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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.


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.


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.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Back in mid-September it was unknown if Jim Thorpe athlete Khaaliq Lynch would ever walk again. The 17-year old football, basketball, and track star was involved in a car accident on September 16, 2012 that resulted in a severe neck injury.

The operator of the car Lynch was a passenger in lost control, slid across the road and struck a wooden fence. On impact, one of the fence posts penetrated the rear window of the vehicle, striking the passenger-side headrest. It penetrated the headrest and the fence post struck Lynch in the head.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

You can call it perfect timing, but Steve Hluschak can't find a better way to describe becoming the newest head coach of Northern Lehigh's wrestling program.

Hluschak was approved by the school board Monday night to take over for former head coach Todd Herzog, who resigned at the end of last season.

In return, the Bulldogs bring back one of the school's most legendary athletes, as Hluschak, who graduated in 2000 from Northern Lehigh, excelled in both football and wrestling.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April 9, 1952 Doug Shiner wins a pair of events to help Palmerton open its track season with a 60-35 victory over Emmaus. Shiner captures both the 100 and 880 for Bill Wilhelm's Blue Bombers. George Perich claims the broad jump, ties for first in the high jump, and is a member of the winning mile relay team. Kelchner also contributes to the relay foursome and wins the mile run.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Taylor Fritz slides into second base safely as Jim Thorpe's Brittney Loftus waits for the throw.

Tamaqua, Northwestern, Palmerton and Weatherly all triumphed in girls softball during local action on Monday.


Tamaqua-Jim Thorpe

Tamaqua used a 13-run second inning to thump Jim Thorpe in three innings, 23-5.

Juliette Reinhardt finished with three RBIs for the Raiders, while Carly Sassaman and Brianna Wittig each knocked in two more.

Brittany Loftus led the Olympians with two runs. Teammate Jocelyn DeMarco drove in another.

Tamaqua 2(13)8 - 23 8 0

Jim Thorpe 104 - 5 4 4