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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Rivalry games throughout the world of sports have always been regarded as the most entertaining to watch.

The baseball match-up on Friday between rivals Northwestern and Northern Lehigh certainly held up to that.

The Bulldogs rallied from a 6-1 deficit in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers held on for the 6-5 Colonial League victory.

Northwestern (12-6, 8-6) got out to a fast start, scoring three runs in the first inning.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Nine years and 51 weeks ago, I began a pair of columns about why Americans were so fat and destined to become even fatter. My opinion was partially colored by a great read popular at that time, "Fat Land" (Houghton Mifflin, 2003) by Greg Critser.

The book, for instance, explained the baggy-clothes phenomenon that started back then (and still seems to be going strong) in three words.

It hides fat.

Saturday, May 4, 2013
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The Schuylkill County Women's Athletic Association held its 29th Annual Female Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Pine View Acres in Pottsville.

Three TIMES NEWS area athletes were honored at the ceremony.

Biographies of each follow below.

Sam Zlock, Panther Valley

Samantha Zlock, daughter of Thomas and Pamela Zlock is Panther Valley's 2013 Female Scholar Athlete.

Zlock ranks second in her class of 86 and is a member of the Panther Valley Chapter of the National Honor Society and Student Forum.

Friday, May 3, 2013
bob ford/times news Anthony Vavra of Panther Valley (12) slides safely into second base as the ball gets away from Jim Thorpe shortstop Justin Kaminski.

JIm Thorpe got its first league baseball win, while Palmerton and Marian copped softball victories on Thursday.

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Jim Thorpe-Panther Vy.

In a game filled with extra inning drama, Jim Thorpe held off Panther Valley for an 11-10 Schuylkill League win.

Friday, May 3, 2013
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Talia Valentini slides safely into second base as the ball gets away from Panther Valley's Jessica Bauder.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Jim Thorpe head coach Bernice Bott yelled to her Olympians on the field.

For the first time in a long time, Bott found herself doing her best to keep her Olympians focused on earning a victory.

With her Olympians holding onto a three-run lead, Bott called out to her players, "Two outs, who wants this one?"

It may have taken two tries to get the job done, but the Olympians' lone upperclassman on the squad answered Bott's request with pride.

Friday, May 3, 2013
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Jim Thorpe's Shane Bleicher-Otto tosses the ball in the air as he prepares to serve.

ALLENTOWN - Jim Thorpe head coach Norb Lienhard and Palmerton head coach Alex Knoll were both satisfied upon receiving the news that six athletes from their respective teams would be granted admission into the District 11 Class AA Doubles Tennis Tournament. Both of them had the pleasure of coaching three doubles tandems in the first round of the draw on Thursday, and both of them were content in knowing that their senior-laden teams would have the opportunity to participate in the event.

Friday, May 3, 2013

May 3, 1960 Lafay Hope wins two individual events and accounts for a victory in one of the relays to lead Tamaqua's track team to a sweep of Schuylkill Haven and Ashland. Hope breaks the tape in the mile, setting a new school record with a time of 4:39.2, and claims the 880. He also receives the final handoff of the mile relay trailing and overtakes his opponent for the win. The Raiders, coached by Harry Fetterman, also receive firsts from Ron Gerber (180 hurdles), George Barron (shot put), Earl Hinkle (discus), Dale Titus (javelin) and Dave Wehr (high jump).

Thursday, May 2, 2013
rich george/special to the times news Palmerton's Jordan Boyer slides into third base and is tagged out by Northwestern's Nicole Metzger.

Palmerton starter Kendra Pekurny has been dealing from the circle all season long.

Wednesday afternoon was no exception.

Pekurny tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout for the Lady Bombers and helped her team to a 7-0 victory over Colonial League foe Northwestern Lehigh. Meanwhile, Janel Tracy powered the offense once again and helped make for a rather easy day for Palmerton.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Autumn Bickert slides safely into third base against East Stroudsburg South.

Marian posted wins in both baseball and softball Wednesday, while Pleasant Valley's softball team rolled to its 11th straight victory.

The Colts downed Weatherly while the Fillies edged Schuylkill Haven and the Lady Bears destroyed Pocono Mountain West.

Northern Lehigh earned its first league victory in baseball, while Northwestern and Tamaqua also gained wins.

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Marian-Weatherly

Marian used solid pitching and timely hitting en route to a 7-1 Schuylkill League win over Weatherly.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tyler Crum digs the ball out of the dirt on an attempted steal.

With eyes on postseason play, Lehighton entered Wednesday's game knowing exactly what needed to be done.

Standing in its way was East Stroudsburg South and starting pitcher Zack Werner.

The Indians rose to the occasion, pushing across a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to post an important 3-2 Mountain Valley Conference win.

The victory improves Lehighton's record to 9-6 overall and 5-4 in the MVC. It also practically assures the Indians a berth in the league playoffs.