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Monday, May 21, 2012

Painfully obvious, yet potentially effective. That's how you might characterize the following statement.

Eat 550 more calories per day than what you need to maintain your present weight, and you are going to add some. In fact, you should probably gain slightly more than a pound a week for at least the first few months.

Monday, May 21, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS PV Dart League top shooters The top 15 shooters of the Panther Valley Dart League were honored recently during the league's annual dart banquet, held at the American Legion Post 316 in Summit Hill. Top shooters are, front, from left, Don Mantz, first; Rusty Marshall, second; Matt Engler, third; J.C. Dietz and Frank Shemansik, tied for sixth; and Gary Petrash, standing in for Matt Mateyak, 11th. Standing, Louie Yelito, ninth; Arty Kokinda, 12th; Tom Domarecki, 13th; and Lamont Rodgers, 15th. Missing from photo are Jamie Shelton, fourth; Ed Kusko, fifth; Jake Canzoneri, eighth and most improved; Ed Kanick, tied for ninth; Rich Evanko, 14th; and Tom Sterling and Paul Mateyak, tied for 15th.

The top 15 shooters of the Panther Valley Dart League were honored recently during the league's annual dart banquet, held at the American Legion Post 316 in Summit Hill. Top shooters are, front, from left, Don Mantz, first; Rusty Marshall, second; Matt Engler, third; J.C. Dietz and Frank Shemansik, tied for sixth; and Gary Petrash, standing in for Matt Mateyak, 11th. Standing, Louie Yelito, ninth; Arty Kokinda, 12th; Tom Domarecki, 13th; and Lamont Rodgers, 15th.

Monday, May 21, 2012

For many families, the Memorial Day Weekend represents the first group outing of the year into the outdoors with visits to Pennsylvania's State Parks and State Forests. These outings can be a time of bonding with nature, but should not be a time of "adopting" young wildlife that mistakenly are thought to have been abandoned by their parents.

Monday, May 21, 2012

It had been nearly a decade since Nevin George last ran at the tight confines of Mahoning Valley Speedway and 15 years since he last won a race here. George, 30, from Kunkletown, has returned in full force for the 2012 season and on Saturday night he beat a talent-filled field of 19 others for his first ever victory in a Modified.

Monday, May 21, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Tracey Deubler slides safely into third base as Pocono Mountain East's Brittany Nayman takes the late throw.

EAST STROUDSBURG – Coaches like to say that the team that makes the least amount of mistakes will end up winning the game.

The Pleasant Valley girls' softball team defied that adage Friday afternoon.

Despite making some mental mistakes in the field as well as on the base paths, the Lady Bears eventually scored enough runs to make up for their miscues and defeated Pocono Mountain East 4-2 in the Mountain Valley Conference championship.

Monday, May 21, 2012
Panthers' Weaver will play football at Delaware Valley

Panther Valley running back Mike Weaver has signed on to play football at Delaware Valley College.

The PV senior amassed 1,184 yards of total offense this season, scoring six touchdowns.

He was a first team offensive and second team defensive selection in the Anthracite Football League and first team offensive and defensive selection by the Schuylkill Valley Coaches Association.

Weaver also wrestled, served as class secretary, and will major in Criminal Justice in the fall at Delaware Valley.

Monday, May 21, 2012
Jim Thorpe inductees are Sofranko, Guth

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2012 class on May 27 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

The doors will open at 12:45 p.m., with cocktail hour from 1-2 p.m. Dinner will be at 2, with the induction ceremony to follow.

This year's Jim Thorpe inductees are as follows:

James Sofranko

James "Peanuts" Sofranko graduated from Mauch Chunk Catholic High School in 1960, where he lettered for three years at the guard position.

Monday, May 21, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Sabrina Mertz controls the ball down field against Emmaus during Friday's 1-0 victory in a District 11 quarterfinal matchup.

Northwestern Lehigh sophomore Trista Cunningham lined up along the sidelines a little further down from the Emmaus bench ready to attempt a throw in with a little under eight minutes gone in their District 11 playoff matchup against the Hornets.

And that throw in wasn't anything ordinary.

She used the ball on ground to steady herself while completing a front flip before throwing the ball into play, a move that obviously allowed the ball to travel further in the air.

Monday, May 21, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Katie Forte (18) heads the ball away from Easton's Natalie Purdue during Friday's district 11 quarterfinal. The Bears wound up winning by a 2-1 score.

With the way things panned out last Friday, the Pleasant Valley girls' soccer team wasn't quite ready to see the same thing happen to them again a week later.

After losing the Mountain Valley Conference championship to Pocono Mountain East, the Bears weren't quite ready to be eliminated from the District 11 Tournament.

The No. 6 seeded Bears were able to accomplish what they set out to do yesterday and walked away with a 2-1 win over the No. 14 seeded Easton in the quarterfinals of the district playoffs.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Four TIMES NEWS Area baseball and six softball teams have qualified for the District 11 tournament, scheduled to get underway with Class 4A baseball first round games this afternoon.

Pleasant Valley's baseball team begins action today as the 11th seed in Class 4A and travels to Northampton for a 4:30 start.

In Class 3A, action begins with quarterfinal round games with No. 4 Northwestern Lehigh hosting No. 5 North Schuylkill and No. 2 seed Lehighton at home with No. 7 Southern Lehigh.