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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
ron gower/times news Northwestern catcher Katie Williams blocks the plate and prepares to tag out Northern Lehigh's Meghan Weil.

What a day Brooke Heller had for Northwestern's softball team on Monday.

Besides going 3-for-4 at the plate, it was her triple in the bottom of the seventh inning with two runners on that helped the Lady Tigers stun Northern Lehigh, 5-4 in a Colonial League contest.

The win avenged an 11-2 loss that Northwestern (6-8, 5-6) sustained earlier this year at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs.

Heller said it was "nerve-racking" stepping up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with her team trailing by a run with two runners on base and one out.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
mike feifel/times news Derick Reis prepares to head to the Iron Pigs bullpen during a recent game.

Derick Reis considers baseball and hunting his top two hobbies and it's rare that someone will find the Jim Thorpe grad not involved in one or the other.

Reis, who came up through his high school and collegiate career as a pitcher, now finds himself on the other end of the battery.

Now a substitute teacher in the Jim Thorpe Area School Districts, Reis is living out a dream as the bullpen catcher for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs during their home games at Coca-Cola Park.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Northwestern's Henry Paiste backhands a return during the finals of the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament on Monday. Paiste defeated Andrew Ma of Moravian Academy in three sets to capture the championship.

SOUTH WHITEHALL – Henry Paiste is one of the top tennis players in the state in his age group. He has won his share of tournaments outside of high school tennis.

However, his one experience with scholastic tennis quickly turned into the highlight of his career.

Paiste beat Moravian Academy's Andrew Ma, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 Monday afternoon at West End Racquet Club for this year's District 11 Class AA singles championship.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 3, 1952 Tamaqua's Jack Burcin wins one event and ties for first in another in the annual Coaldale Invitational Track and Field Meet. Burcin cops the broad jump with a leap of 18-7 and clears 5-8 in the high jump to match Frank Zlock of Lansford. Ray Yasson of Summit Hill and Bob Burcin of Tamaqua share the title in the pole vault by clearing 9-9 while Lansford's Danny Leonard also is a co-winner in the 400 breaking the tape in 56.5.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
bob ford/times news Panther Valley shortstop Zach Stanko eyes the ball into his glove during Monday's game against Pine Grove.

Marian picked up doubleheader sweeps in both baseball and softball while Palmerton recorded wins in baseball, softball and soccer to highlight Monday's scholastic sports action.

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Sawyer Smith and Matt Maher combined to drive in all five runs for Northwestern and help the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over Colonia League foe Northern Lehigh.

Smith knocked in three runs, while Maher drove in two. Teammate Payton Bachman chipped in with two hits and two runs.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Olivia Markovich (right) and Rylie Krapf head for the finish line in the 100-meter dash. Markovich finished second and Krapf third.

Pleasant Valley, Palmerton and Marian all earned sweeps in track action Monday.

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Pleasant Valley gained a sweep of Pocono Mountain East in Mountain Valley Conference action.

The PV boys used a pair of firsts from Keegan Bray and overall depth to gain a 78-72 win. Bray took the 100 and 200, while the Bears team used a 38-22 advantage in second and third pace points to pull out the victory.

Monday, May 2, 2011
ron gower/times news Northwestern's Henry Paiste leaves his feet to power a forehand shot during Saturday's action at the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament.

ALLENTOWN – The District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament turned into the Moravian Academy Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the West End Racquet Club.

Northwestern freshman Henry Paiste was the sole party crasher and he did his best to make a mess of Moravian Academy's plans.

Paiste rolled to a pair of straight set victories, including a 6-0, 6-1 win over the Lions' Bobby Michaelis in the semifinals.

Paiste will meet Moravian Academy's Andrew Ma today at 2 p.m for the District 11 championship and a berth in the PIAA State Tournament.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Lehighton posted mercy-rule wns over Jim Thorpe in both baseball and softball on Saturday.

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The Indians flexed their batting muscle and displayed their offensive prowess, defeating Jim Thorpe, 11-1, in a non-league game.

A huge seven-run second inning proved crucial as Lehighton pounded out seven hits in that frame alone.

Tyler Harris finished 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run, Joe Oriel was 2-for-3 with a run, and Steve Shanton was 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2, 1978 Lehighton receives three new school records in gaining a sweep of East Stroudburg in track action. Randy Fritz sets a new mark (17.36) in the 120 high hurdles while Rick Jones breaks the discus record with a throw of 154-0 in the Indians 95-55 win. Pat Everett, meanwhile, triple jumps 30-6 to set a new standard in the girls 103-29 victory. Greg Wentz (100, 440) and Larry Mertz (330 IH, long jump) are double winners in the boys meet while Lisa Rimbey cops two firsts (110 hurdles, high jump) in the girls meet.

Monday, May 2, 2011

ALLENTOWN – With Chase Utley's immediate future still in doubt, there has been a lot of talk of who could replace him. If Kevin Frandsen could have a say, I am sure he would throw his name into the mix.

Yesterday, he let his bat do the talking as he drove in five runs including a three-run blast in the sixth inning to give the IronPigs the lead as Lehigh Valley topped the Buffalo Bison 7-2 before a capacity crowd at Coca Cola Park.

"One swing will do that," IronPig manager Ryne Sandberg said of the blast. "[We got in to] some good long counts, battled, took the walks.