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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

TOWER CITY - Marian head coach Joe DeAngelo's biggest job entering Tuesday's District 11 Class A quarterfinal matchup against Williams Valley was making sure his team forgot about the loss to the Vikings by 11 runs in the regular season.

DeAngelo had his team mentally prepared as this time the Fillies were in the game until the final out, despite seeing their season end by a 2-0 score.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 22, 1984 Tamaqua rides the three-hit pitching of Wendell Paisley to gain a 6-4 win over Bishop Hafey. The victory clinches the Schuylkill League North I championship. Paisley goes the distance, striking out 10 batters. Ed Titus hits a two-run homer and adds an RBI single, while Mike Plasko belts a solo homer and a double. The Blue Raiders, coached by Frank Zlock, also receive a key two-run single from Cary Bates.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sophie Hankee, of Northern Lehigh, was the lone unanimous selection to the First Team of the 2013 Colonial League All-Star Softball team. The junior Bulldog earned top honors at the Utiliy position.

A trio of Palmerton players Sam Doherty, Janel Tracy and Kendra Pekurny followed right along with Hankee to represent the TIMES NEWS coverage area with additional spots on the First Team. The Blue Bombers covered the entire midfield by collecting the highest recognition at second base (Doherty), shortstop (Tracy) and on the mound (Pekurny).

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Jordan Caffrey slides safely into third base during Monday's District 11 Class AAAA playoff game against Bangor.

Pleasant Valley's Dan Hrbek may already have his college baseball career all lined up, but the senior wasn't about to let his high school one come to an end on Monday.

With Monday afternoon potentially being his last time in a Pleasant Valley uniform, Hrbek hurled six brilliant innings of one-hit ball and helped lead the Bears to a 5-1 victory over Bangor in the first round of the District 11 AAAA playoffs. The win allows Pleasant Valley to move on and play Mountain Valley Conference foe Pocono Mountain East in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May 21, 1958 Mike Mormak tosses a four-hitter to lead Jim Thorpe to a 5-3 Mountain League win over Weatherly. Mormak throws all seven innings for the Olympians, coached by Jack Heycock. Jimmy Maehrer collects two hits, one a triple, and scores a pair of runs while Bud Flyte adds a triple and run scored. Jimmy Billig contributes a hit and two RBIs. Thorpe also receives a hit and run scored from Willard Flyte and Charley Phillips.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Keystone Senior Babe Ruth Baseball League began its 17th season on Monday, May 20.

Last season ended with the Pocono Mountain Outlaws defeating the Franklin Township Hurricanes to win their first ever league championship. The Outlaws will have the tough task of trying to repeat with a new manager and a league-low six returning players.

Monday, May 20, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The most senior member of the Past Our Prime team, Alex Stasyk, takes his turn pitching.

It's Tuesday morning.

Bob Davenport pulls his golf cart into the tennis court parking lot in the Bear Creek Lakes community of Jim Thorpe. He then carries an official size stand-up strike zone he constructed from netting and PVC pipe and places it on the court in the usual spot. He leans two official wiffle ball aluminum bats against the surrounding back fence, and then he completes his weekly ritual by putting a bucket of wiffle balls on a small stool at the "pitching mound", located in front of where the tennis net used to be.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Five TIMES NEWS Area baseball and three softball teams begin quest for District 11 Championships this afternoon when first round games get under way.

Pleasant Valley's baseball team drew the No. 7 seed in the 4A baseball bracket and hosts No. 10 seed Bangor this afternoon at 4:30 in a first round contest. The winner will travel to No. 2 seed Pocono Mountain East for a quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday.

In 3A boys, three local teams are among trhe six to qualify and it is a guarantee that a TIMES NEWS team will reach the championship.

Monday, May 20, 2013

May 20, 2004 Pleasant Valley hits three home runs to help power the Bears to an 11-5 win over Stroudsburg in the Mountain Valley Conference championship game. Tim Bremen slugs a two-run dinger in the first inning while Ken Serfass and Kyle Rhoades hit back-to-back solo shots in the sixth frame. Brendan O'Connor contributes three hits, two of the doubles, and knocks in a pair of runs while Liam O'Connor adds two hits and scores three times. Aaron Fuhrman picks up the pitching win, striking out eight in his six innings of work.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Last week's column encouraged you to question your strongest health and fitness beliefs as a way to establish or reestablish the truth as it applies to the function and feelings of your body. This was suggested because too many people mistakenly see truth as fixed and immutable instead of organic and relative.