project because it was hard for the players to keep track of the score during softball games. Her older brother, John, also helped the school a few years ago by raising funds for the baseball scoreboard, which is seen at left.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
BRAD HURLEY/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Amber Carroll (front, center) signs a letter of intent to continue her education and running career at Bucknell University in the fall. Looking on are: Front, her parents John and Jeannine Carroll. Back row, from left, High School principal Stephen toth, assistant coach Mike Sukash, head coach Tom Kanger and Athletic Director Michael Hromyak.

Tamaqua's Amber Carroll has no doubt been a big part of what is becoming a Division 1 factory for girl track athletes in the TIMES NEWS area. The Lady Raiders track program has produced numerous Division 1 competitors over the last few seasons and has been the staple for success in District 11.

Carroll has now added her name to that distinguished list. The standout Blue Raider cross country and track star has signed her letter of intent to compete at Division 1 Bucknell University.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

In the March 29 edition of the TIMES NEWS, a Jim Thorpe softball player was misidentified in a caption on page 13.

The Olympian second baseman waiting to make the tag on the Weatherly runner is Nicole Murphy. Murphy was incorrectly identified as Gianna Bucci in the paper.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
bob ford/times news Palmerton's Aaron Cook (25) throws the ball to first base after forcing out Northwestern's Kyle Lutton.

The game of baseball can definitely work in mysterious ways.

Sometimes in favor of a team, sometimes against a team.

Things went in favor of Northwestern on Monday afternoon, while they went against host Palmerton.

The Tigers were only able to muster four hits off the Bombers' pitching staff, but they found a way to cross home plate numerous times to score a lopsided 12-3 Colonial League victory. Meanwhile, the Bombers racked up double digits in hits (10), but couldn't turn them into enough runs to stay within reach.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April 3, 1992 Northern Lehigh's Damian Olewine has a big day at the plate and also gains the pitching win as the Bulldogs roll to a 16-4 Centennial League win over East Stroudsburg. Olewine finishes with four hits - two singles, a double and a triple - and knocks in three runs. Scott Reitz adds three hits and three RBIs while Jason Williams contributes three hits and knocks in a pair. Nolehi also receives two hits from both Steve Kistler and Craig Sell.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Northwestern third baseman Nicole Metzger tags out a sliding Janel Tracy of Palmerton's during Monday's Centennial League softball game.

The Palmerton softball and Lehighton and Marian baseball teams remained undefeated after posting wins on Monday.

The Lady Bombers edged Northwestern in Colonial League play while the Indians rolled past Pocono Mountain East in a Mountain Valley Conference clash. The Colts cruised past Nativity in Schuylkill League action.

BASEBALL

Lehighton-PM East

Lehighton's offense proved to be too much for Pocono Mountain East in the teams' MVC opener, as the Indians pulled out a 14-1, six-inning win.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

ALLENTOWN - In his first year as manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg guided the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate to a franchise record 80 wins and into the International League post season for the first time in the club's history.

Just two shy of capturing the championship, what can Sandberg and the IronPigs do for an encore?

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Mountain Valley Conference Boys team proved to be the lone winner among local teams in the VIA All-Star Basketball Classic held on Saturday at Northampton County Community College.

Pocono Mountain West's Quindell Brice scored 21 points to lead the Mountain Valley Conference boys to a 92-88 victory over the Lehigh Valley Conference East.

Jok Osiyo of Pocono Mountain East had 16 points for the MVC, while Johnathan Amoroso of Pocono Mountain West added 13 points.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Pleasant Valley and Palmerton had a good showing on Saturday at the Annual Zephyr Relays at Whitehall.

In the only other event involving an area team that wasn't postponed by rain, Pleasant Valley fell to Parkland in soccer.

TRACK

Zephyr Relays

The Bears finished third and the Blue Bombers fifth on both the boys and girls side of the ledger.

The Bears finished first in the 800 relay, distance relay and 1600 relay in the boys division and second in the 400 and 3200 relays.