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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Northwestern and Pleasant Valley gained wins in both baseball and soccer on Monday.

Other local winners included the Lehighton and Northern Lehigh baseball squads.

BASEBALL

Palmerton-Northwestern

Northwestern scored five runs in the first inning and closed it out with four in the fifth to take an 11-1 Colonial League victory over Palmerton.

Payton Bachman had two hits, stole two bases and scored three runs for the Tigers (1-1, 1-2). Sawyer Smith also had two hits, scored a run and had three RBI.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ALLENTOWN - There was a positive "buzz" in the air at Coca-Cola Park on Monday afternoon as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs prepared to hit the field for their first practice since heading north after a month of spring training in Clearwater, Florida.

A lot of that "buzz" might have been rubbing off from the smiling, excited face of new IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg, a Hall of Famer who spent the last four seasons as a minor league manager in the Chicago Cubs farm system. Sandberg replaces Dave Huppert, who coached the IronPigs to a 184-247 record in their first three seasons .

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April 5, 1995 Vanessa Strohl pitches her second straight no-hitter as Northern Lehigh cruises to a 15-0 Colonial League softball win over Wilson. Strohl strikes out six and walks just two in her five innings of work. At the plate, she collects two hits, scores two runs, and steals a pair of bases. The Bulldogs, coached by Larry Parry, also receive a key two-run single from Amy Hankee.

Monday, April 4, 2011

April 4, 1985 Brian Kresge pitches a one-hitter to help lead Pleasant Valley to a 12-2 Colonial League victory over Notre Dame. Kresge strikes out four, walks just one, and allows a pair of unearned runs. Shawn George collects a two-run double during the Bears' four-run second inning, while John Konawalik contributes a two-run triple in the third frame.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Tamaqua baseball team picked up a victory to highlight Saturday's scholastic sports action.

BASEBALL

Tamaqua-Hamburg

Tamaqua posted an 11-7 non-league win over Hamburg.

Mike Streisel picked up a mound save and also finished 2-for-4 with a triple to lead the Blue Raiders. Luke Matsago (single, double, two RBIs) and Matt DelBorrello (two-run double) aided in the effort.

Tamaqua 207 020 0 - 11 12 2

Hamburg 002 023 0 - 7 10 1

Reinhardt, Palsgrove (5), Streisel (7) and Roberts; Stambaugh, Sprenger (3) and Lisek. WP - Reinhardt, LP - Satmbaugh.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The story on the Tamaqua Invitational Track Meet that appeared in Saturday's TIMES NEWS, omitted two medal winning performances by area athletes.

Tamaqua's Cecily Kohlmeir finished third in the 800 meter run and the Blue Raiders' girls 1600 relay team had a second place finish.

Monday, April 4, 2011
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Kasey Meckes (right) pushes the ball up the floor. Meckes played for the Mountain Valley Conference.

Pleasant Valley boys' basketball coach Ken Piontkowski has been on the other side of the fence in regards to coaching against some of the Mountain Valley's elite talent during the season. On Saturday during the Via All-Star Basketball Classic at Northampton Community College, Piontkowski got to bask in the glow of having those former MVC players shine during a 97-82 victory over the Lehigh Valley East Blue squad.

Monday, April 4, 2011
Ed Hedes/TIMES NEWS TIMES NEWS AREA Scholar Athletes who were honored at the 50th Annual Schuyllkill Chapter No. 25 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame banquet on Sunday in Pottsville were: From left, John T. Owens (Panther Valley), Dominick A. Richards (Marian) and Carl F. Wittig (Tamaqua).

POTTSVILLE - As he walked the halls of North Schuylkill High School six years ago, Eddie Pavalko had seen pictures of and had read stories about a couple of athletes who had great success on the playing field.

The names of Gino Capone, Terry Rakowsky and John Rosella, former Spartans who were good enough to be named Schuylkill County's Outstanding Scholar Athlete in the past, kept popping up.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Do you do what too many people do? Kowtow to partial truth and transform it into an absolute.

It's more common than you might imagine, for treating a partial truth as an absolute is comforting. It provides closure and means that there's no more thinking to do.

Unfortunately, that creates close-mindedness and sometimes something else: compromised health.

I'm pontificating like this because a couple of casual acquaintances have recently explained to me why they're carrying extra weight with the same two words. "It's genetic," they both said.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

While baiting deer is no longer legal on public land in any wildlife management unit, the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commission did approve the continued use of limiting baiting as an effective tool to manage the deer populations on agriculture lands in the southeast corner of the state in WMUs 5C and 5D on approved properties enrolled in the agency's Agriculture Deer Depredation Program, commonly referred to as the "Red Tag" program.