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Friday, April 12, 2013
mike feifel/times news Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson (left) and Catasauqua's Ra'Von Burton sprint toward the finish line in 100 meters.

For the second time this week, the Northwestern track team made a statement against a Colonial League rival.

Just days after defeating Palmerton, the Tigers swept rival Northern Lehigh, with the boys earning an 80 1/2-69 1/2 win and the girls cruising to a 128-22 victory.

The Northern Lehigh girls did earn a narrow, 79-68, victory over Catasauqua for their first win of the season, while the boys finished tied with the Rough Riders at 75 apiece.

Friday, April 12, 2013
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Howie Stevens slides homes with a run during Thursday's game against Pocono Mountain West.

The Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua baseball teams both picked up victories on Thursday to remain undefeated in league play.

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Pleasant Valley improved to 3-0 in Mountain Valley Conference play, dismissing Pocono Mountain West 17-4 in five innings.

Dylan Pasnak pitched four innings, giving up just four hits and allowing no earned runs for the Bears (7-1,3-0).

Pleasant Valley's Nick Domenici had four RBIs on two hits.

Connor Cardenas had two hits and three RBIs. James Shank and Adam Raseley also had two hits for the Bears.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
bob ford/times news Marian's Gabby Cann (8) pulls into second base as Weatherly shortstop Jessica Polchin looks on.

Marian was able to withstand a Weatherly rally and the inclement weather to win an abbreviated Schuylkill League softball contest, 5-1.

The Fillies jumped on the Wreckers early, capitalizing on two Weatherly errors in the first. Gabby Cann led off with a single and moved to third on an error. Sam Faust was up next and brought her home and reached third herself on the second Weatherly error of the inning. Lindsay Nemeth knocked in Faust for the second run of the inning to give the Fillies a 2-0 cushion.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Jim Thorpe and Marian both came out on top in both boys and girls competition on Wednesday in Schuylkill League track meets.

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Minersville-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe recorded a complete sweep of Minersville yesterday afternoon.

The Olympians scored a 97-39 win over the Battlin' Miners, while the Lady Olympians posted a 91-35 win on the girls' side.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
IndyCars returning to Pocono

LONG POND The sound of the engines at Pocono International Raceway on Wednesday morning were a little different than what people are used to. That's because it wasn't the roaring noise of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series turning laps at the historic tri-oval.

Instead, it was more like a smooth humming sound echoing through the Pocono Mountains. The IZOD IndyCar series returned to the local raceway for the first time since 1989 for a Firestone tire test session. The test session was held in order to gauge how the Firestone tires would react to the newly resurfaced track.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
bob ford/times news Weatherly pitcher Brett Stallone (left) moves in to scoop up the ball as Marian's Justin Bilka tries to avoid contact running down the first base line.

A perfect game by Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek highlighted Wednesday's scholastic sports action.

Weather played a factor in several games yesterday as a couple of contests were suspended and several others were shortened.

BASEBALL

Tamaqua-Pine Grove

Sophomore Brett Kosciolek continued his stellar 2013 campaign, leading Tamaqua to a 5-0 Schuylkill League victory over Pine Grove in a game called after five innings because of the weather.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 11, 1983 Dave Keich gains four wins and sets two new school records, and Lori Lawson adds two firsts and sets a new field mark in Tamaqua's sweep of West Hazleton. Keich claims the high, long and triple jumps and also breaks the tape in the 300 hurdles as the Raiders roll to a 134-16 victory. Keich sets school marks in the high jump (6-5 ) and 300 hurdles (41.9). John Appicello also wins two events (1600, 3200), setting a new school record in the 3200 (10:40.3). In the girls meet, Lawson finishes first in the 1600 and 3200. Her 3200 time of 12:05.1 is a new Tamaqua field record.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Austin Shupp and Northwestern's Austin Weiss are pretty even in the 110 high hurdles during Tuesday's Colonial League meet. Shupp wound up the winner with a time of 16.2.

Palmerton and Northwestern have emerged as two of the Colonial League's strongest teams early on in this track and field season and they showed why with a back-and-forth battle on Tuesday afternoon.

The Northwestern boys narrowly edged Palmerton by a score of 80-70, while the girls picked up an 82-68 win over the Lady Bombers.

All was not lost for Palmerton on this day, however, as the boys earned an 89-61 win over Catasauqua while the girls picked up a decisive 125-24 victory.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Lehighton baseball team, the Lehighton girls track and field team, and the Jim Thorpe tennis squad all captured victories yesterday afternoon.

BASEBALL

ES North-Lehighton

Lehighton improved to 4-2 (2-1 MVC) on the season with a 5-3 Mountain Valley Conference victory over East Stroudburg North.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April 10, 2007 Marian uses an eight-run fifth inning to help pull away from Tri-Valley for a 12-6 Schuylkill League victory. John DeAngelo and Josh Butala lead the Colts offense as both players finish 3-for-4 with two runs and a pair of RBIs. Adam Agosti earns the pitching win and also contributes a two-run single for Jeff Nietz's team. Marian's No. 1 through No. 7 hitters all knock in at least one run.