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Saturday, May 28, 2011

"You're not going to be happy with me," a good friend said near the beginning of a recent training ride. "I cracked. Did I ever crack."

Since that's a cycling term used when you can't keep pace, and we were at the front of a relaxed group of 12 riders, I knew there was more to the story.

"You know I've been doing really well on that diet." I nodded. "Well, one of my meetings last week lasted longer than I expected, and I absolutely was starving coming home, so I stopped for coffee at a convenience store to hold me over."

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Kendra Strohl, 10, caught a nice stringer of trout at the Military Family Fishing Day at Phifer Ice Dam Park.

Children and grandchildren of military veterans had a grand time catching trout on Saturday at the Phifer Ice Dam Park, when the Poho Poco Rod and Gun Club hosted a "Military Family Youth Fishing" day.

The children were invited to fish for free, with approximately 235 trout stocked earlier in the day for catching. Fishing at the park was closed to adult fishing until the event concluded.

Larry Ahner, a club member, said the club has been active stocking fish in other areas of the county, but hadn't held a fishing event for children for years.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

ALLENTOWN – You may have heard of how solid the Phillies rotation is. You may have heard that a former IronPig pitcher, Vance Worley, has been stellar in replacing injured fifth starter Joe Blanton.

What you may not of heard is that an outfielder-turned pitcher that was tutored by Nolan Ryan is turning a lot of heads.

Despite not having his best stuff, Brian Gordon pitched six solid innings while giving up just one run to lead the IronPigs to a 10-2 win over the Rochester Red Wings.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Kayla Hope shows her gold medal form in this eight photo composite of her winning long jump at the PIAA Class AA State Track and Field Championships on Friday.

SHIPPENSBURG - One last jump.

That was all Tamaqua's Kayla Hope had left in her quest for a state gold medal in the long jump.

So she did the only thing a state champion would do. She let it all hang out and just went for it.

Friday, May 27, 2011

If Pen Argyl's softball team received a scouting report about Tamaqua heading into their matchup against the seventh seeded Lady Raiders, it would have proven to be inconclusive.

With wins against quality programs, losses to sub-par squads, and an overall record of 9-11 heading into its District 11 Class AA quarterfinal matchup, Tamaqua was certainly a mystery.

Add into that mix, a heartbreaking loss by his own team in the Colonial League championship and Green Knight head coach Bill Schankel wasn't exactly sure what to expect.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pleasant Valley's Dianne Klapatch was only trying to hit a fly ball to the outfield.

As it turns out, she got a little extra.

With teammate Kasey Meckes on third base with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning of a tie game, Klapatch knew a sacrifice fly would chase home the winning run in Thursday's District 11 Class AAAA quartefinal game against Emmaus.

The Bears' No. 3 hitter got her fly ball and then some. Klapatch's shot to left cleared the fence to give PV a 5-3 walkoff win and a berth in Tuesday's semifinals.

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27, 1997 Ivan George tosses a four-hitter to help Palmerton's legion team open the season with an 8-2 victory over Fullerton. George strikes out 11 and doesn't walk a batter in the Lehigh Valley Legion contest. The winners use a four-run fifth inning to take the lead for good. John Kovacs, Jason Hernandez and Bob Young each finish with two hits to lead Palmerton's 11-hit attack.

Friday, May 27, 2011

WHITEHALL - After suffering a 2-1 loss to Southern Lehigh in the Colonial League semifinals earlier this month, Northwestern Lehigh had an opportunity for revenge in the District 11 consolation game.

The winner of this game would be awarded a spot in the 2011 PIAA state championships which will begin on June 1.

The Tigers understood what was at stake, and defeated the No. 1 seeded Spartans 1-0 on Thursday.

Friday, May 27, 2011

@Breif.Head:Mangold will play football at Albright

Jim Thorpe High School senior Tyler Mangold has announced that he will continue his academic and football career at Division III Albright College.

Mangold was a four-year starter for the Olympians, where he was named captain the past two two seasons. A two-way starter, Mangold led the team in pancake blocks as an offensive lineman and tackles as the team's linebacker.

This year, Mangold had 75 tackles, including 16 tackles for a loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks.

Friday, May 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh catcher Erika Bowman hurls the ball to first after fielding a bunt. Behind her is teammate Kristi Seiler.

There wasn't any power hitting by either Northern Lehigh or North Schuylkill in their first round, District 11 Class AA matchup Thursday. The only hits by both teams were singles.

The visiting Spartans won the game, 5-0, scoring early by capitalizing on errors and speed.

Also worth mentioning is a superb pitching performance by North Schuylkill's Cassie Lapotsky, who allowed only four N.L. hits, struck out 11 Lady Bulldogs, and walked just two.