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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Jim Thorpe's Janieva Mallory slides safely into second base as Tamaqua's Carly Sassaman takesthe throw. Umpire Bill McGinley prepares to make the call.

Northwestern picked up victories in baseball, softball and soccer to highlight Wednesday scholastic sports action.

SOFTBALL

Jim Thorpe-Tamaqua

Angelica Heisler tossed five innings of scoreless relief to lead Jim Thorpe to a 7-1 Schuylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.

Heisler struck out nine to earn the pitching victory.

Krissy Bates led the Raiders offensively with three hits and two RBIs. Brianna Boyle, April Donnon and Heisler all added two hits. Donnon also had a pair of RBIs.

Brittany Caufman had three hits for Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
bob ford/times news Cat Condly and the Lady Olympians soccer team will be coached by Tom Condly, Cat's father who guided the team through the final four games of last season.

Most of the TIMES NEWS area girls soccer teams are in the beginning stages of their 2012 season. However, teams like Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, and Weatherly will not begin their soccer seasons until the Fall. This is because the Schuylkill League girls soccer schedule, unlike the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference, doesn't begin until the Fall sports season.

Starting in the Fall of 2012 all Pennsylvania soccer teams will begin competing in the Fall soccer season, which will no doubt make for a more competitive soccer landscape in the future.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Pleasant Valley girls' softball team has had a rough start to the 2012 season, as it had lost three of its first four games.

Wednesday the Lady Bears picked up their second consecutive win and may finally have things headed in the right direction.

Diane Klapatch pitched six-and-a-third innings of no-hit ball and helped lead Pleasant Valley to a 6-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory over East Stroudsburg South. The Bears never trailed in the game, as they scored two runs in the first and never looked back.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Prior to Wednesday's game, Erv Prutzman compiled his Northern Lehigh baseball team's statistics.

After getting his statistics up to date, Prutzman wasn't impressed with the Bulldogs' .247 team batting average.

Against Colonial League North Division foe Catasauqua, the Bulldogs finally flexed their muscles offensively as they recorded a 15-10 victory. Northern Lehigh pounded out 16 hits against the Rough Riders and also benefitted from four walks and a hit batsman.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

April 5, 1963 Charlie Perich, Bill Carazo and Billy Heydt each win two events to help Palmerton post a 72-23 Lehigh Valley League track win over Slatington. Perich takes first in the 100 and 220, while Heydt cops the shot put and discus. Carazo is tops in both the broad and high jumps. The Blue Bombers, coached by Don Holland, also receive firsts from Wayne Heintzleman (mile) and Charlie Romig (pole vault). The Slaters' only individual win comes from Jim Owens (880).

Thursday, April 5, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Boaz Rottet (6) heads toward third base as Jim Thorpe's Bryce Micciche (10) watches teammate Justin Kaminski make a throw from his shortstop position.

Scoring runs has been hard to come by for the Tamaqua baseball team this season.

Getting wins has been even harder.

Wednesday afternoon, however, all it took was one run for the Blue Raiders to secure their first win of the season with a 1-0 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory over Jim Thorpe.

After being shutout in three of its first four contests and averaging just 1.2 runs per game, the victory was a welcomed relief for Tamaqua head coach Jeff Reading.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Georgia freshman Allison Updike has been named the Southeastern Conference Women's Freshman of the Week following her performance at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, according to an announcement from the league office.

Updike, a Nesquehoning native, launched her third attempt in the javelin 152 feet, 6 inches on Saturday to pick up her second consecutive collegiate victory to start her career. Updike passed the second-place finisher by 23 feet and has the second-longest throw in the SEC this year at 156 feet (No. 26 nationally).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Matt Rivera clears the high jump at 5-6 for a first place in Tuesday's meet at Palmerton.

If Colonial League track and field teams haven't taken notice to the Palmerton boys and girls as potential threats, they should start to do so. The Blue Bombers earned a sweep over Northwestern asa they both picked up their third win without a loss

Senior speedster Monty Szukics swept through the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes, before anchoring the 400 relay to a win, spearheading the Palmerton boys to a 100-49 win.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April 4, 2002 Nate Phillips sets a new school record in the high jump and Mary Horvat registers three individual firsts to help Marian sweep Mahanoy Area in a track meet. Phillips clears 6-7 as the Colts post a 112-38 win. Double winners for Marian include Vito Digilio (100, 200), Justin Esposito (110 and 300 hurdles) and Dave Conway (discus, javelin). Horvat claims the shot put, discus and javelin to help the Fillies roll to a 109-34 victory. Trish McElmoyle (200, 400) and Dominique Ramer (800, 1600) also aid in the win.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Palmerton Area School Board at a special meeting on Tuesday unanimously approved the following extraccuricular positions, pending contract negotiations, for the 2012-13 school year:

- Danielle Bowman, volunteer field hockey coach

- Drew Courtright, volunteer middle school football coach

The school board also, on a 5-4 vote, approved the following extracurricular positions, pending contract negotiations, for the 2012-13 school year:

- Donald Delich, head girls' basketball coach, pending contract