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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley coach Mark Allison goes over strategy with doubles players Jon White (left) and Vince Voulo during the District 11 Class AAA consolation match.

ALLENTOWN Pleasant Valley coach Mark Allison saw some familiar faces taking part in the consolation match of the District 11 Class AAA Doubles Tennis Tournamant.

The veteran Bears' mentor was glad to see his top doubles team of Vince Voulo and Jon White in action especially knowing a bronze medal was on the line.

But their opponents were also familiar to Allison. The Bears' duo was facing the same Allen doubles' team that knocked off Pleasant Valley's Lou Bravo and Kyle Tamarez in the opening round of the tournament.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Carbon United Mayhem wins tourney title

The Carbon United Mayhem captured first place in the 5th Annual Hunter Meckes Soccer Tournament U-13 Boys' Division. The Mayhem outscored its three opponents 20-3 in rolling to the title. Team members include, front row, from left, Dylan Pettit, Patrick Lawler, Shane Meckes, Rajah Quinones and Todd Stelling. Second row, coach Frank Bokan, Zeke Elkhyati and Sean Choley. Third row, Dalton Freer, Haris Cokrlija, Cameron Condly, Brendan Morgans, Mike Solt and assistant coach Lynn Stelling. Back row, Tyler Dietz, Devon Santos and Riley McHugh. Franky Bokan is also on the team.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Three area players had roles in leading the

Misericordia softball team to a Freedom Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III softball tournament.

Freshman third baseman Kristi Seiler, a Northern Lehigh grad, was a first-team All-Freedom selection and earned Rookie of the Year honors.

Seiler, who has started 42 of the Cougars' 43 games, is among the team leaders in nearly every offensive statistical category. She has a .391 batting average, seven home runs, 45 RBIs and 28 runs scored.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lehigh Valley has a couple of young pitching prospects that are doing really well at Triple-A to start the season.

They may not be household names yet but they are a bright spot in this young season.

Austin Hyatt (28 starts) and Tyler Cloyd (18 starts) spent most of their 2011 campaign battling Double-A hitters for the R-Phils in Reading. The success they've had has carried over.

Hyatt (2-2, 3.09) was pegged to be at Lehigh Valley from the beginning but Cloyd's rise this early in the season is a bit of a surprise.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Beltzville State Park will be hosting a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Basic Boating Course Monday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 16, and both sessions are from 6-10 p.m.

There is no charge for the course, but all participants must preregister by calling the park office at 610-377-0045 and must attend both sessions. Basic boating course are designed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make informed decisions on the water.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Northern Lehigh's girls soccer team and the Panther Valley baseball team both suffered losses over the weekend.

SOCCER

Wilson-No. Lehigh

Cassandra Palmer managed to sneak in a goal in the second half to give the Warriors a 1-0 Colonial League win over the Lady Bulldogs (3-14-1).

Northern Lehigh actually outshot the Warriors 11-3, but Wilson goalie Alesha Seifert had 10 saves. Nolehi goalie Kaylee Owens had two saves.

BASEBALL

Panther Vy.-Blue Mt.

Monday, May 7, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to the TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Nick Mantz keeps service during District 11 2A Doubles action at West End Racquet Club. Mantz and James Sverchek advanced to the second round before losing.

Day two of the District 11 Doubles Tournament at the West End Racquet Club in Allentown featured AA competition and showcased five TIMES NEWS area teams.

Lehighton, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, and Northwestern were all in action on Friday afternoon.

Unfortunately, it happened to be a rough day on the court with every team but one being eliminated from tournament play in the first round.

Monday, May 7, 2012
Gold Medal winners in the 14-15 Age Group were, from left, Jeff Cordon and Ronnie Okungu of Whitehall; Seth Oriel, Nathaniel Hower and Dylan Moyer, all of Panther Valley; Tre nelson of Palmerton and Josh Katchmar and Steve Bolusky of Mahanoy Area. Anthony Dex of Whitehall was also a winner.

Nearly 100 football players along with their family members, friends, and coaches packed the Palmerton High School gymnasium this past Sunday for the eighth annual Blue Bomber Football Invitational Weightlifting Competition.

Monday, May 7, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Jordan Meckes slides into second base as Lehighton's Emily Kollar (15) takes the throw. Brooke Lucykanish backs up the throw for the Indians.

In its second Mountain Valley Conference meeting of the season, between Lehighton and Pleasant Valley, the Indians were the first team to put a run on the scoreboard.

For the second time this season, Pleasant Valley answered right back in its very next at-bat to take the lead itself.

Once the lead was in their grasp, the Bears never relinquish it and earned a 12-3 victory. With the win, the Bears (13-4 overall; 10-0 MVC) remain undefeated in the MVC.