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Saturday, May 12, 2012

A piece of America's soccer past is coming to the present forefront next Tuesday when the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will take place at Lehigh's Ulrich Sports Complex.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I've always been a people watcher. But I don't watch to watch. I watch to wonder.

To wonder what's the motivation behind the action.

My wondering was given a great deal of direction in high school when we read the ancient Greek play Oedipus Rex, and my teacher made an observation about the main character, Oedipus. She said that although he's a one-in-a-million man whose fiery temper and quick thinking cause him to become king, he's also emblematic of every man because like every man, Oedipus's greatest strengths are also his greatest weaknesses.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Sarah Jones of Northwestern (15) goes high to head the ball against Palisades.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP Palisades senior forward Elisabeth Berdini used to fear penalty kicks. Her opinion surely has changed after Friday night's game-winner in the Colonial League title game.

Berdini got fouled inside the box with 3:15 left in the first half and converted the penalty kick. Despite Northwestern's best efforts, the goal stood up for a 1-0 win and the league title.

Friday, May 11, 2012
photo courtesy Samantha Yasson The Breaker Boys' Craig Zurn threw for four touchdowns and ran for another against the Schuylkill County Wolfpack.

The Panther Valley Breaker Boys defeated the Schuykill County Wolfpack, 34-27, in Great Eastern Football Association game on Saturday.

The Schuykill County Wolfpack were undefeated in their last 19 games, including a Keystone Bowl championship going in to this game.

"This is our biggest win on the biggest stage," said Breaker Boys player/coach Scott Reese. "We went in and played the game of our lives. Every player played a vital role in this victory. It was a total team victory."

Friday, May 11, 2012

BY ED HEDES

Jason Zimmerman always seemed to light a fire under every part of the Northwestern Lehigh athletic program since he took over as athletic director years back.

He has worked his way up to being a league officer in the Colonial League and then on to the District 11 committee of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

On July 1, Zimmerman takes over as the main man in the district after being elected as the district chairman to succeed Jack Wabby, who is retiring after 33 years on the committee and as PIAA treasurer.

Friday, May 11, 2012
bob ford/times news Marian's Dylan Latham takes a late throw at second base as Weatherly's Christian Hinkle slides in safely.

Marian qualified for the District 11 baseball playoffs with a victory over Weatherly on Thursday.

BASEBALL

Weatherly-Marian

Marian qualified for the district playoffs with a 7-5 Schuylkill League victory over visiting Weatherly.

Dylan Latham and Nick Kweder hit back-to-back singles to start a fifth-inning rally. Frank Nietz recorded an RBI single to score Latham, while Zach Motil delivered a two-run triple to score Nietz and Mike Cataldo and put the Colts up by a run. Motil's courtesy runner, Kyle Rodgers provided an insurance run on a double steal.

Friday, May 11, 2012
Lehighton inductees are Shaffer, Hofford, Barry

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2012 class on Sunday, 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 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow.

Friday, May 11, 2012

May 11, 1941 Clyde Werkeiser goes the distance on the mound in leading Mauch Chunk to an 8-3 Black Diamond League win over Summit Hill. Werkheiser allows seven hits and strikes out nine batters. At the plate he adds a hit and run scored. Horwath collects three hits, including a two-run double, while Jack Esrang contributes a pair of hits and a run scored. The winners, coached by "Bud" Seitz, also receive two hits from "Bum" Stianchi.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Palmerton's Monty Szukics (left) wins the race to the finish line in the 100 meter dash. Pen Argyl's Anthony Gentile (right) placed sixth.

WHITEHALL A lot of talent and a little motivation can be a powerful combination.

Palmerton's track team's used that mixture to produce one of the school's best league meets in decades.

Motivated by finishing second by three-tenths of a point last year, the Blue Bomber girls won the Colonial League Championship meet by 25 points over Southern Lehigh Wednesday at Whitehall High School.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lehighton picked up baseball and softball victories on Wednesday.

BASEBALL

Lehighton-PM West

Lehighton closed out regular season play with a 4-3 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Pocono Mountain West.

The Indians (14-6, 7-5) were led offensively by Joe Oriel, who had two hits and two RBIs. Anthony Farole also had two hits.

Josh Kern went the distance on the mound for Lehighton. He struck out three and scattered nine hits.

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PM West 000 120 0 - 3 9 4

Kern and Nalesnik; Robson and Scott. W-Kern. L-Robson.