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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 25, 1972 Mike Soley tosses a four-hitter to help Marian gain a 4-2 victory over Freeland and even its Anthracite League playoffs at one game apiece. Soley strikes out five and limits the Whippits to their lowest hit total of the season. The Colts, coached by Pat Morgans, receives RBI triples from Joe Balascik and Soley during a three-run sixth inning. Jack Bargilione adds a hit and run scored.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
bob ford/times news Marian's Kayla Knight unwinds with a pitch against Nativity.

As Marian head coach Joe DeAngelo was filling out his lineup card before Tuesday afternoon's District 11 Class A quarterfinal round game against Nativity, he knew his team would be dealing with adversity.

Starting center fielder Abby Burkhardt was on crutches and starting shortstop Ashley Donlin was out sick. If that wasn't enough to deal with, courtesy runner Gabby Cann was unavailable after finger surgery and starting third baseman Shannon Skotek was just cleared following a knee injury.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 24, 1982 Lehighton's Dennis Semmel clears 13 feet to win the gold medal in the District 11 Class AA pole vault. The event is held at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena because of earlier inclement weather. With the win, the senior qualifies for the state meet. Northern Lehigh's Darrin Evans takes third by clearing 11-9 while Pleasant Valley's Tim Wireman finishes fourth.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Don Wagner of Wharton, NJ, has been yearning to win one of the infamous Mahoning Valley Speedway 100-lap features for years. He always seems to be in the mix at each event but the end results would always fall short of the top prize for the talented veteran.

Saturday he finally got the job done with a sterling performance in the Modified 100 Poker Series.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

@Agate.Body:

LITTLE LEAGUE

ANTHRACITE

Results

9-10 yr. old

5/20 KME 13, Saint Gabes 5 ... Aaron Miller (winning pitcher); Keith McCall (home run); Jake Taras (home run).

5/22 KME 16, Towamensing Indians 12 ... Max Vermillion (winning pitcher); Keith McCall (home run)

Schedule

May 24 - Nationwide vs. JT Yankees at 5:30 at Jim Thorpe LL Field

May 24 - Arieta Fuel Oil vs. Bob's Sporting Goods at 6 p.m. at Weatherly Elementary/Middle School

May 24 - Vermillion Dental vs. McDonald's at 5 p.m. at Nesquehoning LL Field

Monday, May 23, 2011

ALLENTOWN – 'Hot' does not begin to describe the Lehigh Valley IronPIgs. After Sunday's 8-6 win over the Gwinnett Braves, Lehigh Valley has now won six in a row to maintain their four game lead at the top of the International League North Division.

After three years of misery, this year's version of the IronPigs is treating the fans solid baseball in all facets of the game.

"All phases of the game have improved as the season started and I feel like we are [running] on all cylinders. I think any part of the game can win us a game right now," 'Pig manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Monday, May 23, 2011
PV falls in 11th

EAST STROUDSBURG - If ESPN were covering Sunday's Mountain Valley Conference championship between Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley, the game would have been on Instant Classic the very same night.

The MVC title game had a little bit of everything, including seven home runs, a grand slam, a dramatic bottom of the seventh inning, several run-saving diving catches and even had the potential game-winning run gunned down at the plate. Through all of that the Mounties and the Bears still needed 11 innings to decide a victor.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Pleasant Valley's softball team, fresh off its Mountain Valley Conference championship, has earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming District 11 playoffs.

The Lady Bears are one of 10 TIMES NEWS area squads to make baseball and softball's postseason.

PV, Marian and Northern Lehgh are sending both its baseball and softball clubs to districts. Northwestern and Lehighton's baseball teams also reached the playoffs, and will actually be facing each other, while Tamaqua and Weatherly's softball squads will also be in action when districts begin.

Monday, May 23, 2011
tj engle/times news Pleasant Valley players and coaches celebrate after defeating East Stroudsburg South for their sixth Mountain Valley Conference championship in the last seven years.

EAST STROUDSBURG - There weren't too many times during the Mountain Valley Conference regular season that Pleasant Valley found itself trailing.

But with their undefeated conference record in jeopardy, the Bears suddenly found themselves searching for a "quick pick me up" in the late innings against the East Stroudsburg South in Sunday's MVC championship game.

Megan Hardy provided that "quick pick me up" with one swing of her bat.

Monday, May 23, 2011

May 23, 1948 Stan "Jake" Kozuch tosses a four-hitter to help Summit Hill open the Panther Valley League season with a 6-1 victory over Mauch Chunk. Kozuch strikes out six and allows just two walks in his pitching gem. Walter Zuber provides two hits and knocks in a pair of runs for the Hillers, while Vince Lisella adds a hit and two RBIs. The winners also receive two runs scored from Lavagna.