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Saturday, April 27, 2013

I don't perform scientific research. I only comment upon the results in this column.

But I am pleased to announce a positive trend in the type of research I've been reading about recently. So many of the studies now consider a concept crucial in philosophy.

Interdependence.

Unlike independence, interdependence acknowledges that acts do not occur in a vacuum. That all acts in some way affect other things even some previously seen as opposite or unrelated.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Chris Herren speaks to the audience during his visit to Marian High School earlier this week.

Most sports enthusiasts have heard the inspirational story of former college and professional basketball player Chris Herren thanks to ESPN's highly acclaimed film Unguarded.

Unguarded captured Herren's story of his drug addiction through his playing career at Boston College, Fresno State, and the Boston Celtics, and documented his resurgence to sobriety.

Herren was back in the TIMES NEWS area for the third time in the last two years, this time talking to people at Marian High School. The event was sponsored by the Mauch Chunk Pharmacy and was free to the general public.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

For a third year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is partnering with Cabela's to promote family fishing with the "Fish for a Millions" contest, beginning Saturday, May 4. Pennsylvania is one of 22 states that is part of the national contest.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua base runner Angelica Heisler tries to beat the ball headed toward Jim Thorpe third baseman Anna Fiducia. Heisler was tagged out on the play.

The Tigers' baseball team picked up a win over Pen Argyl on Friday to secure a District 11 playoff berth.

In other action, Tamaqua beat Jim Thorpe in baseball and softball action The Olympians' earned a victory in their final tennis match of the season to finish with a .500 record.

BASEBALL

Jim Thorpe-Tamaqua

Tamaqua used a strong pitching performance en route to a convincing 9-0 Schuylkill League win over Jim Thorpe.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Catasauqua roughs up Bombers

The last time Palmerton and Catasaqua faced off earlier in the season, the Bombers held the Rough Riders to just two runs.

The Bombers scored three runs themselves in that match-up defeating Catty in nine innings.

This time around they saw a different Roughies ball club as Catty came out swinging for the fences, scoring 10 runs in the first inning en-route to a 12-0 Colonial League victory.

Anybody can tell you that spotting a team 10 runs is not a good recipe for winning baseball.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 27, 1957 Nesquehoning captures the final event, the mile relay, to win the annual Carbon County track meet. Bill Sotak sprints to victory in the 220 while Tony Malaska claims the top spot in the broad jump. The two also combine with Joe Vignone and Bob Macenka for the win in the mile relay. The Warriors, coached by Bob Steventon, also receive a first from John Ferko in the shot put. Sotak's 220 time of 24.0 sets a new field record at Lehighton, which hosts the meet, while Malaska's leap of 20-7 1/2 ties a field mark.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Stevie Berry returns the ball during his District 11 Class AAA singles match on Friday.

Early on in tournaments, athletes may agree that a "gut check" is a good thing for them when it comes time to perform in tight situations later on in the deeper stages of the event.

Pleasant Valley sophomore Jon White, the No. 2 seed in the District 11 AAA draw, received that type of test of will in the first round, when he was taken to a third-set to decide the match. White responded successfully and went on to defeat Rutvij Dave from Emmaus.

White followed that win up by defeating his second round opponent, Emmaus' Rowan Hobson, as well.

Friday, April 26, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Kyle Bacher prepares to hit a backhand during the opening round of the D-11 Class AA tennis tournament.

ALLENTOWN Overall number one seed and two-time defending champion Henry Paiste of Northwestern took care of business on the opening day of the District 11 Class AA Tennis Singles Championships. Paiste wasn't the only local highlight, however, as Palmerton also made an impact on the initial day of matches.

Paiste breezed to a pair of easy victories, making quick work of his first and second round opponents. In the process, he lost just one game.

The Northwestern junior was excited to get this tournament underway.

Friday, April 26, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS File Photo Tamaqua's Christine Streisel, shown here participating in the

Tamaqua's Christine Streisel threw a season's best 149-6 (45.57 meters) on her final throw on Thursday to win the high school girls javelin for the second year in a row at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Streisel, who has committed to further her education and athletic career at Duke University in the fall, moved past Sarah Firestone of Mercersburg Academy, who had the lead with a throw of 148-10 (45.38 meters) entering the final round.

Streisel holds the second best throw ever at the event after winning with a mark of 154-11 last year.

Friday, April 26, 2013

April 26, 1985 Mel Frohnheiser hits a grand slam in the fourth inning to help Northern Lehigh gain an 8-2 Centennial League softball victory over rival Palmerton. Frohnheiser's blast turns a 3-0 Bulldog lead into a seven-run advantage. Frohnheiser also contributes an RBI single in the contest. Gina Turocsy, who adds a triple and run scored, tosses a three-hitter to earn the pitching win. Nolehi, coached by Brian Schell, also receives an RBI hit from Steph Mack and two runs scored from Sherri Owens.