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Friday, May 18, 2012
Pereira's three golds highlight final day

WHITEHALL – As the gold medals and state qualifiers kept piling up for Palmerton at the District 11 track and field championship, Lauryn Solt just wanted to be part of the fun.

The Blue Bomber junior watched as her classmate Jess Pereira blitzed the field in three separate races. She saw Palmerton senior Kelsey Hay punch a state ticket by finishing second to Tamaqua's Christine Streisel in the javelin.

Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18, 1996 Ivan George pitches a one-hitter to lead Palmerton to a 2-0 win over Southern Lehigh in the Colonial League semifinals. George, who allows just a first inning single, strikes out seven and walks two. The Blue Bombers, coached by Ted Plessl, score the only run they would need in the first when Paul Kunkle doubles and comes home on an error. The winners add an insurance tally in the seventh when Christian Kleintop's single knocks in Dean Hager.

Friday, May 18, 2012
Palmerton's Szukics sweeps the sprints

WHITEHALL Monty Szukics has always been the fastest guy. In races through childhood until now, the Palmerton senior remembers almost no one keeping up with him.

One of the few times he was ever beaten was last year's district meet. It motivated him to make sure it didn't happen again, committing himself to offseason speed training.

On the second day of this year's District 11 Track and Field Championships, Szukics was once again the fastest in every race he ran. He won three gold medals, sweeping the sprint races and leading his 4x100 relay team to first place.

Friday, May 18, 2012

After Wednesday night's big 1-0 win over Indianapolis, the Lehigh Valley IronPig clubhouse had on all the television sets, not to the Phillies game to see their friends and teammates play, but to the Boston Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game.

All this was to see their former teammate, and last vestige of the 2008 IronPig inaugural season, get a chance to slip out of the dugout and get in the game.

Wednesday, Rich Thompson, a fan favorite, was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Kyle Hudson.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Lady Raider trio comes up golden

WHITEHALL – At one point it seemed like every girl who stepped into the shot put circle during yesterday's District 11 track and field championship was going to states.

Tamaqua's Christine Streisel patiently waited her turn.

On her second throw of the competition, Streisel heaved the shot put 38 feet, five and a quarter inches to move past Lehighton's Gwen Remaley to the top of the podium.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

ALLENTOWN - With one swing of the bat, Northwestern's hopes of playing for a league championship game came to an abrupt and crushing halt.

And while the two-run walk-off single by Pen Argyl's Alyssa Weaver was devasting enough for the Tigers, the hit itself made the loss even harder to swallow.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

ALLENTOWN Depending on the image being replicated, the phenomena of déjà vu can be either a good or a bad thing.

For Palmerton and head softball coach Glenn Reimer, this instance of familiarity proved all too unpleasant. Reimer saw Saucon Valley pull off a come-from-behind, late-game rally to defeat his Bombers for the second time this season.

The sting felt after this loss was a little more painful, though, as Palmerton's 5-1 sixth-inning lead dissipated into a 6-5 loss in the Colonial League semifinals.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

BRODHEADSVILLE – Softball is supposed to be a game dominated by pitching and defense.

But don't tell that to Pleasant Valley or its Mountain Valley Conference opposition.

The Bears' offense has wreaked havoc on MVC pitching staffs the entire season.

Wednesday was no exception as Pleasant Valley scored early and often and went on to defeat Lehighton, 11-2, in an MVC semifinal round playoff game.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 17, 1966 Marian cruises to a 14-3 win over Shenandoah Catholic behind the two-hit pitching of Dave Milot and a potent Colts offense. Milot allows seven walks but also strikes out 13 batters. At the plate, he helps his own cause by collecting two hits and scoring two runs. His batterymate, Den Boyle, finishes with three hits, four runs scored, and knocks in four runs while Bill Sakusky adds three hits, including a two-run double and a two-run triple. Jerry Fulmer chips in with two hits, one of them a two-run single while Ed Perhonitch adds a couple of hits.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

TAMAQUA – There's an old cliche that states "good things come in small packages."

That certainly proved to be the case in yesterday afternoon's Schuylkill League Division 3 tiebreaker between Marian and Mahanoy Area.

The Fillies, needing a win to advance to today's Schuylkill League playoffs, got their biggest hit from their smallest player, en route to a 4-1 victory over the Golden Bears.