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Friday, March 29, 2013
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Lee Kuntz tags out Panther Valley's Jake Szczecina at home to end the first inning. Szczecina tried to score from third on a passed ball.

A day after Palmerton needed nine innings to defeat Colonial League rival Catasauqua, the Bombers worked quickly to dispatch Panther Valley 12-2 in five innings for a convincing non-league victory.

Panther Valley got on the board first with an RBI single from starter Colton Black, but the Bombers (3-0 overall, 1-0 Colonial League) answered quickly in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly from Carl Cressman to score starting pitcher Lee Kuntz, who stole second and third to get into scoring position.

Friday, March 29, 2013
Bob Ford/Times News Lehighton's James Farano makes the out, tagging Tamaqua's Matt Yeakel as he slides into second base.

It seems like it's been forever, but Lehighton and Tamaqua finally hit the diamond yesterday afternoon for a local opening season match-up.

The Raiders came into their game with the Indians looking to improve from a 5-15 record a year ago. Tamaqua coach Jeff Reading had a talented, but inexperienced squad in 2012, therefore losing a lot of close ball games.

What a difference a year makes.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Pen Argyl's Scott Ackerman (10) tries to avoid the diving tag of Northwestern's Josh Williamson at third base.

Northwestern just needed a little bit more offense. One more key hit or a break and the Tigers could have come all the way back from an early three-run deficit.

But Pen Argyl made a couple key plays to hold on for a 3-2 in Tuesday in New Tripoli.

The Knights (2-0 overall, 1-0 Colonial League) scored a run in the first and two in the second. The Tigers scored a pair of runs in the third and threatened in three of the last four innings but couldn't get the break or key hit they needed.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 28, 1980 Five Slatington track and field athletes post double wins in the Bulldogs' sweep of Southern Lehigh. In the boys' meet Dale Beck (100, shot put), Scott Schaffer (long and triple jumps) and Blaine Waylen (1600, 3200) all win a pair of events to aid a 99-50 victory. In the girls meet, multiple wins from Pam Peters (100 hurdles, long jump) and Glynnis Miller (100, 200) contribute to a 74-58 victory.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
PV tops Tribe in shortened match

A random rainstorm nearly washed away Lehighton and Pleasant Valley's tennis match Wednesday afternoon.

However, despite the steady rain and slick courts, the two teams completed just enough matches to make the day official.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Anjelica Poalillo runs past Marian's Sadie Kosar for the 100 meter victory.

After a long winter Jim Thorpe and Marian faced off yesterday afternoon at Olympian stadium for each squad's first dual meet of the season.

It was cold, it was windy, and at times it was wet, but both squads looked eager to get the track season underway. At the end of the day Marian and Jim Thorpe split victories with Marian taking the boys meet 97-53, while the JT girls edged the Fillies 79-67.

Marian senior John Julian was a big reason why the Colts had a solid day.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March 27, 1970 Palmerton's Tony Choy is selected as an Honorable Mention to the Associated Press All-Pennsylvania Scholastic Basketball team. Choy, a senior who led the Blue Bombers to a 20-2 regular season record, scored 448 points in 22 games for an average of 20.36. That figure is good enough to lead the TIMES NEWS area. Coached by Art George, Choy finishes his career with 1,257 points.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Daulton Radler (right) hands the baton to teammate Alex Rubin in the 3200 meter relay. The Indians won the event against Pocono Mountain East.

The Palmerton boys and girls track teams opened Colonial League action with a pair of wins Tuesday. The Bomber teams defeated Salisbury and Notre Dame.

Pleasant Valley also gained a sweep in its Mountain Valley Conference opener against East Stroudsburg North.

Other local winners included the Lehighton girls track team and the Palmerton tennis squad.


Palmerton, Notre Dame GP at Salisbury

Palmerton gained a double sweep in its Colonial League meet against Notre Dame and host Salisbury.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The St. Joe's of Jim Thorpe Girls CYO basketball team won the District 5 Championship. recently. Team members were: Front row, from left, Natalia Richards, Molly Sheridan, Jacqueline Condly, Molly Behan and Nicole Salerno. Second Row, same order, Rhiannon Malarkey, Payton Kovac, Sarah Gabel, Kayley Kovac and Kaitlyn Ohl. Coaches: Gene Binder and John Malarkey. Mike Spillman also helped coach the team.

St. Joe's of Jim Thorpe captured the girls basketball championship of the District 5 CYO League. St. Joe's posted an 11-1 record.

St. Joe's advanced to the District 4/District 5 playoffs at Cardinal Brennan High School where it finished in third place. St. Michael's of Minersville won the District 4/District 5 tourney and eventually went on to capture the Allentown Diocese title.

Following are St. Joe's playoff results:


St. Joe's-St. Ambrose

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March 26, 1990 Craig Goida delivers a two-run double, scores a run and also gains the pitching win for Panther Valley in a 7-6 win over Minersville. The Panthers, coached by Cazzie Kosciolek, receive a balanced attack as five different players knock in runs and five more score runs. Jimmer Kane hits an RBI single, while George Gillespie, Mark Lavine and Steve Strauss also drives in runs. Scoring runs for PV are Gillespie, Tom Rosahac, Jason Pecha and Randy Thear.