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Thursday, May 24, 2012

The 27th annual Howard E. Deppe All-Star Baseball Classic benefitting the American Cancer Society will be held Saturday, June 2 at Fegely Stadium in Limeport. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, June 3.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

It's hard to imagine that four weeks into the 2012 season at Mahoning Valley Speedway and multi-time Modified track champion John Bennett of Lehighton is nowhere near the top five in points, a place he has solidified over the past five years. More to the fact is he's not even in the top ten as his results have been uncharacteristic of his amazing ability of getting around the demanding paved quarter mile.

Saturday night Bennett was back in true form as he shook all the hard luck that had beleaguered him and scored a decisive victory.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Delaware Valley College senior standout Travis Pitts of Tamaqua has qualified for the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships and will head to Claremont, California for the three-day meet that begins on Thursday, May 24.

Pitts will appear in his second straight national championship in the 100-meter dash. He earned All-America honors last season as he finished eighth.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 24, 2001 Becky Boyer's two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning turns a deficit into a lead and Tamaqua hangs on to gain a 6-5 District 11 Class AA quarterfinal win over Bangor. The Raiders, trailing by three runs, score four times in that sixth frame. Besides Boyer's blast, both Amanda Birosik and Megan Motroni collect singles and score on errors in the inning. Birosik finishes with three hits, while Erika Loving and Justine Hartz each end with two.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tim Gilman/Special to THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Girls soccer Scholar Athletes Lehigh Valley girls soccer scholar athletes from the TIMES NEWS area proudly display their plaques at the annual banquet on May 20 which recognizes outstanding achievement in soccer and academia. Area girls honored were, front row, from left. Tiana Genetti, Weatherly; Samantha Corcoran, Northern Lehigh; Chelsea Smelas, Jim Thorpe and Shyanne Kleintop, Lehighton. Second row, Rachel Kester, Northwestern; Lauren Heckelman, Pleasant Valley and Morgan Myers, Palmerton. The winner of the annual girls soccer scholar athlete award was Casey O'Donnell of Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg.

Lehigh Valley girls soccer scholar athletes from the TIMES NEWS area proudly display their plaques at the annual banquet on May 20 which recognizes outstanding achievement in soccer and academia. Area girls honored were, front row, from left. Tiana Genetti, Weatherly; Samantha Corcoran, Northern Lehigh; Chelsea Smelas, Jim Thorpe and Shyanne Kleintop, Lehighton. Second row, Rachel Kester, Northwestern; Lauren Heckelman, Pleasant Valley and Morgan Myers, Palmerton. The winner of the annual girls soccer scholar athlete award was Casey O'Donnell of Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

BETHLEHEM – The Pleasant Valley baseball team had Liberty right where it wanted it after two innings of play on Tuesday.

Then again, maybe it was the Hurricanes that had the Bears directly in their crosshairs.

Trailing by two heading into the bottom of the third, Liberty's bats exploded for eight runs on five hits and delivered a knockout blow to Pleasant Valley's upset chances. The third-seeded 'Canes recorded at least one run and two hits in each inning of play en route to a 16-6 victory over the 11th-seeded Bears in the District 11 AAAA quarterfinals.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Golf tourney champions

The Domestic Violence Service Center recently held its fifth annual golf tournament at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course in Mountain Top. Prizes were awarded to the top three flight winners in addition to the player who was closest to the pin and the player who hit the longest drive. Pictured above are the Champion flight winners, from left, Dan Paley, Chuck Medico, Lorenzo Medico, and Eric Schwartz.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Pleasant Valley's Amber Skworzow (13) clears the ball from in front of her goal on a Parkland corner kick. Bear Goalie Sarah Elmonticir (yellow shirt) and defender Kayla Kishbaugh are in the background. The Parkland players are Kiera Kaunas and Camille Roberts (4).

WHITEHALL Coming off of an exciting victory in the District 11 quarterfinals over last year's District runner up Easton, the Pleasant Valley girls soccer team found itself in the final four, and matched up against the dominant defending champs Parkland Trojans.

A goal that may have been screened from the view of goalkeeper Sarah Elmontacir, proved pivotal in a 2-0 loss to the Trojans in the semifinals on Tuesday at Whitehall High School.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's A.J. Wenrich looks to first after tagging the base to force out Southern Lehigh's Connor Vanin during Tuesday's District 11 Class 3A quarterfinal.

Lehighton head coach Brian Polaha knew that Anthony Farole was "dialed in for a strong at-bat."

With the game tied, the winning run in scoring position and a full count against him, Farole responded in the best way possible by driving the game-winning hit down the third base line that scored Billy Angst and allowed the Indians to play ball another day.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Marian's Dylan Latham steals second base as Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg's Tarek Christen covers. Marian picked up a 5-3 win to advance to Thursday's District 11 A semis.

For a moment, Marian head baseball coach Jeff Nietz must have thought he was seeing a little deja vu.

Over the course of the regular season, the Colts struggled at times to hold on to leads in sixth and seventh innings.

In Tuesday's District 11 Class A quarterfinal against Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg, Marian watched the Spartans make it interesting but a quick double play and a strikeout swinging in the top of the seventh gave the Colts a 5-3 win.

The victory moves Marian (12-9) into Thursday's semifinal against No. 1 seed Tri-Valley in a 7 p.m. game at Pine Grove.