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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.

Friday, April 26, 2013
bob ford/times news Lehighton's James Farano slides safely into third base.

Lehighton's defensive fielding and throwing was not for the faint of heart Thursday afternoon.

After failing to score a single run against Mountain Valley Conference foe Stroudsburg earlier in the season, the Indians' offense showed up the second time around to the tune of eight runs and 11 hits. Unfortunately, due to their defensive play it wouldn't be enough.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

April 25, 2005 Dave Versuk drills a grand slam during a seven-run sixth inning to help Lehighton register an 11-5 win over Panther Valley. Versuk's blast extends a slim one-run lead to a five-run advantage. Eric Kuhns, who finishes the game with two hits, contributes a two-run double during the big frame. The Indians, coached by Kelly Eisenhauer, also receive a solo homer off the bat of Jon Venarchick. Versuk gains the pitching win, allowing six hits while striking out eight.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Palmerton High School graduate Christian Marcin is enjoying an outstanding season for the Penn State Berks baseball team.

Heading into the final week of the regular season, Marcin is among the team leaders in just about every offensive category.

Marcin has started 30 of PSU Berks' 31 games. He is batting .327, has scored 26 runs, knocked in 14, and has a.486 slugging percentage.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
bob ford/times news Marian's Mike Cataldo (left) tags out Tri-Valley's Collin Maurer at second base.

When two evenly matched opponents meet, there's always the potential for late game drama. Wednesday afternoon in Hometown that was exactly the case.

The Tri-Valley Bulldogs used a four-run seventh inning scoring barrage to defeat host Marian 7-3 in an important Schuylkill League Division 2 showdown.

This contest was a back and forth affair from the onset.

The Colts got out to the early 1-0 lead in third after Luke Stawick reached base on an error. Shortstop Mike Cataldo then singled and Stawick scored on a throwing error back to first.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The 2013 NFL Draft is now just hours away, and make no mistake about it, today is a great day to be a football fan. It's even a greater day to be a draftnik! However, this year's draft is a different kind of draft than what we're used to seeing. It may not be a "sexy" draft with elite prospects like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III (last year's two top picks), but it is a draft that promises to offer more drama than we've ever seen because absolutely nobody seems to know what direction these teams are going in.