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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 29, 1956 Palmerton junior Bob Mlkvy is named to the Associated Press First Team All-State squad. Mlkvy, who scored 691 points in 29 games for a 23.8 average, joins Horace Walker of Chester, Walter Mangham of New Castle, Ray Scott of West Philadelphia, Pete Hall of Farrell, and Bob Heffner of Allentown on the First Team. Mlkvy's teammate, Terry Eckert, receives a Honorable Mention selection.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
ron gower/times news Northwestern's Emily Iobst (21) tries to split Saucon Valley defenders Quanie Lightner (left) and Andie Evans (4). Also moving into the play is the Tigers' Aubrey Kehs (9).

In a battle between two favorites for this year's Colonial League girls soccer title, Saucon Valley took an early lead and protected it for nearly 35 minutes to beat Northwestern 2-0 Monday in New Tripoli.

The Panthers scored their first goal less than two minutes into the game and added the second 5:05 into the contest.

"I was very happy with our first 20 minutes," said Saucon Valley head coach Stevie Ochse. "I think we played well. We put a lot of pressure on them. We possessed the ball well. We got both our goals in the first 20 minutes."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It wasn't the best conditions to play tennis in, but Pleasant Valley head coach Mark Allison likened Monday's weather to a heat-wave compared to what his boys' team had played in over the past week.

The Bears picked up their first victory of the young season by sweeping Mountain Valley Conference rival East Stroudsburg South 7-0. Pleasant Valley had suffered three consecutive 4-3 losses up until Monday, but finally broke through in a big way. All seven Bears went on to win their respective match in straight sets.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Tamaqua Blue Waves captured the Anthracite Swim League Championship on Saturday at Pottsville Natatorium.

The Blue Waves racked up victories in 30 of the 72 events to compile 1,600 points and breeze to the team title in the eight-team event. Mahanoy Area was a distant second with 705 points.

Leading the way for Tamaqua were Thomas Fegley and Claire Frank, who won three events apiece. Fegley captured the boys 8-and-under 100 IM, 25 butterfly and 25 breaststroke. Frank competed in the girls 13-14 age group and won the 200 IM, the 200 freestyle and 50 breaststroke.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lehighton High field hockey standout Kenzie Teno will continue her education and field hockey career at Wikes University inWilkes-Barre this fall.

Teno had one goal and nine assists this past season. She finished her career with 10 goals and 25 assists and played a big part in the team's state championship her junior year, along with winning league and district titles this past fall before losing in the state final.

Wilkes competes in NCAA Division III and is a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Division.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Erika Bowman slides safely into second base as East Stroudsburg North's Alexis Kutlu stands by the bag.

Lehighton opened up its baseball season with a win, while Northern Lehigh rolled in its softball opener in local sports action on Monday.

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The Indians used an eight-run third inning to pull away from the Roughies for a 12-6 non-league victory to open the season.

Anthony Farole had three hits, including a triple and three RBI for Lehighton. Jacen Nalesnik hit a solo home run in the seventh, A.J. Wenrich went two-for-four with a double and RBI and Tyler Hill had two RBI.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wilkes University freshman softball player Jordan Borger, a graduate of Pleasant Valley and Kunkletown native, has been named Freedom Conference Player of the Week.

Borger collected six hits in seven at-bats in the doubleheader against Delaware Valley on March 21, as the Lady Colonels split with the Aggies. Three of Borger's hits went for extra bases, including a solo home run in the sixth inning of game two, the first of her career.

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The Tamaqua Raider Wrestling Booster Club held its annual banquet on Sunday, March 20 at Capriotti's, Tresckow.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Northwestern's girls soccer team came away with a win and the Tamaqua girls finished on top of the field at the Pirate Invitational this weekend.

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Shane Simpkins struckout 11 batters and led the Crusaders to a 12-3 win over the Olympians in the season opener for both.

Simpkins allowed just one hit, a second-inning single to Sean Green. Green also had one of the other two Jim Thorpe hits, while Brybe Micciche had the other.

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