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Saturday, June 1, 2013

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Shockers-Mustangs

The Franklin Township Shockers suffered a tough 9-7 loss to East Stroudsburg.

The Shockers left 12 runners on base.

James Farano was two-for-three with a double, walk and RBI for the Shockers. K.J. Snerr had two RBIs.

The loss puts the Shockers at 0-1with two games this weekend, Saturday at Phillipsburg and Sunday at home against Bushkill Twp.

Towamensing

-Phillipsburg

The Towamensing Yankees handed the Phillipsburg Indians a 10-5 loss.

Elioe Borger went three-for-four with two RBIs for the Yankees.

Saturday, June 1, 2013
Bombers' Pereira heading to UNC

Despite growing up in a "Penn State family," Palmerton speed specialist Jessica Pereira will be attending the University of North Carolina to further her education and field hockey career.

Her mother, Cindy, and father, Jerry, attend many Penn State sporting events and 'bleed Blue and White.' With their eldest being an integral part of the Division I powerhouse field hockey program for the Tar Heels, however, perhaps that blue-colored blood will become a little lighter.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Somewhere doctor John E. Sarno is smiling.

In 1991, he published a book, Healing Back Pain, that I thought would revolutionize how the medical world treated that affliction. In it, he claims that the overwhelming majority of back pain (from which four out of five Americans will eventually suffer) has an emotional rather than a physical genesis although the subsequent pain is clearly physical.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Pennsylvania Game Commission land management officer for Carbon, Luzerne and Monroe counties Mike Beahm reports that more than 200 acres of prescribe burning were conducted on State Game Lands 141, Broad Mountain.

"The conditions were perfect when the burn was conducted," Beahm said. "Fire behavior, smoke dispersal, and overall results were exactly what our burn plan prescribed to accomplish our goals.

Saturday, June 1, 2013
PATRICK MATSINKO/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Mike Ortiz signs a letter of intent to attend Lock Haven University. Ortiz will continue his academic and athletic career there, wrestling for the Division I Bald Eagles. With Ortiz are his parents Michele and Michael Ortiz Sr. In the back row, from left, are Northwestern principal Aileen Yadush and head wrestling coach Jim Moll.

For Northwestern Lehigh's Mike Ortiz, nothing has come easy during his wrestling career.

Ortiz was dealt a crushing blow during regionals of his junior year, when he suffered a serious knee injury that forced him to prematurely withdraw from the tournament and endure a long offseason of rehab, which made success during his senior year far from a sure thing.

Friday, May 31, 2013
nancy scholz/tspecial to the times news Palmerton's Sam Doherty waits for a throw as Bethlehem Catholic's Marissa Merriman gets back to second base.

For most teams, a loss in a championship game of any kind would be tough to overcome.

For the Palmerton softball team, however, the appearance in a title game alone speaks volumes about how far the program has come over the last few years. It also gives a sense of where it is headed in the future.

A 9-0 defeat to Bethlehem Catholic in the District 11 Class AAA title game is certainly not what the Lady Bombers envisioned, but their success this season with such a young roster has many in the program thinking they'll be on this stage again in the near future.

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Anthracite Baseball Coaches Association Senior All Star Game will be held at Stump Stadium in Pine Grove Saturday night. Along with the game, there will also be a hall of fame induction ceremony and charity event.

The Hall of Fame inductions will take place between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. with the first pitch tentatively scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

Friday, May 31, 2013

May 31, 1990 Eleven players from the TIMES NEWS area participate in the annual Schuylkill County Football Coaches All-Star game held at Williams Valley. The locals - from Marian, Panther Valley and Tamaqua - compete for the North squad, which drops a narrow 19-18 decision to the South. PV's Tom Rosahac catches five passes for 75 yards and also intercepts a pass on defense. Panther teammate Jody Shober contributes an interception and fumble recovery. Tamaqua's Joe Coleman and Marian's Joe Marsilio lead the locals with seven tackles apiece while PV's Brian Kane chips in with four.

Friday, May 31, 2013

PHILADELPHIA Shane Victorino kept his emotions in check, but it wasn't easy.

When the Phillies ran a video tribute to the guy who was a staple in their outfield for seven seasons, including the 2008 World Series-winning squad, he was touched, but held back any tears.

"I was told they were going to do a little video tribute showing some highlights, and (to give me a chance) to say one last thank you to the fans," said Victorino, on the 15-day disabled list for the Red Sox with a strained hamstring. "I would have loved to have done it walking to the plate."

Friday, May 31, 2013

Lehighton High School's Haley Coleman, daughter of Leroy and Amy Coleman, will play field hockey at Wilkes University next fall.

Coleman was a three-year varsity letter winner in field hockey, where she played left inner/forward.

During the 2012 season, she tallied 15 goals and 23 assists for the Lady Indians. Coleman is also a member of the Xcalibur and Pyramid Evolution Field Hockey clubs.

Coleman was also a member of the track and field team while at Lehighton, as well as student council.

While at Wilkes, she will study Elementary Education.