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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
ron gower/times news Panther Valley's Josh Vega (second from right) gets to the finish line just ahead of Marian's Dylan Quirk (left) in the 100 meter dash. The Colts' Bob Kelly is on the right. No results of the meet were received by the TIMES NEWS.

Three area teams captured championships on Monday. The Palmerton girls track team won the Colonial League title, the Marian baseball team captured the Schuylkill League Division 3 crown, and the Northern Lehigh baseball team won the Colonial League North Division title.

BASEBALL

Marian-Shenandoah

Marian rolled to a pair of mercy-rule victories over Shenandoah to clinch the Schuylkill League Division 3 championship.

The Colts' doubleheader sweep combined with a Nativity loss secures Marian's berth in next week's Schuylkill League playoff semifinals.

Monday, May 9, 2011
ron gower/times news Panther Valley's second baseman Thad Ogozalek (left) gets the ball in plenty of time to stop steal attempt by Jim Thorpe's Colton Knox. The Panthers defeated Jim Thorpe, 15-8, on Saturday. No other information on that game was received by the TIMES NEWS.

Lehighton picked up a baseball win and Panther Valley posted its first softball victory of the season to highlight the weekend's scholastic sports action.

Lehighton-Palmerton

Parker David scattered seven hits to lead Lehighton to a 9-1 non-league win over Palmerton in a game played Saturday at PNC Field in Moosic.

The Indians (12-3) were led offensively by Tyler Harris, who had two hits, two runs scored, and two RBIs. Anthony Farole added a hit, a run scored and three RBIs.

For Palmerton (3-11), Rich Steigerwalt had two hits and knocke din his team's only run.

Monday, May 9, 2011

May 9, 1958 Bryan Hill tosses a one-hitter to lead Lehighton to a 7-0 shutout win over Catasauqua. Hill faces the minimum 21 batters as both Roughie players that reach safely are erased on the bases. Eddie Miller slugs a home run for the Indians while Ted Boyer contributes two hits and a run scored. The winners also receive a hit and run scored from Bernie Semmel, Paul Christman and Buck.

Monday, May 9, 2011
PV's Erbe will swims at Westminster College

Panther Valley High School's Brittany Erbe will continue her academic and swimming careers at Westminster College

Erbe, a resident of Coaldale, is a four-time Schulkill League medalist, having captured silver medals in the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay as well as bronze medals in the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

At Districts, Erbe was part of the Panthers team championship and also part of their 400 free relay medal winning team.

Erbe is a member of Panther Valley's National Honor Society as well as the Chorus and Recycling Club.

Monday, May 9, 2011
ED HEDES/TIMES NEWS Fourth Annual Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament win foursome shooting a 10-under par 62 at Blue Ridge Country Club on Wednesday included: From left, Mike Zambelli, Tim Ardos and Ed Tierney. Mike Kuzy was also a member of the foursome.

The Fourth Annual Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament was held last week at Blue Ridge Country Club and despite some cold, rainy weather at the start, it was another huge success.

The tournament, which benefits OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and mental health awareness, raises money through golf sponsorship, plus silent and live auctions of sports memorabilia that takes place during the awards dinner.

Monday, May 9, 2011
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Panther Valley High School's Alexia Follweiler will continue her academic and swimming careers at Lycoming College.

Follweiler, a resident of Coaldale is a three-time PIAA State qualifier and a State medalist.

During her four-year varsity career with the Panthers, she won 11 District 11 medals, including five gold. Follweiler was part of a Panther Valley squad that captured a District 11 Team Champions.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pennsylvania State Parks naturalist Stephanie Strub will lead a 17-mile guided bike ride, Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., along the gently-sloped rail trail that follows the Lehigh Gorge. Riders will take in the natural sights, watch the whitewater rafters in the river below and learn bits of local history at points of interest along the way.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

May 7, 2005 Tamaqua gains an early lead and holds off Jim Thorpe for an 8-4 Schuylkill League Division I win. Shane Spotts goes the distance on the mound, allowing just five hits, to earn the victory. Catcher Andy Snyder throws out two basestealers and collects three hits and an RBI at the plate, while Josh Zukus adds three hits and a run scored. The Raiders, coached by Jeff Reading, also receive two hits from Travers Schmidt and Ryan Gerber.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

After back-to-back rainouts, the third time turned out to be the charm in kicking off the 2011 season at Lehighton's Mahoning Valley Speedway as a full pit area and a respectable sized grandstand of fans made for a resounding first night of racing.

Saturday, May 7, 2011
bob ford/times news Lehighton's rightfielder Brooke Lucykanish tosses the ball back to the infield as teammate Krysten Breiner backs up.

The Tamaqua softball team may have been a little short-handed in its non-league contest with Lehighton, but the Indians didn't care.

After all, a win is a win.

Lehighton picked up arguably its biggest win of the year Friday afternoon, as the Indians came back to knock off Tamaqua 8-3. Lehighton scored in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead and later added four more insurance runs en route to the victory.