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Thursday, May 23, 2013
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Anthony Rosino is caught in a rundown between second and third base. Northwestern's Brady Mengele is the fielder.

Lehighton baseball coach Brian Polaha didn't know what to expect from this club before the start of the season. With only two veteran players in Jacen Nalesnik and Josh Kern returning for the Indians in 2013 there were no high expectations for the Tribe this season.

As the old sports adage says, that's why they play the game.

Thursday, May 23, 2013
bob ford/times news Lehighton track and field standouts Sarah Keer (left) and Gwen Remaley check out action at the District 11 Championships at Blue Mountain High School. Keer and Remaley both qualified for this week's PIAA State Championship meet. The Lady Indian athletes also have something else in common both are Type I diabetics who use insulin pumps.

Similarities, they have.

In fact there are several of them that would make you smile about Sarah Keer and Gwen Remaley, friends and teammates at Lehighton High School.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

May 23, 1995 A big offensive showing by Palmerton allows the Lady Bombers to roll to a 14-4 win over Williams Valley in the opening round of the District 11Class AA softball playoffs. Katie Boyd leads the way with two triples, three runs scored and three RBIs. The winners, coached by Jerry Snyder, also receive two hits, two runs and a pair of RBIs from Nikki Levandusky. Becky Stroup tosses a five-hitter for the pitching win and also contributes two hits at the plate. Amanda George adds two hits, one a triple, in the 13-hit attack.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

For the second time in just over a week, Pocono Mountain East defeated Pleasant Valley.

This time, though, the game carried a little more weight.

The Cardinals rolled to a 12-2 win in the District 11 Class AAAA quarterfinal. They will now face Parkland in the semifinals on Friday night at Hackett Park in Easton.

Last week, Pocono Mountain East defeated Pleasant Valley 6-3 in the semifinals of the Mountain Valley Conference baseball tournament on its way to the program's first ever MVC baseball title.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

TOWER CITY - Marian head coach Joe DeAngelo's biggest job entering Tuesday's District 11 Class A quarterfinal matchup against Williams Valley was making sure his team forgot about the loss to the Vikings by 11 runs in the regular season.

DeAngelo had his team mentally prepared as this time the Fillies were in the game until the final out, despite seeing their season end by a 2-0 score.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 22, 1984 Tamaqua rides the three-hit pitching of Wendell Paisley to gain a 6-4 win over Bishop Hafey. The victory clinches the Schuylkill League North I championship. Paisley goes the distance, striking out 10 batters. Ed Titus hits a two-run homer and adds an RBI single, while Mike Plasko belts a solo homer and a double. The Blue Raiders, coached by Frank Zlock, also receive a key two-run single from Cary Bates.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sophie Hankee, of Northern Lehigh, was the lone unanimous selection to the First Team of the 2013 Colonial League All-Star Softball team. The junior Bulldog earned top honors at the Utiliy position.

A trio of Palmerton players Sam Doherty, Janel Tracy and Kendra Pekurny followed right along with Hankee to represent the TIMES NEWS coverage area with additional spots on the First Team. The Blue Bombers covered the entire midfield by collecting the highest recognition at second base (Doherty), shortstop (Tracy) and on the mound (Pekurny).

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Jordan Caffrey slides safely into third base during Monday's District 11 Class AAAA playoff game against Bangor.

Pleasant Valley's Dan Hrbek may already have his college baseball career all lined up, but the senior wasn't about to let his high school one come to an end on Monday.

With Monday afternoon potentially being his last time in a Pleasant Valley uniform, Hrbek hurled six brilliant innings of one-hit ball and helped lead the Bears to a 5-1 victory over Bangor in the first round of the District 11 AAAA playoffs. The win allows Pleasant Valley to move on and play Mountain Valley Conference foe Pocono Mountain East in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May 21, 1958 Mike Mormak tosses a four-hitter to lead Jim Thorpe to a 5-3 Mountain League win over Weatherly. Mormak throws all seven innings for the Olympians, coached by Jack Heycock. Jimmy Maehrer collects two hits, one a triple, and scores a pair of runs while Bud Flyte adds a triple and run scored. Jimmy Billig contributes a hit and two RBIs. Thorpe also receives a hit and run scored from Willard Flyte and Charley Phillips.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Keystone Senior Babe Ruth Baseball League began its 17th season on Monday, May 20.

Last season ended with the Pocono Mountain Outlaws defeating the Franklin Township Hurricanes to win their first ever league championship. The Outlaws will have the tough task of trying to repeat with a new manager and a league-low six returning players.