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Monday, May 7, 2012

May 7, 1973 Lehighton forces extra innings with a run in the top of the seventh and then pushes across four more in the eighth to gain a 9-6 win over Palmerton. In the extra frame, Todd Snyder breaks the tie with an RBI single. Don Borger delivers a two-run double while the Indians alse receive a run-scoring hit from Lamont Rodgers. Snyder and Jimmy Kunkle both end the contest with a hit and three runs scored while Jim Tkach collects two hits and scores a run. Denny Kuehner adds two RBI, and Bruce Snyder gains the pitching win.

Monday, May 7, 2012

POCONO SUMMIT – It was only fitting that Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg's Mountain Valley Conference championship playoff would come down to the eighth game of the third set of the final match.

With the first six matches of the day being split three apiece, it all came down to the No. 1 doubles match between Pleasant Valley's Vince Voulo/Jon White and Stroudsburg's Jeff Norris/Jimmy Catina. The two teams then traded the first two sets before the Mounties' duo outlasted the Bears in the third set to win the conference tennis championship, 4-3.

Monday, May 7, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Aaron Cetnar goes into second base safely as Lehighton's James Farano takes the wide throw.

Pleasant Valley and Jim Thorpe picked up baseball wins in local action of Friday.

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Pleasant Valley came up with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to pull out a 5-4 win over Lehighton in Mountain Valley Conference action.

Lehighton (13-6, 6-5) scored two in the first and two more in the fourth and held a 4-2 lead heading into the sixth inning. Pleasant Valley (9-8, 7-3) scored a run in the sixth before adding the tying and winning run.

Monday, May 7, 2012

It's no secret that the two Nascar Sprint Cup races held at Pocono Raceway in early June and August have historically not been the most exciting races on the circuit.

There are a few reasons why racing at Pocono can sometimes seem lethargic, a lot of which is due to the way the track is designed. Pocono is as big as a super speedway (2.5 miles), but does not possess the usual highly-banked four turns that a super speedway does. Those turns allow for high octane racing that also allows for a lot of drafting and pack racing that enthralls fans.

Monday, May 7, 2012

About three weeks ago, The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet, the third diet book co-written by Barbara Rolls, PhD, professor of nutritional sciences at Penn State University, to explain a successful eating strategy that naturally leads to weight loss she calls volumetrics, hit the shelves.

Monday, May 7, 2012
Peter Guinda

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2012 class on May 27 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

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

Monday, May 7, 2012

May 5, 1997 Keith Zebroski and Brian Skrimkovsky both his home runs and John Lilly has a solid outing on the mound to lead Jim Thorpe to a 4-2 victory over Cardinal Brennan. Zebroski breaks a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning by delivering a two-run homer. Skrimkovsky adds insurance with his solo blast in the sixth. Lilly goes the distance and gives up just five hits while striking out 11.

Monday, May 7, 2012
Taylor named PSU Hazleton Men's Basketball MVP

Penn State Hazleton Campus Director of Athletics Dr. Thomas Caccese with Tamaqua graduate Michael Taylor, who was named mens basketball MVP for the 2011-12 season at Hazleton. Taylor led the team in scoring with a 13.3 points per game average. He also led the team with 56 three-pointers and in steals with 51 for the season. The team finished 11-6 in conference play, 11-7 overall, and shared the PSUAC Northern Division title with Wilkes-Barre campus. Taylor was also named to the PSUAC All Conference team and PSUAC All Academic team for players with a 3.0 average or higher.

Monday, May 7, 2012
Jon White of Pleasant Valley prepares to hit a backhand shot during the District 11 Class AAA Doubles Tournament on Saturday.

After the first round of the District 11 Class AAA Doubles Tennis Tournament, the Pleasant Valley duo of Vince Voulo and Jon White said that their goal was to at least reach the semifinal round, so that they will guarantee themselves a chance to medal.

That goal was accomplished Saturday at the West End Racquetball Club in Allentown. Voulo and White defeated No. 4 seed Rowan Hobson and Ryan Jaeger of Emmaus in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

Friday, May 4, 2012

BY SHAWN MCFARLAND

Over the last couple of years, concussions have been pushed to the front of the sports world. Concussion awareness has risen dramatically mainly due to the rapid growth of head injuries in football and hockey. Whereas years ago players would be able to talk themselves back into the game just minutes after taking a serious blow, now a plethora of tests must be done by a team's training staff before the player can even think about going back out and competing.