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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh assistant coach Mike Bonner has been inolved with the Bulldog track and field program for 32 years and actually began his coaching as a football assistant at Slatington High 45 years ago.

Anyone associated with Northern Lehigh sports over the years knows who Mike Bonner is.

He might have retired as a teacher, but he's been a mainstay as a coach in the Bulldogs' athletic program.

This is Bonner's 32nd year as part of the Northern Lehigh track and field program.

"I actually got my start working the events at the track meets," Bonner said. "For the first 19 years, I worked the long jump, triple jump and high jump. Around 1980, they had an opening for me and I came on with Marv Miller.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30, 1991 Greg Flyte and Dave Figura both slug home runs to help Jim Thorpe roll to an 11-1 Schuylkill League win over Marian. Flyte blasts a three-run shot in the fourth inning while Figura connects for a two-run homer in the fifth. Joe Kehrli allows just two hits in five innings of work to earn the pitching win, while Kyle Armbruster contributes a pair of hits, one of them a two-run double.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
photo courtesy of East Stroudsburg University Sami Vavra competes in the breast stroke for East Stroudsburg University.

Another chapter is in the books for Panther Valley graduate Sami Vavra, as she recently completed her swimming career at East Stroudsburg University and in the process, made an indellible mark on the record books.

"Sami Vavra," "Swimming," and "Success" are three words that fit together on a page when talking about the student-athlete's accomplishments over the course of her career in the pool.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Henry Paiste hits a forehand during the third set of Monday's District 11 Class AA championship singles match. Paiste, who lives in the Northwestern School District, defeated Moravian Academy's Zach Shaff to win his third straight D-11 title.

ALLENTOWN – As he watched a perfectly placed lob shot sail over the head of Zach Shaff and bounce out of his reach, Henry Paiste let out one final shout.

His loud "yes" and the accompanying fist pump put the finishing touches on 2 hours and 28 minutes of incredible tennis.

It also gave Paiste his third consecutive District 11 Class AA singles championship.

While the first time is always special, and repeating is almost always more difficult, it's hard to imagine any of the titles being more rewarding than Monday's three-peat.

Monday, April 29, 2013
Nancy Scholz Palmerton's Janel Tracy tops a ball in front of the plate during Saturday's Colonial League game against Catasauqua at Pates Park.

Pleasant Valley and Palmerton's softball teams both registered walk-off wins over the weekend.

The Bombers defeated Catasauqua in a Colonial League contest, while the Bears won their 10th straight game with a non-league victory over Allen.

In other weekend action, Lehighton's baseball team and Northern Lehigh's softball squad both rolled to non-league wins.



Lehighton made quick work of Dieruff in a non-league baseball game, defeating the Huskies 11-0 in five innings.

Monday, April 29, 2013

April 29, 1953 Bobby Popik and Frank Zlock both win two events to help Lansford's track team gain a 71-38 victory over Coaldale. Popik claims the shot put and discus, while Zlock captures the javelin and high jump. The Panthers, coached by Johnny Chuckran, also receive firsts from John Gallagher (880), Francis McNelis (mile), Charlie Wernert (broad jump) and John Kanuch (pole vault). Coaldale's Pete Julo turns in an outstanding effort despite his team's loss. Julo breaks the tape first in the 100, 220 and 440.

Monday, April 29, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Jon White leaves his feet to hit a forehand during Saturday's District 11 Class AAA tennis tournament.

ALLENTOWN – Henry Paiste and Jon White both found themselves in unfamiliar positions on Saturday during the District 11 tennis tournament.

Paiste, the two-time defending Class AA singles champion, was on the verge of dropping a set for just the second time in his three years of district competition.

But Paiste staged a dramatic opening set rally and went on to post a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Notre Dame of Green Pond's Mike Antonis in the semifinals.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Coaldale inducting four members

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2013 class on Sunday, May 26 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

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

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Both boat and shore anglers will have the opportunity to claim more than $3,000 in prizes when “Family Fun Fishing Day” begins a month-long tournament May 5 at Sweet Arrow Lake in Pine Grove.

PINE GROVE – What began as a family fishing contest at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park has turned into a month-long tournament with major prizes.

"Family Fun Fishing Day" is still being held as planned, Sunday, May 5, but anglers catching tagged fish have until Saturday, June 1, to turn in tags and redeem the corresponding prize.

Registration for the event can be done by accessing the Sweet Arrow Lake website at, and registration includes a food voucher to be redeemed for breakfast, beginning at 6 a.m., or lunch at the clubhouse.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I don't perform scientific research. I only comment upon the results in this column.

But I am pleased to announce a positive trend in the type of research I've been reading about recently. So many of the studies now consider a concept crucial in philosophy.


Unlike independence, interdependence acknowledges that acts do not occur in a vacuum. That all acts in some way affect other things even some previously seen as opposite or unrelated.