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Monday, May 9, 2011
PV's Erbe will swims at Westminster College

Panther Valley High School's Brittany Erbe will continue her academic and swimming careers at Westminster College

Erbe, a resident of Coaldale, is a four-time Schulkill League medalist, having captured silver medals in the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay as well as bronze medals in the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

At Districts, Erbe was part of the Panthers team championship and also part of their 400 free relay medal winning team.

Erbe is a member of Panther Valley's National Honor Society as well as the Chorus and Recycling Club.

Monday, May 9, 2011
ED HEDES/TIMES NEWS Fourth Annual Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament win foursome shooting a 10-under par 62 at Blue Ridge Country Club on Wednesday included: From left, Mike Zambelli, Tim Ardos and Ed Tierney. Mike Kuzy was also a member of the foursome.

The Fourth Annual Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament was held last week at Blue Ridge Country Club and despite some cold, rainy weather at the start, it was another huge success.

The tournament, which benefits OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and mental health awareness, raises money through golf sponsorship, plus silent and live auctions of sports memorabilia that takes place during the awards dinner.

Monday, May 9, 2011
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Panther Valley High School's Alexia Follweiler will continue her academic and swimming careers at Lycoming College.

Follweiler, a resident of Coaldale is a three-time PIAA State qualifier and a State medalist.

During her four-year varsity career with the Panthers, she won 11 District 11 medals, including five gold. Follweiler was part of a Panther Valley squad that captured a District 11 Team Champions.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pennsylvania State Parks naturalist Stephanie Strub will lead a 17-mile guided bike ride, Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., along the gently-sloped rail trail that follows the Lehigh Gorge. Riders will take in the natural sights, watch the whitewater rafters in the river below and learn bits of local history at points of interest along the way.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

May 7, 2005 Tamaqua gains an early lead and holds off Jim Thorpe for an 8-4 Schuylkill League Division I win. Shane Spotts goes the distance on the mound, allowing just five hits, to earn the victory. Catcher Andy Snyder throws out two basestealers and collects three hits and an RBI at the plate, while Josh Zukus adds three hits and a run scored. The Raiders, coached by Jeff Reading, also receive two hits from Travers Schmidt and Ryan Gerber.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

After back-to-back rainouts, the third time turned out to be the charm in kicking off the 2011 season at Lehighton's Mahoning Valley Speedway as a full pit area and a respectable sized grandstand of fans made for a resounding first night of racing.

Saturday, May 7, 2011
bob ford/times news Lehighton's rightfielder Brooke Lucykanish tosses the ball back to the infield as teammate Krysten Breiner backs up.

The Tamaqua softball team may have been a little short-handed in its non-league contest with Lehighton, but the Indians didn't care.

After all, a win is a win.

Lehighton picked up arguably its biggest win of the year Friday afternoon, as the Indians came back to knock off Tamaqua 8-3. Lehighton scored in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead and later added four more insurance runs en route to the victory.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

For those looking to avoid the high price of gasoline without eliminating a family vacation this summer, two of the area's state parks – Locust Lake in Schuylkill County and Hickory Run in Carbon County – are among those participating in a program to attract first-time campers.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The incongruity kept me watching.

Sometime in the 1980s, I was channel surfing after a hard Saturday workout when I saw the angst-filled alternative rock band R.E.M. performing a rather solemn song in front of dozens of happy-go-lucky teeny boppers on a dance show that was a bad imitation of "American Bandstand." Did these kids understand the song was about the foolishness of the Vietnam War?

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Carbon County Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2011 class at a banquet on Sunday, May 29 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

This will be the 18th class to be inducted by the Carbob County Chapter.

Doors open at 1 p.m.. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children between the ages of 6-12.