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Saturday, May 4, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Jon White gets set to serve during Friday's district 11 3A Doubles competition at West End Racquet Club.

ALLENTOWN - Pleasant Valley's doubles team of Jon White and Jon Walmach is a source of quite an interesting dynamic between the two players. The sophomore White, and the junior, Walmach, differ in their styles of play when it comes to singles play strategy. However, when the two are on the court together, fighting toward the same cause in a doubles match, they combine for a lethal combination that presents danger to any potential opponent.

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Lansford inducting three members

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2013 class on Sunday, May 26 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

The doors will open at 12:45 with cocktail hour from 1-2 p.m. Dinner will be at 2 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

This year's Private Forest Landowners Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona. This conference is targeted towards woodland owners of all sizes, from backyard woodlots to conservation-minded landowners to those who view their woodlands as business ventures.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Pleasant Valley won its 12th straight game while Northwestern upended rival Northern Lehigh in softball action Friday.


No. Lehigh-Northwestern

Northwestern used a four-run second inning to hand Northern Lehigh a 7-1 loss in Colonial League play.

Nicole Metzger went 4-for-4 to lead the Tigers (6-12; 4-10). Amber Thomas had a home run for the Bulldogs (8-10; 5-9).

Lydia Danner was the winning pitcher, striking out 14. Thomas suffered the loss.

No. Lehigh 010 000 0 - 1 8 6

Northwestern 140 020 x - 7 8 0

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
No Header!

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.


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.